Administration

200208 WoodlandHillMont 336Head of School  - Michelle Edwards

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Michelle Edwards has worked at WHMS for eight years, since starting the Toddler program at WHMS. She served as Assistant Head of School for four years. You can view Michelle's biography here.

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Assistant Head of School - Erin Mergil

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Erin Mergil was named Asssistant Head of School in July 2020. Erin is an experienced Montessori teacher, working at WHMS since 2016. She previously worked at Escuela Montessori del Valle in El Paso and Castle Island Montessori in Albany. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany in Spanish and linguistics, and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Montessori studies. Erin is credentialed from the Center of Montessori Teacher Education. 

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 Chief Financial Officer - Andrew Biggane

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Andrew is responsible for managing the financial affairs of the school. His prior work experience includes more than 15 years of experience in not-for-profit financial management, banking and investment operations. He served most recently as the manager of the e-business department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as the treasury coordinator for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan. Andy has a master's degree in business administration from The Sage Colleges, a bachelor's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany and has maintained the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation since 2007.

 

GernertDottDirector of Admissions and Community Outreach – Kris Gernert-Dott

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Kris Gernert-Dott has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Union College and also studied for a year at the University of Erlangen in Germany. She is our Director of Admissions and Community Outreach. Kris joined WHMS in 2003 as a parent, and a year later became our Director of Admissions. Her prior work experience is in the field of college admissions. In 1987, she was an Admissions Interviewer at Skidmore College; she then worked at Hamilton College as an Assistant Director of Admissions from 1988 to 1991 and eventually returned to her alma mater, Union College, as an Associate Dean of Admissions from 1991-2003. She also co-owned the Montessori Toddler’s and Children’s House in Schenectady from 1998-2003. Kris had the good fortune of attending a Montessori school (the Bede School in Englewood, New Jersey) as a young child. Her own children have attended Montessori schools from a toddler program through graduating from Woodland Hill in the 8th grade.

 

GregorAdministrative Coordinator – Nicholle Gregor

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Nicholle Gregor graduated from the University at Albany with a bachelor's degree in Information Science. She previously worked at the Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport, Vermont, as an AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator. She also interned at the University at Albany Office of Sustainability and the Informatics Office. 

 

RienzoDirector of Development and Communications – Moira Rienzo

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Moira Rienzo graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She joined WHMS as the Director of Development and Communications in 2007. Her prior experience includes work for the Finance Department at RPI, and as Membership Coordinator at WAMC Public Radio. Moira is very involved in fundraising and event planning on a volunteer basis for the Friends of Prospect Park, and the Junior League of Troy.

 

Johnson MDirector of Auxiliary Services - Meghan Johnson

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As Director of Auxiliary Services, Meghan oversees the School Care programs (Morning and After Care) as well as Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities.  She is also working on the Summer Program as well as taking on other administrative duties. Meghan has been involved as a valued member of our afterschool staff, most currently as the lead in the Middle School afterschool program. Meghan has a bachelor’s of fine arts in writing from Pratt. She has served as an assistant in our Elementary program and also as a creative writing teacher for one of our elective classes. She has also been a substitute teacher in all areas of the school. In addition to her work at Woodland Hill, Meghan worked as a member specialist at SEFCU.

 

LeeCapital Campaign Manager -  Debbie Lee

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Debbie has been working in development for 34 years. She began her development career at The Albany Academy, and has worked at The Williams School, and Norwich Free Academy. Most recently she has worked as the Director of Development at Opera Saratoga, and The Hyde Collection. Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University at Buffalo.   

 

HallBusiness Administrator – Danielle Hall

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Danielle Hall holds a Certificate in HTML and Web Design from Global Solutions in Burlington, Mass. Her background includes Accounting Assistant for Support Plus where she also supported the Human Resources and Marketing Departments. At Americom, Inc., her responsibilities included accounts payable and bank reconciliations. She also assisted in the accounting departments of Loansnap, Inc., and Arrow Business Forms.

 

MeekSpecial Educator – Tami Meek

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Tami Meek holds a Master of Science in Education from the College of Saint Rose. She received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in recreation. Tami has certification in Special Education; Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6; and Recreation. Tami works for the East Greenbush School District as a Special Education Teacher. She has worked as a Consultant Teacher and K-2 Communication Skills Teacher at Genet Elementary School since September 2000. Tami also worked at Circle of Friends and Unity Sunshine Program as a Preschool Special Education Teacher, Special Education Itinerant Teacher, and Early Intervention Special Education Teacher since 1992.

 

BurroughsSchool Counselor – Bethany Burroughs

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Bethany Burroughs holds a master's degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School. Bethany provides individual and group counseling to our students, as well as large classroom guidance lessons. She works closely with teachers, staff, and parents to support our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. She is also a member of the Instructional Support Team here at WHMS. Bethany has gained experience as a School Counselor in other academic settings and has also worked in other counseling roles. She worked for the Center for Disability Services as a Behavior Specialist for children with Autism and Dual-Diagnosis. She also worked for Parsons Child and Family center to support youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Developmental Disabilities (ages 2-21).

 

 

EarlyDirector of Facilities – Michael Early

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