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.

Maxwell Svonkin

Assistant Center Director
Hello, my name is Max and I’ve been working here at Mathnasium since spring of 2022. I’m currently a student at Pasadena City College majoring in Math with a focus on education. Ever since I was young I knew that any career path I’d follow would involve math and decided to head into teaching to help people develop the same passion for math that I’ve had for years.

Natalie Tran

Lead Instructor
Hello! My name is Natalie Tran, and I am a Computer Science student at Cal Poly Pomona. I have always held a passion for math. It is very fulfilling to see the students enhance their math skills and learn to love the subject. At school, I am involved with one one of the cybersecurity clubs and the Student Security Operations Center. Outside of school, I enjoy crocheting and watching TV.

Roula Nahouli

Lead Instructor
My name is Roula Nahouli, a mother of four children. Since childhood, mathematics has been my passion and obsession, and I have been fortunate enough to turn this passion into a fruitful career. Thanks to my extensive experience in dealing with children, I have acquired unique skills in communicating and interacting with them in an effective and enjoyable way. Alongside my love for intellectual challenges, I am thrilled by climbing in nature and swimming; finding in the sea a presence of tranquility and calmness that restores my balance. My family is a source of strength and pride for me. I am extremely grateful for the blessing of having my children in my life, and I cannot imagine my life without them. Thanks to God, I enjoy every moment spent with them, as they provide warmth that fills me with happiness.

Ariel L.

Instructor
Hello! My name is Ariel. I have been working at Mathnasium for nearly two years, but I started out as a student in this center four years ago. With the invaluable advice of my mentors and personal experience I gained from accelerating two grade levels in math, I hope to empower students to overcome their academic struggles while sparking a passion for learning. Mathnasium has taught me that math is much more than just a subject: it is an opportunity for students to explore, grow, and reach for the future they envision! In addition to math tutoring, I am in my third year of competing Varsity Swim Team, serve as club President for UN Foundation Girl Up, and spend lots of my free time traveling with my family.

Benjamin Anderson

Instructor
I'm Ben, a computer science major with a minor in math. I've been tutoring people for over 3 years because I want to foster in others the same love for math that I have. After I finish college, I want to try entering the QA field, since I've always liked how much you can glean about software through glitch exploitation. In my free time, I listen to music, read, and talk to my friends.

Chase H.

Instructor
Hi, I'm Chase. I've enjoyed math since a young age, so I want to help kids find their passion in math. I love helping students grow in math while having fun. It's always great to help students have a breakthrough in their math and build bonds with them during each session.

Chris Moreno

Instructor
Hello! I'm Chris, and I am a student at Pasadena City College, majoring in Electrical Engineering, and I hope to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona within the next few years. Some of my hobbies include playing video games, critiquing movies/entertainment media, and of course math. I like to look at math like a puzzle, all I have to do is find the right pieces and figure out where to put them. I hope to show students how to apply their knowledge and logic into their work plus how it applies to daily life.

Clarissa Suryapranata

Instructor
Hi! I'm Clarissa and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with bright, eager students like those at Mathnasium! Math has always been a subject that interests me. I love passing that interest down to young minds. I find joy in helping kids see the fun in doing math problems, and I feel fulfilled whenever I notice their progress and improvement over time. I am honored to be able to create friendly bonds with the students I work with because getting to know each of their unique personalities puts a smile on my face.

Gavin N.

Instructor
My name is Gavin. Teaching is joy of mine because I get to help other kids grow. My hobbies include playing basketball, piano, and guitar. In school, I am also involved in the music community.

Isabellla S.

Instructor
As a passionate newcomer, I am thrilled to be apart of this Mathnasium team. Drawing from challenges and past experiences, I am thrilled to teach the students the art of mathematics in the most simple and effective way.

Jiana Heib

Instructor
My name is Jiana, and I have a passion for working with children and teaching. I strive to make learning both engaging and enjoyable, fostering a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom. As a student of the arts, I also have a deep love for drawing and painting. I believe in the power of education to shape young minds and inspire creativity.

Justin Phung

Instructor
Hello, my name is Justin Phung. I am currently a Computer Science major attending California State University, Long Beach. I work at Mathnasium because I like math. My goal in tutoring here at Mathnasium is to extend that joy to other children who may not share that sentiment initially. I aim to do this by creating a fun and engaging space to learn.

Kathy B.

Instructor
My name is Kathy, and I am passionate in leading young students to success. Solving equations has always been a source of curiosity and growth. I enjoy tutoring students and guiding them through their academic journey. Witnessing their growth and progress fills me with pride. I love working at Mathnasium because I get the chance to help children to feel the same joy I experience working out seemingly impossible problems. Mathnasium allows young scholars to be able to grow in an exciting learning environment.

Magdalena Dewi

Instructor
Hi! My name is Magdalena. I love working with children because I enjoy getting to know them and connecting with them through teaching. Making them realize that they have potential deep in their minds fulfills my purpose as a teacher. I find it amazing how we can inspire these children to channel their abilities by using math as a tool. My hobbies include listening to music, singing, and watching dramas & kung fu movies. I also love eating cake and drink boba.

Maya Budiman

Instructor
My name is Maya. Working with students gives me a sense of accomplishment I feel as I guide others. Also getting to know the kids has made this job even more fulfilling. In the duration of high school, I’ve taken teaching classes, tutored in my free time, and volunteered at countless elementary schools. I’m also a pescatarian, a cat-lover, and I love fitness! Dark chocolate connoisseur, jjamppong, poke bowls, Indian food, and jasmine green milk tea are my favorite things to feast on.

Sami Kai Ali

Instructor
Hi! My name is Sami Kai Ali. I love working at Mathnasium because I get to work with so many unique and curious students that are driven to learn more. There is no better feeling than watching my students thrive and flourish as they conquer and understand topics that they previously found difficult. In my free time, I love to go the gym, bike, and hike. Furthermore, I enjoy playing video games and basketball with my best friends!

Shana A.

Instructor
Hello! I’m Shanna! I love interacting and helping kids nurture their passion, as math has been one of my passions as well. It’s always a pleasure to help young students exceed as they practice math, and to create a bond with them during sessions. I hope to continue to support kids in their mathematical adventures so they can succeed!

Tommy C.

Instructor
My experience working at Mathnasium has provided me with valuable opportunities to cultivate meaningful connections with others. I like teaching students because it gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives and help them achieve their full potential. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and working out. Furthermore, I have proficiency in both the violin and piano.

Willie C.

Instructor
Hello! My name is Willie and I’m from Arcadia, California. I really enjoy mathematics and love spreading my joy for math to those around me. Although math sometimes may be challenging, the feeling of finally solving a hard problem is priceless. I believe every student is capable of succeeding in mathematics and I strive to help them towards their goals. Other than math, I really enjoy watching soccer with my family or going on hikes with my dog! Enjoy life and live it to the fullest!

Wilson C.

Instructor
I enjoy helping students with math in this position and helping them with their future success. Helping other people has always brought me joy; helping students both brings me joy and improves the students' math abilities. I'm also fascinated with and enjoy learning about cars. I play the violin in my school orchestra and have played for 8 years now. Occasionally I play basketball or soccer with my friends, which is one way we hang out. I believe in spending quality time with friends and family.

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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