Administration

Head 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.

 

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, and is currently a candidate in the Masters of Education in Educational Administration program at Lamar University, and holds an AMS Infant and Toddler certificate.  

Evans SueDirector of Finance and Operations – Susan Evans

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Susan Evans has served as the Business Manager since 2007. Sue has a bachelor’s in Accounting from SUNY Oswego, and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Rose. She has more than 20 years of experience in business management and accounting. Previously, Susan worked as an accountant at Marvin and Co. for seven years and a Controller at Hopmeier, Evans, Gage Insurance for ten years. Susan also served our community as Treasurer to our Board of Trustees, and as our reading teacher for two years.

 

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.

 

Parascandola MegAdministrative Coordinator – Meg Parascandola

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Meg Parascandola graduated Hudson Valley Community College, and is a certified NYS Teacher’s Assistant. She joined Woodland Hill in 2008 as Director of After School Programs and Office Manager. Meg’s previous employment includes working as a Teacher Assistant at the Averill Park Central School District where she provided academic support to classroom teachers and assisted with classroom management. Meg is very involved with Girl Scouts, and is an active volunteer with the Sand Lake Center for the Arts as well as other local organizations. She is currently working on her degree in Digital Media. 

 

Director 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.

 

PalomaBusiness Manager - Paloma Cuprill 

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Paloma Cuprill has worked as an accountant for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and as controller for Eriksen Translations Inc. where she oversaw the financial and human resources functions of the company. Prior to that she served as the Operations Manager for Watermeadow Medical USA for over ten years in both Albany and New York City, during which time she was responsible for all accounting, human resources, benefits administration and budgeting tasks for the US office of the multi-national organization. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Russell Sage College with a strong focus on Management and Social Responsibility.

 

Hall DanielleBusiness Office Assistant – 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.

 

Director 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.

 

Special 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.

 

School Counselor – Bethany Burroughs

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Bethany Burroughs received a bachelor’s in Psychology from SUNY Oswego, and went on to earn her master’s in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School. Before coming to Woodland Hill, Bethany held a long-term maternity leave position as a School Counselor in the Shenendehowa School District. She has also worked in a variety of roles providing counseling services to youth and families as a Behavior Specialist for children with Autism and Dual-Diagnosis, as well as youth in foster care settings with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Developmental Disabilities (ages 2-21).

 

RieseLibrarian – Ted Riese

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Ted Riese has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also the Children's Library Assistant for the Menands Public Library and is pursuing an Associate's degree in Computer and Information Systems from Hudson Valley Community College. 

 

Early MichaelDirector of Facilities – Michael Early

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