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:
Nick van Vliet, Center Director
Nick graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Finance from Cal State University Northridge. He first joined the Mathnasium team in 2014 after learning about the impact that Mathnasium was making in students' lives. After working as the Center Director in Irvine for 2 years, he made the transition to help serve the Diamond Bar community. He is committed to creating an encouraging environment where students can build confidence and conquer math while still having fun. His goal is to ensure that students have an effective, engaging, and encouraging learning experience that cultivates an intuitive understanding of math. Nick loves teaching, coaching, and encouraging students to work hard and rise up to their potential. In his spare time he is actively involved in his church community and enjoys playing sports, snowboarding, competing in any game known to man, bbqs, and reading.
Melissa, Assistant Director
Melissa has worked with kids for the past ten years as a preschool Sunday school teacher, junior high and high school group leader, private tutor, and nanny. Melissa is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education through Liberty University. Her goal is to become a preschool or elementary school teacher. Melissa’s hope is to help kids feel welcomed, appreciated, and confident. In her free time, she enjoys going to Sprinkles for a cupcake, planning her upcoming wedding, and eating ice cream.
Kathy, Lead Instructor
Kathy graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education. Through the teaching credential program at Biola, she has experience teaching math in classrooms. She also was a teacher's assistant for math classes at Biola and a math tutor for high school students. Kathy has a passion for math and enjoys helping kids understand math better. She is also fluent in Mandarin! In her free time, she likes watching TV shows, playing sports, going out with friends, and reading.
Tommy graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics/Statistics. He is currently continuing his education by pursuing a Master's degree in Mathematics. Tommy believes that one of the greatest feelings a student can get comes from knowing that a teacher supports and believes in him or her. It is a teacher's ability to motivate that can change a student's whole perspective on learning. He hopes to continue motivating and supporting students by becoming a math teacher. In his free time, Tommy enjoys drinking coffee, finding new places to eat and exploring different parts of the world!
Lynn is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Applied Mathematics at Azusa Pacific University. Her goal is to go to medical school and provide third world countries with the medical care they need. Lynn has worked with kids for the past eight years as a preschool teacher, elementary group leader, and private tutor. Lynn loves teaching math to students because she loves when the students experience the "ah ha" moment and when they find joy in something they may not have enjoyed previously. In her free time, Lynn enjoys spending quality time with friends, eating at new restaurants, and traveling the world.
Misa graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics/Statistics. Misa has previous experience in tutoring students from grades K-12. Misa hopes to help students enjoy math while understanding how useful it is the real world. She likes to teach and see how happy students get when they understand concepts better. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, going out with friends, hiking, and eating at new places.
Kanwar was born and raised in Chandigarh, India. After completing his high school there, he moved to California in 2014 and studied at Irvine Valley College for two years before transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to pursue a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. His love for Mathematics and care and affection for kids made this job perfect for him. He enjoys the challenges mathematics poses and the joy of understanding and mastering these challenges. He hopes to instill the same passion and confidence in kids, helping them achieve the future success on their own. His go-to motto is "practice makes perfect". In his free time, he enjoys binge-watching Netflix movies and TV shows, reading novels, going out with friends and making new ones while exploring different parts of the world.
Lawson is currently enrolled at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in electrical engineering. Lawson has previous experience working with children as a super-hero party entertainer. He also has prior experience tutoring as a part time tutor in high school. Lawson enjoys helping kids understand math, since it is needed for the rest of their lives. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, binge watching Netflix, and going out with friends.