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Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame

The following past and present members of the MOEMS Board of Directors have been inducted into the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame which is jointly sponsored by NCMTA, NCAMS, and SCMTA.

2006: Sandy Cohen, George Lenchner

2007: John Lufrano

2008: Richard Kalman, Lance Modell

2009: Curt Boddie, Judy Broadwin

2011: Dorothy Hess, Arthur Kalish


Nicholas Restivo

Executive Director, 2010 - present

Before taking on the role of Executive Director of Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School, Nicholas J Restivo had been involved in the educational arena for thirty-eight years as teacher and administrator. He served as a high school teacher of mathematics in New York City, Fort Worth Texas, and Plainview New York. He also did stints as math chairman at H Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School and pre K-12 district Director of Mathematics for the Mineola, NY schools. His last eight years in public education was spent as Principal of Long Beach (NY) High School until June 2010.

Throughout his teaching career, Nick was an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS), as well as county-wide teachers' and supervisors' professional organizations.

Mr. Restivo also served as a New York State Elementary Math Mentor from 1995 - 2002 and was a program co-chair for the NCTM Regional Conference held in 1997 in Uniondale, NY. He was chair for the Calculators Help All Teachers (CHAT) conferences for 10 years beginning in 1992, as well as a co-chair for several Student Symposia in Mathematics. He has made and continues to make presentations at many NCTM/NCSM annual and regional conferences and various state-wide and local conferences. Topics include Boxes from Greeting Cards, Linear Programming, Calculator Tricks, and Designs with Compasses and Straight Edge. He frequently presented at Nassau County BOCES in his role as New York State Math Mentor to help usher in the original NYS fourth and eighth grade mathematics assessments, as well as the Math, Science, and Technology Learning Standards.

As he begins his second year at the helm of MOEMS, Mr. Restivo's goal is to bring the Math Olympiad Contests and Tournaments to areas that have been underserved by this organization. He will continue to utilize his computer and administrative skills on a regular basis, while increasing his presence throughout the US as a mathematics educator and teacher education facilitator.























John Lufrano

Executive Secretary (1996 - present )

Mr. Lufrano began his teaching career in Yonkers, NY, where he coached a mathlete team at Roosevelt HS in the Westchester Interscholastic Math League. He then began a long and distinguished career in the Valley Stream Central HS District on Long Island, NY as teacher (Central HS), department head (South HS) and Director of Mathematics at the High School District. He also served as Director of Mathematics in the Freeport Schools from 1990 - 1995. Mr. Lufrano received a BS from Manhattan College, an MA from Hunter College and a PD from St John's University. He had served as President of the Mathematical Olympiads from 1985 - 1995.

In 1996 Mr. Lufrano became Executive Secretary of the Mathematical Olympiads and is responsible for maintaining and processing all the statistical data. In addition he is the CFO for the Olympiads.

Awards And Accomplishments

Nassau County (NY) Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award
Chairman Nassau County Interscholastic Math League Problem Solving Book
President Mathematical Olympiads
President Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors
Charter member Long Island Mathematics Conference Board
Treasurer Long Island Mathematics Conference Board
Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education Awards:
Long Island Mathematics Conference Board
Goudreau Museum of Mathematics and Science.

Marshalyn Baker

MOEMS Board Member

Since 1973, Marshalyn Baker has taught grades 4-8 at Belgrade Central School in Belgrade, Maine and Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine where she currently teaches grade 7. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, earning her bachelor's degree in elementary education, her master's in literacy, and a certificate of advanced study in math, science, and technology.

Marshalyn Baker's professional activities include serving as president of ATOMIM (the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine), board member of ATMNE (the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England), leadership cohort with the National Academy of Sciences, NCTM Affiliate Services committee and chair, board member of NCTM, Solar System Educator, GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) Satellite Master Teacher, and Northern New England Co-Mentoring Cohort mentor.

Ms. Baker is a PICO for MOEMS and has lead Math Jams sessions for two years. She is a math team and Math Counts team coach. Marshalyn has presented at NCTM conferences and ATMNE conferences, as well as at numerous state and local conferences and workshops including conferences on Long Island and in South Dakota. She has organized and run affiliate leadership conferences for NCTM.

In her "spare" time, Marshalyn enjoys being with her husband, two sons, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter, reading, playing games and solving puzzles, golfing with friends, and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.














