Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools


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 chairperson 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. sfsdfsdf

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 enters his second decade at the helm of MOEMS®, Mr. Restivo’s continuing goal is to bring the Math Olympiad Contests and Tournaments to areas that have been underserved by this organization. Writing this in December 2020, the good news is that several vaccines for the Covid-19 virus are finally being delivered to hospitals after a rough year for us all in so many ways. His hope is that there will be a return to “normalcy” beginning the 2021-22 school year and our kids will once again be back in classrooms full-time, safe from disease and being taught the best way we, as educators can do. 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. The up-side of the pandemic was that it encouraged MOEMS to go OnLine in order to meet the needs of our students and PICOs.

Dr. Sam Carpentier

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

Dr. Carpentier, is the retired associate dean at Molloy College in its undergraduate education program. He was also an 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. Jerry Becker

MOEMS Board Member
Professor of Mathematics Education
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Former Board Member - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Jerry Becker is professor of mathematics education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Minnesota and the University of Notre Dame, respectively, and Ph.D. in mathematics education from Stanford University with Edward G. Begle, Professor and Director of the School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG). Dr. Becker has taught school mathematics at both the elementary and secondary levels. Jerry’s interests include teacher education, curriculum development, international mathematics education and cross-cultural research on problem solving.


Dr. Becker has been a member the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), President of the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), a member of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematical Instruction (USNCMI) and the International Program Committee for the 9th International Congress on Mathematics Education. He has also been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and the Mathematics Education Library [MEL] of Springer Academic Publishers.


Jerry Becker and Shigeru Shimada edited the translation to English of the Japanese book, The Open-Ended Approach – A New Proposal for Teaching Mathematics, published by the NCTM, which substantiates the effectiveness of open-ended problems as a method to evaluate higher-order-thinking skills, as well as its rich potential for improving teaching and learning.


During summers, Jerry teaches in the Department of Mathematics in the University of Chicago in a program for Chicago Public School teachers of mathematics.

Dr. Carole Greenes

Professor, Mathematics Education and
Director of the Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) Center
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona MOEMS Board Member

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

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.

Arthur Kalish

MOEMS Board Member
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.

Art Kalish has received the following awards:

  • Inducted into the New York State Math Educators Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the Nassau County Math Teachers 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 two winners of the Merrill Presidential Scholar
  • George Lenchner Distinguished Service Award
  • Nassau County High School Teacher of the Year
  • Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame
  • Tandy Technology Scholar Award
  • Goudreau Award for Excellence in Teaching


Ron Lancaster

MOEMS Board Member
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.

Caryl Lorandini

MOEMS Board Member

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 68thPresident 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.

Among the many awards and accolades. Caryl Lorandini received, she has been the recipient of the Godreau Award for Educational Leadership, SUNY-OW Alumni Award for Excellence in Education, NCMTA Distinguished Service Award, NCMTA Middle School Teacher of the Year, AMTNYS Distinguished Service Award, Limacon Leadership Award, is a member of the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of the NYS Master Teacher Program. She is the author of “EZ-Guide to Pre-Algebra: the Easy Way” by Kaplan.

Caryl Lorandini earned her BS in Elementary Education from SUNY College at Old Westbury, and MS from Long Island University-CW Post. Mrs. Lorandini holds certification in both Elementary and Mathematics Education. Throughout her years of teaching, Mrs. Lorandini has found inspiration in her family, students and coworkers, as well as has a deep love of teaching and learning .

John Lufrano

MOEMS Executive Secretary (1996 - 2015 )
MOEMS Board Member

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.

n 1996 Mr. Lufrano became Executive Secretary of the Mathematical Olympiads and was responsible for maintaining and processing all the statistical data. In addition he was 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
  • Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame
  • Goudreau Museum of Mathematics and Science.

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.

Dr. Suzanne Mitchell

MOEMS Board Member
Associate Professor of Mathematics at Arkansas State University, Retired
Past President of and Member 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.

