Administration

Kambrich 2018Head of School – Susan Kambrich

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Susan Kambrich has served as Head of School at Woodland Hill Montessori School since 2000. She has been a Montessori educator since 1989 and was Lower Elementary Head Teacher at the Montessori School of Albany from 1995-2000. You can view Susan's biography here.

 

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Assistant Head of School - Michelle Edwards

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Michelle was named the Assistant Head of School in June 2017. She previously served as the Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development, and Head Toddler Teacher. Her duties include partnering and assisting the Head of School, mainly in the areas of curriculum and teacher support, and helping and supporting the faculty in the development and implementation of Montessori curriculum, and reviewing and evaluating our academic programs. Michelle served as our Head Toddler Teacher for four years and was previously the Head Toddler Teacher at Our World Montessori for five years. She also served as a teacher trainer and mentor teacher. Prior to her Montessori work, Michelle was an elementary teacher in San Antonio and in Niskayuna for six years. She also served one year as a reading consultant. Michelle was a teacher trainer at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education from 2009-2012, a mentor teacher at Trinity University in San Antonio from 1998-2000, and a field consultant for The Montessori Center of the Rockies from 2014-2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, CMTE Toddler Certification, a master's degree in Educational Administration program at Lamar University, and holds an AMS Infant and Toddler certificate.  

 

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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.

 

Director 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.

 

NicholleAdministrative 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. 

 

00300Director 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 2018Director 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.

 

DebbieCapital 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.   

 

 

DanielleBusiness Office 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.

 

Meek 2018Special 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.

 

Burroughs 2018School 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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