Joshua Bonet moved to Las Vegas three years ago, two weeks from graduating with a 3.91 GPA from his master's degree. After working at CSN as an adjunct professor, he realized quickly that his students were not prepared for the level of competence necessary to pass his classes. And that's where the idea of Motivao was born, in order to push students to higher levels of confidence in mathematics.
Just like many success stories, Motivao started at the garage of a rented house in Henderson, Nevada. With only $100 on his bank account, Bonet decided to invest $5,000 from an AMEX credit card to start this journey. When he started on November 11, 2015 he had bills piling with no money and already $5000 in debt. Without loosing any hope, he worked relentlessly for 5 months straight, until a young girl named Christy, was in desperate need for help in Calculus. Greatly satisfied with his services, she was able to write Motivao a 5 star review in Yelp, giving him his first customer satisfaction review. From this point on, it didn't take long for his clients to multiply to the point were parents are calling 3 months in advanced to reserved their spots.
Mr. Bonet was raised in Puerto Rico for 24 years until he decided to move away to follow his dreams. Coming from a low class family, he experienced the need to survive very early in life. He would hustle and work since he was 6 years of age. Her mother, a Puerto Rican single woman with 3 children, became his most inspiring figure in life. Having a "never quit" attitude, she finished her master's thesis after 10 years working on it. And so, having any excuse of not achieving his goals was unacceptable. That struggle his family had to endured for so long, gave Mr. Bonet the inner drive to pursue what everyone around him thought to be impossibly hard: a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Not knowing anything about the world of mathematics, he went to his Calculus professor, Mr. Brodsky, an old man from Massachusetts with a long white beard, asked him an important question. "What should I do to be good at math?" which with a stern smile said, "Try to be the best". That was enough for Mr. Bonet to chase his dreams with an unstoppable force to become the best mathematician in the entire island.
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University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
B.S., Theoretical Mathematics 2012
University of South Dakota
M.S., Applied Mathematics, 2014
Activities & Affiliations
•Devil Pups, P.T. Instructor
• United States Marine Corps, Medical Honorable Discharged
• Equipo Academy, Math Teacher
• Department of Education, Clark County, Nevada