Dr. Sam Carpentier

Board President
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students
Molloy College - Rockville Centre, NY

Dr. Carpentier, now an associate dean at Molloy College in its graduate education program, is a retired elementary principal having served 33 years in the public school sector. He was appointed to the board in 1985. Prior to serving on the board, Dr. Carpentier was a PICO for many years. Throughout his years on the board he has held several positions before his election to the presidency in 2000.

Dr. Carole Greenes

Associate Vice Provost for STEM Education
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona
MOEMS Board Member

Carole Greenes is Associate Vice Provost for STEM Education, Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Technology and Innovation and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics (PRIME) Center at Arizona State University. From 2007 – 09, she served as Dean of the School of Educational Innovation at ASU. Prior to 2007, Greenes was Professor of Mathematics Education and Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Academic Programs at Boston University.

Greenes has authored more than 70 articles and 300 programs and books, three mathematical musical mysteries, and one musical history of mathematics. Among those programs are Groundworks: Algebraic Thinking, Algebraic Reasoning Modules, Problem Solving Think Tanks, and Zupelz: A Game of Logical Reasoning.

Greenes was chair of the Mathematical Sciences Advisory Committee of the College Board, chair of the Massachusetts Mathematics Framework Committee, president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, editor of the NCSM monograph series for leaders, member of the steering committee for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Navigations Series, and editor of NCTM’s 2008 Yearbook, Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in School Mathematics. She serves on several advisory boards, including three Ready to Learn DOE-funded projects, and is co-chair of the ASU Preparatory Academies Advisory Board.

She is on a variety of advisory boards in addition to MOEMS, including the Rodel Foundation, the SfAZ STEM Center, and Arizona University Public Schools Initiative. She is a member of NCTM, NCSM, NSTA, TODOS, AERA, ISTE, and ATME. She is recipient of the Herbert Wilde Award for outstanding contributions to education, and was inducted in 2003 into the Massachusetts Mathematics Educators’ Hall of Fame. In 2011, she received the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award from NCSM for outstanding leadership in mathematics education.

Greenes’ research is primarily in the areas of algebraic thinking and reasoning methods. From 2003-2008, she served as co-PI of the NSF MSP, Focus on Mathematics (FOM), and studied secondary-school students’ understanding of the fundamental algebraic concepts of linearity and linear functions. Her assessment instrument was translated and administered to students in French-speaking Canada, Israel, Korea and Taiwan, as well as to grades 8 – 11 students in Massachusetts and Arizona. Results served as the basis for the design of the Algebraic Reasoning Modules for open platform distribution. Currently Greenes is Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded, Prime the Pipeline Project: Putting Knowledge to Work that engages high school students and their mathematics and science teachers (as learners) in scientific villages, where they collaborate with scientists in the solution of long-term integrated projects that involve the use of workplace technologies, and the Helios Foundation-funded STEM in the Middle that focuses on the engagement of middle school teachers and students in the exploration of interdisciplinary projects that require application of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering design concepts and principles for their solutions.




























Dorothy Hess

MOEMS Board Member
MOEMS Exhibit Coordinator

Dorothy Hess received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brooklyn College, where her love of math was cultivated. Since college she has been involved in math. She began her career teaching in New York City in 1966. She is now retired from the Malverne School District where she taught math and computers at the middle school level from 1979 to 2001. During her years in Malverne she was a Math Olympiad PICO. While teaching in Malverne, she received the honor of being recognized as their Teacher of the Year. In 2003 she received an Educational Leadership Award from the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics.

Dorothy served as a math research consultant on Square One, a math television show sponsored by Childrens' Television Workshop. She was Middle School Representative for the Association of Math Teachers of NYS, and continues to serve in the Assembly. Dorothy is past president of Nassau County Math Teachers Association and has been an active member of the Executive Board since 1984. She has been co-chair of an annual conference for teachers, K-8, at a local college since 1988. Dorothy Hess is director of conferences for MOEMS. She handles all arrangements for the exhibits and is an enthusiastic and energetic leader for the Math Olympiad team at conferences around the country.


