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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:

CenterDirectorSteve Varga, Center Director / Owner

Steve is the Center Director and Owner at Mathnasium of Lopatcong. Prior to opening his Mathnasium center, Steve worked in the Industrial Gas business in progressive roles of responsibility in distribution, operations, warehouse management and procurement. He has an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute. Having struggled with math as a child, Steve is enthusiastic about helping every child in the community to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. He has taught business classes at Butler County Community College and online with University of Phoenix , and he is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community. Steve and his wife Sandy have 7 children and have been homeschooling for 21 years. Steve has coached all 7 of his kids in soccer and has been involved in Boy Scouts, Royal Rangers and is currently training in Taekwondo with his 4 younger children.

 

 

Makensey Lindaberry, Assistant Center Director 

Suffice it to say Makensey loves Math. She has years of experience tutoring math and helping to develop student’s capabilities and confidence. She is currently a substitute teacher in the Washington, NJ area and has been recognized at Kean College on the Deans List numerous times. Makensey has her BA in Mathematical Science and is currently taking graduate level Math classes. In her spare time Makensey enjoys doing yoga, watching football, and participating in kickboxing classes.

 

 

Lisa Pysher, Education Director

Lisa has extensive experience in the classroom in a High School environment. She has worked in education for 30 years and has taught Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry among other mathematics subjects. Lisa also relates well to our younger students and has helped motivate them to success. Lisa has her Master of Science in Education as well as a BS in Mathematics Education. Lisa has experience with all levels of skill in math and wants to help students build confidence in their math ability. When not teaching, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 

 

Todd Velianski, Lead Instructor

Todd is a local boy, having gone to Pohatcong Elementary School and Phillipsburg High School. Todd graduated with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2013, and has lived in various parts of the country, working in education, library services, and at Boston Symphony Hall. Todd remembers being challenged by math in high school, but through dedicated teachers and hard work eventually excelled in AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and SAT math. In his free time, Todd enjoys boxing, reading philosophy, and cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He is known by his students for his terrible puns.

 

 

Amber Gates, Instructor

Amber is a Phillipsburg high school graduate who attended Kansas State University for Agricultural Education. She has been tutoring different levels of math for 4 years now. She enjoys teaching, and volunteering in her spare time. Originally from Louisiana, Amber moved to the Garden State for that fresh New Jersey air, and graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 2014. She then attended Kansas State University, studying agricultural education. She has tutored math for over four years now, both in high school and at Kansas State. She likes to volunteer at animal shelters and food pantries when she isn’t pursuing her love of teaching. Amber firmly believes in "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Short and Simple), which enables her to help students construct their own knowledge base using the building blocks provided in Mathnasium's curriculum.

 

 Edward Harwelik, Instructor

Prior to his becoming an Instructor at Mathnasium, Edward worked for over 28 years in various Finance positions at Verizon, including 14 years supporting International operations.   He is bi-lingual in Spanish, has a B.S. degree from the University of California at Northridge, and a Certified Finance Planner (CFP) certificate from New York University.   In his spare time, Edward enjoys running his middle school daughter to school, band rehearsals and basketball practice, as well as keeping in shape with strength training.

 

 Alex Kollias, Instructor

Some people excel in math from an early age. Such as it is with Alex, a sophmore at Phillipsburg High School, but with exceptional math ability. Alex works very well with our students and is helping them understand math in a way that makes sense to them. Alex is from Lopatcong, so he is familiar with our area and the schools. Alex brings a positive attitude and a great work ethic to our Learning Center.  He plays basketball year round and currently plays on the Varsity team for the Stateliners. Outside of his busy schedule Alex enjoys sports and spending time with friends and family.  

 

 Ryan Lattner, Instructor