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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:

CentreDirectorMichael Stang, Centre Owner/Director 

Michael along with his wife Cathy, are the Centre Owners and Directors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. Prior to opening Calgary's first Mathnasium centre, Michael worked as a mathematics teacher for the Calgary Board of Education, taught mathematics in both public and private schools in British Columbia plus taught mathematics and business courses at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He held administrative positions as College Registrar, Academic and Student Services Supervisor and Program Supervisor. Michael has a Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Strathclyde University in Scotland. Throughout his teaching career, Michael has always been passionate about helping students through the entanglements inherent with some mathematical concepts, eliminating student frustration associated with mathematics and helping them gain confidence through their understanding and mastery of the subject matter. The Mathnasium approach to helping students understand math in a way that makes sense to them, is not only for students that struggle with math concepts but for students who want to move ahead in math. Michael's goal is to support school curricula providing students with a deeper understanding of math whether being taught to a student that struggles or enriching the knowledge of a gifted student. Michael and Cathy have two grown children, Alex and Paige.  Michael and Cathy both enjoy travelling and in their spare time hike in the Canadian Rockies taking full advantage of living in close proximity to Banff National Park.

 

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CentreDirectorCathy Stang, Centre Owner/Director

Cathy and her husband Michael are the Centre Owners and Directors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. Cathy is an Early Years educator with over 25 years teaching experience. She taught Pre-school for 7 years in Canada before moving to the Middle East with her family. Living overseas gave her the opportunity to teach Pre-school and Kindergarden following the British and International curriculums. During this enriching teaching experience she developed a wide variety of strategies to help foster the love of learning in young children. Cathy recognizes the Mathnasium method as an excellent approach to develop math proficiency in a fun and encouraging way for children.

Cathy is an impassioned educator believing each child learns in "their own way" and the Mathnasium method "helps make Math make sense" to them. She feels working with children on their respective Mathnasium learning plans is the best teaching position to be involved in because of being able to teach children one on one, at THEIR level, at THEIR pace and she is part of the "Ah-Haa" moments that occur everyday!

Cathy and Michael have two grown children (Alex and Paige) who are both university graduates. In her spare time Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for her favorite charity KCCFA, staying active by going to the gym and hiking in the mountains with Michael.


Paige Stang, Lead Instructor

Paige is a dynamic and extremely motivational personality determined to instill the love of math in Mathletes enrolled in the Math Learning Centre. Paige is a firm believer that a healthy life equals a healthy mind! She received her Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree and Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary in December 2014. From a young age, Paige has always taken an interest in health, fitness and of course MATH! After many nights and many debates over the kitchen table with her mathematician father, Paige finally started to have those "I GET IT!" moments and she can't wait to help your kids do the same. Paige has a natural way of working with children and she is extremely passionate about helping math make sense to others and inspiring kids to reach their full potential. Aside from making your child want to do backflips about math, Paige enjoys CRAZY gym workouts, hiking, camping, various sports and travelling! Paige's drive, organization, motivation and overall enthusiasm about life and learning certainly makes her a vibrant addition to the team at Mathnasium of SW Calgary.

 

  Nicha Kittibunlu, Instructor

 Nicha is a vibrant and easy-going individual! She has a passion for mathematics and is devoted to instilling her passion into her students. Mathematics should be taught with patience and care, Nicha understands this and can establish a fun, encouraging, and dynamic learning environment for her students. She has numerous years of diverse tutoring experience for all levels of math up to post-secondary, and is diligent in ensuring that students under her wing walk out with more knowledge than they did before they walked in. Currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary, she aspires to become a practicing actuary. Nicha enjoys making people laugh and loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She is also an adventurous foodie and indulges herself in multiculturalism; she is fluent in English, Thai, and is developing her skills in French, Korean, and Japanese. With her enthusiasm and determination to improve her client’s knowledge, Nicha is excited and delighted to be part of Mathnasium of SW Calgary team. 

 

  Milan Karan, Instructor

 Milan is an outgoing individual that shares deep passion for mathematics.  As a student that struggled with math in the early years of study, he finds that it's important to see a solution to the problem from many different angles.  With this in mind, he was not only able to solve and understand concepts but also expand and correlate the current concept with the new and previous topic areas.  That had lead to a natural connection of new concepts to others.  He believes every student goes through learning obstacles and the only way to over come them is by seeing the solution from different perspectives and eventually applying it to real life.  He also believes, when a student goes through these learning barriers, it's important to have someone along side that has already faced such challenges.  Milan is commited to teaching to the best of his abilities because he knows that math does not come naturally to anyone and will only do so when a student sees a solution from many different aspects.  Milan is currently studying at the University of Calgary pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Mathematics.  Milan's goals is to not only have students walk out of the Math Centre understanding mathematical concepts but also for them to start applying these to their daily life and seeing how they relate to "their" future goals.  This allows students to know what they can expect in the years to come and start thinking about it immediately.  With his passion for mathematics, Milan wants to see every student visualise and understand the importance of math at Mathnasium.

