Mathnasium 800 McBride Blvd, New Westminster BC V3L 2B8 (604) 553-7323   newwestminster@mathnasium.ca

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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:

Our Team: Luca, Ganga, Ramesh, Kjartan

 

Ganga Rajaram Owner/Centre Director

Ganga has always had a passion for working with children. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Madras. She then moved to Vancouver, where both her daughters were born and raised. She encouraged them from an early age to participate in math contests and both her daughters excelled in school and went on to complete their IB Diplomas.

Ganga was a competitive middle distance runner in her youth back in India. Her keen interest in sports physiology and nutrition led to a second Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. For the last fifteen years, Ganga has tutored children in math, both privately and at established centers. More recently, she had been an instructor at the Mathnasium of Tri-Cities centre.

Ganga believes that every child can do and (enjoy!) math; it just takes some encouragement, a good attitude, and teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. Ganga realized that the Mathnasium Method is truly exceptional when she was working as an instructor at the Mathnasium of Tri-Cities center. This led her to open her own centre as a way to realize her passion for teaching children.

In her spare time, Ganga enjoys listening to music, particularly Indian Classical and Western Classical, and loves to sing. She is especially passionate about health and fitness, and enjoys yoga, jogging, biking, and hiking Vancouver’s beautiful trails.

Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurti Owner/Centre Director

   

Ramesh obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a Master of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, before getting a PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a professor in the School of Computing Science  before retiring as Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. 

Mathematics has been an integral part of his career as a researcher in algorithms and optimization. Ramesh has also taught many courses on discrete mathematics and algorithms over the years. He has a vast repertoire of math puzzles and enjoys both solving and creating puzzles that involve specific math concepts.  

He enjoys teaching math at all levels and believes that the method developed by Larry Martinek is unique in imparting the intuition behind critical math concepts. Ramesh enjoys using his deep knowledge in math to teach it to kids in a way that makes sense to them. His Erdős number is 2.

 In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, tennis, and reading. 

Larry Martinek Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program

   

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to "do" math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curricula ever produced for teaching math.

While Larry is not an Instructor at our Centre, He is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students. 

 Luca Ballarin Lead Instructor

   
 
 Luca finished his first year engineering at Capilano University and is completing his degree in Electrical Engineering at UBC. He graduated from Notre Dame Regional High School where he was enrolled in the advanced math program. He is the oldest of three brothers and loves working with kids. Luca is passionate about making math enjoyable and teaches with a positive attitude that makes learning fun. 

 

Kjartan Jaccard  Instructor
   
 
 
Kjartan is completing his bachelor's degree in Mathematics fron Simon Fraser University. Before that, he graduated from New Westminster Secondary School. He loves mathematics and music, and enjoys working
with children because of their imagination and creativity. Kjartan enjoys the challenge of explaining mathematical concepts to children in a way they can understand.
 
Katherine Kubyshkin Instructor
 
   
 
 Katherine is a motivated high school student who has a passion for learning new things. She loves piano, math and chemistry, and approaches challenges with a positive attitude. She loves to work with children and helps them succeed by adapting her method to the way they learn and understand concepts. She is an A-grade student and an alumna of the prestigious Shad Valley Summer Program, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. 
 
Leah Liji Instructor 
 
 
Leah is an International Baccalaureate Math HL student with a passion for Mathematics, Arts, English, and working with kids. She has experience with kids from weekly volunteering at a charity for children up to grade 12 where she motivates and engages them using creative ways to teach religion, philosophy and culture. At school she is an active member of many clubs including UNICEF where she is the VP and debate. She loves teaching at Mathnasium because she enjoys any opportunity she gets to work with kids and is always finding ways to encourage and kindle curiosity and academic interests.