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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:


Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math.

The Mathnasium Method developed by Larry is implemented in our center by our trained instructors. Our instructors are not only passionate about math, they are also passionate about helping students understand, appreciate and excel in math. 


Amirah Meghani, Center Director

Amirah was raised in the Porter Ranch area. She attended Chaminade Middle School and Chaminade High School, prior to attending USC and graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Finance and minor in Psychology. She then went on to pursue a legal career, earning a JD from Loyola Law School and practiced law with a well-known firm in Sherman Oaks. However, it was motherhood that led Amirah to what is now her life's true passion: children. Watching her two children grow up have been the most rewarding experience of her life. She is excited and eager to have the opportunity to support and have an impact on the young people that are the true pillars of her hometown. 


Jennifer Raphael, Lead Instructor

Jennifer is from Palmdale, CA and moved to Northridge to pursue a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at CSU Northridge. She has been tutoring students in math since high school and teaches all levels up to college Calculus. Aside from Mathnasium, Jennifer also tutors at CSUN's Math Tutoring Center. Jennifer puts a lot of hard work into improving her skills in math and looks forward to to teaching and motivating students to do the same.


Nicole Shabazi, Lead Instructor

Nicole S. is currently a senior at California State University, Los Angeles.  She is majoring in mathematics and hopes to teach math at the college level.  Nicole S. has been tutoring for seven years and is certified as a tutor by the College of Reading and Learning Association through the University Tutorial Center at CSULA.  She loves working with students of all ages to build their knowledge and confidence in math.  She is patient and kind which makes her especially popular amongst the shy and/or young Mathnasium students. In her free time, she loves visiting theme parks with friends and family- her favorite being Disneyland.  She has a large collection of all things Disney at home.


Sameer Kabir, Higher Math Specialist

Sameer is also local from the area - Reseda, CA. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills and then went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with a B.S. in BioEngineering. He currently works in a medical processing lab while he pursues entrance into medical school. Sameer has a deep understanding and appreciation for math and medicine (he is currently working towards creating biomedical devices and microfabricated silicon wafers to model organs and helped produce a do-it-yourself hemodialysis device!). He aims to parlay his love of medicine and physics into a career of medicine as a Radiation Oncologist. 


Jonathan Ching, Instructor

Jonathan is a senior studying Mathematics at CSUN. He originally entered CSUN as a sociology major, but he discovered a passion for mathematics while taking a statistics class required for sociology. Jonathan also tutors for the Developmental Math Program at CSUN. He enjoys recognizing the "A-ha" moment in his students and will work his hardest to ensure they get there.


Salman Azfar, Instructor

Salman graduated with honors from Chaminade College Preparatory and will attend UCLA this fall. He works hard as a student in all of his classes, but feels a particularly strong passion for math and science. Prior to joining Mathnasium, he worked as a tutor for the CSF program at his school. He hopes that through working as an instructor, he can inspire young students to truly appreciate and enjoy the study of math. 


Nicole Gibson, Instructor

Nicole G. is currently a senior at Granada Hills Charter High School. She is president of the school's math team and a leader in the marching band. As an International Baccalaureate candidate she is dedicated to all her studies as a student, but has a strong passion for math. Ever since the fourth grade she has wanted to become a teacher and has spent many hours working with children. From teaching music at a local shelter to being a teacher's assistant at a preschool, her experiences with children have only increased her passion for teaching. As a tutor she enjoys engaging the students in the learning of math and finding ways to equip each of them with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals.


Lizette Silva, Instructor

Lizette is a Cell and Molecular Biology major at CSUN. After struggling in math a bit herself, thanks to dedicated teachers and even classmates, she learned skills and techniques that allowed math to become friendly. After these experiences, she was able to guide and help others that were struggling in math, leading them to the point of understanding where they are now able to teach others the subject. Lizette fell in love with teaching others. She saw how teaching others has a domino effect and how it could impact the lives of so many people. Now she hopes to help even more students, just how others helped her, to understand and eventually love math!


Mark Yi, Instructor

Mark is from Agoura Hills, CA and is currently attending CSUN to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He has been a Mathnaisum team member since his Junior year in high school. Mark brings a wealth of tutoring experience and was president of the Math Honors Society at Agoura High School. Mark has always felt extremely comfortable with math and Mathnasium has allowed him to discover that he is passionate about helping others understand math as well!


Madeline Martell, Instructor

Madeline Martell is currently a senior at Granada Hills Charter High School. In her junior year, she excelled in the highest level of math offered (AP Calculus BC) and continues to apply mathematical concepts in her AP Computer Science A course. She further utilizes mathematics, specifically geometry, on Granada’s award-winning Robotics team. In addition to mathematical excellence, she has participated in Granada’s choir, dance, and volunteer work. She attributes her success in math to the philosophy that the best way to learn is through teaching others!


Ariful Rigan, Instructor

Ariful (Ari) Rigan is currently a senior at Sherman Oaks CES, where he also tutors AP Physics and middle school robotics. He has placed highly in multiple robotics and engineering competitions on the SOCES robotics team, implementing various calculus concepts into programming. He has a passion for teaching and in his spare time enjoys playing guitar (acoustic and electric), tinkering with PC parts and taking things apart.