 

  Brooklyn Sheppard, Instructor

 Brooklyn is extremely passionate about math, physics and learning!  Brooklyn has always loved and excelled at math and often helps her peers with math by finding a way to explain it that makes sense to them - making math more accessible, enjoyable and exciting for others!  She also enjoys working with kids and thinks it is important that they have a passionate teacher, especially for a subject like math!  Her love of teaching arises from leading many science experiments as a summer camp counsellor.  She is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Calgary.  She loves to learn and plans on getting her PhD and becoming a university professor.  In her spare time, Brooklyn enjoys watching movies and watches all the Academy Award nominated movies each year.  Brookly in excited to be teaching at Mathnasium of SW Calgary!

 

  Olivia Gyorffy, Instructor

 Olivia is currently a student at the University of Calgary, pursuing a double degree in General Mathematics and Education, with a desire to become a math teacher. As an individual who has always enjoyed and succeeded in math, she sees the value in learning these skills, and tries to help others do the same.  Olivia understands that everyone has the potential to succeed in and to enjoy math, they just need to find a learning style that works best for them.  She believes that Mathnasium is a perfect place for students to discover their learning style, be more comfortable solving problems, as well as learning new concepts, while developing a love for math.  Her passion for teaching and childcare has come from her experiences working as a Counsellor at a summer camp, which she attends every summer.  From there, she has been able to work with many different children and has learned how to relate to all age groups so they can thrive as individuals. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends.  With her positive and caring attitude, Olivia is determined to help students succeed and understand math at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. 

 

  Megan Lam, Instructor

Consistently curious about acquiring new techniques and methods to solve mathematicial problems, Megan is passionate about helping others overcome their own difficulties in the subject.  Her belief is that each individual is capable of understanding concepts with the correct support around them.  Being an individual who is highly motivated and dedicated to her own self-development, Megan strives to not only help others solve problems but to advance their understanding of the key concepts further.  She hopes by giving children the tools to excel in a subject that was previously challenging to them will help them overcome adversity outside of an academic environment.  As an ethusiastic math nerd herself, Megan is constantly looking to apply key concepts to everyday life and display the deeper importance of grasping these demanding approaches.  Megan is studying towards a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting and is planning on traveling and working towards her CPA after graduation.  She is fluent in Vietnamese, and Cantonese, besides English, and through her passion for understanding other cultures developed an appreciation for diversity within societies and an understanding of interactions between different communities and backgrounds.  Megan is greatly appreciative of her new role and is enthusiastic to grow as a member of the Mathnasium Team of Instructors at SW Calgary! 

 

  Delaney Bradley, Instructor

Delaney is passionate about math and loves to share this passion with others!  She sees math in everything and hopes to use this as a tool to inspire students.  Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics at the University of Calgary, she hopes to someday work in research or education.  Outside of school, Delaney enjoys reading, art and computer science.  She believes anyone can learn math, but everyone learns it differently.  She is excited to be a part of the Team of Instructors at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary and looks forward to helping students learn to love math! 

 

  Anita Rashidian, Instructor

Anita is a devoted and passionate individual who loves mathematics.  She has had experience tutoring and looks forward to joining the Team of Instructors at the Math Centre of SW Calgary.  Anita will be obtaining her degree from the University of Calgary in Geophysics and has plans to get her CFA upon completion.  In her spare time Anita enjoys binge watching Netflix, working out, playing soccer and going to the mall.  Anita believes that anyone can succeed at math, because it's not about what you learn but how you learn it.  Her previous experience in tutoring allows her to adapt and work with students based on the Mathnasium method of instruction that caters best to each students' needs.

 

  Saurav Uprety, Instructor

Saurav has always been passionate about mathematics and problem solving.  There are very few things that he finds as exciting and engaging as solving a sophisticated numerical problem.  Having been born into a large family, Saurav has always had many eager, younger cousins to teach and to share his interest with.  Currently, Saurav is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary.  He previously worked as a Science and Mathematics tutor in Nepal.  Along with Mathematics, Saurav also greatly enjoys playing basketball, playing the guitar and listening to music.  As part of the enthusiastic Team of Instructors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary, Saurav hopes to help students find their own path in the realm of numbers and figures, by sharing with them his own love for mathematics. 

