The Afterschool Math School for Cool Kids
Doina is passionate about education and personal development. Her genuine desire to help all students improve and excel in Math and Chess led her to envision and start planning the LOGIMIX ‘project’. As the founder of LOGIMIX afterschool program, Doina strives to assist students in mastering their logical reasoning skills, as these are increasingly vital in most in-demand careers, and essential in life.
Doina has graduated Mathematics at the University of Bucharest, has done advanced business studies acquiring the MBA degree from University of Toronto and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from Project Management Institute. As a former chess player holding the Women FIDE Master title, or as a chess trainer, she participated in numerous competitions mostly in Romania, but also in Canada and some European countries. In her professional life as a Business Consultant, Business Analyst or Project Lead, she played instrumental roles in the successful completion of numerous projects mostly in the financial industry, in business, technology or the interface between these two.
In her personal life, she is the mother of two young men who study Computer and Financial Management at the prestigious University of Waterloo. Doina still loves playing chess, other logical and strategic games, and also solving puzzles. She enjoys reading good books in the area of psychology, brain functionality, leadership and positive thinking. She enjoys dancing and outdoor activities.
Doina and her husband, who leads the IT side of LOGIMIX, have partnered with a team of top-notch teachers, whose combined experiences span several good decades of teaching Math, Science, Physics and Chemistry at all levels, in elementary, high schools and even universities. Together they developed the framework, created teaching materials for Math and now deliver on providing quality Math, Physics and Chemistry teaching to help next generations of students get well prepared for university admissions, as well as future life endeavours!
Mariana obtained her Chemical Engineering degree at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, while living in Romania. After immigrating to Canada in 1989, she obtained an M.Eng. Degree (1994), and B.Ed. degree (2009), both at the University of Toronto.
Mariana built her first professional career in the chemical industry field, working for more than 25 years as a chemical engineer and research chemist in Romania and, respectively, Canada. After obtaining her B.Ed. degree, she started her second career as a teacher in DDSB in 2009, being certified for high school math, science and French. She currently teaches academic and gifted math at Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario, enjoying every second of it!
In her school, Mariana is part of the team that organizes and runs the math contests (CNML, Pascal, Cayley, Fermat, Fryer, Hypatia, Galois and Euclid contests, DDSB Math Challenge), participating also in the marking team at University of Waterloo. As a UofT Faculty of Chemical Engineering Alumna, four years ago she was coopted in the UofT team that assesses applications of students applying to UofT engineering. This experience offered her a statistically larger view of the Canadian and international STEM education systems, and showed her the importance of stepping up the classroom instruction and requirements, in order to make her students best prepared for the challenges of post-secondary education.
Mariana’s personal interests are photography & visual arts, taiko drumming, world philosophy, and jazz. She was part of Toronto’s School of Philosophy for several years, volunteered at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, and organized numerous jazz concerts for her community of friends. For more than 10 years, she studies taiko drumming at the Nagata Shachu school in Toronto, planning to continue this activity for as long as she will be physically able to do it. Through the years, Mariana initiated and organized a welcoming group for new Romanian immigrants, enthusiastically assisting newcomers to settle in Canada, and providing them with on-going guidance, counselling and support. Mariana has two children.
Simona obtained her B.Sc. with Honours in Mathematics and Physics and a specialization in Computer Science at the “Transylvania” University of Brasov, Romania. After moving to Canada in 2002, she obtained her B.Ed. degree (2004) at York University.
Simona has been an enthusiastic mathematics teacher for her entire professional life. She believes strongly in high standards for all students and she applies them in her classroom. In her school, she enthusiastically promotes mathematics contests for all students. Simona involved all her mathematics students in the Canadian National Mathematics League and the University of Waterloo mathematics contests as part of the class routine. She also prepared and led teams of Central Peel Secondary School students at the Canadian Team Math Competition at the University of Waterloo. Simona also advised teams of students to design space settlement projects for a NASA competition; one of the projects was awarded the second place in the world, the only Canadian team to receive this recognition. The performance received ample media coverage.
