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Meet Our Team

Our Inception

Mentorhood Math was found in 2009 in Hong Kong by Ms. Karen & Ms. Gigi to help children on their school work and preparing for exams. They realized that many of their students needed help with math because they hadn't had a solid foundation in their early years.

In 2011, the first version of Mentorhood Mathematics was launched. The teaching was based on the Model Drawing Method to help children visualize word problems. It was a great success, and their students noticed marked differences. In 2012, Mentorhood's first teaching manual was written. Teachers were recruited and trained to teach with our curriculum and the model drawing method. Licensed teachers were teaching in different learning centres partnering with Mentorhood across Hong Kong.

In 2014, the Mentorhood Learning Center (Mid-Level West) was started as our first franchisee. Early in 2016, Mentorhood Mathematics' second manual edition was formed, and both Creative Mathematics (ages 3-6) and Visible Thinking Mathematics (ages 7-12) were created. Over 200+ math activities were added into the Creative Mathematics Curriculum. We are currently working on our updated teaching system which will allow us to partner with more high quality teachers in the future. 

In 2020, we began online classes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've grown our team of educators, expanded our teaching materials library, and we're helping more students than ever before.

Ms Gigi Lam

Ms Gigi Lam graduated from the University of Toronto with a HB.Sc. double major in Economics & Statistics; She is also a Qualified Financial Quotient Coach for Children from American Institute of Applied Psychology and a Certified Play Therapist. She is the Co-Founder and program director of Mentorhood Mathematics. Miss Gigi has more than 15 years of experience teaching math and she believes math is essential as it improves the logical reasoning and critical thinking of every child.

Ms Karen Lai

Ms Karen Lai graduated from the University of Toronto with a HB.Sc. double major in Pure Mathematics and Music; She also has a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics (Actuarial Science). She is the Co-Founder and program director of Mentorhood Mathematics. With more than 15 years of experience in teaching students aged from 3 to 18,her students who come from countries around the world have a 100% successful rate in entering Universities. Sidney Chu, short track speed skater representing Hong Kong in the Winter Olympics, was one of her students. Her mathematician’s mindset allows her to understand the Singapore Math visualized method is an effective way to help students build a strong foundation for Mathematical success in the future.

Qualified Mentorhood Teachers

Our qualified Mentorhood Math teachers have completed and passed the training which specialized in teaching the Singapore Bar Models, visualization methods, teaching through games and positive classroom management in an online and in-person setting.



Ms. Yaping Huang is a passionate educator with a Master's degree in Computer Engineering. Her journey into the world of education has been fueled by a profound love for mathematics and a deep commitment to fostering learning. With a strong foundation in computer engineering and an extensive background in teaching, she has spent over two years inspiring students around the globe through engaging online math classes. Her unique blend of technical expertise and professional teaching skills enables her to create math classes that are not only educational but also fun and interactive. She firmly believes that every student possesses a distinctive potential waiting to be unlocked. As an educator, the mission is to uncover the individual keys that empower each student to excel.

Ms. Yaping H.

BA/BSc in Pure Mathematics


Mr. William Xu graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Science. He has been a tutor for over 3 years. He has helped more than 70 students in Mathematics and Statistics. He believes that every student has the potential to succeed and it's his job to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment that fosters growth and development.

Mr. Wiliam X.

HBSc in Biochemistry and Immunology


Mr. Truong N. was born in Toronto, graduated from the University of Toronto with an HBSc, double majored in Biochemistry and Immunology. His past experiences include tutoring high school IB students, mentoring in university, working as a daycare assistant, and working as a swim instructor for children of all age groups. Truong uses his experience to promote an environment that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in his students.

Mr. Truong N.

MDPhD Candidate


Ms. Alex is currently in the second year of her MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto. She has tutored all subjects since high school and focuses on creating a genuine relationship with her students. She is incredibly passionate and dedicated to fostering a positive and engaging learning environment. With a genuine passion for math and a goal to connect personally with every learner, she hopes to make a significant and positive impact on the academic journeys of those she guides.

Ms. Alex K.

BSc in Civil Engineering


Mr. Edwin S. graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Having joined the Mentorhood family for over 2 years, he has mastered the Singapore Math modeling method and repeatedly endorses its application in most basic and challenging problems. He has a passion for teaching young children. He believes that learning should not be stressful but enjoyable instead.

Mr. Edwin S.

PGDE, BSc Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry


Ontario Certified Teacher

Ms Kimberly has taught middle school and high school Mathematics in Ontario and at international schools in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. She also has experience tutoring students K-12. Her teaching goals are to find the “just right” level of challenge for each student and to help her students develop resilience and confidence in their math skills and problem solving. Her favourite teaching moments are when students are having fun and learning at the same time.

Ms. Kimberly E.

MBA in Accounting


Ms. Manda is a caring and energetic tutor with 8 years of experience in teaching Singapore Math. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor Degree in Information Management and holds a Master Degree in Accounting. Ms. Manda cares for her students and always adjusts her teaching approach based on the learning progress and characteristics of each student. She believes that every kid can do Math in their own ways and strives to make her class interactive, fun and rewarding.

Ms. Manda C.

HBSc in Biology


Ms. Ala graduated from Western University with Honours Specialization in Biology. She has tutored kids since she was in grade 10. She started her teaching passion when she taught kids math at Saturday school in London Ontario as well as science at St Louise Arbour French immersion school. Ms. Ala is a teacher who wants you to enjoy math as much as she does. She wants you to have fun and make math a fun game for you rather than a painful homework.

Ms. Ala R.

