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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:

OwnerKiran Shah, Owner

Kiran has had passion for math for as long as she can remember. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Washington with Cum Laude. She is a board member and Treasurer for AlSadaqa since 2012, a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to the under privileged in the Puget Sound Area. Having taught math in the resource center at Wilder Elementary School in Lake Washington School District, she strongly believes that math can be accessible to all students if presented in an effective format that engages the student at their level. After discovering Mathnasium, Kiran realized she could make a bigger difference with the Mathnasium program than she could working in the public schools.

Kiran has two daughters and lives with her husband, Shaharyar, who works for Amazon.  She has been coaching her daughters’ spring soccer team through Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association. Along with her passion in helping kids develop their potential, she has a strong passion for cake decorating.

Joy Johnsen, Assistant Center Director

Joy has spent over 8 years tutoring Chemistry, Biology and Genetics. She has a BS degree in Biochemistry and Masters in Education from Seattle Pacific University. Joy also has three years of experience as a paraeducator in the Lake Washington School District.

Joy likes helping students overcome their personal hurdles in math. She enjoys introducing students to the fun side of problem solving and showing them that working on complex problems can be absorbing and rewarding.

In addition to her work at Mathnasium, Joy is a volunteer forest steward working with the Green Kirkland Partnership.

Emily Curtis, Assistant Center Director

Emily recently moved to Washington from Norman, Oklahoma where she grew up and received her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. She has tutored students in math and science since high school and loves sharing her joy for math with others. She will begin working toward her MS in Applied Math at UW in the fall. 
Emily previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Oklahoma specializing in Education research. She also likes to knit and worked at a yarn store in Oklahoma, helping others learn how to knit and crochet. Emily loves baseball, board games, and anything outdoors with her boyfriend and rambunctious pup. 

Tony Wiggins, Instructor

Tony has been teaching and tutoring for over 30 years. Over most of that time, he has taught Mathematics, but has also taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Health, History, Economics, English, Ethics, PE and more recently yoga. He has taught students from every grade.

Tony enjoys seeing in his students the spark of understanding and a connection to a larger way of seeing things. He loves learning and hopes to instill curiosity in his students.

Tony has a BS degree in Mathematics and Masters in Education. He has taken graduate level courses in Mathematics, Education, Business, Information Systems and Psychology. Tony has previously worked as a paralegal.

Andrew Lin, Instructor

Andrew has a PhD in theoretical computer science and has tutored for 10 years in mathematics and computer science.  He has industry experience working as a software engineer at Google, Bloomberg, and most recently Microsoft's research department.  In his spare time, Andrew has authored several abstract strategy computer games, including Othello, Checkers, and Surakarta (Indonesian Checkers), several of which have won medals at the International Computer Gaming Association contest. 

Beth Herburger, Instructor

Beth has been teaching math for ten years in the Bellevue, Renton, Mercer Island, and Lake Washington School District. She has taught everything from 7th grade math up through Calculus. Beth is currently working as a paraeducator in the Bellevue School District.

Beth holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado; and Masters in Education from Seattle Pacific University. Beth enjoys computer games and card games with friends in her spare time. 

Richa Jain, Instructor

Richa is an Electronics and Communications Engineer graduate from India.

She moved to USA in 2013. Mathematics has always been her passion and she loves helping kids who are struggle with Math. In India she worked with Ericsson India Pvt Ltd and has tutored Math and Science. She recently volunteered to teach Math at Highland Middle School.

Currently she is volunteering with Gurukul, Washington (not for profit organization, promoting Indian Language, Arts and Culture). She a mother of a 2 years old girl. Her husband Mridul Jain works as a Software Engineer with Nordstrom.

Divya Parimi, Instructor






Farhat Afridi, Instructor

Farhat has a bachelors degree in electronics and communication engineering, from Bangalore University, India. She moved to Washington in 2016, from India, where she has worked for the IT QA teams at Adobe Systems, and Williams-Sonoma Inc. She has always been passionate about the subject, and has tutored Maths for 3 years back in India. She is an avid sports lover, enjoys long drives, a fan of the outdoors, and can often be spotted on the various trails across the state with her 5 yr old son.

Sydney Thomas, Instructor





Kevin Ulrich, Instructor





Shumaila Naqvi, Instructor