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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:

 Ira Porwal, Owner & Managing Director 

Ira is the owner and Managing Director of Mathnasium of Maple Valley. Prior to opening her own center, she had been part of the larger Mathnasium family ever since she enrolled her son in Mathnasium to challenge him. Ira has previously worked as a Software Engineer Consultant with Microsoft. She has a Masters degree in Computer Science and Bachelors (Honors) in Statistics, and has forayed into Actuarial Science as well. Having been a math student for long she understands its importance in life and work, no matter what field one chooses. She is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method and is enthusiastic about helping every child in the community love math by teaching it in ways that make sense to them. She is a true believer that no child hates math, what they hate is being confused. Ira is happily married, has two loving kids, a boy and a girl, and a gorgeous Samoyed.


Ashley, Center Director 

Ashley spent several years studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she obtained her bachelor's degree in mathematics. During the last few years she has worked both as an instructor and Assistant Center Director at various Mathnasium centers across King county. Ashley is excited to give back to the community she lives in by helping students gain mathematical confidence. Once they learn about the exciting history and reasoning of mathematics, math becomes a fascinating world that students love to explore and it opens up countless paths for them.
At Mathnasium she has helped provide math tutoring to hundreds of students and has seen the transformation it can bring to kids of all ages. One of the most positive experiences has been partnering with parents to be part of their kids math journey.

Ethan, Assistant Center Director

Ethan is major in Chemistry from the University of Washington. He would like to apply for a Master's program in the future. He enjoys playing board games and traveling to different countries to explore everything fun in the world. He would like to try skydiving, zip line and bungee jump one day. Ethan’s favorite thing about math is algebra because he likes to figure out the solution by himself.

 Advice to Mathnasium students - Show all your work step by step. It will make it easier to figure out the mistakes you made in different questions.

 Favorite number - 73. It's the 21st prime number; its mirror 37 is the 12th and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying 7 and 3!

Favorite math joke - Why should you never talk to Pi?  Because she’ll go on and on and on forever.


Katie, Lead Instructor

Katie is a senior at Tahoma High School. In the future, she plans to apply for Bachelors degree. Katie enjoys swimming, playing piano and exploring new places in her free     time. Katie's favorite type of math is statistics and physcis because she likes to apply math to real life stuations.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Any math that seems impossible at first, becomes easy with enough practice.

Favorite number - 9.  I have always thought that using the tricks to multiply with 9s was fun.

Favorite math joke -  Why doesn't anybody talk to circles? Because there is no point!


Reagan, Lead Instructor 

Reagan is a senior at Tahoma High School and plans to continue studying math while pursuing higher education in upcoming years. Reagan loves learning about history, playing soccer and trying new things. Her favorite math topics are calculus and statistics; she enjoys thinking through the problems.  

Advice to Mathnasium students - You are capable of doing and enjoying math, just don't give up!

Favorite number - i = sqrt(-1).  I like to use my imagination.

Favorite math joke -  Math is the only subject you can count on.


Laurie Ann, Math Instructor

Laurie Ann spent several years studying at the Univrsity of Washington, Seattle where she obtained  a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and completed the mathematics for education series as post baccalaureate. She loves calculus and non-Euclidean geometry, and she loves problem solving in genral. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking and learning self defense.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Confidence is half the battle. When you believe you will, you will!

Favorite number - 16. It was a good age and it can be decomposed as squares  2 two different ways

Favorite math joke - Why was the fraction apprehensive about marrying the decimal? Because he would have to convert!



Maliah, Math Instructor

Maliah is a senior at Tahoma High School. After college, she plans to go into teaching. She loves to do nail painting, learn crochet and play tetris. Her favorite math is algebra beause once you know what to do, it is simple to understand and solve.

Advice to Mathnasium students - If you have a question, ask! It's way easier to do math when you know what you are doing.

Favorite number - 17.  It's the only prime number that is made up of four other consecutive prime numbers (2,3,5,7).

Favorite math joke -  Why did the student wear glasses during math class? It improved di-vision.