BEd/BBA in Accounting


Ontario Certified Teacher

Ms. Colette graduated from York University in Toronto with a double major, a Bachelor's of Education and Bachelor's of Business Administration with Honors in Accounting. With over 10 years of experience tutoring and teaching students from elementary school to high school. Her Canadian teaching experience allows her to effectively teach the Singapore Math method in a fun and efficient way. While supporting the students' needs and encouraging constant improvement.

Ms. Colette N.

BSc in Applied Mathematics


Ms. Celine graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. She has taught math at multiple tuition centers and as a private tutor in Singapore for both primary and secondary students. She believes it is important to build a good relationship with students to ensure a comfortable learning environment for them where they can be free to ask questions and enjoy the learning process.

Ms. Celine W.


Ms. Hanxi is a second-year civil engineering student at the University of Waterloo. She is an international student from China and has already studied in Canada for 5 years. She volunteers to provide math help after school during high school. She has a strong interest in math and competed in numerous Waterloo math competitions in high school, consistently achieving scores within the top 25%. She loves working with kids and feels glad to share her knowledge to help them improve their math skills.

Ms. Hanxi W.

BSc in Microbiology


Ms. Indira holds a BSc degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology from Sheffield University and a MSc degree in Molecular Biology from Virginia Tech. She worked in a research lab before resigning to be a full-time mom. She’s been helping students with math, both as a friend (when she was in school herself) and now as a teacher. She loves math and wants to help children realize that math is fun.

Ms. Indira G.

MSc in Financial Engineering


Ms. Ketong is an analyst and a part-time tutor with over one and a half years of online math teaching experience. She earned her Master of Science in Financial Engineering from WorldQuant University, and her Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Finance and Accounting. She tutored over 90 students and more than 1000 online sessions. She is passionate about math, and more importantly, she cares about the students and their families. She owns the accountability and helped numerous students make constructional improvements, enjoying the joy as much as the families. She considers tutoring not only a learning path for the student to improve grades but also a life journey to achieve their overall life goals.

Miss Ketong Z.

BLA in Landscape Architecture


Ms. Michelle is a current Primary/Junior Teacher Candidate at Nipissing University. She also obtained her Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. She was inspired to go into the education world after working 4 years as a Native English teacher in South Korea. There, she taught students from Grades 3 to 6 in and outside the classroom - from after school classes, summer camps, and English festivals. Ms. Michelle is known for her warm smile and gentle teaching methods where she puts a student's needs first. As a math educator, she encourages students to think critically, and challenge them - all while building a strong foundation in basic math concepts. a record of improving grades reflects her dedication to student success. She is passionate about fostering a lifelong love for learning and promises to give her absolute best to help you thrive. Let's embark on this educational journey together and discover the wonders of English and Math!

Ms. Michelle N.

H. BComm in Accounting


Ms. Christy has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Ottawa. She has worked with children in both educational and recreational contexts since she was twelve years old, promoting group engagement, discussion, and learning. She is an actor, a voice over artist, a writer, an editor, and a personal finance enthusiast. In her spare time, you might find her signing up for a recreational sport, hiking with her husband, dabbling in something artsy, or hanging out with her awesome nieces and nephews.

Ms. Christy W.



Ontario Certified Teacher

Mr. Neil Horning graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts and Science and a Business Certificate. He then earned his Bachelor of Education with Western University, specializing in Math, Science, Social Science, and Special Education. He has been teaching for 4 years, and outside of Mentorhood Mathematics he works full time as a highschool Math teacher in Ontario, Canada through Upper Grand District School Board. His past experiences within teaching include tutoring, camps, outdoor education, alternative schooling, executive functioning programming, English As A Second Language education, and STEM education. His mathematician’s mindset is that students should be accommodated and be given agency in their decisions while navigating the Singapore Math visualized method. He also firmly believes that students benefit from being engaged in mathematics through humor, analogies, and interdisciplinary opportunities involving music, art, science, and more.

Mr. Neil H.

BA in Economics & International Relations


Ms. Larissa graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Economics and International Relations. She has worked with kids since High school - coaching at tennis camps and with her volunteer work at Water for the World. She ensures that kids feel relaxed in class and that they can be themselves. This leads to an effective learning environment and will allow them to enjoy math more.

Ms. Larissa

BSc in Mathematics and Statistics


Mr. Haochen Dong, also known as Richard, is an individual whose academic journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a deep passion for mathematics. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from McMaster University and a Master of Education in curriculum and pedagogy from the University of Toronto, he has demonstrated a commitment to both the theoretical and practical aspects of education. What sets him apart is not just his impressive academic credentials but also his unique approach to teaching and learning. He believes in the qualities of patience, optimism, and a growth mindset, which he incorporates into his teaching philosophy. He firmly believes that mathematics is not just a subject but a captivating adventure, one that is both enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.

Mr. Haochen (Richard) D.

MA in Archival Studies


With nearly two decades split between Canada and the U.S, Ms. Jen has gathered a wealth of experience. She is proud of her Bachelor's in History and Asian Language and culture, along with a Master's in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. Recently, she added a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language from the University of Calgary to achieve her professional development goals. Ms. Jen's teaching journey, including a year at Mentorhood Math (K to G6), is fueled by a passion for fostering positivity and growth through playful learning. Her roots trace back to Tucson, Arizona, where she spent her childhood. Watching her students flourish under her guidance is what keeps Ms. Jen's love for teaching alive.

Ms. Jen W.


Ms. Lily is a published author set to finish her undergrad at University of Toronto. She is experienced with teaching Singapore math to students in a wide age range and is flexible to adjust her teaching style to match each student’s unique learning needs. While online learning might be challenging, Ms. Lily is dedicated to taking an approach that makes math learning more interactive. Every child is different and the ways to their success can vary drastically. Her goal is to improve students’ confidence and performance in class with fun and new ways of learning math that are not limited to memorization.

Ms. Lily Y.

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