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.

Shih-Chieh Lo

Instructor
Shih has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University. Shih has very strong and vast academic, engineering, math, and research experience. He has taught graduate and undergrad courses in engineering and mathematics. Shih likes to work with young students and is very enthusiastic about teaching. He is a member of The National Honor Society of Aerospace Engineers. Shih is bilingual and speaks Chinese and English.

Luckshi Arudchandran

Instructor

Julia Liu

Instructor
Julia is pursuing her degree in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated from the Science, Math, and Computer Science (SMCS) Magnet program at Poolesville High School. Julia’s interest in math was sparked at a young age by her grandmother, who was a teacher of mathematics, and it continues to be one of her favorite subjects to this day. She has taken high-level math courses including Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP AB Calculus, AP BC Calculus, Linear Algebra, and AP Statistics, and high-level courses in other subjects such as Computer Science and Physics. Julia did consistently well throughout high school, with a weighted GPA of 4.8. She scored 1540 on the College Board SAT test and a perfect 800 on the SAT Math Level 2 exam. Julia has won several awards in Science and Math and has experience working with kids. Julia plays the violin and has a passion for digital art and traditional animation. She speaks Chinese and English, and she is learning Spanish. Julia loves to share her passion for mathematics with the students and teach them skills that will be useful throughout all their lives. Julia has been with Mathnasium for four years now.

Ananya B

Instructor
Ananya has completed Python, C++ Computer Programming, and Calculus at Montgomery College through the Dual Enrollment program at Winston Churchill High School. Ananya scored 1580 on the College Board SAT. She scored a perfect 36 on ACT English and Reading. She scored a 5 on College Board AP Calculus BC. Ananya represented Montgomery County in the National Scripps Spelling Bee in 2019 and qualified again in 2020. In 2021, she ranked 12th overall in the nation in Scripps Spelling Bee. She has won several spelling and vocabulary bees. Ananya has scored a perfect PARCC score. Her Map-M and Map-R scores have always been very high. Ananya is a committed competitive swimmer. Ananya has taught SAT Math and SAT Verbal classes individually and in group lessons. She teaches at Mathnasium and is always ready to help students of all ages. Ananya knows Hindi and Spanish.

Kaz Gautam

Co-Owner
Kaz is an engineer and alumnus of the University of Maryland, graduating from Smith School of Business. He likes to help kids develop analytical skills by engaging them in logic puzzles and mental math. Since childhood, he was always interested in math, science, and engineering. Kaz came to Mathnasium, as he found the instruction-based model very innovative and effective. He is excited and committed to helping students in the community take advantage of this result-oriented and quality math learning program to develop lifelong skills. Kaz is a firm believer that students who acquire numerical, mathematical, logical, and analytical skills early on have greater confidence and are better placed on the trajectory of success.

Larry Martinek

Chief Instructional Officer, Mathnasium Program
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From the inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feelings of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculum ever produced for teaching math. While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, he is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific student scenarios for guidance, consultation, and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive, life-changing, and enjoyable for many of our students at Mathnasium of Gaithersburg.

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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