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:
Andre Bertrand, Owner and Center Director
Andre is Center Director at Mathnasium of Albany-Berkeley. Prior to opening his center, Andre was a Senior VP at iHeartRadio in New York City. With an Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University, he has worked for more than 25 years as an engineer in telecommunications and multimedia. Over the years, he has done extensive coaching, teaching, and trouble-shooting. Originally from Canada, Andre has lived in Germany, Panama, New York, and Texas. Since moving to the Bay Area a few years ago with his wife, a Cal Professor, and their two school-age children, Andre has become an active parent in the community. Realizing the need for more individualized attention and targeted learning in math, Andre decided to bring Mathnasium to the Albany-Berkeley area. He is committed to sharing his enthusiasm for math and to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community.
Hailan Duan, Assistant Director
From her past teaching, coaching and parenting experience, Hailan is convinced that in many situations customized learning plans and individualized teaching are necessary. Students have to learn in a way that makes sense to them, so that they do not develop the learned helplessness, but a lifetime love of learning. She joined Mathnasium in hope of assisting students in boosting confidence in math, as well as in developing a growth mindset and grit in the long run. Hailan has two children, age 11 and 15, attending Albany schools. She has worked as an engineer in the semiconductor industry, volunteered for Girl Scouts and school PTA, tutored and coached students up to college level, and run after-school programs in the past. Hailan holds a BS in Physics and a minor in Applied Mathematics from East China Normal University, a MS in Physical Chemistry from NYU, and a PhD in Surface Chemistry from Stanford.
Luke Mendelman-Haenn, Instructor
Luke is a senior studying mathematics and computer science at UC Berkeley. Since moving from Austin, Texas to Berkeley in 2014, he has tutored math to students at multiple Berkeley middle schools. Aside from math, he enjoys a long bike ride and a game of pickup soccer. With a strong math background and love of teaching young scholars, he hopes to share his passion of mathematics as an instructor at Mathnasium.
Peter Weiss, Instructor
Peter retired from full time classroom teaching in 2017. While he taught primarily high school classes, he has also tutored students of all ages. He has taught everything from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. In addition to his teaching credential, Peter has a BA in Math, BFA in Drama, and MS in Computer Science. Before teaching, he spent 35 years in Los Angeles building up a business which is a necessary and highly respected part of the casting process of films, television shows, and plays. He also performed as an actor in numerous stage and film productions as well as played and coached basketball for over 40 years.
Ryan Lian, Instructor
Ryan is a senior at Albany High School. He is currently taking AP statistics, having completed AP calculus BC and complex analysis. He has always been interested in math, and wishes to show students the beauty of it. In his spare time, he enjoys speed solving Rubik's Cubes, running, and painting portraits. Ryan has experience tutoring his older sister, and is also one of the peer tutors at his school. He believes that math is like a language; with the right amount of practice, intuition, and confidence, the students can be successful throughout their careers. As an instructor at Mathnasium, he is committed to helping develop these quantities for the students, and inspire them to learn.
Linus Sun, Instructor
Linus is a junior at Albany High School, who is currently taking AP Calculus BC. He believes that everyone, through hard work and motivation, has the potential to become gifted at math, and only needs to be taught in a way that clicks for them. Outside of school, he participates in Science Olympiad as well as Youth and Government, and enjoys listening to lots of music.
Teo Tezcan, Instructor
Ally Chiang, Instructor
Ally is a junior at Albany High School and is currently enrolled in Pre-Calculous Honors. Prior to working at Mathnasium, she worked as a peer math tutor at AHS. Her favorite part about teaching is when students reach that moment of understanding. She is on her school dance team and teaches dance classes at AhLan Dance Studio. In her free time she enjoys reading and watching Disney movies.
Josh Chang, Instructor
Josh is a senior at Albany High School who is taking Calculus BC. He finds math to be unique in how its many seemingly abstract topics can be applied to other academic fields, as well as to many real life situations. Besides working as a tutor, Josh participates in Model United Nations and Science Bowl, and swims for the Albany Armada Aquatics swim team.
Michael Liu, Instructor
Michael is a senior at Albany High School and is currently enrolled in AP Calculus BC. He works at Mathnasium not only to counsel education in today's youth, but also to spread his passion for mathematics as a whole. Outside of school, he enjoys playing board games and playing basketball with his friends.
Joanna Qiu, Instructor
Joanna is a senior at Albany High School. She thinks math is cool because it makes sense since it's all logic. Joanna is on her school's tennis, wrestling and track teams, and dances outside of school. In her free time, Joanna likes to swim and play with her dogs.
Chloe is a junior at Albany High School and is taking Pre-Calculus Honors. Math has been her favorite subject for years and she enjoys helping others with essential math skills. In her free time, she likes to play soccer and sing in the school choir. She is also involved with the Student Leadership program at her school and is currently serving as the ASB Vice President.
Allie is a student at Contra Costa College. She has taken math up to multivariable calculus and was part of the Berkeley Math Circle from 2015-2018. When not studying or working, Allie enjoys taking acrobatics classes, paddling with her dragon boat team, and reading wikipedia pages about music theory.
Our physical center is now OPEN ! Call us to schedule your child's assessment. Hours below are for in-center instruction. Please contact us for online hours.
|Mon||3 - 7pm|
|Tues||3 - 7pm|
|Wed||3 - 7pm|
|Thurs||2:30 - 7pm|
|Fri||3 - 6pm|
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