Rhode island Mathematics teachers Association

PURPOSE:
- to promote an active interest in mathematics and its applications
- to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and materials related to the instruction of mathematics
- to work for the improvement of mathematics instruction at all levels
- to further the cooperative study of problems related to the teaching of mathematics at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level

BOARD MEMBERS

Lynn Prentiss
President, Grants Chair and Newsletter Co-Editor
 
  Lynn Prentiss is the Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning at Warwick Veterans Middle School and spent much of her career in education as a 7th grade Mathematics Teacher and Advisor at Paul Cuffee Middle School.  Lynn has been an active member of RIMTA for over ten years, serving on the board for much of that time.  Lynn enjoys being with family and friends and likes to spend her free time playing cards, camping and vacationing on Lake Winnepausakee.

Cathy Boutin, 
Past President and ATMNE Representative
Cathy Boutin is an eighth grade mathematics teacher and the grade eight grade level leader at John F. Deering Middle School in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  Cathy has taught mathematics for over 25 years was the 1999 RI Secondary Mathematics Presidential Awardee. She obtained certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Early Adolescent Mathematics in 2009.  Cathy has served as a member of RIMTA since 1985, most recently as Past President. Cathy is the Eastern 1 Affiliates Relations Committee Representative for NCTM and has also served on the West Warwick Teachers Alliance Education Committee for the last six years. When Cathy is not wrapping her head around mathematics, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, shopping, and watching reruns of Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Lynn Rakatansky, Secretary 
   Lynn Rakatansky retired from teaching middle school mathematics in East Providence, RI and has served as adjunct faculty at Lesley University in Massachusetts.  Lynn has served as President of both RIMTA and ATMNE and has been active in program planning for many local, regional and national conferences including serving as Program Chair for ATMNE 2011 and 2017.  Lynn received the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and was recognized as the 2010 DeRobbio Awardee.

Eric Simonian, NCTM Representative
      Eric Simonian retired as Mathematics Department Chair from Warwick Public Schools after 37 years teaching in Warwick at the middle and high school levels. He is National Board Certified and was Rhode Island's 2001 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Over the years, Eric has worked with K-12 mathematics teachers through Rutgers, Lesley and Boston Universities as well as teaching mathematics at a number of area colleges and universities.  He is now an Adjunct Mathematics instructor at both Bryant and Boston Universities.  

Meredith Astrologo, At-Large Representative



Kees deGroot, At-Large Representative 
   Cornelis (Kees) de Groot, is a professor of mathematics education, at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at NYU. Kees has taught from general and remedial high school mathematics to AP-Calculus and online Calculus. As a teacher, he used authentic and technological means to engage mathematics students of underrepresented and underprivileged groups. A New York Presidential Awardee, he served as director of the New York State K-8 Mathematics Mentors program for 10 years. Kees has worked with districts on implementing the common core state standards, reformed mathematics curriculum and assessments, as well as improving instructional strategies and methods for the past 20 years. He is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences around the country and abroad.  He has served on the boards of directors of AMTNYS, SSMA, and RIMTA. He has published, co-published, and edited over 30 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is the editor and author of Secondary Mathematics Exemplars.

Stephen Levesque,
President-Elect and Newsletter Co-Editor

     Steve Levesque has been an educator for 25 years and currently teaches mathematics at East Greenwich High School. He earned is MAT in Mathematics at Providence College and his BS in Secondary Education from URI. Steve enjoys learning to incorporate technology in the classroom and engaging students in a meaningful way.  He has been active in RIMTA for much of his teaching career, having served as RIMTA Independent Schools Representative and co-chair of the Designer Math program and currently running our Trivia Nights, besides his officer duties.  Steve has a lovely wife and two wonderful children and when he has time, he enjoys playing sports (especially basketball and softball), reading and hiking.

Ray Morin, 
Treasurer, Membership and Math League Liaison
    Raymond Morin is a mathematics teacher, tutor specialist and Assistant Director of Technology at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket. Ray served as RIMTA Secretary for numerous years before becoming the Treasurer and Membership Chair, has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Rhode Island Mathematics League since 1991 and has served as a member of several conference planning committees locally and regionally. Ray was the 2008 Amedeo DeRobbio awardee and has been recognized by the Rhode Island College Alumni Association and MathCounts.

Gina Kilday, Web Communications
  Gina Kilday has been an educator in the Exeter-West Greenwich School District in Rhode Island for over 20 years. She taught third grade for much of that time and currently serves as their K-6 Math Coach. She regularly presents professional development workshops in her district, state, region and nationally at NCTM conferences and meetings. She received the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and was a member of the 2015 Learnzillion Dream Team.  Gina is on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has helped to plan multiple state, regional and national conferences.  She is a Past President of RIMTA and current secretary of ATMNE. 

Susan Pagliaro, RIDE Representative
   Susan Pagliaro is the State Mathematics Specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education and a former Middle School Mathematics and Reading teachers at Ferri Middle School in Johnston and St. Pius V School in Providence.  Susan received her MAT from Rhode Island College and was named both the Ferri Middle School and Johnston Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She has also been a Presidential Award Nominee  for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and a RIMLE Teacher of the Year Nominee. Susan is married with two children and loves to bike, hike, kayak, sew, knit, cook and read.

Dominic Dougherty, Committee

Jill Fisher, At-Large Representative
   Jill Fisher is a Grade 8 Math Interventionist at John F. Deering Middle School in West Warwick.  Jill received her MAT in Mathematics from Providence College and is an Honorary TRI-M Member.  Jill serves as Assistant Director  of the Deering Middle School Players when she's not teaching, traveling, singing or watching Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead. 

Christine PaysonAt-Large Representative 

   Christine Payson teaches 8th Grade Math and Algebra 1 at the North Cumberland Middle School.  She is the Curriculum Coordinator for Math  and Grading and Policy.  Christine brings an expertise in implementing a flipped classroom and blended learning. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences and has published articles in NCTM's Teaching Children Mathematics and AATM's On Core Journal.  She brings a smile and positive energy to her classroom and all that she does.  She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

RIMTA is a partner affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

RIMTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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