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Meet our Team!

Helen Aleksani

Program Advisor & Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Helen, and I am a Mathematics Instructor, Department Chair, and Math Instructional Coach for the Waterford Unified School District.

I have 11 years of teaching experience, 5 years of Instructional Coaching experience, 7 years of Department Chair experience, and have served as a HiMAP tutor for 2 years.


M.S. in Mathematics Education (Honors), Northern Arizona University

M.A. in Educational Technology (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus

          Single-Subject Credential in Mathematics, California State University, Stanislaus

B.S. in Mathematics (Cum Laude), California State University, Stanislaus

A.S.T. in Mathematics, Modesto Junior College

Rapunzel Amador-Lewis, P.E.

Program Advisor & STEAM Instructor

Hello! My name is Rapunzel, and I am a strong role model for young Leaders and Peers, offering outstanding presentations, communication, and cross-cultural team leadership skills, high-energy, and a result-orientated transformational leader with an entrepreneurial attitude.

I have been an Adjunct Professor for over 5 years at CSU Stanislaus, teaching courses in Mathematics, Operations Management, and Accounting and Finance.


M.A. in Business Administration (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus, 2006

B.S. in Architectural Engineering (Dean’s Honor List), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1994

Lucy Bengson, P.E.

Program Coordinator & Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Lucy, and I have been a Math teacher in the Central Valley for over 10 years. My core strengths are Math and contract instruction, team building, planning and conducting seminars, and new market development.

I am a highly motivated professional with proven expertise in management, global business, market research, sales strategy development, quality control, training, and education. I have over 10 years of experience working with and for international businesses.


B.S. in Math, California State University, Stanislaus, 2009

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela

Paulina Brambila

Math Tutor

Hello! My name is Paulina, and I am a Math Tutor for Sundar STEAM Academy because I love math and wanted to have a job where I could have the gratification to helping others, but also be mentally challenged.

I am a big supporter of STEAM education, and I believe there is a vital overlap between engineering and the arts. I grew up surrounded by the arts. As I’m choosing to pursue an education in science, I see a huge potential to bring art into science. I’m very excited to be creating hands-on projects with the kids this summer.


I am a Senior at UC Merced and will be graduating with Degree in Chemistry, and then pursuing a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

Karol Eisenbeis

Program Advisor

Hello! My name is Karol, and I’m excited and proud to be an associate of Dr. Sundar’s educational institutions. This is my 21st year of teaching for Ceres Unified School District and my 6th year as a teaching consultant for the Great Valley Writing Project.

I lead an afterschool STEAM Team for Hidahl Elementary School. I continue to learn more about writing because every discipline requires excellent communication.


M.A. in Education Administration (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus, 2008

B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Biological Sciences concentration, California State University, Stanislaus, 1986

Jamie Hawthorne

Math Tutor

My name is Jamie, and I am a Math Tutor for Sundar STEAM Academy because I enjoy giving students the tools they need to fuel their learning, and the experiences that I gain today will aid me in my future career path.


I am a Junior at CSU Stanislaus and an aspiring elementary school teacher. I also plan on teaching English abroad as a foreign language.

Maya Jimenez

Math Tutor

My name is Maya, and I am a Math Tutor for Sundar STEAM Academy because I want to be able to help students understand without feeling frustrated or think that they can’t do it. It is being able to inspire and educate that means the most to me. 


I am a Sophomore at CSU Stanislaus, working on getting my Mathematics degree to hopefully one day become a Math Professor.

Bjorg Johannsdottir, Ph.D.

Program Advisor & Math Instructor

Coming soon...

Debbie Kutz

Program Advisor & Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Debbie, and I have been teaching for over 30 years. I began my teaching career as an elementary teacher, teaching grades 2, 3, and 6.

During that time, I developed a passion for teaching and learning Mathematics, so I decided to further my education and earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics.

In my 15 years teaching elementary students and 15 years teaching Math in grades 7-12, one of the greatest joys is to hear a student exclaim, “Oh, I get it now!”


B.S. in Dietetics and Food Administration (Magna Cum Laude), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1987

CA Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential

CA Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics

Jonathan Linares

Program Manager & English Instructor

Hello! My name is Jonathan, and I have taught English Language Arts for a year and have tutored writing to mainstream and ESL students for three years.

I am a first-generation Salvadoran & Mexican college graduate, and I aspire to become a Composition and ESL/ELD/EFL college instructor, with a special interest in collaborating with multi-cultural and -lingual students, academic research, essay writing, and Contemporary American and Gothic British literature.


M.A. in English with a TESOL concentration (Distinction), CSU Stanislaus, 2019

Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), CSU Stanislaus, 2019

B.A. in English (Cum Laude), CSU Stanislaus, 2017

 A.A.T. in English (Honors), Modesto Junior College, 2015

Luis Mendoza

Math Tutor

Hello! My name is Luis, and I am a Math Tutor for Sundar STEAM Academy because I want to help kids understand math, even if it’s virtual. I feel that kids do not get enough time to understand math and the Sundar Institute allows me to give kids more time, help, and a better understanding of the subject.


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UC Merced

Stella Pak

Math Tutor

Hello! My name is Stella, and I am a Math Tutor for Sundar STEAM Academy in order to help students become more confident in their academic skills.


Economics major and Environmental Engineer minor at UC Berkeley

Renuka Prakash

Program Advisor & Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Renuka, and I have taught for 20 years in the Fiji Islands. I have taught Mathematics from 7th to 12th grade. My classroom is where students feel a sense of belonging and are able to use different strategies to understand and explore Math.

I carry on my passion for teaching with Aspire Public Schools at Vanguard College Preparatory Academy. This is my 10th year at Vanguard

Apart from teaching, I am a Key Club Advisor because I love to volunteer and serve the community. For self-care, I practice yoga, workout, read, and spend time with my family.