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Our Team

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:

CenterDirectorRida Alami, Owner and Center Director 

Rida Alami brings a very interesting perspective to Mathnasium. She is an educator with more than 15 years of experience teaching elementary school and a mom of 2 school age children. She understands the challenges our kids face in learning math. Rida has a Master’s degree in Education from George Washington University and is a licensed K-12 teacher in the District and Virginia. Rida discovered Mathnasium as a Mathlete parent herself. After enrolling her daughter in a Mathnasium program, she was impressed with the comprehensive assessment and the progress her daughter made in a short period of time. Rida picked Falls Church knowing that the Falls Church area parents care about their children education and want the best results at an affordable price. She believes Mathnasium can change children's attitude towards math. Rida and the team of Mathnasium of Falls Church are committed to helping children understand and appreciate math. With understanding come confidence and a passion for learning that transcends to all subjects. We are proud to bring the Mathnasium Method to your children and are happy to be your neighborhood center.


InstructorDerek Wilus, Instructor 

Derek Wilus studied at James Madison University and obtained his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Statistics. There, he cofounded the 3D Printing Club of JMU, and collaborated with various clubs to hold mathematics tutoring sessions. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biostatistics, and hopes to understand and prevent the development of diseases. In his spare time, Derek enjoys 3D printing, practicing Sign Language, and watching movies.


  I love Mathnasium because: It is a place that truly makes a difference to students who are struggling. I enjoy watching their curiosity flourish and confidence grow after each solved problem; and it is exciting to be a part of it.

Favorite Math Joke: A mathematician and an engineer are on desert island. They find two palm trees with one coconut each. The engineer climbs up one tree, gets the coconut, and eats it. The mathematician climbs up his tree, gets the coconut, climbs the other tree and puts it there. "Now we've reduced it to a problem we know how to solve." 


InstructorJoseph Fernando, Instructor 

Joseph Fernando has studied Political Science at Virginia Tech his first year of college and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Policy at George Mason University. He's been tutoring since 2014 when he was a part of Math Honor Society and National Honor Society in high school. During high school, he started a team of four to conduct tutoring affairs, maintained tutoring records, and dedicated after school hours to struggling math students. When Joseph is not busy he likes to stay up to date with the news, hang out with friends, and play video games.

I love mathnasium becauseIt involves my deep passion for math and allows me to help kids take ownership of their learning. I strive to see the moment when kids overcome their self-doubt and difficulties in math. It is a moment I start to see growth in their success. That is something I value very much for every student I teach.  

Favorite Math JokeQ: 6 was scared of 7 because 7, 8, 9, but why did 7 eat 9?? A: Because you’re supposed to eat 3 squared meals

InstructorBasem Takawi, Instructor

Basem Takawi is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He's been tutoring since 2012 when he was a part of the Math Honor Society in high school. Before getting involved at Mathnasium, Basem was an intern at Contrack International Inc.  In High school, he scored a perfect score on the Algebra II SOL. Basem's hobbies include playing and watching sports, cars and movies.

I love Mathnasium becauseIt combines two things I'm passionate about, kids and math. I really enjoy working with kids and I really enjoy math. I like to help students overcome any difficulties and develop their problem solving skills. 

Favorite Math Joke: Q: Why is the geometry book adorable? A: It has acute angles!


InstructorJayaram Gyawali, Instructor

Jayaram Gyawali holds a Masters degree in Physics from the Central Department of Physics, a top research university in Nepal. As part of his training as a physicist, he studied advanced math extensively. Jayaram has been tutoring since 2012, the year he completed his Bachelors degree. Jayaram's hobbies include traveling, reading the newspaper and watching soccer.

I love Mathnasium becauseMy passion is to help kids excel at math. Improving kids math skills helps them gain confidence that would reflect on other subjects. My favorite part of Mathnasium is that I can notice progress in kids' math proficiency in a short period of time.

Favorite Math JokeHow many sides does a circle have? Two - the inside and the outside!


CenterDirectorSunjay Sharma, Instructor 

Sunjay Sharma is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Systems Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at George Mason University. From a young age, Sunjay could be found teaching math concepts to his peers, friends and relatives. Through Math Club in high school, his love of tutoring blossomed into what is currently a passion. He scored nearly a perfect score on the SAT math section, and also has past experience as a freelance math tutor. In his freetime, Sunjay enjoys singing and playing piano.

I love mathnasium becauseBeing able to work with students of all ages with different perspectives is what I enjoy the most at Mathnasium. That "aha!" moment that clicks in the minds of students is what it's all about. I find it fascinating that everybody has unique skills that can be brought to the table.

Favorite Math JokeA farmer had 196 cows in his pasture, but when he rounded them all up, he counted 200!