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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

Bio coming soon!

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.

Kevin Ulrich, Instructor

Kevin has been working at Mathnasium since November of 2015. He is currently pursuing Computer Science at University of Washington Bothell and has studied Engineering, Physics, Calculus and Linear Algebra.
As a student, Kevin originally disliked math, but after getting introduced to Mathnasium learning techniques, he quickly realized that solving mathematical problems is something he deeply enjoys. Kevin is very friendly with kids and tailors his teaching techniques in a way that makes sense to each one of his students.

Jon Formantes, Instructor

Jon has lived in Redmond most of his life and recently graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington. Jon aspires to be a future physics teacher. Jon spent the last two years tutoring and working with a student led non-profit to promote college access in underprivileged communities. He's been an introductory physics course instructor at the University of Washington for the sub section part of the class. He currently works as an Instructional Assistant for the science department at Redmond High School.
He absolutely loves seeing the moments where concepts "click" in a student's head. In addition to teaching, Jon enjoys playing video games, hiking, the outdoors, and occasionally playing the violin.

Shanie Holman, Instructor

Shanie is currently a math instructor at PIMA Medical Institute in Seattle, and a substitute teacher in the K-12 system. She has many years’ teaching experience across a variety of subjects and in a wide range of settings. Formally, Shanie has a BS in General Science from the University of Oregon and an MS in Biology from Boise State University. Informally, she’s a life-long learner with interests that mostly focus in STEM, but her curiosity can be piqued by just about anything. Current projects include earning Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification, learning Spanish, and trying to learn piano.

Shanie loves working with students and helping them grow their own capacity for life-long learning. She strives to learn each student’s strengths, and to help them develop additional strengths along the way. She recognizes that “I can’t do this” is an incomplete sentence, missing the word “yet” at the end, and that “yet” makes all the difference.



Sangeeta Kumari, Instructor

Sangeeta has been working at Mathnasium since August 2016. She has done her Bachelors in Education and Masters in Mathematics. Sangeeta has spent over 5 years in teaching Math. She loves working at Mathnasium because of the fun and stress free environment that the center creates for children who want to understand and practice their Mathematics skills. She truely believes that mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms its about understanding.
Her style of teaching is asking right set of questions to help students arrive at the solution on their own, helping them with concepts along the way. She lives with her husband and has a daughter who keeps her busy at home.



Elif Tut, Instructor

Elif has been teaching and tutoring Math for 4 years. She majored in Teaching Math in University of Istanbul. Now, she is working in Bellevue School District as a substitute teacher. She had the chance to observe different methods of teachers and work with students from different backgrounds in this position.
Teaching Math and helping others have always been her passion. She is good at detecting her students' needs, find their problems and apply various methods to solve the problems accordingly. Her goal is to show and prove students that Math is fun subject to study while helping them to achieve their goals.  
  Elif enjoys reading, ice-skating and spending her spare time with her friends. She is currently learning American Sign Language.



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.