Mathnasium 8100 No. 2 Road, #135, Richmond BC V7C 5J9 (604) 241-8020

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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:

Tony Colabella, Owner and Centre Director 

Tony graduated with a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. After working as an engineer for 25 years in the oil and gas industry, he made a decision to switch to his life long passion of teaching.  For the last two years, he taught math at Costa Rica International Academy.  Tony is enthusiastic about helping every child in the Richmond community to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. He has taught and tutored children of all ages, and he is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community. 


Tamara S, Lead Instructor 

Tamara is a third year Science student at UBC.  She discovered her appreciation for math when she realized how uplifting the feeling of getting  a problem right is.  She hopes to share that feeling of self-accomplishment and confidence with young students at Mathnasium

Mehrdad M, Instructor 

Mehrdad is an international student from Iran.  He is studying Health Sciences at SFU and is a peer educator in a student leadership program.  After graduating from high school, he was a private tutor for high school and first year calculus students.  He has a passion for sharing knowledge and unique problem solving techniques that not only enhance the basic knowledge of math in students, but also gives them a way of solving complex problems.


Manny L, Lead Instructor 

Manny is currently a student at UBC pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Her interest for math stems from a passionate Calculus teacher she had in high school.  Outside of math, her other interests include photgraphy, snowboarding, hiking and trying all the delicious food Vancouver has to offer

Mark R, Instructor 

Mark is a passionate and motivated student currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry at UBC with the desire to become an organic chemist.  His favourite part of being an instructor is seeing a student go from not understanding the material to having a strong grasp of the concept, through a combination of thoughtful instruction and practice. Throughout his education, he has enjoyed learning mathematics skills that can be applied to real life situations, especially in the sciences.  In his free time, Mark enjoys taking care of his three budgies and watching sci-fi movies. 

Nikkylynn S, Instructor 

Nikky has a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She enjoys working and interacting with children and youth. As a young learner, she struggled with mathematics until a wonderful teacher came along and took the time and effort to explain difficult concepts to her. It was then her attitude towards mathematics changed drastically. This experience showed the difference a good teacher can make in a student’s life, and it motivates Nikky as an Instructor at Mathnasium.

Ian C, Instructor 

Ian is a first year student at Simon Fraser University in Applied Science.  His main interests at school are math and science.  He spends time helping fellow students with their work in previous math and physics course and this experience helps him to be a better instructor.