Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools
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National Board Certified teacher Mrs. Lorandini teaches math at Carle Place Middle-High School where she has been teaching since 2001. Prior to coming to Carle Place Caryl taught in Malverne, Elmont, and Fresh Meadows. She has worked on many NYSED committees since 2005, including the Mathematics Curriculum Committee, Math Content Advisory Panel, NYSED Standard setting, PARCC Panel, Item review and Next Generation Math Standards. She has served as an Executive Board Member of AMTNYS since 2003 and was the 68th President of AMTNYS. She has served on the Executive Board of LIMACON, NCMTA and NCAMS. Caryl has shared her expertise with educators by speaking at local, state and National conferences.
Vice President and Problem Writing Committee Chief
Mr. Kalish taught math at Syosset High School in NY for 42 years. Prior to coming to Syosset he taught at Junior HS 185 in Queens, NY. Throughout 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 Institute of MERIT (Mathematics Education, Research, and Instructional Technology). The Institute governs The Institute of Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students in grades 5 – 10, a Research and Technology class, and a Robotics Engineering program. Mr. Kalish is on the Advisory Council for MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics, in NYC. He is also on the Advisory Board for Limaçon, the Long Island Mathematics Conference. Mr. Kalish is the Problem Writing Committee Chief for MOEMS.
Board Secretary and Exhibit Coordinator
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 co-chaired the Nassau County Teachers and Supervisors annual conference How To Make Math Count for teachers grades K-8, for over 25 years and continues to be a consultant for that conference. 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.
Carole Greenes is Professor Emerita and Director of the Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) Group in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. From 2007 – 2019, she was Director of the PRIME Center, Director of the Vertically Integrated Projects Program, and Professor of Mathematics Education in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU From 2007 – 09, she served as Dean of the School of Educational Innovation, and from 2009 – 2014 as Associate Vice Provost for STEM Education 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 80 articles and 300 books/programs, four mathematical musical mysteries, one musical history of mathematics, and three musicals recounting the achievements of the NCSM. Among those programs are the MATHadazzles 10 Volume Series of Puzzles with contributions by Middle School Teachers (Volumes 1-3); by Middle School Students (Volumes 4 and 5); by High School Students (Volumes 6, 7 and 8); and by Students in Grades 2 and 3 (Volumes 9 and 10). She is founder and editor of OnCore, the biannual magazine of the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics. For the past 7 years, she has written three monthly MATHgazines, the Primary for grades 1-3, the Junior for grades 4 – 8, and the Senior for grades 8 – 12. These are on-line and free to all students, teachers and families in Arizona, and are currently distributed by the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
Dr. Greenes chaired the Mathematical Sciences Advisory Committee of the College Board and the Massachusetts Mathematics Framework Committee. She was President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and editor of the NCSM monograph series for leaders. For the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she served as a member of the steering committee for their Navigations Series, and editor of the 2008 Yearbook, Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in School Mathematics. In 2018, she received the NCTM Lifetime Achievement award
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Ron is an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where he has taught mathematics methods courses for pre-service elementary and secondary teachers since 2004. Before being hired at OISE/UT, Ron was a middle and high school mathematics teacher at co-ed public schools and an all-girls school for 23 years.
Ron’s professional activities include consultations for international, private and public schools; technology companies, museums and public broadcasters. Ron has been a presenter at hundreds of conferences, including the highly-regarded Anja S.Greer Conference on Mathematics and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy for 29 years in a row; 60 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual and Regional Conferences; 37 consecutive Ontario Association for Mathematics Education Annual Conferences and 12 East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools Conferences and Weekend Workshops.
Ron has been a prolific author for the Mathematics Teacher, published by the National Council of Mathematics Teachers (The Mathematical Lens & Media Clips) and the Ontario Mathematics Gazette, published by the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (Mathematical Snapshots). Ron was a member of the writing team for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published by the NCTM. He wrote mathematical activities, distributed by Words and Numbers, for high school students that were based on episodes of the prime time series NUMB3RS on CBS TV.
Ron loves coddiwompling and he sees mathematics everywhere he walks. He never leaves home without his pair of math glasses and camera so that he is always ready to snap photos of numbers, patterns, shapes, solids, curves and shadows. Throughout his career, Ron has made connections between the mathematics curriculum and daily life in an effort to help students appreciate and enjoy mathematics.
