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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:

CentreDirectorMichael Stang, Centre Owner/Director 

Michael along with his wife Cathy, are the Centre Owners and Directors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. Prior to opening Calgary's first Mathnasium centre, Michael worked as a mathematics teacher for the Calgary Board of Education, taught mathematics in both public and private schools in British Columbia plus taught mathematics and business courses at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He held administrative positions as College Registrar, Academic and Student Services Supervisor and Program Supervisor. Michael has a Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Strathclyde University in Scotland. Throughout his teaching career, Michael has always been passionate about helping students through the entanglements inherent with some mathematical concepts, eliminating student frustration associated with mathematics and helping them gain confidence through their understanding and mastery of the subject matter. The Mathnasium approach to helping students understand math in a way that makes sense to them, is not only for students that struggle with math concepts but for students who want to move ahead in math. Michael's goal is to support school curricula providing students with a deeper understanding of math whether being taught to a student that struggles or enriching the knowledge of a gifted student. Michael and Cathy have two grown children, Alex and Paige.  Michael and Cathy both enjoy travelling and in their spare time hike in the Canadian Rockies taking full advantage of living in close proximity to Banff National Park.

 

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CentreDirectorCathy Stang, Centre Owner/Director

Cathy and her husband Michael are the Centre Owners and Directors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. Cathy is an Early Years educator with over 25 years teaching experience. She taught Pre-school for 7 years in Canada before moving to the Middle East with her family. Living overseas gave her the opportunity to teach Pre-school and Kindergarden following the British and International curriculums. During this enriching teaching experience she developed a wide variety of strategies to help foster the love of learning in young children. Cathy recognizes the Mathnasium method as an excellent approach to develop math proficiency in a fun and encouraging way for children.

Cathy is an impassioned educator believing each child learns in "their own way" and the Mathnasium method "helps make Math make sense" to them. She feels working with children on their respective Mathnasium learning plans is the best teaching position to be involved in because of being able to teach children one on one, at THEIR level, at THEIR pace and she is part of the "Ah-Haa" moments that occur everyday!

Cathy and Michael have two grown children (Alex and Paige) who are both university graduates. In her spare time Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for her favorite charity KCCFA, staying active by going to the gym and hiking in the mountains with Michael.


Paige Stang, Lead Instructor

Paige is a dynamic and extremely motivational personality determined to instill the love of math in Mathletes enrolled in the Math Learning Centre. Paige is a firm believer that a healthy life equals a healthy mind! She received her Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree and Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary in December 2014. From a young age, Paige has always taken an interest in health, fitness and of course MATH! After many nights and many debates over the kitchen table with her mathematician father, Paige finally started to have those "I GET IT!" moments and she can't wait to help your kids do the same. Paige has a natural way of working with children and she is extremely passionate about helping math make sense to others and inspiring kids to reach their full potential. Aside from making your child want to do backflips about math, Paige enjoys CRAZY gym workouts, hiking, camping, various sports and travelling! Paige's drive, organization, motivation and overall enthusiasm about life and learning certainly makes her a vibrant addition to the team at Mathnasium of SW Calgary.

 

  Elvin Limpin, Instructor

 Elvin is a curious mind with interests lying not only with math, but also with the arts, business  and start-ups, competitive chess and life long learning. He's especially committed to making  math encouraging and engaging. Elvin does this by drawing from the same love of learning  he knows every child has in them. Having a deep passion for design and being a total tech  geek, he currently pursues a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science at the  University of Calgary. Not only does he see the big deal with making new technology intuitive, but also with making math intuitive. He spent his grade school years learning and practicing math so inefficiently; he was so pleased to see how intuitive the Mathnasium approach makes learning math! Prior to working at Mathnasium, Elvin was a private tutor for various school subjects. This makes him very familiar with the Alberta curriculum and able to zero in on the Mathnasium method that best help prepare students of different ages for math in high school and beyond. Alongside studies and work, Elvin also enjoys spending time picking up various musical instruments, writing poetry, practicing chess and designing cool apps. With his multifaceted personality and enthusiasm for learning, Elvin nicely rounds up the Mathnasium of SW Calgary team.

