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.
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.