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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:

Centre Director/OwnerHaibin Zhu, Centre Director/Owner

Dr. Haibin Zhu is a Full Professor and the Chair of Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Founding Director of Collaborative Systems Laboratory, member of Arts and Science Executive Committee, Nipissing University, Canada. He received B.S. degree in computer engineering from Institute of Engineering and Technology, China (1983), and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in computer science from the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China. He was a visiting professor and a special lecturer in the College of Computing Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA (1999-2002) and a lecturer, an associate professor and a full professor at NUDT (1988-2000). He has published 180+ research papers, five books, five book chapters, and three conference proceedings. He is a senior member of IEEE and is serving as co-chair of the technical committee of Distributed Intelligent Systems of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society, member of the SSE Technical Activity Committee, the Conferences and Meetings Committee, and the Electronic Communications Subcommittee of IEEE SMC Society, Associate Editor (AE) of IEEE Transactions on SMC: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE SMC Magazine, and IEEE Canada Review. He has been an active organizer for the annual IEEE Int’l Conf. on SMC since 2003, as Special Session Chair, Tutorial Chair, Area Co-Chair, Social Media Co-Chair, Web Co-Chair, Poster Co-Chair, Session Chair, and Special Session Organizer. He was the Program Chair for 16th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Networking, Sensing and Control, Banff, AB, Canada, May 8-11, 2019. He was a PC Chair for 17th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, Whistler, BC, Canada, June 27- 29, 2013. He also served as PC members for 80+ academic conferences. He is the founding researcher of Role-Based Collaboration and Adaptive Collaboration. His research has been being sponsored by NSERC, IBM, DRDC, and OPIC.

He is the receipt of the meritorious service award from IEEE SMC Society (2018), the chancellor’s award for excellence in research (2011) and two research achievement awards from Nipissing University (2006, 2012), the IBM Eclipse Innovation Grant Awards(2004, 2005), the Best Paper Award from the 11th ISPE Int’l Conf. on Concurrent Engineering (ISPE/CE2004), the Educator’s Fellowship of OOPSLA’03, a 2nd class National Award for Education Achievement(1997), and three 1st Class Ministerial Research Achievement Awards from China (1997, 1994, and 1991). 

Dr. Zhu and his students were featured by North Bay Nugget, Dec. 10, 2019. https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/taxi-business-turns-to-students-to-create-app

Dr. Zhu is proud of his high school achievements in Math: first place of math (in fact the first place of all 5 subjects including Literature, Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Philosophy) in the entrance examination of the ONLY ONE gifted class of high schools of Kenli County (among over 1,000 students at the same grade), Shandong, China; and a second class award (the 4th place) of Mathematics Competition in the Huimin District (over 10, 000 students at the same grade), Shandong, China.

Centre Director/OwnerJing Zhang, Centre Director/Owner

Jing Zhang, BA, BEd is a certified (by Ontario College of Teachers) teacher in Ontario. She got her Bachelor degree from Hunan Normal University in 1989 and got her BEd degree with 84.8% of GPA from Nipissing University, in 2007. Before she left China, she had been a homeroom teacher of Chinese literature for 8 years in a middle school (Changsha Fine Arts Vocational School) that is equivalent to a secondary school with both middle and high schools in Canada. She had experience of teaching the highest level students in a secondary school. When she lived in the U.S.A., she worked as a substitute teacher for an elementary school (Bartle Elementary School, NJ) and as a Chinese teacher in the Huaxia Chinese School in New Jersey. She was awarded many prizes from teaching, both in China and in the United States, including an award of "Outstanding Teacher of the Year." The methods and strategies she used to teach in China are, of course, the same as those needed here in Canada. In North Bay, she has been a tutor for many students learning Chinese. She also taught the students from Nipissing University Chinese classes and obtained praises from the students and professors in the class. Before she registered as a BEd student, she enrolled several classes at Nipissing University such as ESL I, ESL II, Developmental Psychology for Educators, Canada after Confederation, and A Geography of Canada. Also, she got the highest grade in the course of Fundamentals of Arithmetic for Teachers in 2006 and this grade broke the record of the past 10 years. In her practice teaching, she enjoyed in teaching children Math and liked to explain basic math concepts to kids visually and orally. She has been a part-time administrative assistant in Canadore College for many years. Her duty included assisting students to settle down in North Bay, assisting students to communicate with professors and staffs of the College, and communicating with students to establish good studying habits. She also participated in variety of activities such as library assistant and food servers at North Bay. These activities significantly improved her communication skills in English.

Jacob Baisley, Instructor

Jacob Baisley, BSc, BEd is a certified teacher (by Ontario College of Teachers) with teaching qualifications in Math and Physics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2015 and his Bachelor of Education in 2017, both from Nipissing University. During his time there, Jacob worked as a research assistant in the Mathematics Department and facilitated an informal enrichment program known as Math Circles, where students would gather to take part in engaging math and logic activities. Throughout his practice teaching, Jacob has had experience working with students from Grades 6-12 and has taught both University Prep and College Prep Math courses. He enjoys getting involved in the community and has volunteered for a variety of local organizations including Community Living and the Nipissing University Student Union. He is passionate about social justice and has worked on several campaigns and fundraisers over the last few years. Jacob hopes to share his love of math with students and help them reach their full potential. After working several years in Mathnasium of North Bay, he was hired as a full-time Math Instructor at Canadore College, North Bay, Ontario.  

Miao Chen, Instructor

Miao Chen, MSc, BSc., graduated from Nipissing University with a major in Biology and a minor in Social Welfare and Social Development in 2015 and 2019. She has held a very good academic record during her time at Nipissing University while involving in community activities such as participating in the Near North Voices Choir as a soprano. In 2014, she completed her Honour thesis on Sweet-fern and its antioxidant activity in comparison to Trolox, a water analog of Vitamin E. She has strong interests in Mathematics not only because Math exists everywhere in our daily lives, but also she enjoys the process solving math problems and the sense of achievement when she gets correct answers. Therefore, she is really looking forward to helping students understand and solve various Math problems.

Nathan LeSarge, Instructor

Nathan LeSarge, BA, BEd,  is a recent graduate of Nipissing University’s Schulich School of Education. He graduated from Nipissing University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and he received his Bachelor of Education in 2019. He is qualified to teach students from grade 4 to grade 12, and he also has senior mathematics qualifications that allow him to teach grade 11 and grade 12 mathematics courses. He has experience tutoring high school mathematics, including grade 10 academic mathematics and the grade 11 Functions course, and he also has experience teaching mathematics to students from grade 4 to grade 7 through practice teaching experiences. While he was a student at Nipissing University, he worked with elementary and secondary students through the Math Circles program, which provides students with enriched mathematics activities. He enjoys coaching sports, particularly basketball, and he was an assistant coach for the Scollard senior boys basketball team during their 2018/2019 season. He is also a coordinator for the junior pool league at Partners Billiards and Bowling, where he works with children ages 9 – 18 and helps them develop and improve their pool skills. Nathan has always enjoyed helping children reach their full potential, and he hopes to share his passion and enthusiasm for mathematics while working at Mathnasium.

Lucien Hartell, Instructor

Lucien Hartell is currently in a student at Nipissing University in concurrent education for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of education. He comes from Ottawa, Ontario, and has a background of teaching kids how to swim as a lifeguard. He graduated from Osgoode Township High School. In the future, he hopes to become a high school teacher.