Our Faculty

Anna Margolis

Anna Margolis, the founder of EMC, grew up in a family of Russian math teachers and professors. She fondly remembers her childhood math discussions with her parents. The overall feeling that the world of math is magical lives on in her to this day, and drives her passion for teaching.

Anna holds a BA degree in Math and Computer science and a Masters's degree in Applied Mathematics. She has been teaching College and University level mathematics most of her adult life, in Israel and in the US.

In 2012, when her son Ron was 5 years old, Anna formed the first EMC group for him and his friends. Since then, these lessons have evolved into a lively after school math program. During these years, Anna was able to develop her own way of teaching: she successfully combines Math Circle-type lessons with the full-year comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of maths needed to succeed in school and beyond. Anna passes her passion for math and problem solving onto her students, and inspires them to fall in love with it, just like she did when she was a little girl. 

Stephanie Norman

Stephanie enjoys problem solving and is drawn to mathematics because of its application to everyday activities. She has been tutoring and teaching since middle school and loves connecting with kids.

Stephanie received her B.S in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from UC Davis. After working in aerospace and medical research, she circled back to her first unofficial career in education to make it official. Stephanie taught math and science and was lead curriculum developer for homeschoolers before joining EMC.

Andy Caskanette

Andy is a math and science enthusiast who loves pursuing and distributing knowledge. From an early age, mathematics and how to approach learning it helped him to excel as a tutor. 

Andy has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, where he also studied other languages and computer science. He also has a game programming degree from Humber College where he rediscovered his passion for leading and teaching small groups. 

Before joining EMC,  Andy most recently taught math and science at QuantumCamp where he was Lead Curriculum Developer for Mathematics.  Andy has also tutored high school and college level courses throughout his career.

Andy's passions include games of all types, be it video, board, card or sports. He loves to design new games and dig into existing games to figure out how they work and could be improved.

Alla Komsky

Alla has always gravitated toward math. While at school in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, math, and geometry in particular, were her favorite subjects. After immigrating to the US, she had started tutoring Algebra at the American River College in Sacramento. While still learning English, math gave her the freedom to communicate. She was able to pass her knowledge and love for the subject to struggling students.

Alla had since graduated from UC Davis with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. She has been a part of the tech world in Silicon Valley for many years, working at startups and large corporations. Even while holding a full-time job, she had continued to tutor kids in math at the local libraries.

After starting her own family, Alla has taken a step back from a full-time career. She has not, however, stopped working with kids and continued teaching math at her sons’ schools.

Alla loves working with kids, and seeing their eyes light up when they accomplish something new. She wants to be a part of this journey and looks forward to helping your children learn and explore the exciting world of mathematics at Engaging Math Circles. 

Janna Vaystikh

Janna is a mathematician. To her, math is a way of thinking and making sense of the world.

Janna has been teaching math and computers to children since her first year in college, where she received her Master’s degree in Math and Computer Science.

Janna has been working for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley as a software engineer and solutions analyst for many years. Now, she is happy to get back to her roots of helping kids enjoy the beauty of math and sharing her excitement of solving challenging problems.

Also, Janna loves to travel and photograph beautiful places. She, and her husband, have visited all continents, except Antarctica.