 

  Nicha Kittibunlu, Instructor

 Nicha is a vibrant and easy-going individual! She has a passion for mathematics and is devoted to instilling her passion into her students. Mathematics should be taught with patience and care, Nicha understands this and can establish a fun, encouraging, and dynamic learning environment for her students. She has numerous years of diverse tutoring experience for all levels of math up to post-secondary, and is diligent in ensuring that students under her wing walk out with more knowledge than they did before they walked in. Currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary, she aspires to become a practicing actuary. Nicha enjoys making people laugh and loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She is also an adventurous foodie and indulges herself in multiculturalism; she is fluent in English, Thai, and is developing her skills in French, Korean, and Japanese. With her enthusiasm and determination to improve her client’s knowledge, Nicha is excited and delighted to be part of Mathnasium of SW Calgary team. 

 

  Anagh Katyayan, Instructor

 Anagh is an enthusiastic and driven individual with an intense passion for math and for teaching! He believes that different people learn differently, and understands that each learner has a different path to understanding a topic. Math didn't come naturally for Anagh - it took years of learning math by methods he found difficult to understand in order for him to develop a passion for mathematics. He was a private tutor for a year before joining the Mathnasium Team, allowing him to discover the various ways students approach different subjects. Discovering the Mathnasium method helped Anagh develop a greater appreciation for the intuitive and creative approaches that could be taken when learning math! While he's not working at Mathnasium, Anagh is pursuing a dual degree in the Biological Sciences and Economics at the University of Calgary. Anagh is also a devoted creative mind - he's a musician, filmmaker, and designer, among many other things! With his passion for mathematics and his enthusiasm towards helping students expand their knowledge, Anagh is ecstatic about being a Mathnasium Team member! 

 

 Parissa Mirjafari, Instructor

Parissa has an advanced degree in Engineering.  She loves math and believes that having a good understanding of math is akey to a better personal and professional life.  She likes teaching and has worked with students of different ages.  She thinks that teaching is not just about stating facts and methods, it is also how you state them and how passionate you are about them.  She remembers her good teachers by their love and passion for the subject.  She wants to transfer her passion for math to young students and help them to break the math barrier.  In her spare time Parissa enjoys biking, hiking, ice skating and gardening.  She also paints and nature is her favourite subject.

 

  Jacqueline Lamoureux, Instructor

 Jackie is currently studying at the University of Calgary for concurrent double degrees in in General Mathematics and Education as well as having already graduated in Mathematics from the International Baccalaureute Program.  She loves puzzles and brain teasers so Math is a perfect fit for her.  As a person who needs more time to understand a Math concept than others she truly understands that is is "okay" not to grasp some mathematical topics on the first attempt, but the key is to keep on working at it.  Through practice and patience she believes anyone can understand Math.  Jackie is extremely down to earth, charming and loves to make people laugh.  When she isn't studying, Jackie likes to travel and do outdoor activities; hiking, rafting, beach volleyball, biking and swimming. 

 

  Remo Gonzales, Instructor

 Remo is a proactive individual who is ecstatic when it comes to exploring concepts associated with mathematics. While math is his best subject, he believes it is essential to learn the basics as they are very applicable to everyday life. He likes to explain the bigger picture in how various methods and numerical techniques are used in today’s careers as well as how they apply casually, such as when dealing with spare change.  Although he thinks math must be taught at a slow pace, he feels the process of understanding should be kept uncomplicated and straight forward. This allows anyone to learn the basics in an efficient manner as well as to help them understand higher mathematics and more intricate and complex concepts in the future. Remo is currently studying at the University of Calgary and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. As for hobbies, Remo enjoys playing hockey, listening to music and watching movies. With great motivation and energy, Remo is determined to help anyone understand the simplicity of mathematics at the Math Learning Centre.

 

  Milan Karan, Instructor

 Milan is an outgoing individual that shares deep passion for mathematics.  As a student that struggled with math in the early years of study, he finds that it's important to see a solution to the problem from many different angles.  With this in mind, he was not only able to solve and understand concepts but also expand and correlate the current concept with the new and previous topic areas.  That had lead to a natural connection of new concepts to others.  He believes every student goes through learning obstacles and the only way to over come them is by seeing the solution from different perspectives and eventually applying it to real life.  He also believes, when a student goes through these learning barriers, it's important to have someone along side that has already faced such challenges.  Milan is commited to teaching to the best of his abilities because he knows that math does not come naturally to anyone and will only do so when a student sees a solution from many different aspects.  Milan is currently studying at the University of Calgary pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Mathematics.  Milan's goals is to not only have students walk out of the Math Centre understanding mathematical concepts but also for them to start applying these to their daily life and seeing how they relate to "their" future goals.  This allows students to know what they can expect in the years to come and start thinking about it immediately.  With his passion for mathematics, Milan wants to see every student visualise and understand the importance of math at Mathnasium.

