Mathnasium 1007 Solano Avenue, Albany CA 94706 (510) 246-8772   albany-berkeley@mathnasium.com

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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.

  

Willy Cheung, Assistant Director

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 has 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.

 

Katrina Uy, Assistant Director

Katrina graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied Integrative Biology and Classics. She enjoys pedagogy and mentoring, especially in math and the other sciences. Her hobbies include reading random textbooks, ballet, photography, practicing the violin, and cooking.

 

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 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 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

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. 

 

Josh Chang, Instructor

Josh is a junior at Albany High School who is taking Pre-Calculus Honors. 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 junior at Albany High School and is currently enrolled in Pre-Calculus Honors. 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 Park, Instructor
 
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.
 
 
Alton Miller, Instructor
 
Alton is a student at Contra Costa College. They have taken math up to multivariable calculus and were part of the Berkeley Math Circle from 2015-2018. When not studying or working, Alton enjoys taking acrobatics classes, dragon boating and reading wikipedia pages about music theory.