Arthur Kalish

MOEMS Board Member
Problem Writing Committee Chief

Mr. Kalish taught math at Syosset High School in NY for the past 42 years. Prior to coming to Syosset he taught in Queens,NY, at Junior HS 185. Throughout much of his career he has taught as an adjunct instructor for the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College, and at SUNY Old Westbury. Currently he is the director of the Leadership Program for Teachers in grades 6 - 9. As Vice President of the Nassau County Interscholastic Mathematics League, he organizes and typesets all the materials for the NMT. Mr. Kalish is also an active member of the Working Group and the Advisory Council for the Museum of Mathematics, MoMath, scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.

He has received the following awards:

  • Induction in the Nassau County Hall of Fame
  • Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Chicago
  • Congressional Youth Leadership Council Award
  • Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the Harvard Club of Long Island
  • Most Influential Teacher by a winner of the Presidential Scholar
  • Most Influential Teacher by a winner of the Merrill Presidential Scholar
  • George Lenchner Distinguished Service Award
  • Nassau County High School Teacher of the Year
  • Tandy Technology Scholar Award
  • Goudreau Award for Excellence in Teaching



















Dr. Karen Karp

MOEMS Board Member
Johns Hopkins University:

Visiting Professor
Ed.D.program in the School of Education

Former Member Board of Directors - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Dr. Karp began her career as a public school elementary school teacher on Long Island in New York where she also holds secondary mathematics teaching certification. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Adelphi University and her doctoral degree from Hofstra University. Prior to her current position at Johns Hopkins University, she was professor of mathematics education in the Department of Early and Elementary Childhood Education at the University of Louisville. She was also the chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning for five years. She was a recipient of two of the University of Louisville’s Presidential awards—the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Service Award for a Career of Service. She also received the Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Karp has numerous publications centered on mathematics education for underrepresented populations and successful teaching strategies. She has authored Feisty Females: Inspiring Girls to Think Mathematically, co-authored Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and Growing Professionally: Readings from NCTM Journals. Dr. Karp is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She is also a past president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and in that role she was a member of the Conference Board of Mathematics Sciences.

Karen attributes any success she has had in mathematics education to the mentoring she received from the late Sandy Cohen.



Margery Masters

MOEMS Board Member
Math Specialist
Sag Harbor Elementary School
Sag Harbor, New York

Margery Masters is a graduate of SUNY at Geneseo with a BS Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has an MS Degree in Education from LIU at Southampton. For the last 26 years Margery has taught at Sag Harbor Elementary School, holding the position of Math Specialist for 22 of those years. In this capacity, she coordinates the curriculum as well as teaches in classrooms. Problem solving is a major concern at Sag Harbor and the problems that MOEMS participants tackle are a part of the daily lives of their students.

In January 2003 Margery wrote a book to help 4th grade students review for the New York State Math Assessment. The title is Let's Prepare for The 4th Grade Math Test and it is published by Barron's. In 2006 Barron's released Painless Math Junior, a book for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. In September 2008 Margery saw the publication of New York State Grade 3 Elementary Math Test which is a test preparation book as well. This book has been revised and will be re-released in 2011. Also in September of 2008, the first book for Grade 4 was released in a revised version. This book has revised again to reflect new changes in New York testing for Grade 4 and will be released in 2011.

As a member of AMTNYS, NCTM, and SCMTA, she is a regular presenter at state and local math conferences including LIMACON. As a member of AMTNYS, Ms Masters has chaired a number of committees and held a number of offices including Recording Secretary and Elementary Rep. In the fall of 2010, Margery was surprised with the Distinguished Service Award for her work with AMTNYS. Margery was also given an award by the Goudreau Math Museum for outstanding work as a math educator.
























Jim Matthews

MOEMS Board Member
Professor Siena College
Computer Science, Math, Education
Past President, Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS

Jim Matthews has been a faculty member at Siena College for over 30 years. At Siena, he teaches mathematics, computer science, and courses for the education department including supervision of student teachers

Prior to joining the faculty at Siena he was a secondary mathematics teacher in Chatham, NY and he has taught mathematics for over ten years in Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms. He has also worked as a consultant for many school districts and educational associations, the majority of this work for urban and rural schools.

Jim has given hundreds of conference presentations and written articles based on ideas for improving the teaching of mathematics and computer science. He has conducted numerous workshops for mathematics educators, directed and consulted on many grant projects, and helped establish undergraduate and graduate programs for mathematics and science teachers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jim has served on and chaired committees for the New York State Education Department. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, and the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He has served on committees and boards for all of these organizations including a term as President of the Association of MathematicsTeachers of New York State.

