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:
Shalini Singh, Owner and Centre Director
Shalini Singh brings with her more than eighteen years of experience as a Primary and Elementary teacher. She has a Bachelor of Education degree and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She holds additional qualifications in Special Education along with Montessori Elementary Teacher certification, and a B.A. with a major in English Literature. Shalini has experience teaching in Canada and abroad and has worked with various curriculum development teams implementing English, Science, and Math curriculum for IB and the British National curriculum in both International and Independent Schools.
She firmly believes that each child’s learning needs should be addressed with a flexible and student-centric approach and she is excited to get this opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of children through Mathnasium. For Shalini, the thrill of witnessing students overcoming their fear of math and applying mathematical concepts to everyday life is the greatest reward. Her fun and energetic personality help her connect with students in a way that makes learning fun and exciting. Shalini prides herself on ensuring that every Mathnasium session is exciting and meaningful as possible for each student.
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer (Headquarters)
All about Mathnasium Instructors
Mathnasium instructors are more than just tutors. They are math experts who are passionate about mathematics and teaching children in a way that makes sense. Our instructors are different from typical tutors because they have all been trained to focus on your student's long-term mathematical development, including the development of Number Sense.
In each session our instructors will interact with and engage your child. Their goal is to help students understand their own thinking. Instructors use unique questioning methods to draw the answers from our students rather than use a "lecture" style method often used in schools and by private tutors.
Our rigorous hiring process is designed to ensure we hire only the best. Each candidate is thoroughly assessed on their math ability, including all critical elementary and high school topics. All instructors must have teaching or tutoring experience with children. As part of the interview process, all instructors are expected to complete a trial tutoring session where we observe their teaching style and interaction with kids.
Mathnasium Instructors receive training on the proper teaching style and how to teach the Mathnasium curriculum. This training is ongoing and is designed to improve the teaching and communication methods used in our centre.
Asad, Sr. Instructor
Asad is a graduate in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing medical school. He loves math because it develops a way of thinking and solving problems using a repertoire of tools, which can be applied anywhere, no matter what one is studying. He enjoys working at Mathnasium because he loves to help students conquer their fear and go from being afraid of math to mastering and feeling confident in it. This new-found confidence shows in all parts of a student’s life.
Asad’s favourite math joke: What do you call a number that can’t keep still? A roamin’ numeral.
Ibtihaj is a graduate in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Toronto Mississauga. He loves math because it is a way of thinking and to solve problems, regardless of their relationship with numerics. He enjoys working for Mathnasium because we focus on understanding the “why” behind the math and focus on concepts. This encourages the students to ask more questions, and learn from self-discovery.
Ibtihaj's favourite math quote is: “There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns…. But there are also unknown unknowns.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld
Nimah is in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biology and Pharmacology at McMaster Univeristy. Nimah loves how everything is so connected in math and that math can happen anytime, anywhere.
She enjoys working at Mathnasium as it allows her to teach math concepts in a very organized manner. The methodology and approaches used for teaching helps students understand HOW to obtain the answer. Nimah aspires to work in healthcare management. Nimah is also interested in drug discovery development and may want to pursue that in a pharmaceutical setting. Nimah loves a good math joke and often shares many with her students.
Favourite one: Why does one divide sin by tan? Just cos
Miss Tanzeela is currently in her third year of University pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology for Health Science and Psychology at the University of Toronto. Tanzeela aspires to be a psychotherapist as she is interested in how the human mind works and how human behaviour ties in with neurology. She believes Math is in everything we do from doing groceries to solving those ‘unsolvable’ problems. Tanzeela loves the friendly environment Mathnasium offers to both its staff and student. It is a place where students can feel supported and encouraged when they finally understand math concepts. She finds it extremely rewarding when she gets through to a student and they understand a concept they once struggled with previously.
Tanzeela's favourite math joke is: Why did the mathematical tree fall over?
Because it had no real roots
Joël is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto working towards a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He’s a hard-working individual who fully commits himself to anything he does; skills that he hopes to pass on to the students at Mathnasium as he teaches them new and fun math concepts.
When he’s not studying for tests or teaching students, Joël enjoys drawing, watching movies, and playing badminton, or his favorite video game called Overwatch, where he achieved the rank of Grandmaster.
Joël’s favorite math joke is “I have a scary math joke, but I’m 22 to say it.” Get it?
Zainab is working towards her degree in Computer Science at the University of Guelph. She enjoys math because she believes it can be applied every day, in every context and develops the ability to think more thoughtfully. Zainab loves working at Mathnasium because she gets to offer support and encouragement to students in order to build their confidence and reach their fullest potential.
Zainab's favourite number is 2. It is a simple number and smallest even number yet holds significant meaning in some cultures. In Chinese culture, many believe that “all good things come in pairs”. Everything is created in pairs like eyes, hands, ears and legs.
Misha is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Information, Communication, Culture and Technology from the University of Toronto. She loves math because it is like solving puzzles. Misha loves puzzles and having the satisfaction of solving them. She enjoys working for Mathnasium because she loves to help others learn and build their skills in math.
Student-tutor interactions are important to her while working at Mathnasium,
because it builds students’ confidence and is a great way to help them
reach their full potential, as math experts as well as individuals.
Misha’s favourite Math joke is: “You should never start a conversation
with Pi, it’ll just go on and on forever”
Paolo is currently studying Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He loves math because it trains you to approach real-life problems in a creative and logical way. Paolo’s favourite part about Mathnasium is its friendly environment that not only allows students to learn but also helps instructors to grow and develop their skills as well.
Sufera has completed her Bachelors of Science from McMaster University and is currently in her first year, of a Master's of Science program in e-Health, at McMaster University
Sufera likes working at Mathnasium as an instructor because it allows her to use manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts to students and overall show them that learning math can be fun.
Favourite math joke: Why are circles so hot? Because they're 360 degrees!
Pranshu , Instructor
Pranshu is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at The University of Toronto. Pranshu loves the fact that everything is always justifiable in math. He also believes that it ties in with almost every field of study, which is why it is important to have strong math skills. He seeks to complete his Masters in Computer Science, and work in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Pranshu loves the fact that Mathnasium uses team teaching because everyone thinks differently, and learning from different instructors helps build your thinking capacity.
Pranshu’s favourite quote is from Isaac Newton that says “truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things." He believes that this quote motivates him and gives a reminder that even the
hardest math problems can have the simplest solutions.
Humza , Instructor
Humza is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Management at McMaster University. Having witnessed how his friends struggled with math in school, he understands that people tend to struggle and subsequently hate math when they are confused and intimidated by it. Humza is extremely enthusiastic about helping every child to truly understand math by teaching it in a way that makes sense to them. During his free time Humza enjoys watching basketball, playing chess, and spending time with family and friends.