Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Charith Ariyaratne

Centre Director/ Owner
Charith is the owner and center director at Mathnasium of Maple Ridge, assuming the role in 2024. He previously led the Mathnasium of Tri-Cities as the center director for more than six years, encouraging student's academic success and love of arithmetic. Charith's academic career began with a Computer Science Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) obtained in 2017, where he honed his analytical and problem-solving skills. Charith is also a team player and a dedicated athlete who represented BC U 15-19 in professional cricket during his younger days. Being a passionate educator and experienced leader, Charith loves working with students and having conversations about why something works the way it does in math. 

Larry Martinek

Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting student’s ability to “do” math, thereby increasing student’s math scores and feelings of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculums ever produced for teaching math. While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, He is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students scenarios for guidance and advise. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.

Benjamin Frizzell

Instructor
Ben is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in data science. He has always been interested in applying complex mathematics to solve real-word problems. Currently, Ben is involved in research relating to designing efficient statistical experiments and will be starting graduate studies at the University of British Columbia this fall. Ben also enjoys playing guitar, hiking, fishing, and going to concerts. Ben enjoys sharing his passion for math with students, as he believes a strong mathematical intuition is important for solving problems in everyday life.

Hannah Lim

Instroctor
Hannah is currently studying Computer Science at Simon Fraser University. She has a passion for helping students and also enjoys drawing, playing piano, and rock climbing.

Minseo Kim

Instructor
Minseo just finished her second year in SFU, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. With her teenage experience of struggling in learning math, she understands how it feels like when students are stuck in a problem and deeply wants to assist their progress. As a volunteer instructor in a martial arts school, she enjoys working with kids and build a friendly relationship with them. Her favourite part in studying math is to learn new concepts and analyze how they are connected to one another. During her free time, she likes to play guitar and practice taekwondo.

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor

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