Jim has been recognized with a NYNEX award for Excellence in Education and with the Siena College Teaching Award and was an inaugural inductee into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. He was also the back-up keynote speaker for President Obama.

When not working, Jim likes to run, bike, hike, and ski. He also enjoys puzzles and games, magic, reading, and hanging out with his friends and family.


Dennis Mulhearn

MOEMS Board Member
Webmaster, Programmer, and Media Specialist

Former math and computer teacher at Valley Stream South High School in Valley Stream (1969-2008). He taught virtually every Math course and every level there from Math 7 through Advanced Algebra. When computers arrived in Valley Stream, Dennis began designing and teaching courses involving the computer.

For 25 years, Dennis Mulhearn spent his summers teaching Math & Computers in VS's summer school programs. And for another 10 years, Dennis spent his after school time teaching in the private yeshiva Mesivta Ateres Yaakov in Elmont and Hewlett, NY.

Along the way, he has moderated VS South's Computer Club, Computerletes team, Chess Club, and It's Academic team.

Teachers have taken a number of in-service courses with Dennis, and many have participated in problem solving workshops led by Dennis.

He has worked with Math Olympiads from the mid 1980's through the present. He has maintained the organizaion's data and programs and written additional programs when needed. Dennis has served as a problem reviewer. He is the webmaster for this site and represents MOEMS at conferences and educational workshops. If Math Olympiads is at a conference near you, stop by the booth and say "Hi" to Dennis. If your team's scores have been processed accurately and the MOEMS website delights you, Dennis did it.








Cheryl Novick

MOEMS Board Member
Assistant Principal, Long Island School for the Gifted,
Huntington Station NY

Dr. Perletter Wright

MOEMS Board Member
Principal, Washington-Rose Elementary School
Roosevelt NY





Dr. George Lenchner

Executive Director, 1978-1995

Dr. Lenchner has distinguished himself in many diverse areas. He was a member of a championship high school math team in the mid-1930s, was All-America in Lacrosse at CCNY, was seriously wounded on D-day in 1944, spending over a year in hospitals, and earned a Masters degree in music in 1948 -- all before deciding to focus on math education. In 1950 he became a high school mathematics teacher. In 1965 he received an MS in Mathematics from Adelphi University and in 1972 an Ed.D. in Mathematics from T.C. Columbia University.

In 1955 he created the Nassau County (NY) Interscholastic Mathematics League (NCIML) for high school students, perhaps America's first regional math contest outside of New York City run by the schools themselves. Five years later, he created a similar junior high school league for Nassau County. His article in the Mathematics Teacher (NCTM, February 1959) on the NCIML sparked the formation of similar leagues by many county and state math organizations across the nation. In 1970 he became Director of Mathematics for the Valley Stream School District, working with elementary schools for the first time. His inservice course, The Art of Problem Solving in School Mathematics, meant for Valley Stream teachers, eventually became a book for Houghton Mifflin, one of many books and articles that he authored or co-authored for major academic publishers. A master teacher, his students include several prominent mathematics educators and his workshops have inspired people on four continents to participate in the Math Olympiads.

Among his honors are: National Science Foundation Fellow; HEW Department Fellow; Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award, NYS Society of Professional Engineers; Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award, Harvard University; Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism, EPA of America; Founder's Award for Outstanding Service, NCIML; LIMACON Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education, Long Island Mathematics Conference; Goudreau Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mathematics Education, Goudreau Museum of Mathematics and Science.




Dr. George Lenchner

(1917 - 2006)




















Richard Kalman

Executive Director, 1995 - 2010
Executive Director Emeritus 2010 - present

Richard Kalman has been involved in math contests on all secondary and elementary levels since 1954, as a student, teacher, head coach, league president, problem author, creator of math tournaments - in all capacities. He has been active on a statewide and national level continuously since 1983, serving for much of that time on the Executive Boards of four different leagues. As a contest author he has created hundreds of fresh problems for New York City, NYSML, Nassau County Interscholastic Math League (NCIML), Suffolk County Interscholastic Math League (SCIML) [all in New York], and MOEMS. For the NCIML, he created an annual tournament and served as head coach of their league team and then as president. He edited the Journal ARMLog for ten years and has been a regular columnist for two journals. Mr. Kalman has edited three different compilations of contest problems. He also chaired the high school division of the Institute for Creative Problem Solving on Long Island, NY for ten years.

