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:
We recruit instructors who not only have an educational background in math, but those who are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching math because we find they communicate best with 1-12 students. Our team is comprised of students and graduates from UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, CS Dominguez Hills, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Tutor majors and degrees include mathematics, applied statistics, economics, accounting, biology, and engineering.
Eti & Leron Azeroual, Center Directors/Owners
Eti Azeroual and her husband Leron moved to Los Angeles, California in 2005 from Toronto, Canada. They graduated with BAs in Pure Mathematics and Education from University of Toronto. They both taught at LAUSD for over 10 years. Eti’s and Leron’s passion for math lead to open a Mathnasium to help students learn math. They understand the importance of having a strong mathematical foundation. They strongly believe that regardless of the child's future career choices, it is imperative that the child has a solid understanding of mathematical concepts and not mere memorization of formulas and procedures. Eti and Leron are residents of Playa Vista and have two beautiful young children. They would consider it a privilege and an honor to help the children of El Segundo and nearby communities develop confidence and a positive attitude towards mathematics through the Mathnasium Method.
Mirza Chacon, Center Director
Mirza graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. She has wanted to be a Math teacher since elementary school and is planning on returning to school next year for her MA in Education. Mirza tutored Calculus senior year of high school and spent three years before Mathnasium doing community-based STEM research projects with high school students. In her spare time, she loves working on puzzles and watching movies, especially sci fi and historically-based movies. Now Mirza enjoys working at Mathnasium because she understands the importance of teaching math in a way that any child can comprehend. She believes the Mathnasium method’s use of manipulatives and number sense focus will be the biggest influence to her when creating her own teaching method.
Trevor graduated from Cal Poly: San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He keeps himself busy working multiple jobs and keeping his pet goldfish alive. In his spare time, he likes to work on DIY home projects and attempts to stay active by running and playing basketball. Before Mathnasium, he worked as a robotics teaching assistant and graduate course grader at Cal Poly. Now Trevor enjoys teaching using the Mathnasium method, using a more hands-on approach to understanding concepts through manipulatives which include a plethora of drawings.
Sheryl is a student at California State University, Long Beach and she is studying to become a Biomedical Engineer. In her spare time, Sheryl enjoys reading and watching movies. Since grade 7, Sheryl has tutored younger students in Mathematics, Science, and English and tutored some of her peers in Pre-Calculus during high school. Sheryl enjoys working at Mathnasium because she likes knowing that she is helping students understand a subject that is typically seen as “difficult” and make it fun and easier for them.
Jean Gasca (“Jeanie”) has been a math and science teacher over 25 for years. She has taught 3rd-10th grade students in private schools, and middle- and high-school students in charter schools, all in the Los Angeles/South Bay area. She studied Biology for her B.A. at UCLA and Engineering Systems (essentially applied math) for her M.S., also at UCLA; during her master’s program, she taught “Patterns of Problem Solving” in the Engineering School at UCLA, both as a grad student and as a Lecturer. Her California single-subject teaching credentials are in foundational math, foundational science and biological science. She spent 4 years as a systems analyst for an engineering consulting firm, where she wrote computer programs to predict the probabilities of failure of nuclear power plant components and systems due to hypothetical earthquakes of different magnitudes, and other programs to estimate the costs to insurance companies after earthquakes of different magnitudes. When she is not teaching, she loves to read, garden and play jazz piano. She also loves to play with her pets, a cockatiel named Piper, an orange tabby cat named Geoffrey and a black and white tuxedo cat named Pounce. She is married to her husband Gary, who was also a Lecturer at UCLA, and they have 2 kids, Kevin, who is a special-effects film editor right now for “Supergirl” on TV, and Emily, who is a software engineer at Facebook..
Matthew is a student studying Economics at Santa Monica College and is hoping to transfer to UCSB or UC Berkeley for the Fall 2019 term. Matthew has been tutoring since middle school and has been tutoring math professionally since he was 16. After college he wants to pursue a career in small business consulting or economic development abroad. He’d like to be a high school Algebra and Calculus teacher at some point in his life as well. Aside from math, Matthew enjoys playing soccer, reading books—his favorite being Between the World and Me—and going to the gym.
German is a student at the University of Southern California pursuing a Master’s Degree in Astronautical Engineering. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in May 2018. German works at the Liquid Propulsion Laboratory at USC as an Engine Design Engineer within the Testing Team. He is responsible for ensuring that all parts of the engine about to be fired are working properly. In high school, German was a math peer-tutor and helped students in grades 9th-12th understand various math concepts. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Netflix shows, creating 3D prints, hanging out with friends, and exploring the city of Los Angeles. German enjoys working at Mathnasium because he believes that every student can excel at math and wants to show students that math can be a fun subject that makes sense!
Humza is a student studying Economics and Mathematics at El Camino College and plans to transfer to UCSB, UCI, or UCSD for the Fall 2019 term. Humza has tutored math privately for years before joining the team at Mathnasium. After college he wants to pursue a career as an Actuary, working for an insurance firm. Working at Mathnasium has taught him how to work with multiple students at one time, and keep them engaged and entertained while doing math problems. Humza enjoys doing many different things and staying active. On his free time, he likes to skateboard, play basketball, lift weights, play videogames, hang out with friends, and watch movies.
Diane is a retired educator with thirty years’ experience in parochial schools teaching grades 1-7, all subjects. Diane’s career includes a Principal-ship at St. Joan of Arc School and Vice Principal-ship at St. Bruno’s Catholic School. Diane has two master’s Degrees, one in Technology and Education, and the other in Educational Administration, in addition to her Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. Diane loves to work with children and loves teaching math. Even after teaching math for many years, the Mathnasium Method transformed the way she teaches math now and she wishes she knew this method when she started teaching. She believes that Mathnasium is a treasure that will transform the way we understand math.
he best way to see if we are a good fit for your child’s needs is to visit our center, meet the instructors and try out our program. This is not an observation session, but a full Mathnasium Tutoring Session.
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