Math Mentor

Math Mentor Mission Statement

The mission of the UVU Math Mentor Program is to provide opportunities for students who have overcome their struggles in mathematics to develop the skills necessary to return and help students in developmental math courses through:

  1. Teaching and Encouraging Metacognitive Practices
  2. Mathematics Learning Strategies and Study Skills
  3. Student-to-Student Interaction

What is a Math Mentor?

Students working on a math problem

Math mentors are UVU students who have recently either completed a developmental mathematics course or a mathematics course that satisfies their quantitative literacy requirement. Math mentors model self-awareness, critical thinking, and commitment to rigorous academic standards. They support their instructors by aiding in the planning and facilitations of their classes. Math mentors help students in developmental mathematics courses by helping them discover how to be smart learners of mathematics through study groups as well as studying independently.


Student getting help from a math tutor
  • Be an example of a successful student.
  • Participate in the pre-Fall semester Bootcamp (held in early August).
  • Attend, facilitate, and take part of the mentor class MAT 240R.  Maintain a grade of a B+ or better.
  • Meet weekly with assigned mentor
  • Complete 10 mentoring hours per week.  These hours will consist of time spent in assigned MAT courses as well as time spent helping students in or outside the classroom.

Become a Math Mentor

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Complete the prerequisite developmental mathematics course with a B (3.0) or higher. Maintain an overall academic GPA of 3.0 or higher. Math mentors need to be referred by their prior mathematics instructor, who looks for the following qualities in a math mentor:

  • Dependability
  • Timeliness
  • Ability to interact and work with others
  • Leadership and initiative
  • Excellent study skills

Math Mentors in Action

Meet the Mentors

Ben Moulton

Ben Moulton



Howdy! I’m Dr. Benjamin Moulton and I have had the privilege of being the math mentor director since its inception in 2008. I’m a native Montanan, with a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Modern Languages from Montana State University – Bozeman, MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Education from Walden University. I enjoy being with my family, cycling and reading, and hanging out with all these awesome math mentors!


Serena Buss

Serena Buss

Program Coordinator


Hello friends! My name is Serena Buss. I’ve taught at UVU since 2009 and I’m the Math Mentor Program Coordinator – which is the BEST job ever! I’m passionate about inclusion and educational opportunity for all. I love my students and having the privilege to be part of their journey. I love to be outside hiking, biking, kayaking, and anything really! I play several instruments; banjo is the coolest! I like to paint, and build stuff, but my most favorite pastime is spending time with my family and traveling.

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Mary Balderrama

Team Member


Hello everyone! My name is Mary Balderrama and I am from Springville Utah. I am studying international business with hopes to travel and own my own company someday. I’m super excited to be a math mentor this year! I have always enjoyed helping others. I know math can be challenging at times but that’s why I’m here to help you succeed!


Kennon Buss
Kennon Buss

Team Member


Hey y’all! My name is Kennon Buss. I am from Orem, Utah. I am currently majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry hoping to go into a medical profession someday. This is my sophomore year at UVU, and I look forward to meeting new people and making new friends, some of which I’ll come across through the mentor program. Some things I love to do are baking, tumbling, doing crafts, and hanging out with my friends and family!


Emily Hall
Emily Hall

Team Lead


Hey! My name is Emily Hall. I am from Orem, Utah. I am studying Political Science. I have 3 semesters left. I enjoy playing and teaching the uke, hanging out with my friends and family, having game nights, and spending time in the sun! I have struggled but have been able to find joy in the little things. I love interacting with students and seeing the light turn on when they understand something. This is my sixth semester mentoring and I have appreciated every second of it. I am looking forward to this year to meet new people, make new friends, and impact students' lives.



Gabby Gonzalez

Team Lead


Hi! My name is Gabby Gonzalez Jensen, and I've been a UVU Math Mentor for a little over a year now. I love what I do as a mentor, and the people that I get to work with. I am a communications major at UVU. I love being able to be on campus for both my own education and helping others in 
theirs. I am a newlywed as of August 2020, and my husband and I currently live in Provo, UT. I enjoy traveling, cooking, anything to do with stationary, music, entertaining, photography, and spending time with my wonderful husband and family.