As a classroom teacher of grades 7-12 for 34 years, Mr. Kalman built nearly every lesson around nonroutine problems that successfully elicited the concepts to be taught from his students.

For his unending work on behalf of students, he has received awards from 13 different organizations.

During Richard's tenure as executive director, Math Olympiads has grown in many ways. Participation is greater both in number of teams and number of students. Mr Kalman increased the scope of MOEMS itself to include middle school students in grades 7 and 8. He edited and expanded the Olympiad books and edited Vol 2 of the Contest Problem Book. He designed, authored, and set in place the whole day tournament now offered by Math Olympiads.This very website was initiated and improved under Richard's direction.

Mr. Kalman is a frequent author of articles on problem solving and a frequent public speaker. He has served as the chief grader of math proofs for the American Regions Math League (ARML) at Pennsylvania State University since 1985 and as an official of the New York State Math League (NYSML) since 1984.


Selma Landsberg

Executive Secretary (1978 - 1996)

Mrs. Landsberg is a member of the MOEMS Board of Directors for life. For seventeen years (1979 - 1996) she was Executive Secretary, the friendly voice on the phone so well known to so many PICOs. In 1978 as Dr. George Lenchner began to design the Math Olympiads for the Valley Stream, NY school district, he was assigned an office adjoining the one in which she was a secretary. His excitement over his new project was so electric, she felt compelled to help, willingly working during lunch and after school. Rapid growth forced both of them to retire in 1983 to devote themselves fulltime to the Olympiads. She controlled all recordkeeping until her retirement, guiding it from handwritten formats she processed alone, to handwritten formats she processed with help from several volunteers (including her whole family), and then to a computerized format she processed alone using a computer program designed in 1983 by John Botti, a high school student. In her final year, 1995 - 1996, she processed about 3210 teams - by herself. The procedures she designed are still in use today, with minor modifications.




Curtis Boddie

(1945 - 2008)





Curt Boddie

MOEMS Board Member (1997 - 2008)

A graduate of Spring Hill College, Curt Boddie earned his master's degree from Hofstra University. While he began his teaching carreer as a reading/English teacher in Chicago, Mr Boddie soon found his real home as a math teacher where he spent more than 30 years in the Manhasset public schools.

Curt Boddie had been active and had served as an officer of the Nassau County Interscholastic Mathematics League, the New York State Mathematics League, Mathematics Olympiads for Elementary/Middle Schools (MOEMS), and the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in New Hyde Park, NY. He had served as a problem reviewer for MOEMS for both Division E (1997 through 1999) and Division M (1999-2005) and had headed the committee designing MOEMS's Math Tournament.

He had been honored in 1993 as the High School Math Teacher of the Year by Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association, in 2001 received the Educational Leadership Award from the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics, in 2002 received the National Teacher presented by RadioShack Corporation, and in 2003 was a finalist for the New York State Presidential Award for Excellence in Math Teaching

Mr Boddie had also been involved as a presenter for the Nassau County Math Teachers Association as, as a reader for Advanced Placement Calculus, as an instructor for the Gifted and Creative Problem-Solving Institute at SUNY Old Westbury, as a Committee Member in the NYS Teacher Certification Committee, and as an enrichment instructor at the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics.


Sandy Cohen

An Original PICO
MOEMS Board Member (1999 - 2009)

Sandy Cohen received a Masters Degree from Brooklyn College. She was a retired elementary math teacher and the author of Figure It Out, a set of problem solving materials, published by Curriculum Associates. Sandy worked as a consultant and wass a frequent speaker at local, regional and national math conferences. Sandy received awards for Educational Leadership from LIMACON and the Goudreau Math Museum.

Sandy's association with the Math Olympiads organization went back to the very beginning, when the organization was known as LIMOES - Long Island Math Olympiads for Elementary Schools. Sandy considered herself fortunate to have been taught by the master himself, George Lenchner.

Sandy was an original PICO and coached many teams, including teams of primary students, until her retirement in 1990. She served on the Board of Directors of Nassau County Math Teachers Association (1985-87) and served as its president. Sandy was elected to the MOEMS Board in 1999.

Sandy's philosophy had always been that children learn best when math concepts are presented in a problem solving context. Using Math Olympiad problems had been an important part of the way she taught her math classes, consulted in schools, and modeled lessons for teachers.



Sandra Cohen

(1934 - 2009)