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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:

Sylvia McLellan, PhD, Owner/Centre Director 

Sylvia has always had a passion for learning and for helping others learn. She received an M.A. in Education from SFU (1998) and a PhD in Math Education from UBC (2014).  During her formal education she learned the importance of developing "number sense" as she completed research into the ways children learn math.

Prior to opening her Mathnasium centre, Sylvia operated the Shaughnessy Street Early Learning Centre in Port Coquitlam for 25 years. She taught in the Teacher Education Programs at Northwest Baptist College and UBC and mentored many young teachers. Sylvia has seen how strong math skills open up doors of opportunity for children of all ages and she is excited about helping every child in the Langley and East Surrey communities truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them.

When she is not interacting with students or parents at the Centre, Sylvia spends time with her 4 young grandchildren - remembering what it means to be a child in this day and age. She and her husband Doug enjoy camping in their 16 foot trailer and playing piano, guitar and flute together. They also enjoy playing with the Garden Railway they built in their backyard in Fleetwood.

Alana, Assistant Centre Director and Lead Elementary Math Instructor

 Alana has Diplomas in Sports Science and Communications from Douglas College and has worked with us since February 2016. She loves the interaction with children and really enjoys seeing them blossom in self-confidence when they begin to actually understand math. For her, Mathnasium offers the perfect fit between learning and fun.

Sajana, Assistant Centre Director and Lead Secondary Math Instructor

Sajana completed his Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on mathematics from KPU. He is currently studying further mathematics at SFU and has worked with us since January 2016. As a Mathnasium Instructor, he sees his role as that of an archaeologist who helps the students to discover the mathematical treasures buried in the depths of their own minds. 

Mariya, Lead Elementary/Secondary Math Instructor

Mariya is a Third Year Social Science student at SFU, studying psychology and education. She is working towards entering the PDP Teaching program after she receives her B.A. "I love connecting with students personally and academically; I want each student to leave Mathnasium feeling positive about their math journey." She joined the team in September 2017 . 

Cassidy, Elementary Math Instructor

Cassidy is a second year student at UFV doing a Bachelor of General Studies to then become an Elementary School teacher. "I love the energy and excitement of Mathnasium students." She joined our team in September 2017. 

Catherine, Elementary Math Instructor

Catherine is a second year student at TWU with plans to become an Elementary School Teacher. She attended Mathnasium as a student while she was in High School. "I love working with kids and seeing them understand new concepts, helping them grow their confidence!" She joined our team of instructors in June 2017. 

Stuti, Math Instructor

Stuti is pursuing a degree in Accounting from Douglas College. "I love working at Mathnasium because it influences kids to think outside the box and use strategies that make sense to them." She joined our team of instructors in February 2017 

Sandi, Math Instructor

 Sandi graduated with an IB certificate in Math and Chemistry and now studies science at SFU with the goal to become a Secondary Science teacher. "I like seeing the students look forward to playing math games and having fun while learning. Mathnasium's way of teaching encourages students to really know the math, rather than just memorizing it." She joined our team in September 2018. 

Travis, Math Instructor

 Travis is pursuing a career in dentistry and studies second year science at SFU. "Ultimately, I like to work at Mathnasium because I get to meet and support passionate students who desire their sucess in mathematics." He joined our team in November 2017.  

Devre Elementary Math Instructor

Devre completed a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at Douglas College. "I find it so rewarding to sit and talk with kids about their day and see the impact of our conversations at Mathnasium on their lives." She joined our team in October 2018. 

Diane,  Elementary Math Instructor

Diane is a semi-retired ESL teacher. She is excited to see how Mathnasium allows students to learn math in a unique and fun way, as well as cultivating their interest in math.  She joined our team in September 2017.

Angela, Secondary Math Instructor 

Angela is a fourth year Biomedical Physiology student. She hopes to inspire students to see that math has the potential to provide many opportunities in life!   She joined our team in February 2017.

WIlliam, Secondary Math Instructor 

William is completing a Master's Degree in Physics at UNBC.  For him, the best part of working at Mathnasium is being part of growing and captivating the interest of students in math. He joined our team in April 2019.

Sukhversha, Math Instructor 

Sukversha holds advanced degrees in  Applied Mathematics and Economics. She taught math overseas for 10 years to high school and university students.  She joined our team in May 2019.

Varpreet, Secondary Math Instructor 

Varpreet is a third year Math and Computing Science Science student at SFU and is pursuing a minor in education. He wishes to help students understand and enjoy math. He joined our team in November 2017. 

Linda, Math Instructor Intern

Linda is completing IB Diploma math courses while she teaches with us. She wants to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and notes that Mathnasium puts the "M" in STEM! She joined our team in November 2018.

Hannah, Host and Elementary Math Instructor 

Hannah is a second year Social Sciences student at SFU. She enjoys seeing the student's confidence in math grow: "I get so excited when I hear a student use mathematical explanations for how and why they are doing things. It's so great to see learning in action!" She attended Mathnasium first as a high school student and joined our teaching team in July 2018.

Join the Team

 We invite you to send us your resume and cover letter if you would like to be considered for a position of Part-Time Math Instructor. Details are available under the Employment Tab.