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 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 Tutor

​Degree: B.S. in Mathematics from 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 Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Forestry and Conservation from UC Berkeley. Multiple subject credential and single subject credential in mathematics.

I like to read science fiction, cook, take closeup photos of flowers, and hang out with my wife when I'm not teaching or tutoring.

I like tutoring at SurferMath because I can tutor for each student's needs and ability and hear lots of "A-ha! I understand now!"

Q: You know what numbers seem odd to me?
A:  Numbers that aren't divisible by 2!


Math/​Language Arts Tutor

Degree: ​B.A. in Psychology from UCLA

I love working with students because I enjoy making a positive impact on the future.
​In my free time, I like walking my dog, hanging out with my cat and riding my horse. 

​Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
A: Because 7 8 9!


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.


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: B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Sonoma State University

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!

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


Math Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Earth Science from Whittier College

​I have found great satisfaction and joy working with young people.  It's rewarding to make a difference.  I have many years of experience teaching in the classroom as well as coaching.  I connect well with adolescents and teenagers and enjoy helping them navigate challenging situations, both in and out of the classroom. 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 traveling and skiing. I also love spending time with my family.

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


Math/Science/Language Arts Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Exercise Biology from UC Davis

When I work with students, I want to be able to provide academic help and offer insight to help students become successful and well-rounded. It is rewarding to know I can play a part of my students' growth in learning. 

I love to run. What started out as a fun extracurricular in high school has turned into a personal outlet that lets me challenge myself mentally and physically. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, coaching youth sports, watching Survivor, taking cool classes at the community college, and spending time with my friends.

​​Q: Why are there only bad chemistry jokes?
​A: Because all of the good ones Argon.


Math/​Biology Tutor

Degree: B.S. in Health Sciences, Minor in Spanish from Chapman University. 

As a student who has benefited from the assistance of awesome tutors in the past, I am excited to to be able to provide that same support to other students. I like that tutoring gives students the opportunity to ask questions one on one, without the "stage fright" that comes with asking in class. I enjoy sharing the study strategies and test taking tips that helped me succeed when I was in school. I am happy to be able to offer that extra bit of support that a students may need to excel academically. 

My favorite pastime is indulging in all forms of storytelling. Movies, books, T.V. shows, I love them all! I also enjoy Disney & Harry Potter trivia. 

​Atom: I’d like to report a missing electron.
Police Officer: Are you sure?
Atom: Yes, I’m positive!


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?”