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Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:

Joan, Center Director

Joan M Lairson holds an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from California State University Dominguez Hills.  Much of her career included creating and facilitating training programs for private and public organizations.  She has always wanted to make an impact on tomorrow. By working for Mathnasium, Joan can make that dream a reality.  “Being a part of a child’s education, allows me to see tomorrow today”.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Melanie, Assistant Director

Melanie is thrilled to be part of the Beverly Hills team and share her knowledge of and passion for mathematics. She is a graduate of New York University with a BA in Mathematics and a BFA in Drama, where she was a volunteer assistant teacher for the Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance educator in the arts for kids and adults alike, and most recently was an Instructor at the Mathnasium of Roland Park (in her hometown of Baltimore, MD) for a year before moving to the West Coast in July 2016.  Outside of Mathnasium, she is pursuing acting, stage combat, and stuntwork. She will also most likely ask if she can pet your dog if she meets them.


Asad, Instructor

Asad is currently a first year student at Santa Monica College. He hasn’t currently decided on what he would like to study in college, but he thoroughly enjoys math and science. He was born and raised in West Los Angeles, and wishes to travel as much as he possibly can. He has been working with children for more than a year now, which started off as babysitting. He has discovered that when teaching children you often learn as much, if not more, than them. He enjoys the challenge that mathematics brings, and has always taken the most demanding courses offered to test himself. Outside of Mathnasium, you can find Asad playing basketball or hanging out with  his friends and family.


Zaren, Instructor 

Zaren is currently a third year student at UCLA. He is majoring in Biology and hopes to attend Medical School in the future. He was born in Odessa Ukraine and raised in West Hollywood since the age of 2. He has been working with Mathnasium for more than a two years now first in Pasadena then at Beverly Hills. He enjoys learning new concepts and applying them to real life, and he has always taken the most demanding courses offered to be able to use his knowledge in other fields. Outside of Mathnasium, you can find Zaren doing escape rooms and hanging out with his friends