Mathnasium 520 Norman Avenue, #2, North Bay ON P1B 0B7 (705) 491-0915   northbay@mathnasium.ca

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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

Haibin Zhu, PhD is Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, 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 150+ research papers, four books and two book chapters on object-oriented programming, distributed systems, collaborative systems, agent systems and computer architecture. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM, and a life member of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology, USA. He is a founding researcher of Role-Based Collaboration (RBC) and Adaptive Collaboration (AC) in the world. He is the receipt of the chancellor’s award for excellence in research (2011) and the research achievement award from Nipissing University (2006-2007), IBM Eclipse Innovation Grant Awards (2004, 2005), the Best Paper Award from the 11th ISPE Int’l Conf. on Concurrent Engineering (2004), the Educator’s Fellowship of Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications (2003), a 2nd Class National Award of Education Achievement from Ministry of Education of China (1997), a 2nd Class National Award of Excellent Textbook from the Ministry of Education of China (2002), three 1st Class Ministerial Research Achievement Awards from The Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense of China (1997, 1994, and 1991), and a 2nd Class Ministerial Excellent Textbook Award of the Ministry of Electronics Industry of China (1996). 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.

Miao Chen, Instructor

Miao Chen, BSc., graduated from Nipissing University with a major in Biology and a minor in Social Welfare and Social Development in 2015. Now, she is enrolling in the Environmental Science graduate program at Nipissing University. 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.

Katrina Cowan, Instructor

Katrina Cowan is a student at Nipissing University. She is currently enrolled in the concurrent education program to become a teacher, where she will be qualified to teach both math and biology. She has taken courses on calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, evolutionary biology, molecular and cellular biology, and sociology. In 2018, Katrina graduated high school from St Theresa's Catholic Highschool in Midland Ontario. Upon graduation, she received several awards, including one from her teachers for her excellence in and out of class, as well as the Governor General's Medal for highest academic standing within her class. Upon accepting her offer to Nipissing University, she received the President's scholarship. She is qualified to assist with not only students in higher level courses, but also younger students, as she volunteered in a kindergarten classroom throughout her high school experience. She hopes to encourage and assist students to be successful in their math courses, but also to encourage them to pursue what they are passionate about. 

Cole Maddin, Instructor

Cole Maddin is currently attending Nipissing University in a double Major program of BA Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education as well as a minor in history. He comes from Ottawa, Ontario where he is a lifeguard and aquatic instructor teaching children how to swim and be safe around water. Cole graduated from Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School on the Grade 12 Honour Roll. Cole is now attempting to be a high school teacher in the future. He enjoys teaching and helping kids with math causes with every new question he gets. He could see math from a new angle and learn more about a subject he thought he already knew perfectly. 

Mya Cousineau, Instructor

Mya Cousineau is a graduate from Chippewa Secondary School with International Baccalaureate and Extended French Certificates. Her plan for next year is to attend The University of Waterloo for Business.

Mya has been attending Mathnasium to enrich her own math skills for the past seven years. Mathnasium has always helped her stay ahead in school. This gave her opportunities to explore other interests because she no longer had to stress and spend all her time on school. She could take interest in arts and athletics. For example; she was a member of the Chippewa arts club, performed with raider dance in Florida, and was an active member of student council, making her well- rounded and balanced. During her time training and competing all over the world for the Ontario Mogul Skiing team she was able to continue succeeding in school because of the support that Mathnasium offers, even when she was competing and training overseas.The mathematical concepts which Mya perfected at Mathnasium translated to success in many other subjects including chemistry and physics. This allowed Mya to achieve a high grade average during her seven years studying at Mathnasium. This academic success gave Mya a wide variety of options in post- secondary study, which ultimately led to her applying for a variety of programs spanning arts, physics and business. Mya has chosen to pursue a join arts business degree.

Mya really enjoys teaching at the centre and has been doing it for the past four years. She is so happy to see students improve and genuinely cares about their success. Mya’s teaching goal is making learning fun, while also challenging the students.

For her first year of university, Mya has confidence going into a more challenging academic setting because of what she has learned from Mathnasium.