O U R   T E A M

DR. JAY HERATH, PHD

President

Dr. Herath has successfully mentored countless high school & university students, professional athletes, Ivy League students, and students who face challenges mentally, financially, and within the household. He holds degrees in science, philosophy, chemistry, and biology. Currently, Dr. Herath is teaching the UBC 233 Organic Chemistry class.

ENGLISH/HUMANITIES

JUSTIN KO

Law, English

Justin Ko, a licensed New York state attorney and graduate from Harvard Law School as well as UBC, is Metro Van Tutoring's advisor for the LSAT. Mr. Ko also attended University of California, Berkeley, and St. George’s boys school. He is committed to providing high-quality consulting for high school students looking to pursue post secondary education at reputable institutions. Mr. Ko prepares students for the SAT, SAT II Literature subject test, LSAT, and all levels of English in high school.

APRIL LIU

ANGELIA AIZWA

English, Socials, Math

Psychology

April will be attending Mount Holyoke College in Fall 2019 to pursue a degree in Economics. April has experience teaching kids of all ages, including those who are mentally impaired. April is very well-rounded and able to teach Math 8-11, English 8-12, History, and Social Studies 8-11. In high school, she took AP Psychology, Statistics, Micro & Macroeconomics, European History, and Calculus. April enjoys helping students and guiding them in whatever way possible.

Angelia had a bachelors of psychology from UBC and currently enrolled as a Master's of Counselling student. She has a long experience tutoring students and especially international students. She continues to find her passion through counselling and enjoys teaching students

MATH

DR. SAM AZIZI, PHD

Calculus, Statistics

With over 17 years of experience teaching mathematics, Dr. Azizi holds a PhD in Commutative Algebra & Module Theory. He is a reviewer of the Mathematical Reviews Journal of the AMS, and an author of a high school Calculus book. Dr. Azizi specializes in teaching higher level math courses, including upper year SFU and UBC courses. He also has extensive experience preparing students for the SAT I, SAT II Math I & II subject tests, AP Calculus AB & BC, and AP Statistics exams.

ALEX SABARATNAM

Chess, Math

At the age of 4, Alex set a world record for memorization of flags. Alex has won numerous regional and provincial tournaments, alongside being 2x BC Junior Champion. He has also played in international events earning respectable rankings. He has many years of training and teaching students to achieve their desired goal in terms of chess and has coached many strong junior players.

NAZAM KOKHAR

Math, Physics

Nazam is very qualified in teaching in a number of educational environments ranging from academically gifted to behaviorally challenging. He has dealt effectively with educational objectives and IRP’s in classroom environments. An experienced and qualified proctor for online Math/Physics course examinations with excellent communication skills, and fluent mastery in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, he is also the course director for various summer science courses.

SCIENCE

MARCO GARATE, PHD

Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Holding a Bachelor’s & Master’s in Biochemistry and PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology, Dr. Garate has been a tutor for 9 years. He has experience working with small groups at the UBC Medicine Undergraduate Program, and is always delighted to guide and support students in an encouraging and approachable way.

JAY HERATH

Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry

Dr. Jay Herath is the Director of Metro Tutoring and a university professor holding a Doctorate in science & philosophy, as well as a Bachelor’s in chemistry & biology. A popular educator within Canada and the US, Dr. Herath has worked with the UBC School of Medicine since 2009 as an advisor for 1st year medical students as well as several enhanced learning programs within the community.

ANNA FENDI

Chemistry and Biology

Currently a 4th-year student, Ms. Fendi is completing her Major in Biochemistry and Minor in Commerce at UBC. She has been a part-time tutor continuously throughout the past 3 years, offering homework help in every single subject for elementary and high school students. Although primarily teaching in English, Ms. Fendi is also fluent in Russian and proficient in French.

OTHERS

JAMES HUANG

Digital Art

James will be earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He has assisted children regarding the arts at Place Des Arts for two years, and has won various art contests such as the Tian Nei Bei Chinese Lunar New Year Contest 2015 and Legion Remembrance Day Art Contest 2016. His works have also been exhibited in the Burnaby Art Gallery and Burnaby Artist Guild.

JAKE STUBBS

Kineseology and Biology

Metro Van is proud to have Jake on our team- he is well organized and an enthusiastic young teacher. Jake is completing his Bachelors in Kinesiology at UBC and is a research assistant at both Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital. He was a hockey referee for a decade, spending the last four years in the National Program of Excellence. Jake continues to teach officiating, work on traumatic brain injury research, and teach Kinesiology-related subjects.

DAYA WIMALASURIYA

PMP and Business

A versatile, result-oriented professional with 15+ years progressive international work experience in Canada, Sri Lanka, Greece and South Korea as a Program Manager, Project Manager, IT Manager, Project Management Trainer, PM Consultant, Business Analyst, QA Analyst, Software Engineer in Telecommunication, Financial Services, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Education and Oil & Gas support services industries.

CHAMIKA BASNAYAKE

Economics, Business and Accounting

Chamika is a professional accountant who is experienced in tutoring for Accounting & Finance, Economics and Financial Management subjects for university and high school students. He has given comprehensive support and assistance for course works and assignments in Business Management and Finance modules for countless students. He is a graduate from Northumbria University, UK and an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and Certified Practising Accountants (Australia).

THILINA UKWATTE

Economics, Business and Accounting

Thilina has over a decade of mixed experience in auditing, equity research, corporate finance,
investment banking, valuations, strategic planning, business analysis, business development,
lecturing and corporate training. 

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