Dyotana, Math Instructor

Dyotana is a senior at Tahoma High School and second year running start at Green River College. She will be majoring in Physics and plans to pursue  further higher education in Quantun Physics. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and spending time with her friends. In addition to Calculus and Physics, she also likes to study Political Science.

Advice to Mathnasium students - The higher you go in math, more fractions you will see. Get used to them before you get used by them.

Favorite number - 5. The 5's table was always fun to work with.

 Favorite math joke -  You should never start a conversation with PI. It goes on and on forever.

Ethan, Math Instructor

Ethan is a junior at Kentridge High School and is doing full time running start at Green River Collge studying to become Mechanical Engineer. He plans to study engineering in university. His favorite type of math is logic questions because they make him think. He spends his free time going on walks with his dog and playing video games.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Most math isn't as hard as it looks and with enough practice any math can become easy to do.

Favorite number - 7. It is the most common number chosen when asked to pick a number between 1 and 10.

 Favorite math joke -  How do you make seven an even number? Just take away 'S'


Olivia, Math Instructor

Olivia is a junior at Tahoma High School. She is planning on applying to a Bachelor's degree program in the future. In her free time, she enjoys doing cooking, baking and paddle boarding(in the summer). Olivia's favorite math topic is algebra because once you understand the process, its logical and useful and everyday life.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Take it one step at a time. Even the most overwhelming ideas can be manageable.

Favorite number - 13. In addition to it being her birthday, she finds it fascinating how controversial of a number it is.

 Favorite math joke -  Why can't a nose be 12 inches long? because then it would be a foot 


Nikita, Math Instructor

Nikita is a studying Computer Science at University of Washington, Bothell. He likes video games, board games, listening to music and sports. His favorite sports are cross country and pole vault. His favorite subject is calculus because finding derivatives is fun, and it has many cool real world applications.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Don't be afraid to try problems on your own, even if you do not know how to solve them, you can always get help afterwards.

Favorite number - 1. It's easy to work with and is always the first one.

 Favorite math joke -  Dear Algebra, please stop asking us to find your x. She is never coming back and don't ask y.


 Leandro, Math Instructor

Leandro is a sophomore at Kentridge High School and is planning on attending Green River next year for running start. His goal is to major in computer science or engineering at the University of Washington. He runs for his track team to represent his school spirit. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, coding, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. Leandro enjoys algebra because you use a wide range of methods to break down a problem into simpler terms.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Don't be afraid to ask questions! If you don't understand the material, turn to someone for help.

Favorite number - 10. The base 10 number system we use today was developed by a multitude of ancient civilizations independently, which amazes me.

Favorite math joke -  Why do plants hate math? Because it gives them square roots.


Nina, Math Instructor

Nina is a senior at Enumclaw High School and is in her second year in Running Start at Green River College. After completing her Associate's degree, she plans to move on to a Bachelor's degree program. She is an avid golfer, and played for Enumclaw High School's Girls golf team for 4 years. She spends her free time hanging out with her dog and her family. Nina's favorite math topic is Algebra because it is the building block for most math subjects, and it is a subject that can have many real world applications.


Advice to Mathnasium students - Make sure you have a solid understanding of the order of operations. Although they might seem tedious, they never go away.

Favorite number - 24. It's a very satisfying number and is the product of her favorite multiplication fact, 6 x 4.

Favorite math joke - I had an argument with a 90 degree angle. Turns out it was right.


Slayton, Math Instructor

Slayton is a sophomore at Tahoma High School and plans to obtain a degree in neuroscience proceeding his years in highschool. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, write, podcast, as well as tour schools/communities advocating for Tourette syndrome and similar neurological disorders. Slayton likes applying calculus to medical contexts and situations to better understand the brain and the human body.



Advice to Mathnasium students: Math is frustrating, daunting, and at times may seem impossible. However, with enough practice and persistence, it can be extremely rewarding. 

Favorite number: ϕ / (1 + √5)/2 : Also known as the golden ratio, this fascinating number can be observed in the proportions of the human body (as portrayed in DaVinci's Vetruvian Man), nature, and so much more. It truly shows that math is the language of nature.

Favorite math joke: I saw my math teacher with a piece of graph paper yesterday... I think he's plotting something.




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