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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:

From Left to right: Ali Karimi, Vanessa Spanguolo, Selena Cruz and Anthony Albanese

### Selena Cruz, Centre Director

Selena is the Centre Director at Mathnasium of Woodbridge. Prior to opening her Mathnasium Centre, Selena worked in various positions in finance.  She graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism. Selena is enthusiastic about helping every child in the community to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them.  She is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to children in the community. Happily married with two children, Selena enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and travelling. She is passionate about helping others and is always friendly, warm, and welcoming. Selena never fails to brighten up a room with her bubbly personality and make everyone she meets feel like family.

Favourite Math Joke:  Why did the mathematician spill all of her food in the oven?

The directions said, "Put it in the oven at 180°"

Favourite Number: 9. The number 9 is very unique. When you multiply any number by 9, then add the digits and reduce them to a single digit, it always becomes a 9. For example, 23 x 9=207,reduce 207 to a single digit by adding them together; 2+0+7=9. Similarly, 9x9=81, and 8+1=9. Coincidental? No, try it.

9 is also my favourite because it is my birthday number and I too, am unique :-)

Vanessa is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts at York University. Vanessa has a passion for teaching. The past 4 years, Vanessa tutored many students in various subjects to include Mathematics and Science. In her spare time, she lends her time to volunteer as a reading buddy and daycare assistant. She is a firm believer that everyone is capable of excelling at math and hopes to help students fall in love with the subject! Vanessa loves to listen to music, play guitar and watch television. Her favourite band is Coldplay and she is a passionate Leafs fan!!

Favourite Math Joke: What do you call an adorable angle?  An ACUTE angle.

Favourite Number: 18 because it is my birthday number.

Ali Karimi, Instructor

Ali is currently studying Biomedical Sciences pursuing an Honours in Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours BSc.) at York University. He is striving to become a scientist as he loves biology and is interested in psychology. Because of this, Ali plans to do a double major in Biomed and Psychology. He volunteers at a STEM club for children and mentors elementary school students in their classrooms because he is fascinated with educational psychology.

Ali relies on Math to have an A+ in his transcript which is why he is enjoys working at Mathnasium. He loves Judo and has been practicing it for 6 years. Ali also likes Persian classical music and you can always find him listening to it!

Favourite Math Joke: What is Ali's favourite dessert?? Pumpkin π

Favourite Number: 1, because I am always #1.

Anthony Albanese, Instructor

Anthony Albanese is passionately working towards his Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Guelph-Humber and plans on obtaining his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in the not so distant future. Growing up in North Woodbridge, Anthony’s dominant skill set has always been math. Now grown up and with two years of math tutoring experience, Anthony seeks fulfillment in helping students at Mathnasium. He believes in making math simple for children in order to help them achieve great grades and regain their confidence in the subject.

In his spare time, you can find Anthony reading books, weightlifting or enjoying great Italian or Mexican
food. Don’t be afraid to say hello to him as he loves meeting new people and learning about different cultures!

Favourite Math Joke: My girlfriend is the square root of (-10/10); she is a perfect 10 out of 10, but she doesnt even exist.

Favourite Number: 7. A number that has followed me everywhere; starting with my birthday number.

Kierra Cruz, Instructor

Kierra is currently a Grade 12 high school student who looks to study Criminology in university. She is passionate about working with children and helping them achieve their full potential in school. Math has always been one of her strongest subjects in school due to her ability to quickly grasp new concepts.

In her free time, Kierra likes to listen to music, draw and take pictures.

Favourite Math Joke: Think of a number between 1 and 10. Multiply it by 9 and subtract 1.

Now close your eyes............. it's dark isn't it?

Favourite Number: 3, because 2 + 1 is 3.

Azhar Mithani, Instructor

Azhar Mithani is passionately pursuing his Masters in Management (MMgt) from the Schulich School of Business and plans on obtaining his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in the not so distant future. Azhar tutored many students in various subjects like Mathematics and Computer Science during his years studying for his Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. He believes in making math fun for children and believes anyone can achieve great grades if they're given the right direction.

He's a blue belt in Judo and has been practicing it for 8 years. Azhar also likes reading books, writing blogs and enjoying great food.

Favourite Math Joke: Why should you worry about your math teacher holding graph paper?
She’s definitely plotting something.

Favourite Number 7 because...
• 7 is the smallest number that cannot be represented as a sum of 3 squares.
• 7 is the smallest integer that is not the difference of two primes.
• The numbers on opposite sides of a regular die always add up to 7.
• 7 is the minimum number of colors that is always sufficient to color any map on a torus.
• 7 is the only prime followed by a cube.
• 7 is the smallest n for which a regular polygon with n sides cannot be constructed with ruler and compass.

Interested in becoming a Math Instructor at Mathnasium of Woodbridge ?