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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 is currently a Computer Technology Aide for East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School. 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 Pittsburgh; M.S., Environmental Science, Long Island University. Ms. Daniels teaches courses for Roslyn High School in Long Island including AP Environmental Science, Honors Biology, and Marine Biology.  She has performed biological and environmental science research at Queens College and Princeton University.  She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University. She currently teaches and writes curriculum for the Center for Gifted Youth.

Joanna Del Giudice

B.F.A., Art Education, LIU Post; M.A., Studio Art. She received the Art Department award for Excellence in Mixed Media and the LIU Post Sustainability Award. Miss Del Giudice is a guest artist and presenter at various schools across Long Island for her Eco-Art. She was featured on a News 12 “Go Green” segment and was a designer for the 2013 Washington D.C. Fashion Week. Currently, Miss Del Giudice is a permanent substitute teacher in the Jericho School district. At the Center for Gifted Youth she teaches art courses and is the Musical Co-Director.

Robert Deming

B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Ed. D., Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Deming teaches computer classes 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. 

Steven Hailey

B.A., Southwestern College; M.A., Pittsburg State University. Mr. Hailey has taught Language Arts, Speech Communications, and Theatre Arts courses at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level for nearly 40 years. Currently he is Dramatic Director for the Sayville Public Schools and Managing Director of the Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop. He has been associated with the Center for Gifted Youth since 2000 teaching public speaking, debate, drama and improve classes as well as language arts and the occasional webquest and archaeology course.

Jennifer Hook

B.S., LIU Post. M.S., LIU Post. Post graduate work in gifted education leading to state certification in Gifted Education. Ms. Lomot teaches gifted kindergarten students at P.S. 124 The Core Knowledge Magnet School for Economics and Technology in South Ozone Park, Queens. Ms. Lomot also teaches science through a hands-on approach to kindergarten and first grade students 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, retiring from the school system in 2002.  Mr. Kalish continued to teach science at independent schools.  He is an artist, has designed houses on Long Island, and was coordinator of the master plan for Downtown Flushing. 

Richard Knox

Richard Knox has been involved with mathematics education on Long Island for more than 30 years.  He served as K-8 Math Coordinator for the Copiague School District and later as K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics with the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Schools.  He has also worked with several local districts as a consultant and staff developer and has presented at numerous regional conferences.  Mr. Knox earned his bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College and holds his master’s from Baruch College.

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 is 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.

Leslie Marti-Munoz

B.A., Queens College in Fine Arts: M.A., Queens College in Secondary Art Education; LIU Post, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Marti-Munoz is the Design Pathway Coordinator and teaches various art disciplines for Richmond Hill High School in Queens. In addition, she serves as a member of the Student Assessment Team coordinating periodic assessments, grades and evaluating performance. Mrs. Marti-Munoz teaches art courses and writes curriculum for 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.

Lynne Manouvrier

B.A., SUNY at Albany; M.A. SUNY at Albany; SAS, SDA, LIU Post; Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, LIU Post. Dr. Lynne Manouvrier is a retired Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from the East Meadow School District where she also facilitated gifted and talented programs. She is an adjunct professor at LIU Post in Special Education and Literacy and served as a field supervisor for student teachers at SUNY at Old Westbury. Dr. Manouvrier has taught college courses in multi-cultural education, literacy, the philosophy of education, and curriculum design. Additionally, she was past president of PDK and the recipient of the R. Gerald Melton scholarship from Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Manouvrier is the Director 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 the chief psychologist for the Center for Gifted Youth program. Dr. Miller runs workshops for the parents whose children attend CGY where topics pertinent to gifted youth are discussed.

Joseph Piro

B.A., St. Francis College; M.S., Fordham University; M.A., Queens College; Ph.D., Columbia University.  Dr. Piro is an Associate 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 for the Center for Gifted Youth program and served as the Interim Director for the 2011-2012 year.

Timothy Strout

B.S., Southampton College in Marine Science; M.S. in Biology Education, LIU Post; M.S. in Environmental Studies, LIU Post. Mr. Strout teaches chemistry and AP environmental science at Jericho High School.  He is also an adjunct professor of oceanography in the physics and chemistry Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury. He has also conducted research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Woods Hole 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 received grants to study climate change and start a conservation project here on Long Island. Mr. Strout also assisted Dr. Andy Friedland edit his new textbook on Environmental Science 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; M.S. Earth Science, LIU Post.  Mr. Young is currently finishing another M.S. in Physics Education and Information Technology at Stony Brook University.  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.  Mr. Young was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the Harvard Club of Long Island as well as the Harvard Club of Long Island Scholarship Award in 2010. He teaches and writes curriculum for the sciences for the Center for Gifted Youth program.