Past Winners of the MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education

The MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education has been awarded since 2018 to two MƒA Master Teachers, one in mathematics and one in science, who have influenced the teaching profession in exceptional ways during their tenure as an MƒA Master Teacher.

2019 Winners

Lynn Shon, 5-year MƒA Master Teacher

Lynn Shon has taught science at MS 88 in Brooklyn for the past nine years, and currently serves as her school’s science instructional coach, equity team lead, and sustainability coordinator. Shon is a member of the New York City Department of Education’s Science Leadership Team, the D15 Equity Congress, and the working group that developed the D15 Diversity Plan working toward 21st century integration. She earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology at Yale University and her M.S.T. from Pace University. She is a New York State Master Teacher, and has served as a TeachStrong Ambassador, a Department of Education Model Teacher, and a Billion Oyster Project Teacher Fellow. At MƒA, she has led courses on teaching climate action, exploring three-dimensional learning, and designing STEM projects in collaborative middle school classrooms.

Gary Rubinstein, 14-year MƒA Master Teacher

Gary Rubinstein has taught mathematics for 28 years, with the past 17 spent at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Rubinstein has mentored hundreds of new mathematics teachers across New York City and beyond through his guidebooks on the basics of teaching. He has written seven books, including ‘Reluctant Disciplinarian’ about his first year of teaching, the Barron’s Algebra Regents review books, and is the co-author of the children’s book ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.’ He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Tufts University and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. He has been a frequent presenter at national NCTM conferences with workshops on topics ranging from the history of mathematics, astronomy, paper folding, and most recently, the Rubik’s Cube. At MƒA, he has facilitated courses on mathematics and science writing, the multicultural origins of mathematics, and Minkowskian Plane geometry.


2018 Winners

Seth Guiñals-Kupperman, 5-Year MƒA Master Teacher

Seth Guiñals-Kupperman has taught high school physics in the New York City Public Schools for 15 years, including the last three at The Brooklyn Latin School. In 2010 Seth became one of only a handful of Nationally Board Certified Teachers of Physics in the NYC area. Seth earned a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Linguistics & Philosophy from MIT and an M.A. in Science Education from the City College of New York. Seth is a founder and active board member of STEMteachersNYC, a nonprofit that cultivates excellence in STEM teaching through innovative, teacher-led professional development. He is a recipient of the 2017 UFT Excellence in Education Award and was named to the 2018-19 cohort of the 100Kin10 Teacher Forum. He has presented at conferences such as NY Teachers Summit, SCONYC, STANYS, and NSTA. At MƒA Seth has facilitated workshops on modeling instruction, National Board Certification, and understanding energy through graphical representation. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to MƒA Early Career Teachers of science and is a part of the New York State Master Teacher Program.

Patrick Honner, 12-Year MƒA Master Teacher

Patrick Honner has taught mathematics for nearly 20 years, with the past 11 years spent at Brooklyn Technical High School. He is part of a 40-person department where he establishes professional learning opportunities, develops curriculum, mentors, and plans department-wide instruction. Honner earned his B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University, M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the City College of New York. Honner was a recipient of the 2010 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the 2016 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Honner regularly writes about teaching and mathematics on his own blog and in Quanta Magazine and the New York Times Learning Network, as well as presents at conferences, such as NCTM, The World Science Festival, and TEDxNYED. At MƒA Honner leads content-focused courses on mathematics and computer science, teaching technologies like Desmos and Scratch, and writing and creating in math class. He consistently represents the organization as a keynote speaker, presenter, panelist, and storyteller at various MƒA events.