Cora Heiser – Middle School Coordinator
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.
Leah Johnson – Middle School Teacher
Leah Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Bucknell University and aM.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She taught 7th and 8th grade science in Maryland for five years and is currently certified to teach secondary science in New York State. Leah is currently working to fulfill her requirements for Adolescent Montessori Teacher certification. She has been working at WHMS since 2006.
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.
Sara O’Connell – Spanish Teacher
Sara O'Connell has a bachelor’s in Spanish Secondary Education with a minor in theater from Russell Sage and a master’s in liberal studies from the University at Albany. Sara has over ten years of experience as a Spanish teacher, with nine years at Bethlehem middle and high schools.