Tom Lewis

Math Tutor/Owner

Degree: B.S. in Mathematics, UC Davis; Single Subject Teaching Credential, UC Berkeley.

I love my jobs, both as a classroom teacher and as the owner of SurferMath. Working with kids has always been a love of mine - whether it is helping students find the equation of a line, add fractions, raise their SAT score or find a college that is a perfect fit for them working with Napa Valley families and students is very rewarding to me.

For fun outside of education, I love to do outdoor adventures with my wife and kids- hiking, disc golf, camping and gardening. I also like to compete in triathalons, build things, listen to a wide range of music and watch movies. I also love to travel and spend time with extended family.

There are three kinds of people in this world: those that count and those who can't.


Math/Science Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Microbiology from UC Davis.

I love hiking gardening, cooking, and tennis. I am a huge Giants fan, and I plan on taking my one-year-old son to games next year.

I enjoy seeing how different students look at math problems from different viewpoints. It creates challenges in figuring out how to help each individual.

Did you know that 5 out of every 4 people have a problem with fractions?


Math Tutor

Degree: A.A. English & Humanities, B.B.A. Economics & Statistics from the University of Hawaii, California State Elementary & Secondary Life Teaching Credentials, M.B.A. Management (in Aviation) from Embory-Riddle Aeronautical University

My #1 hobby is watching critically acclaimed movies and documentaries, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball (P.S. My #2 team to cheer for is the SF Giants). My interests are reading news online and emailing friends and family. My Fun Things are doing anything with my family, relatives and friends, and teaching math. I wish I was still young enough to play baseball and softball, both of which I did for almost 45 years.

I love to teach math; the staff and students at SurferMath provide me with a wonderful environment to do what I love to do. At SurferMath I can concentrate on teaching young students who are eager to learn and improve their math skills, and I don't have to worry about all the other "jobs" that a "normal" teacher has to perform at school, although I do miss the rapport I had with a classroom full of friendly and caring students.

Q: Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach?
A: Because they have sine and cosine to get a tan and don't need the sun!


Math/Science/Language Arts Instructor

Degree: B.S. in Physics. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

I enjoy tutoring because you get the individual and small group dynamic you don't get in a classroom. It is much easier to make meaningful progress right away because you get to focus directly on the student and their needs.

In my spare time I enjoy movies, tennis, video games, biking, traveling and gaming.

Q: What is the difference between a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.


Math Tutor

​Degree:BS in Mathematics: Chico State
Calif. Teaching credential: Sonoma State

I love working with young people mostly because they are so funny. Students seem to love or hate mathematics, but all of them struggle at one time or another. I love sharing that even math geeks have struggled with understanding math.

I love animals, I have 2 cats and 2 dogs, all are very spoiled. I work in my garden and sew clothes for my grandchildren.

Q: Why is a math book always unhappy?
A: Because it always has lots of problems. 


Math/Language Arts/Social Studies Tutor

Degree: BA Liberal Studies Cal Poly Pomona; MA History Sonoma State

​I have been teaching since 1986. I love teaching. It is a wonderful feeling to assist students as they get smarter everyday. I love planning lessons in math, economics or social studies and then watching students interact with the content. It is all there in the students' face as they begin to understand. The eyes begin to look for answers to questions followed by the smiles when the students get it. Next comes the follow up questions to make sure they have it correct. Than the independent application of the learning well beyond what I taught. This is what gets me up every morning to teach my students.

​Riding my horse, Jane, puts a constant smile on my face. I also sew my own clothes, crotchet my sweaters and make the occasional afghan or quilt. Finally I love researching history. I have two projects that I am researching and writing about. One is about Napa's poor in the 1880s. The other project is genealogy looking at the micro macro histories of ancestors.

"​Algebra should just get over its ex, because I am tired of looking for it!"


Finance Manager

Degree: B.A. in English from UC Davis.

When the weather is mild, I'm in the garden. I sing in a church choir and a church band, and especially in the shower. I like to sew, read, hike and spend time with my grandchildren.

Here is my personal Haiku:
​Shower singer loves
Water running over rocks.
Scrabble is her game.


Math/Science/Language Arts Tutor

Degree: My undergraduate degree is from Syracuse University in Geography with a minor in biology. My graduate degree is in Environmental Science from Clark University in Massachusetts. I am also currently taking courses in landscape architecture.

In my spare time I like to hang out with my husband and my two dogs. I like running and kayaking and hiking around Napa Valley. I also enjoy reading and an intense game of mahjongg!

Math can be a tough subject for many students and I love helping people realize that it’s not as intimidating as it may have looked! It is great to see an increase in a student’s confidence as well as an improved grade. And I love working with kids for the humor too!

Why did the number get mad at his wife?
Answer: Because she was being irrational!


Math/​Language Arts Tutor

Degree: BS in Applied Mathematics (in progress)

School is hard. Sometimes it just takes one bad test, bad class, or bad year to discourage students from achieving their full potential. I like working with students because sometimes it just takes a little bit of one-on-one time to inspire confidence in a subject. I love learning from others and I love helping to improve skills and tackle new ideas!

​I love dancing, exploring new parts of California and hanging out at home with my dog!

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip? To get to the same side!


Math Tutor

Degree: B.A. in Mathematics. B.S. in Business/Accounting. Single Subject Teaching Credential. CTEC (tax) license.

Math has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy teaching students to learn math, how fun math is, and how to enjoy math.

Q: What do you get if you divide the cirucmference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi!


Language Arts Tutor

​Degree: B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz

My favorite thing about working with students is the fact that no matter how well I know my material, they will challenge me to know and understand it in new ways.

Outside of education, I love to read and watch tv and movies. I also enjoy solving puzzles and spending time outdoors playing sports or simply exercising.

I am the ghost of Christmas Future Perfect Subjunctive: I will show you what would have happened were you not to have changed your way!


Math Tutor

Degree: BS Mathematics from the University of North Dakota; MA Mathematics from San Diego State

​I have found great satisfaction and joy working with young people - it helps to keep me young at heart. I enjoyed my teaching career many years ago and since my retirement from software engineering, I have been working part-time as a Job Coach for people with disabilities in the workplace. Helping individuals to be successful with their jobs has been very rewarding. The experience of working with individuals who need help and my continuing love of Mathematics has led me to tutoring students who need help with Math. Students who need tutoring are stuggling with Math and/or "don't like Math" so I enjoy the challenge of making Math "fun" and teaching the Math concepts in a way that makes it more understandable to them.

​My main hobby is golfing and watching sporting events. I also love being with my Grandchildren and watching them develop their sporting and musical talents.

Q: What did the zero (0) say to the eight (8)?
A: "Nice belt!"


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. Yale, in Molecular Biology and Biophysics; and M.D., University of California, San Diego

​I believe the best way to understand anything is to have to teach it to someone else. I often learn more from the student than he or she learns from me.

​I love reading classics ( I read Ancient Greek and (some) Latin), and reading poetry and fiction. I am always learning new areas of mathematics ( currently real analysis, point set topology, and number theory). I write poetry, and my book "By Parked Cars" was praised by John Ashbery.

​There is an old story about Einstein's violin playing that musicians told each other for years: when Einstein played sonatas with the famous pianist Artur Schnabel and missed an entrance, Schnabel snapped at him: “Albert – can’t you count?”