Simona played an instrumental role in designing and developing the first Advanced Placement Program in Peel District School Board. The AP program is designed by the College Board, a U.S. education association focusing on post-secondary school readiness. It offers highly motivated high school students the opportunity to take challenging university-level courses while still in high school. She designed the vertical mathematics pre-AP and AP curriculum. As part of the vertical team, she taught successfully all pre-AP and AP mathematics courses offered at Central Peel Secondary School. She specialized in Calculus AP.
Simona is committed to life-long learning. She often shares her knowledge and expertise with her fellow peers. She delivered numerous Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) presentations on current topics of interest in teaching mathematics such as flipping the classroom approach, the importance of making connections in mathematics, summative activities that connect mathematics to the real world, and new approaches in Advanced Functions. She also co-presented at the St. Clement’s AP Summer Institute, the designing and implementing of the first PDSB AP Program.
Simona’s personal interests include travelling and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.
Katarina obtained her Civil Engineering degree from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia. After moving to Canada she also earned her B.Ed. degree at York University.
Katarina is a warm and caring teacher who wants all her students to be successful learners and is fully committed to their academic growth, as well as to their social development. Throughout her career she has developed a variety of inspiring hands-on lessons that captured students’ interest and fuelled their curiosity about Mathematics. In addition, Katarina encourages all of her students to rise to the higher standards in Mathematics by participating in Waterloo Math Contests.
Katarina considers herself to be a humanitarian and she demonstrated her love for teaching on a global scale by travelling and actively participating in teaching children in Uganda through the non-profit organization “Give International”.
Katarina has always strived to build students’ self-esteem, encouraged her students to set achievable goals, and helped them to develop tools and strategies needed to overcome obstacles in life.
Katarina is an avid skier, golfer, trekker, globe traveller and dog lover.
Carmen obtained her Diploma in Advanced Studies in Operational Research at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, while living in Romania. After immigrating to Canada in 2002, she obtained a Master Degree in Applied Mathematics (2006) at York University in Toronto. She was also certified to teach Math and Physics in Ontario (2006).
Carmen started her professional career in Research field, working for 5 years at the Institute of Computer Science, Iasi, in Romania. In Canada, Carmen taught at different private and public high schools in Toronto, as well as at Humber College. Her expertise is teaching Math, but she also taught Science and Computer Science to Grades 9 and 10, and Physics to Grades 11 and 12. Currently she teaches Math for Grades 9, 11 and 12 at the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She enjoys her job very much.
Carmen enjoys traveling, biking and canoeing. She has a son who joins her in long biking trips and fishing trips with the canoe.
Leo graduated with a Master in Physics from University of Bucharest, Romania. After graduation, he worked in research and taught both at university and high school levels. After moving to Canada, he obtained a B.Ed. from University of Ottawa, with a Specialization in Mathematics and Physics. Currently, he is a Public High School teacher for both Math and Physics.
At his current school, Leo is involved with teaching both regular Ontario curriculum courses as well as IB Mathematics courses, for which he is certified at both Higher Level and Standard Level. Additionally, he is part of the coaching team for his school Math Club and “Reach For The Top” competition, where he qualified his school’s Senior Team to the Ontario Provincials.
Leo loves being in the classroom, explaining concepts, re-explaining them for better understanding, and solving problems of any level of complexity. Last but not least, he is known among his students as being a funny guy.
Leo’s personal interests include dancing, travelling, and watching good movies. His favorite quote is: “Everything must boil down to work, if Anything is to happen”.
Homa obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Science and Research University of Tehran, Iran.
She has been teaching for more than 17 years and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications in mathematics, engineering and applied sciences. Her teaching experience includes 13 years being a faculty member of the University of Isfahan (Khorasgan) in Isfahan, Iran, where she was able to establish collaborative rapports with undergraduate students and supervise more than 20 graduate students in different subjects related to applied sciences. This diverse background gives her a power to engage herself in all mathematical matters.
