Math, Science, Technology Enhancement Project


MSTEP Participant Biographies (2002-2003)

ParticipantSubject AreaBiography
Denise Mahfood Science Denise Mahfood teaches math and science at PS/IS 33.
Stephen Seda Science Stephen Seda is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Mr. Seda has been a general science teacher for seven years in New York City. He likes to expose his students to science beyond the intuitive. His seventh graders are encouraged to explore topics such as quantum mechanics and relativity.
Trey Furlow Science Trey Furlow is a science teacher at the School of the Future in Manhattan.
Ann Aubrey Science Ann Aubrey graduated from Skidmore with a BA in Biopsychology. She teaches 6th and 7th-grade Life/Physical Science. She enjoys going to workshops to learn more about hands-on activities in life science, especially in the natural sciences. Some of her hobbies include nature walks, bike riding, reading, listening to music, going to movies, and getting together with friends.
Bright Domphreh Science Bright Domphreh is a science teacher at Washington Irving High School. He is an MSTEP graduate.
Lennox Henry Science Lennox Henry was born in Venezuela. He received a BA in Computer Information Systems in Healthcare from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He presently teaches Living Environment and Earth Sciences to bilingual students at Washington Irving High School. Mr. Henry is a participant in the MSTEP program at NYU, and is pursuing a Master's degree in Science Education.
Roxanna Saltos Science Roxanna Saltos graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1998. She began her teaching career in the Bronx at JHS 145. She is currently a Spanish and science teacher at PS/IS 33. Her hobbies include reading, writing poetry, and playing basketball during her free time.
Andrea Majied Math Andrea received a BS in Engineering from Hofstra University in December of 1992. She has worked as a computer analyst for Morgan Stanley, and later as a system coordinator for a 4-star hotel in Manhattan. She is currently a 7th and 8th grade math teacher in Far Rockaway, Queens. Ms. Majied has presented at various workshops sponsored by the UFT, the National Middle School Association, Brooklyn College, and local school-wide sponsored professional development workshops. She is currently a graduate student in Mathematics Education (MSTEP) at New York University.
Ayorinde Ayetiwa Science Ayorinde Ayetiwa teaches science at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan.
Josh Lyons Science Josh Lyons teaches science at IS 413.
Carrie Jeanite Science Carrie Jeanite teaches science at Sheepshead Bay High School.
Femi Otulaja Science Femi Otulaja teaches science at Campus Manet High School (Math, Science Research, and Tech School).
David Walters Math David Walters teaches math at Benjamin Banneker High School.
Giselle Fortiche-Ocampo Math Giselle Fortiche-Ocampo teaches math at Jonas Bronck Academy.
Wendy Fajardo Science Wendy Fajardo teaches science at MS 391.
Heather Cyrus Science Heather Cyrus teaches science at Erasmus Humanities High School.
Getro Maceno Science Getro Maceno teaches science at 8+ Learning Academies.

Sharing Our Success Conference May 2003 Biographies of Presenters

Robin Harris Robin Harris received her PhD from the University of Iowa in 1997. She has worked at Buffalo State College for the last six years teaching science education graduate and undergraduate courses. Previously, she taught science, math, social studies, and English in middle school and high school.
Since completing her MS in Teaching and Curriculum from Pennsylvania State University in 1987, she has been interested in curriculum design and evaluation, and professional development. Her science background is in invertebrate zoology and intertidal ecology. She has written books, articles, and given several presentations on a variety of topics. Recently her focus is on assessment and practical application of creative writing in the science classroom.
Eileen Breen Eileen Breen received her BA in Art History at SUNY at Albany, and her MS Ed. in Special Education from Buffalo State College. Ms. Breen is certified in Special Education, Grades K-12, specializing in working with emotionally disturbed and learning-disabled students. Ms. Breen began her career at Gateway-Longview as a middle and high school Science, Math, and Social Studies teacher. Ms. Breen has taught seventh- and eighth-grade Science, Math, Social Studies, and English in the Buffalo Public Schools at Campus West for the past 2 years. Additionally, Ms. Breen has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Africa in 1986-1987. In Botswana, Ms. Breen taught the equivalent of high school Biology, Chemistry, and General Science.
Cynthia A. Degnan Cynthia Degnan obtained her BS in Biology/Secondary Education from Niagara University. She has been teaching science at the middle school level in the Buffalo Public School District for four years. Since Fall 2000, Mrs. Degnan has been a participating field test teacher for the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP), of the University of California at Berkeley, CA.