Ron is well known for his expertise in designing Math Trails. Ron has created these math paths in many locations around the world including Singapore, where over 7000 students and hundreds of teachers have enjoyed his walks in Suntec City, Fort Canning Park and the NUS Art Museum. Ron has developed Math Trails in Manhattan for Math for America, the Avenues School and the Museum of Mathematics at many locations.
Ron is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education awarded by the Fields Institute.
Executive Secretary (1996 – 2015)
Awards And Accomplishments
Professor, Siena College
Computer Science, Math, Education
Past President, Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS
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 Mathematics Teachers of New York State.
Associate Professor of Mathematics at Arkansas State University, Retired
Past President of and Member of Board of Directors – National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
Suzanne Mitchell, NCSM President 2011-2013 and board member for 7 years, is an associate professor of mathematics at Arkansas State University, the Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, and a former program officer for the Improving Teacher Quality program at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
This long time math educator spent half a century in the classroom teaching mathematics at both the secondary level in Arkansas and Missouri and at the college level at Arkansas State University. She served as the mathematics coordinator for six years in the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas, four years as the mathematics and science coordinator for the magnet school program in the Kansas City, MO school district, after which returning to Arkansas to build a state-wide mathematics professional development program known as the Arkansas Math Crusade.
She served as a member of many national groups including the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Arkansas Association of Mathematics Leaders, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the College Board, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Alliance of State Mathematics and Science Coalitions. She also served on the Board of the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education for ten years serving one year as President. Under her leadership, Arkansas created and developed 12 university STEM Centers located throughout Arkansas that include 54 state-supported mathematics and science specialist positions at the Centers.
Dr. Mitchell earned an Education Specialist degree in Administration and a PhD in Education and Urban Policy Studies in Education from the University of Missouri, Kansas, a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Arkansas and a BS degree in Mathematics from Arkansas State University.
Web Master, Programmer, and Media Specialist (1985 – 2021)
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 had worked with Math Olympiads from the mid 1980’s through 2021. He had maintained the organizaion’s data and programs and written additional programs when needed.
Assistant Principal, Long Island School for the Gifted, Huntington Station, NY
Former Board Member – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Before this, Saul worked as Director of Competitions for the Mathematical Association of America, which runs the largest math contest program in the country. He directed the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, a program that reaches out to local NY City schools with math enrichment.
Mark has been a senior scholar for the John Templeton Foundation, guiding their portfolio in gifted education. Dr. Saul was a program officer for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included programs in mathematics curriculum, in teacher professional development, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award. Dr. Saul is also a member of the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame.
While teaching, Saul directed the Research Science Institute at MIT for twelve years. Internationally, he co-directed the AAAS Olympiad program, which brought US students from minority backgrounds to the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad and similar olympiads in Latin America. He initiated a student exchange program between Russian and American students, as well as an “Intel/Westinghouse” style competition for students of mathematics in China. He has given talks and led workshops in more than 20 countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and India. He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council. He has done curriculum development with the Educational Development Center and developed an internship program for high-ability students in Shanghai. His publications include numerous articles and 14 books. Among them is an elementary text on trigonometry, co-authored with I.M. Gelfand, a translation and ‘reader’s companion’ for Jacques Hadamard’s Elementary Geometry, and “The Peak in the Middle”, a guide for work with mathematically gifted middle school students, published by NCTM. His most recent volume, written with Titu Andreescu for the American Mathematical Society, is about algebraic inequalities, leading students from very ordinary classroom fare to Olympiad-level problems in incremental steps.
Dr. Saul graduated from PS 121 and Junior High School 135 in the Bronx, then from the Bronx High School of Science. He received his BA from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from NYU. He then spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12.
Dean and Professor Emerita
University of New Brunswick, Canada
Outside the East Williston Schools, Meryl has served as a Trustee on the Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund and is currently the PAC Chairperson for SD7 in for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
In 2001 Meryl was named the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. In 2020 Meryl received the prestigious Simmons Award, “dedicated to professionals who have gone beyond the mandates of their implied responsibilities and made a measurable difference in the lives of their students.”
With gratitude for their service to the Board.