 

  Candace Harris, Instructor

 Candace has a degree in Finance and is actively pursuing her degree in Education. She loved math growing up and would often ask her parents for additional math worksheets that they would have to create for her. During high school, she loved learning additional math through the International Baccalaureate program and competing in international math competitions. Candace sees the math in the everyday world and loves being able to help students relate to where they use math in the everyday world, whether it’s by talking to students about sports statistics, the history of the word teenager, or the historical importance of circles and ellipses.  Outside of Mathnasium, Candace enjoys trying to train her two cats and her dog to do tricks, hiking and doing crafts.

 

  Brooklyn Sheppard, Instructor

 Brooklyn is extremely passionate about math, physics and learning!  Brooklyn has always loved and excelled at math and often helps her peers with math by finding a way to explain it that makes sense to them - making math more accessible, enjoyable and exciting for others!  She also enjoys working with kids and thinks it is important that they have a passionate teacher, especially for a subject like math!  Her love of teaching arises from leading many science experiments as a summer camp counsellor.  She is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Calgary.  She loves to learn and plans on getting her PhD and becoming a university professor.  In her spare time, Brooklyn enjoys watching movies and watches all the Academy Award nominated movies each year.  Brookly in excited to be teaching at Mathnasium of SW Calgary!

 

  Kay Yang, Instructor

 Kay is a passionate and self-motivational individual who has a great wealth of experience in traveling the world. He travelled through 11 countries in EUROPE by bicycle for 47 days covering approximately 4000km. With 2 years of the experience of Taekwondo tutoring in the Military and a year of Calculus tutoring he is pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering.  It was through his experience of tutoring that Kay found his enthusiasm for teaching, especially in the subject of Math. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Mathnasium of SW Calgary team of instructors and wants to contribute in the hope of helping the younger generation.

 

  Paola Ramirez, Instructor

 Paola is about to complete her Chemical Engineering Technology Diploma this year and she   is looking forward to obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree at Lakehead University.  Paola would   like to take a year off before entering university to learn French and German. Paola is an   enthusiastic math apprentice who distinguished herself with her mathematics and calculus   grades all through high-school and during her post-secondary studies. She loves challenges   and solves math problems for fun. Paola is always looking to share her enthusiasm for math with younger students. She teaches with charisma and patience, tries one way and then another until the student grasps the concept at hand.  Paola is always open to learning and exploring new teaching methods. Paola strongly believes Mathnasium of SW Calgary is a great organization encouraging the next generation of mathematicians to never give up when they do not get the right answer as this all part of the learning process. In her spare time Paola loves hanging out with friends, eating, going for runs and hiking as well as visiting Mexico as many times as possible.

 

  Jaden Harmatys, Instructor

 Jaden is a passionate and enthusiastic math lover! He is about to finish his studies in   Chemical Engineering at SAIT and pursue his love for math and sciences. Math was not easy   for Jaden when he was in school and he knows that you never have to be right the first time   and all it takes is a little practice. He wants to give students the ability to solve math problems   because he knows the satisfaction and how impactful it is for kids to become confident with   their knowledge. Jaden loves to play volleyball, hockey, and go skiing on his free time. He is thrilled to be an instructor at Mathnasium of SW Calgary and to give children an insightful approach to understanding mathematics in way that makes sense to them. 

 

  Yana Alexandrova, Instructor

 Yana finds great value in the ability to teach. Her main goal, while working at Mathnasium of   SW Calgary, is to have as much impact as possible on her students. She is extremely   passionate about math and would love to lower the stigma surrounding math as much as   possible. Yana is an undergraduate student pursuing a Business Degree at the University of   Calgary. She loves being active and trying new and challenging things. She previously   received her International Baccalaureate Diploma which she pursued due to her excitement about learning things beyond the curriculum. Her passion for all endeavors is evident and contagious. She hopes to teach young students a positive outlook on life that will help not only with their math skills but will encourage them to continue trying and never give up.

 

  Ioannis Kandilierakis, Instructor

Ioannis is a very enthusiastic person and passionate about math. For him, math isn't just a course that you need to pass, it's a different way of understanding the world. He is currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary with a minor in Petroleum Engineering and he is hoping to attain an Applied Mathematics degree in the future. Ioannis is really excited to have joined the Mathnasium of SW Calgary Team of Instructors and he can't wait to start working with all these young Mathletes! Outside of Mathnasium, Ioannis is a 3 times National Champion in Track & Field, and he is actively a martial arts student. With great motivation and passion, he wants to help every student at the Math Learning Centre understand the importance of math.