Vertex Math Club

Who we are

 Viktoria Alexeeva, Principal.  

School 239 graduate, Saint-Petersburg, Russia 

M. S. in Applied Mathematics,

Saint-Petersburg State University 

Viktoria has successful career in energy business, however in the past couple years Viktoria combined her education with business experience to create an educational programs for children.

 Daria Kurzanova,  Ph.D., Director of Education. 

M. S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Techology

PhD, Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. 

Daria has  been working with kids for more than 6 years. She has teaching experience in both countries: Russia and the United States. Daria enjoys working with elementary school students and elaborate mathematical curriculum. 

Her inspiration is the quote attributed to the famous eighteenth century Russian mathematician, scientist, poet and linguistics reformer, Mikhail Lomonosov: "Why do we learn mathematics? Because it organizes our mind". 


Sergii Babkin, Ph.D., Director of Education. 

M. S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Techology

PhD, Department of Statistics, Rice University. 

Sergii participated in mathematics olympiads for many years while studying at school and college. Sergii believes that mathematical education cannot be complete without introducing logical reasoning and out-of-the-box thinking.

Dr. Eduard Galstyan, Director of Education - Geometry, Chess Instructor. 

Ph.D. degree in Physics, from The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University (Israel).  

Currently Dr.Galstyan is a senior research scientist in The Texas Center for Superconductivity and Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Houston. Dr. Galstyan’s education and skills in chess are received in Yerevan (Armenia), first country in the world, where the chess is included to curriculum in public schools.

Andrew Madyarov, Ph.D., Logic, Computer Coding Instructor. 

Ph.D. In Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

M.S. in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. 

Currently Andrew works in the area of oil field Geomechanics. Andrew believes in early computer programming education and has experience teaching children different ages.

 Yana Nadikta, Math Instructor. 


M.S. with double major in Computer Science and Information Science, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. 


After graduation worked as Head of Testing department for Moscow Center of Spark Technologies in the Institute of Microprocessor and Computing Systems. 


After relocation to the United States worked for Reasoning Mind, an educational non-profit organization as a User Interface and Experience Designer being a part of the development team for creating an online-based math tutoring program for kids grades PK through 8 preparing kids for advanced math using the Russian methdology of the 1980s - 90s. The program is now implemented in many School Districts throughout the United States and has over 100,000 subscribers.  


Daria Kudoiar, Math Instructor. 

Bachelor in Mathematics with a choice in Mathematical Finance, University of Kharkov, Ukraine. She is pursuing Master in Mathematics at University of Houston. 

Daria has experience teaching lower and middle school children at both her home country and the U.S.

 Kim Raath, Math Instructor. 

B.S. Mathematics, graduated Summa Cum Laude as a 

Div. I Full Scholarship Track and Field Student-Athlete 

from Arkansas State University.  

PhD Student in Statistics and M.A. Student in Economics 

at Rice University.  

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 


After undergraduate, I joined the team at Rice 360° an NGO at Rice University. In my position at the organization, I was primarily responsible for conducting statistical analysis, spearheading the largest annual national undergraduate event, and building international relations. 

Additionally, I helped create a scholar's program and a new freshman project-based course focused on the advancement of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). My primary responsibilities for these projects included mentorship and academic guidance. Concurrently, I tutored elementary school mathematics and volunteered at the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition which is an international education program that teaches students from kindergarten through college how to think divergently.  

I am passionate about teaching mathematics and I believe this program allows children the opportunity to build a stable foundation in a language that is universal.