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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 & Center Director 

Ira is the owner and Center Director of Mathnasium of Maple Valley. Prior to opening her own center, she had been part of the larger Mathnasium family ever since her son started attending Mathnasium 3 years ago. 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.


Ethan, Math Instructor

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.


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 apprhensive about marrying the decimal? Because he would have to convert!


Dr. Gulshan, Math Instructor

Dr. Gulshan is a qualified professional (Ph.D.) with extensive teaching experience in subjects like Math and Physics at School and University level. He has worked with students in a variety of classes including High School algebra, calculus, SAT/ACT and advanced mathematics. Presently working as a Guest Teacher with Kent School District High Schools, Washington. He has a passion for education and would like to render his knowledge, experience, and expertise to his students for achieving their goals. 

Advice to Mathnasium students - Success comes to those who have set the right priority and then work towards it.

Favorite number - 01. All binary can be generated using 0s and 1s

Favorite math joke -  What did the thermometer say to the graduated cylinder (measuring cylinder)? You may have graduated but I have many degrees.


Chris, Math Instructor

Christopher is a senior at Tahoma High School. He will be part of Western Washington University Honors program next year pursuing a Bachelors degree in secondary education. He likes to play guitar, soccer, workout and hangout with friends. His favorite math subjects are geometry and algebra.

Advice to Mathnasium students - Go slow and break the problem into pieces going step by step.

Favorite number - 21. It's his birthday date, his soccer number and the century.

Favorite math joke -  Why were the acute and obtuse angles depressed? They were never right.



 Katie, Math Instructor

Katie is a junior 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 like 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!



Maliah, Math Instructor

Maliah is a junior 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.



Reagan, Math Instructor

Reagan is a junior 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.




Jessica, Math Instructor

Jessica is a senior at Bellevue High School. She will be majoring in architecture in college where she plans to get a master's degree. In her free time,she likes to bake with her mom. She also loves spending time travelling with her friends. Math has always been her favorite subject in schoo,l along with French and History. 

Advice to Mathnasium students - Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. Don't be afraid to make one.

Favorite number - 3. It just happens to be my lucky number every time.

 Favorite math joke -  Why did the circle do a flip? Because it wanted to get in shape.

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 ans 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'


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