Cora Heiser – Middle School Director
Cora Heiser received her adolescent Montessori certification through the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program and is Montessori certified in grades 7-12. Cora joined the WHMS faculty in 2006 as the Middle School Head Teacher. Cora completed her undergraduate course work at the State University of New York at Cortland, where she earned a bachelor's degree and New York State teacher certification in adolescent Social Studies education 7-12. She also holds a M.Ed. from the University at Albany. In addition to her work with adolescents, Cora supports adult learners on their journey toward becoming Secondary Montessori teachers as an Instructional Guide, Practicum Advisor and Field Consultant for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies Secondary Teacher Education Program.
Leah Johnson – Middle School Teacher
Leah Johnson earned her adolescent Montessori certification through the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program. Her certification is for secondary level, grades 7-12. She joined WHMS as a Middle School lead teacher in 2007. She primarily teaches math and science in the Middle School program. She holds a bachelor's in biology from Bucknell University, a master's in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a master's in Education from Xavier University. After three years of study, during the 2017-18 school year, Leah is completing a year-long mindfulness program which leads her to becoming a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor.
Dr. Alisa Scapatici - ELA teacher
Alisa joins the Middle School after serving as an English teacher at Albany Academies for 21 years and the Chair of the English Department there for the past eight years. She was also the director of the Writing Center at the Academies, which she started in 2012. Alisa has a bachelor’s in comparative literature from Hamilton College, a master’s in English and education from Union College, and a doctorate in English from the University at Albany. Alisa will also be serving as director of the newly-formed Writing Center to assist our older Elementary and Middle School students in writing.
Denise Stark – Latin Teacher
Denise has been teaching Latin to our Middle School students since 2014. Denise is a retired teacher from Bethlehem Central School where she was the Chair of the Foreign Language Department for 14 years.