 

  Tomasz Plewka, Instructor

Tomasz is currently a PhD student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Calgary pursuing his degree in Geotechnical Engineering.  He is an easy-going, enjoyable individual who is just crazy about Math and everything related to it!  Tomasz believes in the power of Math, its widespread applications and the fact that everyone should be able to do it.  With that in mind, he is excited to share his passion, learning methods and practical "tricks" to grasp many Math concepts with students of any age and at all Math initiation levels.  He is addicted to online courses on programming and machine learning as well as meeting with his fellow board game enthusiasts during long, winter Canadian nights.  Tomasz loves to do both indoor and outdoor sports such as; beach volleyball, soccer and squash.  He has lived in 4 different countries and visited around 15 more!  Tomasz is extremely happy to be joining his fellow instructors at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. 

 

  Mend-Amgalan Bayartsengel, Instructor

Growing up, Mendee was exposed to many different aspects of modern sciences due to his family's diverse scientific backgrounds. From microbiology to computer science, he saw what a pivotal role math plays in all scientific disciplines. He is very interessted in the real-life applications of math, the possibilities and what it allows us to create.  That is why he is currently persuing a Baechelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. He believes that getting young people interested and excited about math and its ties to science is extremely important and he is very happy to do so at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary as one of the specially trained instructors. With a couple of Math Olympiad medals under his belt, he is a fine addition to the diverse team of instructors at the Math Centre.  Other than math, Mendee enjoys playing and producing music in his free time and has published some of his tracks online.  And he is an avid basketball and table tennis player.

 

  Armeen Rashidian, Instructor

Armeen is entering his fourth and final year at the University of Calgary, where he is majoring in Cell, Molecular and Microbiology. Since early on, Armeen has had a deep passion and love for mathematics, as well as other subjects, like biology, physics and chemistry. Armeen also has a broad experience working with children, in which he has tutored children in a wide array of subjects, all of whom were of a diverse range of ages, academic abilities combined with differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds. After spending years volunteering as an academic tutor for underprivileged and refugee children in the city of Calgary, Armeen is very excited to be starting his tenure at Mathnasium of SW Calgary. Armeen believes that any child can excel at math; they just need to familiarize themselves best with their specific learning style.

 

  Rohin Dhadli, Instructor

Rohin is a kind and outgoing person who has a great love for everything to do with math. Combining his desire to help others and enjoyment for the subject, Rohin seeks to give each student a deeper understanding of math concepts through enjoyable and understandable means. Rohin was a student at the Math Learning Centre for three years and is very familier with how the Centre helps students tremendously and he is very excited to now take on the role of a trained instructor at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary. This experience aids Rohin in his ability to help other students, as he has first-hand knowledge of how to approach math topics in a way that students latch on to. Rohin has a passion for sports, mainly football and soccer, and often finds himself using math while simultaneously watching the games. Statistics offer unique insights into how sports operate and Rohin is facinated by the number of outcomes of scenarios in sporting events. Rohin is a strong believer in the idea that math is essential for everything we do in our day-to-day lives and hopes that he can help others achieve the same love for math that he has. 

 

  Lauren Whitmore, Instructor

Lauren is an outgoing individual who loves everything to do with math. After excelling in high school math, Lauren wanted to continue with her passion for math and combine it with her love of children and helping students learn. Lauren's goal is to teach students math in an understandable way while still maintaining their attention by helping them in an enjoyable manner. Lauren truly believes that math is very important and understands that people learn in different ways. Because of this she is willing to reword or teach in different ways going from student to student, so each individual is able to understand the concept at hand. Outside of Mathnasium, Lauren is an avid skier and races competitively, she also enjoys baking and reading. Lauren is very excited to join the Team of Instructors at The Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary and hopes she can spread her passion of math to others.

 

  Shelley Wearmouth, Instructor

After 30 years in the engineering world, Shelley is pleased to have this opportunity to join the Team of Instructors at The Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary to help students excel at math.  She enjoys seeing the students develop confidence by mastering the prerequisites and acquiring strategies.  She is passionate about making math easy, loves its logic and delights in its many applications.  Shelley believes all youth should have an opportunity to join the upward trend in STEM employment (science, technology, engineering and math) and looks forward to diligently working with each student to find what works for them. 

 

  Bharanedharan Govindardjane, Instructor

Bharane has a calm, composed and confident personality.  He received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from Pondicherry University in India.  After exploring his interests in being an environmentalist, he pusued his dream of enrolling at the University of Calgary to undertake a Master of Engineering Degree specializing in environmental studies.  At fist, Mathematics was a boring subject for Bharane, but everything changed when he was inspired by his high school teacher and his creative approach of teaching Mathematics, which helped Bharane excel in his Bachelor's Degree program.  Thus, Bharane believes that Mathematics is the building block for the world of innovations and learning math in school is the foundation for these.  Bharane believes the Mathnasium method of teaching could develop a passion for Mathematics among budding minds.  Bharane is eager and excited to join the team of instructors at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary in helping to shape young minds who will be the legacy of our generation.  Apart from his academic life, Bharane is crazy about sketches and games. 

