Our Team

Professor Ilija Katic
Head Instructor

Professor Ilija Katic has devoted his entire career to excellence in mathematics. He is a Master Teacher who has established his unique teaching methodology and has been successfully applying it in the classroom for decades. Mr. Katic has published an award-winning mathematics textbook in former Yugoslavia. This textbook became the mandatory curriculum foundation for high school mathematics in the country.

Ms. Azita Zolfaghari, Ph.D.
Instructor

Ms. Azita Zolfaghari holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering. She was a lecturer and research assistant at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran from 2006 to 2014. Ms. Zolfaghari received her Math For Excellence instructor training in 2017. Her superb knowledge of mathematics, her friendly personality and her passion for teaching make Ms. Zolfaghari an exemplary Math for Excellence instructor.

Ms. Smiljana Tosic-Kafadar, B.Sc.
Instructor

Ms. Smiljana Tosic-Kafadar holds a B. Sc. Degree in Mathematics and Physics from SFU and B. Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering. She taught math and science programs at Champlain Heights Elementary School. Ms. Tosic-Kafadar received her Math For Excellence instructor training in 2017. Her energetic personality, boundless enthusiasm, substantial knowledge of mathematics, and her ability to inspire students make her an outstanding Math For Excellence instructor.

Our Vision

Professor Ilija Katic has devoted his entire career to excellence in mathematics. He is a Master Teacher who has established his unique teaching methodology and has been successfully applying it in the classroom for decades. Mr. Katic has published an award-winning mathematics textbook in former Yugoslavia. This textbook became the mandatory curriculum foundation for high school mathematics in the country.

Mr. Katic founded and led a math and science oriented magnet school in former Yugoslavia, called the Mathematics High School. Under his lead, students started winning regional and even national mathematics competitions. The Mathematics High School became the most reputable high school in the country. Mr. Katic’s students won several gold medals at the International Mathematics Olympiads, even when no medals were won by students from larger European countries. Student enthusiasm was the key to this success. Mr. Katic knew how to evoke enthusiasm in every young person. They were just waiting to be inspired!