Rebecca Fast Rebecca Fast has been a science educator for the past 9 years. Rebecca has degrees in Biology, Physics, and Educational Computing. She is involved with computer training and curriculum development. She currently teaches Physical Science and Zoology at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School in Buffalo, New York.
Jennifer Fioretto Jennifer Fioretto received her BS in Science Education at Buffalo State College, and her MS in Secondary Education from D'youville College. Ms. Fioretto is certified to teach K-6 and 7-12 Biology. She has taught middle school science in Buffalo for the last two years. Ms. Fioretto's teaching experience extends beyond the classroom. She has spent thirteen years teaching Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, Ms. Fioretto has taught scuba diving for the last eight years.
Tanya D. Johnson Tanya Johnson received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Science Education from Buffalo State College. With 12 years of experience in the Buffalo Public School District, Ms. Johnson also aided in the development of science curricula for both the Buffalo District and New York State Science, Technology, and Society Educational Project (NYSTEP). She has been involved in writing and piloting a biotechnology curriculum for middle and high school students working in conjunction with Canisius College. Ms. Johnson is also a field test teacher for the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP), of the University of California at Berkeley, CA. She spends the summer working with the Regional Math/Science Upward Bound Program and the Science Technological Educational Program (STEP) at Buffalo State College, on Saturdays teaching a "Science in Everyday Life" component.
Maureen Milligan Maureen Milligan has eight years of experience working as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a BS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MS in Chemistry Education from Buffalo State College. In 1999, Ms. Milligan started her own business, Tutorial Solutions, which provides tutorial assistance for math and the sciences. In 2000, she began to work for the Buffalo Science Teachers' Network as the Project Assistant, a DDE/TLQP science education grant, at Buffalo State College. She became the Project Coordinator in 2002.
Brenda Strassfield Brenda Strassfield is a member of the mathematics education faculty at NYU, supervising student
teachers at the secondary level and teaching methods courses for pre-service and in-service k-12 teachers. Her research interests include teachers' beliefs about the teaching and learning of Geometry.
Alecia Redway Alecia Redway has taught SAT II Biology for two years in Queens, NY. Her areas of interest include strategies that facilitate learning in diverse groups, alternative assessments, and biotechnology. She has a BA in Psychology from New York University. She holds a Masters of Science Education in Biology and General Science (7-12) from NYU. Currently, she is a chemistry teacher at the Frederick Douglas Academy and NYU STEP, and a consultant with the Brooklyn Children's Museum and NYU STEP.
Bertin Husbands Originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bertin Husbands migrated to the United States in 1984. He attended Long Island University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in math and economics. He has teaching experience in both the United States and St. Vincent, and is currently a mathematics teacher at Van Arsdale High School (grades 9-12). In 1999, he was the "Teacher of the Year" at Van Arsdale.
Wladina Antoine Dr. Wladina Antoine has been a mathematics educator for the past fifteen years. She is a graduate of
Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, she is teaching a variety of mathematics courses such as elementary and intermediate algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. Dr. Antoine's research interests are gender issues in mathematics and sciences, teaching methodology, alternative assessments of students, and analysis of students' misconceptions and beliefs.
Catherine Milne Originally from Australia, Catherine Milne is an Assistant Professor at NYU. She has a long history as a high school science teacher. She is interested in understanding the nature of science, and how one can infuse classroom activities and broaden learning experiences for students, especially those in urban environments.
Giuseppina Miller Giuseppina Miller completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. She worked for six years at UOP, a joint venture between Union Carbide and Allied Signal as a process/controls engineer. She is currently completing her certification in Secondary Science Education through Pace University. She is also in her third year at Peekskill High School, funded by the Dwight Eisenhower Federal Grant, in the Earth Science, Living Environment, and Chemistry Program.
Nancy Miller Nancy Miller is a second-career math teacher. After receiving a BS in Mathematics from the University of California at Davis, she worked for Hewlett-Packard for 13 years developing software. Her current interests are in archaeology, which was inspired by digging for four seasons at Ashkelon, Israel, with the Leon Levy Expedition directed by Lawrence Stager, Harvard University.
Carla Huck Carla Huck is the Director of TeachNet, a professional development program focusing on web-based curriculum development and instruction. Her experience has included positions as a high school ESL and French teacher, an assistant principal, and adjunct instructor at City College, City University of New York. She holds a BA from Middlebury College in Art History, an MA from NYU in TESOL, and an MS Ed. from Fordham University in Administration, Policy, and Education. Ms. Huck served as Associate Editor on How to Use the Internet in Your Classroom (2001) and has published an article, "Using E-mail to Enhance Your English Language Arts Classroom."
