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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:



Etsegenet Gebrelibanos, Owner







Shadia Rameh, Center Director

Shadia has been teaching and tutoring Mathematics for more than 25 years, in French as well as in English. She is well-versed in all levels of math and has taught both regular and honors courses. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Education from the American University (overseas) and has pursued Master's Studies in Education from Lesley College. Throughout her career as an educator, she has always had a passion for teaching, tutoring, and cultivating positive relationships with students. She looks forward to working with students of all ages at Mathnasium of Hancock Park! She is now not only a teacher at Mathnasium of Hancock Park, but she is also the Center Director.


Aaron Anthony, Instructor

 Aaron Anthony graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s in Math Economics. He is working toward a masters in Financial Engineering. He served as a Los Angeles Valley College Math Center tutor for 2 years at LAUSD. He has been a swim instructor for LA City pools for 5 years. He is  also a PE coach  at the Jewish Community Center.

How would you multiply 999 x 3? While this can be computed on paper using the standard multiplication algorithm, a deep understanding of multiplication reveals the answer is 3000 – 3 = 2997. Aaron loves working at Mathnasium because the method here does its best to develop the mathematical intuition behind the numbers.

Small errors may lead to dead ends in the world of math. Yet math is full of great roads built by Euler, Pythagoras, Leibniz, and Newton. As an instructor, he paves the roads by making the material clear and presentable. This is why he finds teaching math very rewarding. Bring your child and let him/her enjoy the center!


Matthew Brown, Instructor

Matthew Brown is a proud Maryland native and Class of 2013 alum of Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania. While majoring in Biology at SU, Matt also received certification for Secondary Science Education, completed biotechnology research for the Department of Defense, and worked as the Head Tutor at the Center for Academic Achievement. After graduating from SU, Matt moved to California to begin his service in the Los Angeles corps of Teach for America where he taught Life Sciences at both Crenshaw High School and Joseph Le Conte Middle School. In addition to almost three years of classroom teaching experience, he has over ten years of tutoring experience at all grade levels and including a variety of subjects: Math, Science, Writing, and Standardized Test Prep such as ACT, SAT, ISEE, and HSPT. Matt hopes to be enrolled in a human genetics graduate program by Fall 2018 and one day receive his PhD and become a genetics professor. Matt consistently sets high expectations for himself and his students and loves to work with students in order to achieve their best. 


Marta De Cardenas, Instructor

Marta De Cardenas is pleased to share her knowledge and love of math with the Hancock Park Mathnasium students as she does with her own students at St. Paul the Apostle School. She currently teaches Pre-Algebra at St. Paul the Apostle in Westwood and has been a middle school math teacher at St. Paul since she moved to Los Angeles in 2010. 
In addition to math, Marta has taught reading, language arts and theatre arts, among many other subjects since she first became a teacher in 1998.  In 1994, she earned her degree in theatre arts from Florida State University, and continues to this day to nurture her artistic pursuits, writing and acting for film and theatre.  Nevertheless, when it comes to core school subjects, math has always been her favorite, and she hopes it will become the favorite of Mathnasium students too.  


    Andre Edwards, Instructor

Andrei is a chemical engineering graduate from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with over many years of experience tutoring primarily in mathematics.  Andrei began tutoring friends and family while in middle school and has continued to tutor math into his professional career.  He has worked with elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students.                                                    

When Andrei is not tutoring at Mathnasium, he enjoys playing basketball and video games. He also enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.  Only being a resident of Los Angeles for two years, Andrei takes pleasure of being a "tourist" of Los Angeles and learning about great places to eat and places to see.

Rene Joya, Instructor

Rene Joya is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he studied Quantitative Economics and Statistics. He is currently attending California State University, Long Beach working on his graduate studies in Applied Statistics. His passion for math goes back to his time in high school due to his passionate Calculus Math teacher. He tutored high school math, primarily statistics while attending UCI.

When he is not working at Mathnasium or studying towards his Master Degree, he enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. He also enjoy going on hikes and catching up on shows on Netflix.