After arriving in Canada, she pursued a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Ryerson University. She started teaching in Canada from 2014 and taught a variety of Math courses related to the Grade 9-12 curriculum in colleges and educational institutions.
Homa is very diligent, disciplined and patient. She loves her job and enjoys helping and teaching others. Her hobbies include travelling, exercising and watching TV. She has a daughter and loves to play with her at any hour of the day or night.
Camelia is an OCT certified teacher in all 4 divisions: Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
She graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics from “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca. After arriving in Canada, she earned from Queen’s University her Intermediate (Math & Science) and Senior (Math) certification, as well as Special Education 1.
Camelia taught a variety of math courses at Blyth Academy & Green High School, including Advanced Functions (Grade 12) and Calculus (Grade 12), and tutored for a long time, at tutoring centers and her home office.
A very patient, dedicated and competent teacher, with excellent organizational and time management skills, Camelia enjoys teaching and tutoring and strives to inspire a love of lifetime learning in all her students.
Apart from teaching and tutoring, Camelia is a happy mom of two wonderful boys. She enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and reading.
Dragos is an experienced high school teacher, currently teaching Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the Senior level in a prestigious private high school in Toronto, being also the organizer of the Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry contests in his school (like COMC, Euclid, Sir Isaac Newton, etc). He is successfully tutoring students in Mathematics and Sciences since 2010, mostly at the high school level.
He graduated from the University of Bucharest with the M.Sc. degree, having the highest marks of his Series.
After teaching for several years in Bucharest (for the last six years as a Science teacher at Michael the Brave, one of the most prestigious high schools in Romania), he moved to Toronto where he started to teach in January 2000. During all these years he taught all levels (especially final grades – 11 and 12) of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, both in French and English.
The main objectives of his career as an educator are to reveal to his students the beauty of Math, Physics and Chemistry, and to encourage them to discover the many bridges and logical connections between these subjects. He is always looking forward to guide new students and start working together to solve challenging problems.
His personal interests are martial arts, playing bridge, traveling, learning new languages and connecting with people of different cultures.
Monica got her degree in Physics at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After a couple of years as a high school teacher, she completed Post University Studies in Biophysics and Environmental Physics. For her thesis she worked on a numerous projects with the University of Gant, Belgium. After this, she started her university teaching career as a TA at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. All of these changed the direction when she, and her family, decided to immigrate to Canada where a new chapter begins.
After a few part-time teaching jobs as a high school Math teacher, she started teaching Math and Physics Course in Seneca College, at the School of Electronics and Computer Science. Here she had the opportunity to participate in a variety of PD courses that helped to brush up her computer and communication skills. A teaching practical course helps her to combine the practical skills and the theoretical skills, and enjoys passing it on to students. Also, she achieved the Adult Teaching Certificate that helped her greatly in teaching young adults. About the same time, she has started teaching a variety of Math and Physics classes at the Elite Educational Institute.
As an instructor, she is an active member of Math Forum, and a college team that guides young facilitators. As a mother of one, Monica volunteered at her child’s school, and she administered the Romanian Children’s Choir, from 2008-2010.
Personal interests include hiking, tennis, gardening and reading.
Pavle achieved an Honours B.A. degree and the B.Ed. degree by completing the five-year Concurrent Teacher Education Program in Philosophy and Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.
After teaching Biology in Canada, Pavle moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where he taught Chemistry and Biology for the IB Diploma Programme, and coordinated the Group IV project at the British School of Caracas. During his two years in Venezuela, Pavle attended several IB professional development courses, as well as the Latin American Heads Conference – Teacher Observation Training in Bogota, Colombia, where he learned how to observe and assess science teachers and provide recommendations for improvement.
