About the Project

I’m Saša, Director of OntaOnta.
I am an astrophysicist and a software engineer.
Most importantly, I am a parent.
This is my story.

I was fortunate to get a solid foundation in math, and develop a passion for it while attending the school where Nikola Tesla studied, in Karlovac, present-day Croatia. I see math as a beautiful, abstract subject filled with patterns organized in logical ways. I see the learning of math as a process of using previously acquired knowledge and expanding it in a spiraled pattern. Basics matter the most! Basics are bases.

Many families have their “thing,” be it camping, travelling, board games, or scuba diving; ours was always math. When my wife and I realized that our children were not being taught the basics of math at school, we began our search for an extracurricular program. We tried a number of different math tutoring centres, but none of them fit our parameters: an affordable, convenient and well-structured program.

We decided to take this matter into our own hands. We started making our own worksheets. One day my wife said “it would be great to have a website with all this material where all the lessons are organized and complete for teachers and parents to use”. I told her it was a crazy idea since it was an insane amount of work, but she prevailed, and OntaOnta was born.

Our vision is to be able to provide a high-quality affordable education to all children; a math program that can be taught in the school setting, or in the comfort of your home.

It was a long four-year journey filled with excitement, frustration, and tens of thousands of hours spent on coding and content-creation. All of this was done from our basement: it became my live-in office. I remember a time my daughter drew a picture of our family without me and when asked where I was, she responded, “Oh, he is working in the basement.”

We were lucky to find like-minded people who shared our vision, and our team grew. The people in the OntaOnta team have passed through different educational systems, in different countries, having emerged with different experiences – some good, and some bad – and ended up with different educational levels and professions. Some of us became educators, some started a family and have school-aged kids, and some are getting ready to become parents.

With the team having pulled together over the last year, OntaOnta is finally ready to be used. My wife’s crazy idea from four years ago finally became a reality!

Our core mission with OntaOnta is to deliver a fully integrated math-teaching and learning system to whomever may need it: students, teachers, and parents alike (homeschooling too!). We originally decided to focus on mathematics as we discovered a huge partition on this subject within our educational histories as well as in the present day; a subject so vital to STEM fields must be taught as effectively as possible. We began with focusing on just the kids in our small social circle, but quickly realized (through feedback and chance encounters) that our product is profoundly needed by not only school students, but also teachers, and parents in our region, and beyond.

Ultimately, OntaOnta has become the response to the growing need for easy, affordable, and equitable access to education that can help put an end to declining math scores (see an example in this article). Our material equips teachers and parents with a complete set of tools to help young people build strong foundations in mathematics and science. We aim to help combat academic struggle, and provide students with the confidence and knowledge they need to understand and compute numbers, and process given information, which are skills most useful both in class and in the real world.

In creating our courses, we focus on fundamental skills that students must grasp in order to understand relevant concepts. We strive to combine the old-school acumen of fundamental knowledge with new-school problem solving and inquiry techniques. Our lessons are designed to help learners become fluent in relevant courses and fields of study. We help students become confident and flexible learners, capable of applying critical and abstract thinking to whatever information they may encounter in academia and the real world.

About the Team

Sasa
Saša
Systems Architect / Content Creator
Saša
PhD - Astrophysics.
20+ computer languages.
Worked on several startups.
Educated in 5 different countries.
Career: Programming, Data Science.
Worldly Experience: 19+ countries.
Dragan
Dragan
Software Developer / Accountant
Dragan
Masters - Physics.
Diploma - Accounting.
Publications - Optician Textbook.
Silicon Valley Web Developer.
10+ years of teaching experience.
8+ years of experience in accounting and taxation.
Worldly Experience: 25+ countries.
Katya
Katya
Editor / Communications
Katya
Diploma - Paralegal Studies.
Diploma - Educational Psychology.
Writer/Editor for 7+ years.
Career: Law.
Worldly Experience: 8+ countries.
Member of several professional societies.
Jeff
Jeff
Software Developer / Reviewer
Jeff
Diploma - Computer Studies.
15+ programming languages.
Career: Software Development.
Worldly Experience: 1 country.
Reviews content from the perspective of a future parent.
Gloria
Gloria
Content Creator / Reviewer
Gloria
Undergraduate - Health Sciences and Biochemistry.
2020 recipient of the Amgen Scholars research program
Creates and reviews content from the perspective of a former K-12 student with a focus on Chemistry courses.
Alicja
Alicja
Reviewer
Alicja
Master - Chemistry.
15+ years of teaching experience.
Career: Teaching.
Worldly Experience: 13 countries.
Reviews content from the perspective of a teacher and a parent.
Ania
Ania
Reviewer
Ania
Currently in middle school.
Reviews content from the perspective of a school student who is interested in math. Tests new content and gives feedback on problems, structure, clarity, and how engaging the content is.
Andrej
Andrej
Reviewer
Andrej
Currently in elementary school.
​Reviews content from the perspective of a school student who is interested in math. Tests new content and gives feedback on problems, structure, clarity, and how interesting the content is.