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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:

CenterDirectorMitch Gelfand, Center Director/Owner

Mitch is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Ventura. Prior to opening his Mathnasium center, Mitch worked as a middle school math teacher in the Conejo Valley. Since his days of attending and working at summer camp, he always knew he wanted to work with kids - there is simply nothing like seeing a kid do something for the first time that they did not believe they could do! He has an Master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University and a BS in Marketing from the University of Arizona. While Mitch excelled at math as a student, he was always eager to help those around him to improve their math skills because he always understood the importance of math in life. He believes that the Mathnasium Method is the best way for kids to learn and truly understand math and he's excited to bring success to the students of Ventura. Married with 1 fur baby (dog) and one very new human baby (boy), Mitch enjoys the Dodgers all summer and skiing in the winter.



CenterDirectorChris, Assistant Center Director

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? I like to work with my hands

Fun fact: I used to 3D print small goodies for friends

Favorite number: 7, because it's an "ugly" prime number that I often look to as a prime other than 5

Favorite math joke: An infinite number of people walk into a restaurant. The bartender asks, "What will it be?" The first says, "One soda please!" The second says, "One half soda, please!" The third says, "One quarter soda, please!" The bartender finally interupts, "OK, OK, 2 sodas coming right up!"

In five years, I finished with school and living in Oregon




CenterDirectorRachel, Assistant Center Director

Where do/did you go to school? Azusa Pacific University

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Read and watch movies

Fun fact: I had blue and purple hair for a year

Favorite number: 56, because 56=7x8 (5,6,7,8 in order!)

Favorite math topic: Abstract algerbra

Favorite math joke: Are monsters good at math? Not unless you Count Dracula!

In five years, I teaching calculus to high schoolers!





Kevin, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? I graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Applied Mathematics

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Read, listen to music, study computer programming and math

Fun fact: I actually applied to college as a creative writing major to begin with

Favorite number: 2, because it forms the basis for binary (computer language), it's the first number in the constant "e", and since we can't all be first, it's not so bad to be 2nd!

Favorite math topic: Complex analysis

Favorite math joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 eight 9!

In five years, I done with my 2nd degree (computer science) and working in the tech industry




William, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? Oxnard College

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Play basketball

Fun fact: I raise turtles for their eggs

Favorite number: 3. Though it's not even, the value feels symmetrical to me!

Favorite math topic: Calculus is fun, though I'm not an expert

Favorite math joke: Teacher: Why are you turning in a blank piece of paper? Student: Because all my answers are imaginary numbers!

In five years, I a math teacher




Laurie, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? I just graduated from Biola University

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Read and spend time outdoors

Fun fact: I danced for 12 years

Favorite number: 7, because it sounds good and odd numbers are better than even numbers!

Favorite math topic: Multiplication

Favorite math joke: What do baby parabolas drink? Quadratic formula

In five years, I an elementary school teacher in Ventura County




Ariella, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? Graduated from Cornell University. Currently getting my Master's at USC

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Work on original music for a musical I wrote

Fun fact: I used to be in the circus (Spanish web and flying trapeze)

Favorite number: 16, because my sister and I were both born on the 16th

Favorite math topic: Logic statements

Favorite math joke: What's the derivative of optimus? Optimus prime!

In five years, I performing in the musical I wrote





Daniel, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? Santa Barbara City College

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Play basketball at the gym nearby, spend time with family and friends

Fun fact: I have run a mile in 4 minutes, 40 seconds

Favorite number: 21, because it was my first number when I started playing basketball, my favorite NFL running back's number, and is similar to my dad's favorite, 41

Favorite math topic: It's currently linear algebra because it is so important to computer science, my major in college

Favorite math joke: Pi and i get in an argument and pi exclaims "C'mon i, get real," to which i responds "Only if you stop being irrational!"

In five years, I a post graduate scholar with a masters in computer science and a bachelor's degree in mathematics




Zeke, Instructor

Where do/did you go to school? Cal State Long Beach

What do you like to do when you're not at Mathnasium? Play video games and board games

Fun fact: I was student class president of my elementary school in 5th grade

Favorite number: 26, because Z is the 26th letter of the alphabet, my birthday is 6/20 (which added together is 26), and my grandparents house was on 26th street

Favorite math topic: Algebra

Favorite math joke: Why couldn't the angle get a loan? It's parents wouldn't cosine!

In five years, I teaching middle or high school math