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:
Lisa and Paul Anderson, Owners - Directors
Lisa and Paul embarked on this journey as the Mathnasium of Ladera owners 4 years ago and are excited how many students have enjoyed learning math and looking forward to the future mathletes they will meet and teach! Lisa has always had a passion for math education which led her to Mathnasium over 10 years ago, working as a Director for other Mathnasium centers in South Orange County. Lisa has a B.S. degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and worked in the computer manufacturing field for over 10 years as a Materials Manager. Paul has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from UCLA. He has 30 + years of professional experience in Engineering and Computer Science. They are the proud parents of 2 children who were educated in CUSD, and graduates of SDSU and USC.
Claire, Assistant Center Director
Claire is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Mathematics and Business Administration. She is no stranger to tutoring, as she has been a tutor since her freshman year of high school. Claire has always had a knack for mathematics and loves helping people out. In addition, she enjoys working with kids, so she frequently babysits. Outside of school and work, she could always be found at Disneyland, hanging out at the beach, trying trendy new foods and drinks, or her personal favorite, lying in her bed using Netflix.
Noel, Lead Instructor II
Noel recently graduated from Saddleback College and will be transferring in the Fall 2019 to California State University, Fullerton with a major in Mathematics for teaching. Outside of academics he dances on a collegiate hip-hop street team based in Irvine and directs a youth hip-hop dance team. He and his team has competed and won many competitions and even represented the USA at an international competition for four consecutive years. In his free time, Noel enjoys solving Rubik’s Cubes and organizing his room.
Aishwarya , Lead Instructor I
Aishwary is currently a second year nursing student at West Coast University in Anaheim. She graduated from University of Washington in Seattle in 2012 with a B.S. in Mathematics. Aishwarya has been tutoring at different Mathnasium locations for about 3 years. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and catching up with her friends. Aishwarya loves to travel.
Michael, Lead Instructor I
Michael graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2018, with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. During his time in college, he worked on projects involving coding and mathematics that he learned over the years. One project was an autonomous waiter that brought food from the chef to the customer. His favorite subjects in school were Math and Physics, because of how they built upon their own concepts to make something bigger and more exciting! Michael loves to help others, getting a smile from seeing others happy and succeeding! When not studying or learning new coding methods, Michael will often be playing video games or hanging out with friends. He enjoys listening to music during his free time or watching different anime, TV shows, or movies.
Dane, Lead Instructor I
Dane is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He wants to become a teacher because he has always loved to go to school and learn, a passion he wants to pass on to others. Becoming a teacher has always been his dream job. He can't wait till he gets to have his own classroom and teach everyday! Statistics has always been his favorite math subject as it shows how math is applied to everyday life. Dane has a long history with teaching by either tutoring his classmates or by his years of experience coaching wrestling at his local high school. Some of his favorite hobbies are wrestling, video games, reading books for fun, and sleeping! He also loves to go exploring, trying new food, and loves to listen to old school music.
Cayden, Lead Instructor I
The one thing Cayden would want you to know about him right away is his love for math. He has studied at Saddleback college and is now at California State University, Fullerton pursuing a degree in mathematics with plans of ending up back in the classroom as a teacher. Cayden loves to teach others and hopes to instill his same love for math and learning into every student he speaks with. Outside of working with students, one might find Cayden leading an energetic group of junior high students at his church or enjoying the outdoors surfing or hiking. He loves being active both physically and mentally, and could run a Spartan race while working through mathematical equations in his head at the same time.
Roya is currently attending Saddleback College as a cognitive science major after graduation from Capistrano Valley High School in 2018. She is also interested in linguistics and knows some Spanish, Farsi, and is learning Japanese! Math has been a challenge for her in the past, but with hard work, she was able to make it to where she is now! Roya also loves music and plays the piano and the french horn. In high school, she was involved in the music program and cofounded a club that gives free music lessons to kids in the school district. She is proud to say that her club was declared a recipient of the 2018 Advocacy in Action Award! Working with kids has always been something she's loved! In her spare time, Roya loves to eat out with her friends (especially boba and Korean BBQ), go to the movies, and shop. She also loves to relax at home with her beloved Macbook and snacks and binge shows! Roya's main goal right now is to work hard in school so she can hopefully transfer to UCLA in 2020!
