Middle School Faculty

00148Cora Heiser – Middle School Coordinator 

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Cora Heiser 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. Cora 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.

 

00158Leah Johnson – Middle School Teacher

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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.

 

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Alisa Scapatici - ELA teacher

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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.

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Denise Stark – Latin Teacher

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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.

 

 SaraSara O’Connell – Spanish Teacher

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Sara O'Connell completed her undergraduate course work at Russell Sage College, where she earned a bachelor's degree and New York State teacher certification in Spanish Secondary Education along with a minor in Theatre. She holds a master's degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Language/Theatre Communications from the State University of New York at Albany.  Sara has close to fifteen years of experience as a Spanish Teacher with nine years at Bethlehem Central Middle and High Schools.  She joined the WHMS faculty in 2014.