Peter Paul Peter A. Paul is the director of programs and personnel at Teachers Network. He serves as the national coordinator of the Teachers Network Policy Institute. Mr. Paul is a licensed elementary school teacher. In addition, he is the founder and President of NCA Schools International, a Japan-based chain of ESL schools. Prior to returning to the States in 1987, Mr. Paul did extensive public speaking and education consulting in Japan.
Arlene Weinstein Arlene Weinstein has been the District Instructional Technology Coordinator for the past seven years in District 10 in the Bronx. She is responsible for developing and implementing technology staff development for supervisors, teachers, and parents.
Nicholas Caruso Nicholas Caruso has been a New York City school teacher since 1996. He taught both chemistry and biology at Murry Bergtraum until 2002. Currently, he is the Science Instructional Specialist for the Manhattan High School Superintendent. Mr. Caruso is a graduate of Boise State University, holding a BS in Exercise. He is currently a Master's candidate at Tour College in Educational Administration.
Gita Bhairam Gita Bhairam is a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is currently working on a master's degree in Science Education at NYU. Gita has taught middle school science at MS 167 for the past two years. She enjoys attending workshops to learn effective strategies that she can use in the classroom. She is interested in inquiry-based learning and uses a project-based approach to foster understanding among her students.
Tasha Franklin Tasha Franklin received a bachelor of arts in African-American History, a bachelor of business administration in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy from Southern Methodist University, and a master's in education from Harvard University. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Early Childhood Elementary Education at New York University. She has taught reading, language arts, social studies, and art to public school students in New York City and Dallas, Texas. Her current research interests are in the experiences of white teachers in culturally diverse settings.
Jawana Johnson Jawana Johnson began her teaching career six years ago. Presently, Jawana teaches Chemistry and Living Environment at Benjamin Banker Academy for Community Development in Brooklyn. Ms Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Duke University. She is a candidate for the master's in Science Education at NYU. Ms. Johnson is a recipient of the Goldman Sach's Fellowship.
Nina Leonhardt Ms. Nina Leonhardt is a science education instructor, consultant, facilitator, and curriculum developer. She teaches graduate and undergraduate science education courses at New York University, and graduate courses at SUNY at Stony Brook. She also serves as Director of Continuing Education at Suffolk County Community College. Ms. Leonhardt holds a BA in Elementary Education, an MS in Electrical Science from SUNY at Stony Brook, and an MBA from Dowling College.
Jessica Urraca  
Robert Wallace Dr. Wallace started his math/science/technology work as a marine biologist (coral reef ecology and reef history) in the City University of New York. His research emphasized the development of computer models of ancient and modern reef ecosystems. He later was a secondary science and math teacher, where he developed innovative curricula that involved students in "real-world" studies of the environment. For the last 10 years he has been a founder and director of two innovative math/science/technology-oriented elementary schools (grades K-8) in New York City. Dr. Wallace currently coordinates the Math, Science, and Technology Enhancement Project (MSTEP).
Mary Leou Mary J. Leou is an associate research scientist at NYU, and the Director of New York University's newly established Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. Much of her work has focused on teacher education and environmental education in urban settings. During her ten-year tenure as Director of Education for the City Parks Foundation, Dr. Leou developed and implemented award-winning environmental education programs and resources for New York City schools, such as the establishment of the Urban Forest Ecology Center in Van Cortandt Park and the production of publications, curricula, school programs, school gardens, and teacher education initiatives.
Judy Intraub  
Regina McCarthy  
Jennifer Adams  
Jennifer Watts  
Jason Blonstein  
Kristina Fanghanel Ms. Fanghanel is a recent 2003 graduate of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds certifications in high school biology and chemistry. Today, she is a part-time teacher of Math A and Special Education for University Neighborhood High School. Her interests include developing new science activities and reworking old ones so that they are more enjoyable, directly related to class lessons, and most importantly are centered on student inquiry.
Matt Malina Matt Malina teaches math at the Beacon High School in Manhattan. He is a fellow in the Goldman Sachs program at NYU, and is pursuing a Master's degree in math education. After graduating from UVA, Matt worked as an actuary for Towers Perrin. He moved back to New York City to teach in the public school system because he wanted to give more public school students the opportunity to get as excellent an education as he had received.
Michael Kamen