Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Jing Zhang

Centre Director/Owner
Jing Zhang, BA, BEd is a certified (by Ontario College of Teachers) teacher in Ontario. She got her Bachelor degree from Hunan Normal University in 1989 and got her BEd degree with 84.8% of GPA from Nipissing University, in 2007. Before she left China, she had been a homeroom teacher of Chinese literature for 8 years in a middle school (Changsha Fine Arts Vocational School) that is equivalent to a secondary school with both middle and high schools in Canada. She had experience of teaching the highest level students in a secondary school. When she lived in the U.S.A., she worked as a substitute teacher for an elementary school (Bartle Elementary School, NJ) and as a Chinese teacher in the Huaxia Chinese School in New Jersey.

Jacob Baisley

Jacob Baisley, BSc, BEd is a certified teacher (by Ontario College of Teachers) with teaching qualifications in Math and Physics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2015 and his Bachelor of Education in 2017, both from Nipissing University. During his time there, Jacob worked as a research assistant in the Mathematics Department and facilitated an informal enrichment program known as Math Circles, where students would gather to take part in engaging math and logic activities. Throughout his practice teaching, Jacob has had experience working with students from Grades 6-12 and has taught both University Prep and College Prep Math courses. He enjoys getting involved in the community and has volunteered for a variety of local organizations including Community Living and the Nipissing University Student Union. He is passionate about social justice and has worked on several campaigns and fundraisers over the last few years. Jacob hopes to share his love of math with students and help them reach their full potential. After working several years in Mathnasium of North Bay, he was hired as a full-time Math Instructor at Canadore College, North Bay, Ontario.

Miao Chen

Miao Chen, MSc, BSc., graduated from Nipissing University with a major in Biology and a minor in Social Welfare and Social Development in 2015 and 2019. She has held a very good academic record during her time at Nipissing University while involving in community activities such as participating in the Near North Voices Choir as a soprano. In 2014, she completed her Honour thesis on Sweet-fern and its antioxidant activity in comparison to Trolox, a water analog of Vitamin E. She has strong interests in Mathematics not only because Math exists everywhere in our daily lives, but also she enjoys the process solving math problems and the sense of achievement when she gets correct answers. Therefore, she is really looking forward to helping students understand and solve various Math problems.

Nathan LeSarge

Nathan LeSarge, BA, BEd, is a recent graduate of Nipissing University’s Schulich School of Education. He graduated from Nipissing University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and he received his Bachelor of Education in 2019. He is qualified to teach students from grade 4 to grade 12, and he also has senior mathematics qualifications that allow him to teach grade 11 and grade 12 mathematics courses. He has experience tutoring high school mathematics, including grade 10 academic mathematics and the grade 11 Functions course, and he also has experience teaching mathematics to students from grade 4 to grade 7 through practice teaching experiences. While he was a student at Nipissing University, he worked with elementary and secondary students through the Math Circles program, which provides students with enriched mathematics activities. He enjoys coaching sports, particularly basketball, and he was an assistant coach for the Scollard senior boys basketball team during their 2018/2019 season. He is also a coordinator for the junior pool league at Partners Billiards and Bowling, where he works with children ages 9 – 18 and helps them develop and improve their pool skills. Nathan has always enjoyed helping children reach their full potential, and he hopes to share his passion and enthusiasm for mathematics while working at Mathnasium.

Oakley Brown

Oakley Brown, BME, BE, completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Mechanical Engineering. He just recently completed his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University here in North Bay with a specialization in Math and Physics for the Intermediate and Senior grades. He will start working full-time in September as a Grade 8 homeroom teacher. He enjoys instructing students one-on-one and helping develop their confidence with their math skills here at Mathnasium.

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor

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