Mathnasium 1450 Kingston Road, #15, Pickering ON L1V 1C1 (905) 903-6638

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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:

CentreDirectorHorace McPherson, Centre Director 

Horace McPherson is the Centre Director of Mathnasium of Pickering.  Horace has worked in various professional and leadership positions in the information technology and cybersecurity industries.  With experiences locally and internationally, in the private and public sectors, Horace is passionate about learning and understands the value of a good education.  Horace is aware that not everyone is born with an aptitude for math and science but they can be taught the foundational skills to help them overcome  their challenges and succeed.  Developing math skills are essential to achieving these since a solid educational foundation is the key to success in any endeavor.  Mastering math prepare students for many possibilities on their journey to life and career success.

Horace is a Certified  Engineering Technologist and has a Master's Degree in Technology Management (MTM), a Bachelor's Degree in Education (B.Ed.) and several professional certifications in Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Project Management.

Horace is also an aspiring writer.  He writes on a variety of topics relating to technology, leadership, workplace and life issues, and is a regular contributor to the LinkedIn Professional Network, peer reviewed journals and trade publications.  He also writes regular customer book reviews on  Horace volunteers as an accreditation auditor for a national accreditation organization which accredits  Engineering and Applied Science programs at post secondary educational institutions across Canada.


Logan Woodside, Lead Instructor

Logan is a Nursing student at Ontario Tech University and has experience tutoring younger students in math.  Logan has been a competitive dancer for most of her life and have tremendous experience teaching young girls at her dance studio.  Logan also plays the piano and is passionate about being an instructor at Mathnasium of Pickering.  She believes that confidence in math builds confidence in the students which in turn will make a big impact on their overall education.


Rafi Ahmed, Instructor

Rafi is a graduate in BioMedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo and has always had a passion for teaching.  Rafi is also currently about to embark on his studies in Dentistry.  He firmly believes that teaching in a passionate, patient and intuitive manner greatly enhances a child's learning experience.  Rafi's other interests include basketball, reading and cooking


Jie Huang, Instructor

Jie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics.  He is an experienced and qualified tutor with deep experience in tutoring and lecturing.  Besides deep knowledge in Mathematics and Physics Jie is an expert in teaching study skills, note taking skills and test taking strategies.  Jie brings the entire package in terms of teaching, evaluating, and building relationships with students, their parents, teachers and school administrators.


 Vidursana Thiraviyarajah, Instructor

Vidursana (Viddy) Thiraviyarajah is a graduate of the University of Toronto with her degree in cell and molecular biology and environmental science.  She completed high school as an Ontario Scholar with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.  She is also a professional Bharatanatyam dancer.  Viddy volunteered at her elementary school and since then she enjoys being around children.  She strongly believes in the saying by John Evans that "every student can learn but not in the same way or on the same day" which is why she is passionate about being a Mathnasium instructor.  Viddy aspires to becoming a University Professor teaching Environmental Biology where she could also pursue research in aquatic ecology.  During her spare time she loves to go on hikes with her younger sister.  Her hobbies are collecting unique Canadian coins, doing jigsaw puzzles and playing with her dog Rico.


Renata Goorbarry, Instructor

Renata is currently pursuing a BHSc in Kinesiology at Ontario Tech University. She has many years of tutoring experience helping kids with math and other subjects. Renata is passionate about being an instructor at Mathnasium because she finds it very rewarding when she is able to help a student learn a new concept in math. In her free time she loves to bake all kinds of sweets and is a huge lover of nature because of the connection we have to it and the universe, as human beings.


Luwam Ermias, Instructor

Luwam attends SATEC (Scarborough Academy for Technological, Environmental, and Computer Studies) in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and is currently a High School senior in grade 12.  SATEC @ W.A. Porter C.I. is consistently ranked #1 in Toronto for Technological studies and within the top three for Math and Science.  Luwam is excited to pursue a career in health sciences. She has enjoyed working with children since she was a kindergarten helper in elementary school. Luwam volunteers at her church as a bible study teacher where she leads lessons and activities related to bible stories and encourage student participation and engagement. She also completed a co-op placement as a teacher’s assistant this past year. Luwam is passionate about being an instructor at Mathnasium to help show students how math can be fun and improve their confidence in their abilities. Luwam enjoy playing sports such as soccer and ultimate, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.


Shahela Khatoon, Instructor

Shahela is an experienced Math Teacher and Tutor. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education, Physics and Mathematics, and have been teaching students of all ages for more than 10 years.  Being an instructor at Mathnasium is a great opportunity for Shahela to further her passion for helping students succeed academically.


Philip Kay, Instructor

 Philip is a graduate from the Industrial Management Systems Engineering program at West Virginia University. Throughout undergrad he competed as a division 1 athlete on the Men’s swim team and earned his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification for statistical process improvement. Philip’s interest in tutoring stems from his final semester of undergrad where he served as Teaching Assistant (Materials and Costing as well as Project Management), and as a swim coach in his spare time. During this period, he developed a passion for sharing knowledge and experience to help individuals reach their highest potential. Philip is eager to express his excitement to work as an instructor at Mathnasium as it provides the environment for both students and instructors to develop and grow outside of the classroom setting.


 Madeline Huber, Instructor

Madeline is currently pursuing a Biomedical Sciences degree at Ryerson University. She is a former French tutor and certified swimming instructor. She graduated high school with an honors of distinction and a certificate of excellence in advanced functions. Madeline has always enjoyed teaching others, especially children as she finds it rewarding to help kids become confident in their math skills. She wants to change people’s fear of Math into a passion for Math. She is an avid reader that enjoys swimming and skiing with her family. She is a student at the Royal Conservatory of Music for piano.


Larry Martinek, Principal Educational Advisor (Headquarters)

More than forty years ago, math educator Larry Martinek was inspired to find a better way to teach children math. 

As a classroom teacher, teacher-trainer, and consultant in public and top private schools—Larry possessed a uniquely comprehensive view of education. He saw a troubling theme in mathematics instruction: a serious disconnect between the students’ basic skills training and the curriculum they were expected to master in the years to come. They weren’t being prepared properly for their future.

Larry set out on a mission: to find an approach that would provide children with the strong foundation they needed to succeed. Over the next three decades, he painstakingly developed and assembled a blend of methods and materials. Instead of relying on traditional rote memorization and repetitive exercises, Larry’s work focused on helping children understand math by honing their math instincts and getting them to think like mathematicians.  

Today, more than 40 years after Larry first developed it, the Mathnasium Method™ is providing children all over the world increased confidence, critical thinking skills, and mathematical ability to last a lifetime