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.

Olga Safronova

Educational Director
While Olga started her career in science and research, she has always been interested and active in education and educational philosophies, both through various organizations and independently. When her lab took in high school mentees, she realized she enjoyed the educational aspect of her work the most and decided to transition to education full-time. Olga comes from a mathematically-inclined family but has always believed that math is accessible to everyone, given the right individual approach. She enjoys being part of a team that makes this idea true every day.

James Hink

Educational Director
James graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Mathematics as well as an All-Conference Rugby Player. Shortly after moving to the city, he was hired as an instructor at Mathnasium in 2019 and moved to the management team in 2021. At the beginning of 2022, he was promoted to the position of Educational Director for both the Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill centers. Growing up, he would always hear how math was never the favorite subject of his peers. This usually led him to helping those who were struggling and to find a way to help them better understand the material in a fun and engaging manner. James believes that with the right mindset and practice, anyone can succeed in math! If he is not at work, he is probably spending time with his cats, Franklin and Penelope.

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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