Fiza will be starting at UCI in Fall 2019 after graduating from San Juan Hills High School. In addition to taking 5 AP classes, Fiza is currently on the board for 3 clubs and swims varsity for the high school swim team. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career in medicine and becoming a doctor. She has always had a love for math, since it's her favorite subject. Fiza participates in a club at school where she tutors and helps fellow high school students in various subjects, enhancing her tutoring experience. In her free time, Fiza can be found volunteering, traveling, swimming, at Disneyland, watching Netflix, or spending time with her family and friends.
Riley is a senior at Tesoro High School, already finishing AP Calculus BC as a junior and AP Computer Science as a sophomore. He is looking forward to pursuing a computer engineering major after graduating in 2020. Outside of academics, he is a member of his school’s tennis team and secretary of Tesoro Key Club. Since 7th grade, Riley has always enjoyed tutoring students in all subjects, especially mathematics. He has plenty of experience of being around kids, from volunteering at local children’s libraries or being an assistant instructor at his children’s Aikido classes, where he is currently working on his black belt. In his free time, Riley loves playing the piano, blogging, traveling, camping, hiking, and playing a game of ping-pong with his sister.
Christian is a senior at Tesoro High School, just finishing Pre-Calculus and AP Chemistry in his junior year. In the future, Christian looks forward to continuing his education in college majoring in Computer Science and Programming. In middle school, Christian excelled in advanced math classes, and has enjoyed working in advanced classes throughout high school. In his free time, Christian likes to spend time with his family, read the news, and play soccer. He also spends time traveling outside of California exploring new places. Some of his favorite trips were to Hawaii, Florida, and Seattle, Washington. He enjoys hanging out with friends and playing volleyball and ping pong just for fun.
Kyle is a senior at Tesoro High School and finished up AP Calculus AB and AP Physics in his junior year. Kyle has enjoyed math his whole life and has pushed himself with advanced math and science classes in high school, having already completed AP Biology. In the future, Kyle looks forward to majoring in college as a mechanical engineer after he graduates in 2020. He is also a memberof Tesoro's Varsity Basketball and Track&Field Teams, and he enjoys hanging out with friends outside of school. Kyle has had experiences as a basketball coach and previous independent tutoring; and he has loved working with kids. He particularly enjoys helping kids with math and seeing them start to love the subject as much as he does.
Grace is a senior at San Juan Hills High School, where she finished Honors Precalculus and AP Bilology as a Junior. After high school, she plans to study to become a biomedical engineer so she can design high functioning prosthesis. Grace is the editor of the school yearbook, a leader in South Orange County Younglife, and an avid volunteer. She also is a Link Crew leader and a member of her schools National Honor Society, where she volunteers across her campus and tutors freshman. Grace has always loved math and is excited to share that love for math with the students. Outside of school, she enjoys speding time with her family and friends, volunteering at her church's Sunday school, playing with her dog, Brandy, and watching Netflix. Grace loves to travel and was able to go to Hawaii with her friend last summer.
Nikki is a senior at Tesoro High School! She is currently taking Calculus BC and loves math. Nikki loves helping out other students and has often volunteered in other classes before!
Sri is a junior at San Juan Hills High School, where she just finished Honors Precalculus, along with AP Physics as a sophomore. She is looking forward to studying biology after graduating in 2021 and has dreams to follow a career path either as a trauma surgeon or in bioengineering after college. Outside of schoolwork, she spends her time playing the piano, and is part of her high school’s tennis team. She is also co- president of the Team Negu club at her school, supporting the Jessie Rees foundation for children’s cancer. Over the years, she has spent summers volunteering and counseling at various summer camps, and spends weekends volunteering with her family. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, playing with her dog Callie, and spending time with her friends.