Dennis Mulhearn

MOEMS Board Member
Webmaster, Programmer, and Media Specialist (1985 - 2021)

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 Valley Stream’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 2021. He had maintained the organizaion’s data and programs and written additional programs when needed. He was the webmaster for this site and represents MOEMS at conferences and educational workshops. 

Cheryl Novick

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

Cheryl Novick is the assistant head of school/ math chair at The Long Island School for the Gifted where she has taught since 1982. Prior to that, she taught math at East Junior High School in Brentwood.

As a long time PICO, Ms Novick has inspired countless students in problem solving.

Cheryl has been a member of the executive board of the Suffolk County Math Teachers Association for more than 35 years. She is an instructor in The Institute of Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students since its inception. She has received an Educational Leadership Award from the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics.

Cheryl Novick received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from SUNY University at Stony Brook.

Dr. Mark Saul

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

Dr. Mark Saul is the Executive Director of the Julia Robinson Math Festival (JRMF), a program of the American Institute of Mathematics. JRMF runs non-competitive after-school events in which students engage cooperatively in solving non-standard mathematical problems and activities. These festivals have reached thousands of students in 25 states and 6 foreign countries.

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.

Dr. Marian Small

MOEMS Board Member
Dean and Professor Emerita
University of New Brunswick in Canada

Dr.Marian Small is Dean and Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She studied mathematics at Adelphi University on Long Island, before moving to Vancouver, Canada to study at the University of British Columbia. Marian then taught at the University of New Brunswick for more than 30 years, both in the Department of Mathematics and the Faculty of Education. She held a number of administrative posts, including Dean of Education, at UNB.

Dr. Small has authored over 100 resources for students and teachers, used in Canada and the United States. These include quite a few text series at both the elementary and secondary level and many professional books including Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematic Instruction (for K-8), More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Secondary Mathematics Instruction (for 6-12), Uncomplicating Fractions, Uncomplicating Algebra, Open Questions for the Three-Part Lesson and Understanding the Math we Teach and How to Teach It, K-8. She authored a research-based developmental continuum, PRIME, to show how students in K-6 develop mathematically in all the strands, with accompanying support materials. She was a collaborator on the NCTM Navigations Series K- 2.


Marian speaks regularly around North America about mathematics education, but has also consulted with schools in Asia and Europe, including as lead author and publisher for the mathematics textbooks for the country of Bhutan at the Grades 4 – 10 level.


Dr. Small has written the mathematics standards for the province of New Brunswick as well as serving as the main question writer for provincial examinations at several levels for many years in the province of New Brunswick. She worked on the MathCounts question writing team for a number of years, including as chair.

Dr. John W. Staley

MOEMS Board Member
Past President of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Dr. John W. Staley has been involved in mathematics education for over 30 years as a secondary mathematics teacher and district leader in private and public schools in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Loyola University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Morgan State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park; Masters in Secondary Education from Temple University; Ph. D. from George Mason University in Mathematics Education Leadership.

During his career Dr. Staley has presented at state, national, and international conferences; served on many committees and tasks forces; facilitated workshops and professional development sessions on a variety of topics; received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science; and served as President for NCSM, the mathematics education leadership organization. John currently serves on several advisory boards and is the chair of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction.


In addition, Dr. Staley was part of the writing teams for Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations (NCTM, 2018), Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education (NCSM, 2020), and High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice (Corwin Publishing, 2020).


He and his wife Karen have three children Jonathan, Alexis, and Mariah, and is PopPop to Bevelyn Shennai. He truly believes that ALL students can be successful in mathematics.

Dorothy Hess -Ex Officio 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. She has received an Educational Leadership Award from the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics and is a member of the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame.


IN MEMORIAM Dr. George Lenchner (1917 - 2006)

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.

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.

IN MEMORIAM Sandra Cohen (1934 - 2009)

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.