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

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.


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.



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.


Jake Reed

Team Lead


Hey! My name is Jake, this is my 4th semester as a math mentor, and I could not be more excited! I am a Biology major, and I plan on applying to medical school in May. 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.


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


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!


Holly Bleazard

Team Member


My name is Holly Bleazard. I just got married in December and am loving married life. I am studying Math Education at UVU and getting my associates at the end of this semester! I am from a small town outside of Las Vegas called Logandale, and I have seven older brothers. I like to play with my 17 nieces and nephews. I like to play basketball, volleyball, spikeball, and ultimate frisbee, make No Bake Cookies, draw pictures, see new places, take pictures, ride horses, watch movies especially Hallmark movies, take naps, and hangout with friends and make new friends. I also like chocolate, sushi, mexican food, ice cream, homemade bread, and a lot more stuff... I am not a picky eater.


Lindsey Burgener

Team Member


Hi! My name is Lindsey Burgener, and I’m an ASL major with an emphasis on Interpreting. I used to struggle with math, but I’ve learned how to be successful in it, and now I love to help other people! Some things I like to do include swim team, singing, and ASL.

Trent Devashrayee

Team Member


I am from Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Bountiful High School in 2016. I then served my mission in the Brazil Fortaleza Mission. I am in the National Security Program at UVU, and am a junior. I enjoy music, videogames, sports, motorcycles, and learning.

Sami Giles

Sami Giles

Hi! My name is Sami Giles and I’m from Kaysville, Utah. This is my Sophomore year here at UVU. I’m a History and Social Studies Education Major, because I plan to be a high school history teacher once I graduate. I’m very excited to be a mentor! I am super passionate about education and I love helping others! In my free time I like to listen to music or podcasts, paint, and spend time with friends & family. I also spend a lot of my time trying to create a safer, more inclusive society for LGBTQ+ individuals, especially among youth & young adults. I love being able to connect with people & help them succeed, and I can’t wait to do that as a math mentor!

Oscar Guerrero

Team Member


I'm Oscar! I'm majoring in mathematics education. I know what it's like to struggle with math, and that's why I want to help others. Some of my hobbies include Netflix, YouTube and assembling LEGO sets. I also have an odd fascination true

crime and disaster documentaries. I love being a math mentor and I look forward to helping you succeed!

Colt Jevne

Team Member


Kia Ora! My name is Colt Jevne, and I'm from Hurricane Utah. I'm majoring  in emergency services and studying to become a paramedic.  Being a Math Mentor is great, because I get to meet new people and help them achieve their goals! I love working with others, as well as reading, camping, and playing games with my friends and family.

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!


Katie 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!


Kayla 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.



Dallin Shumway

Team Member


My name's Dallin Shumway and I'm a junior here at UVU, studying psychology. After this I plan to go on to a graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy or Social Work to pursue my dream of helping troubled families to mend broken relationships. I love creative writing, Star Wars, The Stormlight Archive, making people laugh, and spending time with my sweet wife Amy. When I was 18 I helped run a business that specialized in mentoring and motivating teengagers. Hopefully some of those skills help me to help you throughout this course.


Kadie Waldron

Team Member


Hey there! My name is Kadie Waldron. I am from California and am currently majoring in Special Needs Education here at UVU! Aside from teaching I love writing, photography, and any activity that gives me the freedom to be creative. This is my first semester as a math mentor, but I am so excited for the opportunity to help others learn to appreciate math in the same way I do! < 3


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!