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Sarah Keeley

Team Member


My name is Sarah Keeley. I'll be majoring in Computer Science here at UVU, and I'm excited to become a Math Mentor! I enjoy helping people learn and grow, and I look forward to meeting everyone. Math used to be a subject I struggled in, but with the right people leading me through 
the difficulties, it's become a subject I really enjoy and respect! I like to draw, write, 3D print, make games, and more in my free time, and I value being creative. I love learning about the world and how it works. I am excited to be a part of this team!


Quetzal M.

Quetzal Martinez

Team Lead


Hello! My name is Quetzal. I’m a sophomore at Utah Valley University, majoring in art history. I enjoy getting to know people as a math mentor. I love watching old movies, playing tennis, baking, and visiting art museums. Eventually, I want to work as an art curator. My dream job is to be the art curator for the Dallas Museum of Art. Apart from art history, my favorite class is Spanish, and I love
practicing it with friends and family whenever I can.


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Katie Newman MacKay

Team Member


Hi there! I'm Katie McKay. I am from Elk Ridge Utah, but I also grew up a little in Nebraska. I am currently studying Hospitality Management here at UVU. I married my high school sweetheart a little over a year ago and it has been so much fun. I love to spend time with my husband, sing, 
dance (especially tap dance), and travel. I hope to become a travel agent or event planner someday. I am excited to be a Math Mentor!


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Coleman Miles

Team Member


Hey, my name is Coleman! I am from a small town about two hours East of Orem called Roosevelt. I am currently on track to get my major in Biology! The plan is to get my major and head out to Med school somewhere eventually…. This last summer I got married to my B-E-A-U-tiful wife named Jolene, and we are honestly always busy. If we’re not studying, we are on a mountain hiking, 
shooting our bows on archery courses, fishing, or riding our moped.  Anyway, that’s a little about me, I can’t wait to meet you in class!


Makayla Pahl

Team Member


Call me Kayla. I'm a psychology major with dreams of one day being a therapist. I hail from Grantsville, Utah (a town just south of the Great Salt Lake). I'm new to this whole math mentor thing, but I'm looking forward to it, so I can help others conquer the world. In my spare time, I enjoy 
reading, writing, hiking, snowboarding, learning bits of other languages, watching cat videos, psychoanalyzing the weirdo I married, and laughing at my own jokes.


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Jake Reed

Team Member


Hey! My name is Jake, this is my second year as a math mentor, and I could not be more excited! I am a Microbiology major, and I plan on applying to medical school in June. In my free time, I love enjoying Utah's beautiful mountains by either skiing or mountain biking with my gorgeous wife. I love being a math mentor because I know that when people learn how to succeed in math, that 
confidence can allow them to accomplish any goal they have.


Day Rod

Day Rodriguez

Team Member


GOOD DAYS EVERYBODY! My name is Daira Rodriguez, but I go by Day. I’m an International Student from Mexico. I’m a math mentor at Utah Valley University while majoring in Civil Engineering. I moved to the US when I was 16 years old and I love every single memory that I’ve made in Utah, especially at UVU. I love meeting new people and creating unforgettable new adventures every day!  


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Taylor Spencer

Team Member


Hey everyone! I'm Taylor Spencer! I'm from Orem Utahand I'm a sophomore at UVU. I'm planning on going into the business program. I returned home from a mission to New Jersey for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a year ago. I enjoy being a student at UVU! I also enjoy playing tennis and watching movies. I look forward to getting to know you all this year!


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Alison Vanderwel

Team Member


Hi! My name is Alison Vanderwel. I’m from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I am a sophomore at UVU and am still deciding between majoring in exercise science or art. I love mountain bike racing, skiing, sculpting, and skateboarding or hiking with my husky! I am planning to work in the medical field in the future and love all things science and medicine related. I am so excited to be a math mentor so I 
can get to know students and help them succeed in both math and college in general!


Brendan Williams

Brendan Williams

Team Lead

I was born and raised in Utah County. I am a mechanical engineering major here at UVU, and I am a math mentor. I love to be with other people. I love every moment I get to socialize with old friends or to make new ones. I consider myself an entertainer. I enjoy juggling, unicycling, storytelling, and sword fighting. In any free time, I love getting out of the house and finding adventures. I also love 
to be outdoors. If I could be anywhere, I would be in the mountains exploring new places, hiking, or camping. I am an assistant scoutmaster in Scouts BSA. It's so much fun taking the youth on adventures to learn new skills and about themselves. And I believe it is important to take 
opportunities as they come to us, and I try to do something every day that is worth sharing with someone.