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Center for Gifted YouthOur extraordinary teachers are recruited from leading high schools, middle schools , elementary schools in the metropolitan area and university-level facilities. Combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children, they give the Long Island University program unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program.



Teresa Amalfitano

B.A., Molloy College; M.S., Queens College. Mrs. Amalfitano has taught computer courses for the New York City Public Schools and has also done staff development. She teaches computer courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Allan Brimer

B.A., LIU Post; M.B.A., Adelphi University; Leadership Math Program, Hofstra University. Mr. Brimer is a math specialist for the Freeport Public Schools. He teaches math courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Lisa Daniels

B.S, University of Pittsburg. Mrs. Daniels teaches courses for Roslyn High School in Long Island. In addition, she is a Web site correlator for the NSTA. Miss Daniels teaches various science courses and writes curriculum for the Center for Gifted Youth.

Robert Deming

B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Ed. D., Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Deming teaches computers at the Judge Charles J. Vallone School (P.S. 85) in Long Island City, Queens. In addition, he teaches graduate workshops at Teachers College on how to use computer software to support qualitative research. Dr. Deming writes curriculum and teaches computer courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Lisa Jepson

M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., Adelphi University; Adelphi Postdoctoral Training. Dr. Jepson is in private practice in East Islip, and is on staff at Nassau BOCES. Dr. Jepson is a psychologist for the Center for Gifted Youth

Robert Kalish

B.S. and Bachelor of Architecture, The City College of New York; Master of Architecture, Pratt Institute. Mr. Kalish formerly taught all branches of science, including physics, earth science and biology in the New York City public school system. He also worked as a staff developer and science workbook editor. Mr. Kalish now teaches science at the Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills. He is an artist, has designed houses on Long Island, and was coordinator of the master plan for Downtown Flushing. Mr. Kalish teaches physics courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Steven Leffler

B.A., Stony Brook University; M.S., Hofstra University; D.P.M., New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Leffler teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Forensic Science at Carle Place High School. In addition, he conducts programs in science research and science olympiad. Dr. Leffler teaches Chemistry at the Center for Gifted Youth.

Sherina Lugo

B.A., St. John's University; M.S. Ed., St. John's University. Sherina Lugo has been teaching primary grades on Long Island for five years. Utilizing a hands-on approach and classroom collaboration, Ms. Lugo teaches math to kindergarten and first grade students for the Center for Gifted Youth.

Henry Mazer

B.A. Political Science, Queens College; M.A. Guidance and Counseling, New York University; P.D. Administration and Supervision, St. John's University. Mr. Mazer retired from the position of Principal of the Shaw Avenue School in Valley stream. Mr. Mazer is the Headmaster for the Center for Gifted Youth.

Carole Miller

B.A., Adelphi University; M.A., Ph.D., Hofstra University; Adelphi Post Doctoral Certification. Dr. Miller is in private practice in Great Neck. She is a psychologist for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Charles Morelli

B.S., M.B.A., LIU Post, Mr. Morelli teaches American history and historiography at Woodmere Middle School. He is the National Geography Bee Director, Yorker Club Advisor, and History Fair Judge for Woodmere Middle School. Mr. Morelli teaches law courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

Matthew Musumeci

B.S., Chemistry Education from LIU Post. Mr. Musumeci is currently working on his M.S. in Special Education at Adelphi University and teachers both Honors and Regents Physics/Chemistry at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, NY. Mr. Musumeci is currently working towards getting his NYS certification in Physics education as well.

Joseph Piro

B.A., St. Francis College; M.S., Fordham University; M.A., Queens College; Ph.D., Columbia University. Dr. Piro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at LIU Post. He has worked with schools in designing instructional programs and curriculum studies for gifted students. Dr. Piro works as a curriculum consultant and teaches humanities and social sciences courses for the Center for Gifted Youth.

Timothy Strout

B.S., Southampton College of Long Island University, M.S., LIU Post. Mr. Strout teaches Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Jericho High School. He has also conducted research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Woodshole Oceanographic Institute, and the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources. He was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in Biodiversity. He is currently conducting research in estuarine benthic ecology. Mr. Strout teaches biology courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.

John Young

B.S., Saint Francis College. Mr. Young is currently finishing his M.S. at LIU Post in Earth Science. He teaches physics at both the regents and advanced placement levels at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Mr. Young is a former industrial engineer with a major transportation carrier and has been teaching SAT preparations in mathematics for several years at both Garden City and Mineola High Schools. He teaches science courses for the Center for Gifted Youth program.