Pavle continues to enrich his knowledge of the sciences by keeping up to date with the latest research in biochemistry, and by occasionally taking University courses. He hopes to teach his students about Science as a way of thinking about the Universe, rather than simply a large body of knowledge.
An avid SCUBA diver, Pavle always tries to find new exciting places to dive around the world, and after successfully starting and coordinating a school SCUBA Club in Caracas, he hopes to do the same in all his future schools.
Manbeer acquired her B.Sc. in Mathematics & Education and the M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Delhi, while living in India.
Manbeer built her career in teaching Mathematics in various schools in Delhi and has a teaching experience of 10+ years. She is an enthusiastic Mathematics teacher and has a passion to teach. She makes the Math topic interesting, easy to understand through her hands-on approach and encouraging students’ participation. She can inspire a love for numbers in the young generation.
After immigrating to Canada, she obtained her teaching license in the Nova Scotia province and started teaching in canadian schools. She has a good ability to help students form connections with the Mathematics subject.
Manbeer’s personal interests are travelling, reading books and cooking.
Dorel obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree at “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania. After graduating with high marks, he started his professional career as a Mechanical R&D engineer. Then, he commenced his university teaching career as a Teaching Assistant at his alma mater. A few years later, Dorel obtained his PhD in Material Science and Engineering and continued his teaching activity for more than 15 years. All these years, he conducted and coordinated undergraduate student projects in Applied Science and Engineering.
In parallel with his university teaching, and being very passionate about Physics and Mathematics, Dorel performed tutoring for grade 5–8 students. As a dedicated and competent teacher who wants to help his students reach their full potential, he is also teaching high school students guiding them to obtain outstanding levels of competence in Physics and Mathematics.
Dorel’s personal interests include traveling around the world and making contact with different cultures, fishing, hiking, reading, watching Sci-Fi movies and also playing chess and logical games. He has a daughter who graduated from University of Toronto and, as part of his family, a beautiful Birman cat named Lady.
Ever since she discovered numbers, Elena has been a Math enthusiast.
Her love, passion, and work that she put into the subject throughout her school years enabled her to graduate at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science. After graduation, she started to work as an elementary school math teacher until 1996 when she immigrated to Canada, and since then she has been working as a computer programmer.
After their son approached school years, she dedicated a lot of time to his education, especially tutoring him in mathematics. Stepping up the classroom instruction and requirements with her son enabled him to be an honors student and always a math award recipient at his school. Besides school successes, under her guidance and preparation, he successfully wrote math contests every year: Mathematica (Thales, Byron-Germain, Fibonacci, Pythagoras, Euler, Lagrange, Newton), CNML, Mathematical Olympiads, Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, CEMC (Gauss, Pascal, Cayley, Fryer, Galois), Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest, Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest being either: honor roll, gold medal, Canada bronze medal, certificate of distinction, certificate of merit, or Best in Central Ontario gold award recipient. She believes that practice, dedication, and stepping up prepare students for the challenges of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
Walking in the sun, hiking through the forest, gardening in their backyard, or unwinding at the end of the day at the yoga studio are Elena’s ways to keep active, healthy, and enthusiastic.
Cristian has an Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, which was recognized as B.Sc. in Electronics from the University of Toronto Comparative Education in 2000.
While working for a couple of years in the semiconductor industry, he discovered and was attracted by the emerging sector of Information Technology, starting with Intel 8080 computers, and going through C++ programming and relational databases. He created his first website in 1998 and got his Oracle Database certification from Brainbench USA in 2000.
After working 7 years as an Analyst Programmer and Network Administrator for The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, he immigrated to Canada with his family.
He is now working in Toronto as a Sr. Analyst Programmer for an IT company, developing and maintaining the Accounting, System and Reports modules of its Enterprise software.
His main interests, besides being with his family and friends, levitate towards Astronomy, Quantum Physics, Psychology, Personal development, Yoga, Puzzles & Jokes.