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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:

CenterDirectorAndre 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.

 

Kun Lee, Assistant Director

Kun has recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in physics. He has experience leading college chemistry review sessions. He also has been giving sailing instructions for over three years. He loves tutoring because it makes what sometimes can be a difficult subject into more manageable team effort. He hopes to be a valuable teammate in the mathematics journey, that not only guides students but also learns from them.

Vini Madapoosi, Assistant Director

Vini is a senior student at UC Berkeley who would like to become an accountant. She enjoys reading, especially about history and culture. She's had three years of experience as a tutor and loves helping young students gain confidence in their math skills.

Thao Tran, Assistant Director

Thao got her Associate Degree in Biology from Santa Rosa Junior College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley. Besides her passion in promoting sustainability and protecting the environment, she really enjoys working with children and young adults. Thao has experience as a private tutor and as a teaching assistant while she was in school. She hopes to further her career in education and the environmental field.

Simon Yong, Instructor

Simon is a Senior at Albany High School who is currently taking AP Statistics. He has experience teaching young kids the piano, and is eager to work with kids in the future. He enjoys many activities, including computer programming and robotics. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, listening to music, and reading.

Willy Cheung, Instructor

Willy is a senior at UC Berkeley. He studies Integrative Biology and he hopes to one day be a sports medicine physician working with athletes. Willy shares a strong interest teaching children because he loves being a role model. Willy had an older brother who helped him along the way and he wants to do the same for the younger generation. In his free time, Willy enjoys watching movies of all genres, reading sci-fi novels, and playing pickup basketball.

Rian Montagh, Instructor

Rian is a senior at Albany High School and is taking AP Calculus BC. She has always enjoyed math and she believes that each student has the ability to learn in their own way. Finding the best way to explain concepts in the manner that makes sense for students is very rewarding for her. Rian also loves being in nature, playing sports, including soccer, golf, and basketball, and reading all types of books.

Luke Mendelman-Haenn, Instructor

Luke is a senior studying mathematics and computer science at UC Berkeley. After 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.

Breana Nguyen, Instructor

Breana is a junior at UC Berkeley studying History and Asian American Studies. She has always had a love for teaching and hopes to one day become a college professor. She has over 4 years of tutoring experience, working with all ages ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, watching cartoons, and reading science fiction novels.

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.

Sophie Chemla-Vogel, Instructor

Sophie is a senior at Albany High School who is taking AP Calculus AB. She enjoys developing new, interesting ways to explain concepts in order to adapt to different learning styles and to cultivate students' interest in math. In her free time, she spends time outdoors, listens to musical soundtracks, dragon-boats, and reads. 

Ryan Lian, Instructor

Ryan is a sophomore 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 landscapes. Ryan has experiences 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 help developing these quantities for the students, and inspire them to learn. 

Sophia McManus, Instructor

Sophia is a senior at Bentley Upper School. She is currently taking Multivariable Calculus and AP Statistics. For Sophia, math is one of the most rewarding subjects  because of how concepts that at first seemed extremely complicated can become simple after developing a basic understanding of them. She thinks that one of the only things better than solving a math problem is helping others to figure out how to solve it as well. When she is not tutoring, Sophia loves to rock climb, solve logic puzzles, and listen to audiobooks. 

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.

Milo Kearney, Instructor

Milo is a senior at Albany High School. He is currently enrolled in AP Statistics and has previously completed AP Calculus BC. He believes that every student can learn to love math given the right set of learning tools, and hopes to show students that math really does all make sense. He enjoys participating in educational programs with younger children: during his summers he works as a docent with Shorebird Park Nature Center and teaches children about marine biology and the ecosystems in the Bay area. Milo also enjoys playing board games and puzzle games with friends. Outside of school he participates in Speech and Debate and Science Olympiad and enjoys the learning process and competition associated with both activities.

Kate Robak, Instructor

Kate is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Statistics and minoring in Anthropology. In her free time, she plays on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, plays the flute, and enjoys exploring new places with friends.

Teo Tezcan, Instructor

Teo is a junior at Berkeley High School who has taken AP Calculus BC and is currently enrolled in Linear Algebra and AP Statistics. He has tutored math in the Berkeley High School Learning Center and at King Middle School. Teo is committed to helping students explore new concepts in math and achieve their goals. He is a News Editor on the Berkeley High Jacket, has served as treasurer of a robotics team that won the world championship, and has played the violin in the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra.