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For updates on Mathnasium of Newmarket's instruction changes due to Covid-19, please see our News section. All Mathletes will begin our video conference instruction -- Mathnasium of Newmarket@Home -- April 2nd. Re-opening July 13th in-centre.

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:

Mariaelisa Kirec, Owner and Centre Director 

Mariaelisa graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto in 1993 and a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1997. Being an Ontario certified teacher for over 25 years, Mariaelisa has seen the many struggles children face when it comes to learning new math concepts.  Over the past 10 years, Mariaelisa has actively participated with the school board math ministry mandated initiatives.  Recognizing that there is an intense need to support the Ontario Math Curriculum, has led Mariaelisa to bringing Mathnasium Method to the children in the community. Married with 3 children, all boys, Mariaelisa enjoys spending time with her husband and children, biking, and swimming.

Karl Kirec, Owner and Centre Director 

Karl obtained his Ontario teaching certificate from the University of Toronto in 1993 and a Master of Education in 1999. Over his 25 years of teaching high school, Karl recognizes the need for students to feel confident in their mathematical skills.  Karl believes that a good education allows students to achieve their maximum potential in life, and since Mathnasium allows for kids to learn math in a unique and fun way, it’s a perfect match!  When Karl is not at Mathnasium, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 sons, fishing, hunting, skiing, skating, and the fresh outdoors.

Mersedeh Ashoury, Assistant Centre Director

Mersedeh just finished her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science at Lakehead University. She is a part-time dental hygienist and her favourite part about her job is educating patients on oral health care and prevention. Mersedeh came to Mathnasium to gratify her enjoyment of teaching and educating children. In her spare time, Mersedeh loves to cook and bake up all sorts of creations, read fiction (she’s
a HUGE Harry Potter fan), try new things that spark her creativity, watch Disney movies, and spend time hosting and making dinner for friends and loved ones.
Favourite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9.
Favourite Number: 5 – because it is a powerful number in my life and resonates with me [i.e. born in
May (5th month) on the 23 rd (2 + 3 = 5)].


Gillian McMurray, Instructor

Gillian recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education after completing a B.Sc, Hons. chemistry. She loves math because after solving fun problems, there is a clear and logical answer. Gillian wants to continue to teach math because she knows how empowered students feel when they are comfortable with numbers. She hopes to inspire the next generation of learners through mathematics and teaching as a whole. In her spare time, Gillian loves to walk her dog in the forest, read books, rock climb, and roller blade.


Favourite Math Joke: Why didn't the Romans find algebra very challenging? Because X was always 10!

Favourite Number: 12- It's the most convenient class size for forming groups.

Zachary Zapanta, Instructor

Zachary is currently pursuing his Ontario Teaching Certification in the B.Ed., Consecutive program at York University. After completing his B.A., Hons. Financial Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Zachary decided to chase his dream of becoming a math teacher. His passion for math education stems from his own academic experience filled with teachers showing a genuine interest in his development as a student, and as a person. Zachary hopes to do the same for future generations. Aside from  Mathnasium, he enjoys playing/coaching 

basketball and hockey and working as a sports program instructor.

Favourite Math Joke: Why did I divide sin by tan? Just cos.

Makayla Kuyten-Thomas, Instructor

Makayla is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a bilingual certificate in French at York University. Makayla enjoys solving math problems and feels rewarded when she is able to help kids make sense of the math they are learning.  In addition,  Makayla enjoys teaching and coaching children how to swim, first aid, english and french. Makayla loves to play soccer, go swimming, and travel on spare time. She enjoys watching hockey and baseball and is a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. 


Favourite Math Joke: Why are circles so hot? Because they're 360 degrees!

Favourite Number: 8, because it's an even number.

Lydia Wadie, Instructor

Lydia is currently a high school student in the AP program. She enjoys math and especially algebra. She finds rearranging equations and solving for the unknown a blast! Lydia loves to listen to music, read, swim, and really enjoys photography. When she's not at Mathnasium, Lydia knows there's nothing better than being with friends and family (especially if they like math!)



Favourite Math Joke: Dear Algebra, please stop asking us to find your X. She's never coming back and don't ask Y

Favourite Number: 28- Two even numbers, it just sounds good! 

Katherine Faulkner, Instructor

Katherine is a graduate from Dr. Denison Secondary School. Her favourite courses are math and sciences, especially physics. She really enjoys the logical aspect of problem solving. She is presently pursuing engineering physics at Queen's University. Catherine likes helping children grasp new math concepts and enjoys seeing the growth the children make. She enjoys running, playing soccer, and flag football. She also loves to read and go camping in the summer.


Favourite Math Joke: Math, the only subject that counts!

Favourite Number: Nine, because it is the first odd composite number.

 Hesam Shafiei, Instructor

 Hesam is currently a grade 12 student at Sacred Heart Catholic High School,   after he graduates high school in June 2019, he is planning to go to university   and study Computer Science in September of 2019. Hesam always enjoys his   time around children and gets engaged in mathematical conversations very   fast. On his spare time, Hesam loves hanging out with friends, swimming,   jogging, and playing soccer. 


Favourite Math Joke: Q: What do you call friends that love math?  A: Algebros!
Favourite Number: 5

Giovanni Bruccoleri, Instructor

Giovanni is an OCT-certified, occasional teacher with the DPCDSB. He has intermediate/senior qualifications in math and physical education. Giovanni graduated from his undergraduate degree and from teacher's college at the University of Toronto. Since then, he has returned to complete a post-graduate Master of Science degree. He started tutoring while he was in high school and knew that he wanted to help others feel competent and confident in math. He still continues to tutor and volunteers at various high schools to continue to develop his teaching pedagogy. As an occasional teacher and math instructor, he can continue to assist others in improving their math skills and share his passion for math with other students. Aside from teaching and doing research at U of T, Giovanni enjoys playing soccer and basketball and keeps active.

Favourite Math Joke: Q: Why was the math lecture so long? A: The professor kept going off on a tangent.
Favourite Number: 5

Alexandra Fahlgren

Alexandra is entering her third year of Biomedical Science (B. Sc, Hons.) at York University. Math has always been one of her favourites at school because she finds it fun and challenging, but also because math is the foundation of science. She loves teaching at Mathnasium and seeing the students master new concepts and enjoying math. Outside of Mathnasium, she loves dancing, running outdoors, and listening to music.


Favourite Math Joke: Q: Why is the obtuse traingle always upset? A: Because it is never right.

Favourite Number: 7

Cassandra Marcellino

Cassandra is currently a third-year York University Student. She is in the Concurrent Education Program studying Mathematics for Education. Upon graduation she plans on being a High school Math teacher. Cassandra always takes the time to listen to all the questions and concerns of her students. She enjoys working with numbers and teaching math concepts to students and helping them succeed. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys playing basketball, swimming and spending time with her family and friends.


Favourite Math Joke: Q: How do numbers celebrate St. Patrick's Day? A: By D'ublin'!!!

Favourite Number: 17 - because it is my lucky number.

Franca Burella

After graduating from the Co-op Math Teaching Program at the University of Waterloo, Franca taught all grades and levels of High School math for thirty years. Math has always been her passion. She loves to talk math with students and to witness the joy that comes from understanding it. In her spare time, Franca enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, baking, and refinishing furniture. 


Favourite Math Problem: Why does the expression 8÷ 2(4) have two correct answers? (16 or 1)

Favourite Number: How can I just pick one?

Coen Zeng

 Coen is currently a grade 12 high school student whose dream is to enter into a career where he can solve math problems all day and get paid for it.  During his free time, Coen likes to play basketball, volleyball, and badminton with his friends.  When Coen is not solving difficult equations, he can be spotted editing videos and helping others with what he knows.



 Favourite Math Joke:  Q: What did the zero say to the eight?  A: Nice belt!

Favourite Number: 4

Thomas Unick 







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