 

  Karthikeyan Sridharan, Instructor

Karthik is an amicable and highly motivated personality with an intent to share things, be it math or whatsoever. He has always loved mathematics, not for the reason he just loves it, but for his habit of love towards math. His math passion started during his first classes on division. Unsatisfied with the answer given by his teacher for the question, What is the value of 0/0?, he had a though that there was something unknown left to be explained or unexplored in the world of mathematics. This keen interest in mathematics led him to pursue an engineering degree.  He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from India in 2012.  Nevertheless, his maths studies haven't concluded there. He strongly believes that the purpose of education is not just to learn but to teach as well. He has an absolute zeal for instructing math to people in need of assistance. Karthik is currently a Masters of Engineering student in Pipeline Engineering at the University of Calgary and expects to practice engineering after graduation. From a young age, he has taken an interest in nature and health. Having grown up along side his cousins and nieces, Karthik has a natural inclination of love and care towards children.  Apart from math, Karthik likes to keep busy with listening to music or learning French with Duolingo.  With such a craze over math, Karthik is extremely happy to be joining the team of instructors at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary.  He looks forward to working industriously with the children in a way that helps them to realize math as a fact of life!

 

  Vincent Cheung, Instructor

Vincent fell in love with Math long ago when he was in primary school.  He was fascinated by the fact that every natural phenomenon in this universe are related to and can be described in Math.  He believes Math is just like another language, but mainly used to express objective and rational facts using figures.  Nowadays Math is an even more crucial skill to master because this is a door opener to Machine Leaning.  Artificial Intelligence and general Data Science, which are revolutionizing the human culture in every single aspect.  Having a Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, a Master's Degree in E-Commerece and a long-time career in IT and Data Science, Vincent is excited to share his passion for Math with students at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary.  He's sincere in his efforts to make Math lovers to love Math even more, and to turn Math haters into Math lovers. 

 

  Kevishen Payen, Instructor

Kevishen Payen is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary.  He definitely enjoys doing Math and Physics and believes that those classes are fun and interesting.  Having a parent who worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for approximately 15 years certaining instilled in him an accurate ideology about teaching children.  Also, during his high school studies some students wanted to emulate Kevishen's strong academic performances and asked him for help with their studies.  This is when Kevishen started volunteer teaching younger students where he gained some very valuable experiences.  Kevishen advocates the pedagogical approch of Mathnasium and firmly believes that the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary is the ideal place to learn Math.  Kevishen is fluent in both English and French and is looking forward to learning new languages such as Spanish.  He also likes to paint as he has won prizes in several art (painting) competitions. 

 

  Nasreldin Khamis, Instructor

Pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a Finance major and a French minor, Nas loves the concept of infinity.  In calculus, he thought it was remarkable figuring out derivatives whose volume was fixed but the surface area was infinite.  The works of Newton and Leibrinz are in his perspective, rather august.  Nas thinks math is great in the early years but believes the real treasures lie beyond high school.  Algebra, Trigonometry, Logarithms and many more concepts provide the basis for understanding genius works of the 18th century.  The day his professor showed his class a common error with limits, he remarked; "unfortunately, the universe doesn't work that way".  This solidified the idea for Nas that a common way to explaining what's going on with the universe, not just our world, but the entire universe, lies in mathematics.  Nas is thrilled to be joining the team of Instructors at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary.

 

  Bimalkumar Patel, Instructor

From childhood, math has remained the favorite interest of Bimal's.  Math challenged him at every single step of learning new concepts which is what he loves about mathematics.  Bimal believes that math can be very interesting if one learns how to apply its concepts.  For example; during his school days Bimal found statistics and probability very boring as he didn't know what to do with those concepts in real life scenarios.  But when he began to know about machine language and the stock market and went deeper into those subject areas, suddenly probability and statistics became one of his favorite topics.  Bimal loves to teach children as he comes from a family of teachers.  His father and two elder sisters are teachers.  Bimal gained a great deal of insight into the world of education from his father.  A teacher has to have the ability to make a subject very interesting and always try to make the subject of mathematics fun and enjoyable for students.  Bimal is extremely happy to be joining the team of instructors at the Math Learning Centre of SW Calgary and to have the opportunity to help students learn more about the world of mathematics.