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

Meredith Astrologo, President

Meredith Astrologo is the K-5 Elementary Mathematics Specialist for North Kingstown School Department with over 14 years of experience in the elementary setting.  She earned her Masters in Elementary Education at Roger Williams University. Meredith is President of the Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association and a Board Member for the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England.  She was an original teacher and developer of the SUM: Steps for Understanding Mathematics materials, adapting them from First Steps Mathematics, is trained in Add+VantageMR and also provides professional development as a Math Leader for the Bridges in Mathematics/Math Learning Center. 

Stephen Levesque,
Past President and Newsletter Editor

     Steve Levesque has been an educator for over 25 years and currently teaches mathematics at Burrliville 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.

Cathy Boutin, NCTM/NCSM 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, At-Large Representative   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. 

Tim MarumAt-Large Representative
   Tim Marum is currently a Vice Principal at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Providence Public School District. Previously, he taught math at the high school for 10 years, and has served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) with a focus on K-12 Math Curriculum Development and a Technology Integration Coach for the Portsmouth School District. Currently, he is enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth studying Mathematics Education.  

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.



Nikki GreenePresident-Elect

Nikki Greene is a Math Interventionist and Math Content Specialist in Warwick Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Education/Special Education from Rhode Island College and her Master of Education in Reading/Literacy from Providence College. Nikki was named Warwick's Teacher of the Year in 2015 and is 2018 State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  She is a highly effective teacher with over 20 years of experience working solely in the elementary education setting while also specializing in special education, literacy instruction, and math interventions.


Ray Morin, 
Treasurer, Membership and Math League Liaison    Ray Morin retired after 42 years as 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, Secretary and 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 Math Interventionist for Grades 2-6. 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. 

Sara Donaldson, Awards Chair  Sara Donaldson currently works  as Assistant Professor of Education at WheatonCollege and earned her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning.  Sara also does research in Teaching Methods, Teacher Education and Mathematics Education. She is currently involved in research investigating the impact of strategies and tools on perceived social and teaching presence in online, graduate education.

Nicole Hersey, At-Large Representative 

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Crystal Monteiro, At-Large Representative 
Crystal Monteiro has been an elementary educator in the East Providence School District for 25 years. She has taught grades 3, 5, and 6 and was named the District’s Teacher of the Year in 2016.  She currently serves her district as an instructional math coach, supporting K-5 math instruction and curriculum development.  Throughout her teaching career, she has worked on a variety of district and state-wide initiatives that focus on professional development for mathematics, curriculum design, and teacher leadership.  Crystal has served as a state-wide induction coach for the Rhode Island Beginning Teacher Induction Program, was a facilitator at the 2018 ATME conference, and is an active member and co-founder of ECET2RI.  She was recently named Rhode Island’s 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Educator. Crystal has a passion for teaching and strives to instill a love of mathematics in her colleagues and the students she serves.  Aside from teaching, she loves  traveling and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.



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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