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:
Celine Mahdavi, Center Director
Celine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Le Lycée Francais de Los Angeles throughout grade school. She received her undergraduate degree with a major in International Business and French Literature from Loyola Marymount University and completed a masters in International Relations from Pepperdine in April 2016. With over 5 years of tutoring experience, she has only become more determined to help students understand and master math! When she's not at Mathnasium, she loves discovering new travel destinations, cooking, and taking spin classes! She is fluent in French and Farsi and currently working on learning a third language.
Caleb, Assistant Director
Caleb is currently first year psychobiology student at UCLA pursuing a career in radiology. He grew up in Simi Valley, California and has been a Southern California resident all his life. During high school, Caleb has worked as a tutor for various subjects such as biology and math. Aside from his professional and educational life, Caleb enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and actively serving as a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society. New to Mathnasium, Caleb hopes to use his enthusiasm for math and learning in general to foster understanding in other students.
Jonathan, Lead Instructor
Jonathan is a second-year at UCLA, majoring in Physiological Sciences. He has aspirations of going to medical school after undergrad, but until then, you can find him either out with his friends eating, playing basketball, or just napping. He is currently an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society at UCLA. When at school, his favorite subjects are chemistry, history, and math!
Rayna is a second-year Psychobiology student at UCLA. She is from Arcadia, California, and was a "mathlete" on the Arcadia High School Math Team. She helps teach toddlers sign language and absolutely loves working with kids, hoping to carry her passion into her future career as a pediatrician. Rayna also interns at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, works at UCLA's Early Care and Education Center, and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society at UCLA. In her spare time, she likes to grab food with friends, play piano, sing, or just take a nap!
Caitlin is a second year at UCLA majoring in neuroscience with a minor in disability studies. She's been tutoring math since the beginning of high school and had a teaching internship at a local elementary school last spring. Caitlin is also external director of UCLA's Academic Tutoring Program. Born and raised in Singapore, Caitlin loves traveling; she one day hopes to return to South Africa to visit Cape Town. Combining her passions for travel, teaching, and science, she hopes to earn her masters in public health and work for an NGO abroad.
Yashwi is currently a first-year UCLA student. Previously she tutored Elementary to High School kids in Math and Science as she loves those subjects and enjoys working with kids. Not only was Yashwi involved in Math Honor Society in High School, but also she was the Lead Web Developer in a Technical Internship where she mentored other kids in HTML and CSS. In her free time, Yashwi enjoys running, playing the violin, building websites, and spending time with family and friends. Yashwi is very passionate towards helping kids succeed and hopes to inspire the love of math in kids at Mathnasium.
Riley is currently pursuing a degree in bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout his educational career, his favorite subjects were always math and science. In high school, he worked as a tutor for his high school classmates in those subjects. During that time, he also volunteered as a tutor at a local elementary school. His passion for teaching and working with kids eventually led to him becoming an instructor at Mathnasium. In his free time, Riley enjoys traveling and playing basketball and volleyball.
Jeremy is currently a fourth-year Psychobiology student at UCLA and plans to pursue a career in nursing. He's from Arcadia, California and has lived in Southern California his entire life. He's been working with and tutoring kids in various subjects since his freshman year of high school. Outside of Mathnasium, Jeremy works as a nursing volunteer at Ronald Reagan Medical Center and is an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society at UCLA. He loves trying new foods and hopes to travel to as many places as he can in the world.
Kevin Muy is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Biology at UCLA. He transferred from Long Beach City College in 2016. He is currently working towards medical school with an interest in Emergency Medicine. Outside of mathnasium, Kevin loves to play piano and drums. He is involved with the SLAM! program at UCLA where he teaches piano and percussion to underserved middle and high school students in the Los Angeles area. In addition, Kevin is involved in a breast cancer tumor growth research lab at UCLA and is also a certified lead instructor for BLS/CPR certification courses taught through the American Heart Association.
David studied biochemistry at Occidental College, but is now in the web development field. He is currently pursuing more education for UX/UI design to build better user friendly apps and mobile games. David started tutoring during his freshman year of college and since then has fallen in love with equipping and educating students to grasp and comprehend math. David is excited for the new endeavors and adventures to come from being part of Mathnasium. Aside from his professional life, David is a die hard Dodgers and Lakers fan, loves to play basketball, and can't wait to go snowboarding before the winter is over.