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?

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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.


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  • 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 weekly requred mentor trainings.
  • 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 Administrators


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

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.


Meet the Team Leads



Lindsey Burgener

Team Lead

Lindsey is a junior here at UVU studying ASL Interpreting. This is her fourth semester math mentoring, and she enjoys listening to music, watching The Office and hiking.


Alley Holt

Team Lead

Hi! My name is Alley Holt. I was born and raised in Utah County and am a junior here at UVU. I’m majoring in Political Science and hope to head to law school. I’m excited to be a math mentor this semester for all the wonderful people I get to meet and help. I like to hike, ski, draw, read, and hang out with friends or family. Really I love trying new things, whether it be indoors, outdoors, on my own, or with a group of friends.


Sarah Keeley

Team Lead

Hey there! I'm Sarah Keeley. 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 video games, and more in my free time- I really value being creative. I love learning about the world and how it works. I'm super excited to be a mentor!


Kayla Pahl

Team Lead

Greetings. I'm a senior psychology major and creative writing minor with dreams of one day being a therapist. I hail from Grantsville (a town just south of the Great Salt Lake). To me, being a math mentor is great because I get vicarious joy out of helping others conquer the world. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, snowboarding, jiu jitsu, learning bits of other languages, psychoanalyzing the weirdo I married, and laughing at my own jokes.



Meet the Mentors 



Brooklyn Beales

Team Member

Hello! My name is Brooklyn, I am a Junior here at UVU and am majoring in Elementary Education. I decided to do mentoring because I wanted to have more experience with helping students when they are struggling to understand math concepts. Math was once something that I did not enjoy doing and even struggled with but with continued practice I have come to respect it. In my free time I enjoy painting, playing video games, and spending time with close family and friends. 



Madeleine Buckwalter

Team Member

The verbal language of music and dance (my passions) often is an expression of mathematical interpretations. Being able to relate real life to functional math equations seems to make sense to me! Sacred geometry seen in nature? Lights me up! When not pursuing a degree I’m practicing or teaching yoga and taking physical based classes. Cross training and learning enhances the experience and I’m thankful to share that with my college community.


JJ Carlson

Team Member

Howdy, I'm JJ Carlson. I'm from Florida, but have lived in Utah for quite a while now. I am studying digital cinema as my major. In my free time I love playing pool 🎱, watching movies and sleeping.


Everett Davis

Team Member

Hi I'm Everett Davis and I am a freshman at UVU, majoring in Mechatronics! I like to Play videogames and create art! My special interests are Space, Air/space craft, sci—fi media, and robots! I am excited to be a mentor because I love to help others grow and learn with me!


Darsie Davis

Team Member

Hi! My name is Darsie and I am from California. I am majoring in Forensic Science in hopes to become as CSI or Death Investigator or whatever life holds for me. I enjoy outdoor activities from hiking, fishing, boating and rock climbing.  I am also fond of art and art history, so any cool art facts feel free to tell me. I am excited to Mentor this year and help you succeed. 


Jessica Frank

Team Member

Hi y’all, my name is Jessica Frank. I am a sophomore, majoring in Elementary Education. I am currently living is Santaquin, it is about 35 minutes from UVU. I love doing anything outdoors, playing with my animals is one of my favorite things. Family is the most important thing to me, I love going to wrestling tournaments with my family.



Oscar Guerrero

Team Member

I'm Oscar! I'm majoring in elementary education. I know what it's like to struggle with math, and that's why I want to help others. Math is practically another language, and it's one many struggle to become fluent in. I'm not hyper-fluent, but I can help you improve and develop math skills needed for the future. Some of my hobbies include binging Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, assembling LEGO sets and diving into Star Wars lore. I also have an odd fascination with natural disaster and man made disasters. I love being a math mentor and I look forward to helping you succeed!


Danielle Hall

Team Member

Hi friends! My name is Dani Hall. This is my first year mentoring and I am super excited to be apart of this program. Currently, I am working towards my associates in mathematics and will graduate spring 2024. I love being outside, spending time with my family, and songwriting. If you ever see me around say hi!!


Derek Haskell

Team Member

Hey! My name is Derek Haskell, this is my first semester as a math mentor, and I'm excited to be part of a great team. I'm an Information Technology major, working towards a bachelor's emphasizing network administration and cyber security. I mountain bike and like to participate in cyber security capture the flag challenges in my free time. My experience as a math mentor has been amazing, it is rewarding when a student fully understands a concept and walks away with more confidence in their math skills.


Cleo Ingles

Team Member

I'm Cleo! I'm studying computer science with a goal to work with artificial intelligence. My three favorite things are terribly long books, horrifyingly complicated cooking, and music with the worst time signatures. My goal is to help reduce anxiety when it comes to math so people can be confident in whatever their next venture is!


Nolan Jacobs

Team Member

Hi! My name is Nolan. I'm a student and Math Mentor at UVU. I'm majoring in biology, and I love science! I'm addicted to Dungeons and Dragons, video games, reading, puzzles and board games. I enjoy a good challenge and solving problems. I want to work as an infectious disease specialist in either research, treatment or prevention (not that there's a shortage of demand for that sort of thing right now). I love being a Math Mentor and am ready to help you with your education! 


Haven Jensen 

Team Member

Hello Friends! My name is Haven Jensen (They/Them). I am majoring in Information technology-Computer Forensic and Security. I am very excited to help others succeed in math especially since I used to struggle with math a lot. I enjoy drawing, art projects, listening to music, playing video games, and spending time with my family and cats. I love to learn new things and I am always curious about the world. I value creating a safe and accepting environment for everyone.



Davis Kuerth

Team Member

My name is Davis Kuerth, this is my first time being a math mentor and I have loved it so far! I am from Layton, Utah and I graduated from Layton high in 2018. My major is Mechatronic engineering tech, I am a freshman. In my free time I love to play soccer, box, mountain bike and play video games.


Emily Montgomery 

Team Member

I'm Emily Montgomery, studying to be a writer. My major is English, with an emphasis in creative writing. One day, I hope you'll read novels with my name printed on the front. I've been mentoring for the past year with Jon Anderson. Math may not be my major, but Jon's convinced me anyone can do it!


Hannah Oldroyd

Team Member

Hey y'all, my name is Hannah Oldroyd, and I'm from Gainesville, Georgia. I'm a Junior at UVU and majoring in Math Education. This is my second year as a Math Mentor, and I couldn't love a job more! I love going to visit my family back home, skiing in Park City, hanging out with my friends, going to the park with my dog, and helping others! I am super excited for this new year and all that's to come!


Marthina Cortes 

Team Member

Hey! My name is Marthina. I am from Chile and I'm a sophomore here at UVU! My major is Information Systems & Technology with a Business Intelligence emphasis. I'm thrilled to be a math mentor this semester because of all the wonderful people I get to meet and support. Volleyball, swimming, and hanging out with friends and family are some of my favorite activities.


Kadie Waldron

Team Member

Hey there! My name is Kadie Waldron. I am from California and am majoring in Special Needs Education here at UVU! Aside from teaching I love writing, reading, crafting, and being creative. This is my fourth semester as a math mentor, and I love helping other students learn to appreciate math in the same way I do! < 3


Kyla Watchman

Team Member

Heyooo!!! I'm Ky. I'm from Farmington, New Mexico. I'm a junior majoring in Art & Design. I hope to be a tattoo artist or a freelance graphics designer. I have two dogs that take up a lot of my time and I enjoy taking on walks and adventures. I also travel a lot by plane or car, I am always planning a trip to somewhere new. Thanks for reading my Tedtalk.