Nieves Gonzalez-Montejano – Spanish
Nieves Gonzalez is our artistic and creative Spanish teacher. She holds a master’s degree in Montessori Education and the equivalent of a master’s degree in geography and history with a minor in Anthropology from University of Madrid. Nieves has been teaching Spanish at WHMS since 2000. Combining a variety of projects with Spanish instruction has been a hallmark of Nieves’ teaching style. Nieves’ Spanish teaching experience includes teaching Spanish to SUNY professionals. Her field work in Anthropology was in the highlands of Chiapas in Mexico.
Megan Ingalls Stasi - Art
Megan Ingalls Stasi has joined Woodland Hill as our new art teacher. Megan is a NYS Certified Visual Arts teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA in scenic design from Northwestern University. She has taught sewing at both the Albany Art Room and the Troy Arts Center, theatrical set design at Ulster County Community College, as well as Altered Book Workshops. Megan has also worked in the music business, as a theater designer, a muralist, and recently started a local non-profit community organization focused on upcycling fabric and yarns. Her own artistic practice includes fiber arts, oil paints, and printmaking.
Ben Kelts – PE teacher
Ben Kelts joined WHMS in 2013 as our Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director. Ben taught for five years at Riverdale Country School in NYC for children in Pre K-grade 6. He also taught middle school and high school students for the past eight years at the Opportunity Charter School in NYC. He has coached lacrosse, basketball, gymnastics and soccer, and has taught sailing and boating, high ropes, First Aid and CPR as well as math. Ben has a bachelor’s in Physical Education and a master’s degree in Special Education from Manhattan College, as well as graduate level coursework in Physical Education from Canisius College and a master’s in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix.
Susan Gordon - Music Teacher, Primary and LE
Susie Gordon is a veteran music teacher and most recently taught in Rabat, Morocco. Susan has taught around the world, including Islamabad, Pakistan, Quito, Ecuador, Kampala, Uganda, Cairo, Egypt, as well as in Keene Valley and Greenwich, New York. She has a bachelor's degree from Skidmore in Music and Theater Education, and a master's degree from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning. Additionally, Susan has graduate credit in movement education from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, and Improvisation coursework from SUNY Fredonia and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. Susie will be teaching Primary and Lower El students.
Iggy Calabria - Music Teacher, UE and MS
Iggy Calabria joins us as our Upper El and Middle School music teacher. Iggy has a bachelor's degree in English from Muhlenberg College, a bachelor's of music in Jazz Guitar Performance and a master's degree in Music Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. An award-winning guitarist, Iggy has studied with jazz greats Jimmy Bruno and Pat Martino and has performed extensively in the Philadelphia and Albany area. While active and experienced in composing, arranging, and music scholarship Iggy strongly believes in the value of music education and examines and teaches music and music-making as an essential part of life.
Andrew Snow - Violin Teacher
Andrew Snow joined WHMS in 2017 and teaches Suzuki Violin and Viola and directs the WHMS Chamber Ensemble. Andrew began his instrumental studies as a young Suzuki student himself and in 2016 he graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Andrew is actively involved as a performing artist and has performed many times with local ensembles including the Albany Symphony, Albany Pro Musica, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and Musicians of Ma'alwyck.
Toni Roland - Math Support Specialist
Toni Roland provides math support for Middle School and Elementary students. Toni is a veteran teacher who has taught math to elementary through high school students for many years. Toni has a bachelor's degree in education from SUNY Geneseo, a master's in Human Resources and Curriculum from Georgia State University, and a master's degree in Mathematics Education from Texas State University.
Jennifer Burns - Literacy Specialist
Jennifer Burns was most recently a reading teacher and classroom teacher for the Troy School District, where she taught for the past eight years. She was also a long-term substitute in Troy for four years. Jennifer has a master's degree in Education-Literacy from the College of St. Rose.
Owusu Anane All Level Assistant
Owusu Anane joined WHMS in 2016, working in Upper El. Currrenlty, he is working as an All-Level Assistant. Owusu previously served as a Senior Legislative Analyst for State Senator Kevin Parker and for State Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk as a Senior Administrative Assistant. He also worked as a substitute teacher at Albany Public Schools, and as an Albany High School football coach. Owusu has bachelor’s in history from the University at Albany.
Sandy Schneider All Level Assistant
Sandy Schneider holds a bachelor's in elementary education, and a master's in literacy education both from Oswego State University. She taught Kindergarten and reading before taking on administrative roles as a YMCA Childcare Director and Daycare Director. She took eight years off to raise her children before coming to WHMS as a substitute teacher, then taking on more specific roles last year.
Naomi Wimberley-Hartman - Movement Teacher
Naomi has taught and consulted at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City. Locally, she has taught at eba Dance Theatre, Abram Lansing Elementary School, and The Brown School. She has a master's in teaching Elementary Education from Bennington College, a master's in fine arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor's from Mount Holyoke College. She also holds a Professional New York State Teaching Certificate in Dance Education.
Jesse Roberts - Maker Space Coordinator
Jesse Roberts joined the WHMS faculty in the fall of 2016. Professionally, Jesse has worked as a software engineer and architect for 20 years in aerospace and higher education. He holds a bachelor degree in Theology and a master's degree in Philosophy, specializing in epistemology and ethics, from Biola University. Outside of his professional life, Jesse has a number of long-time hobbies and skills which he brings to the maker program including: pottery, woodworking, mechanics, engineering, metalworking, electronics and fiber craft.
Charles Austin – Music Lessons and School Band Director
Charles Austin holds an associate degree in music from Schenectady County Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in music Education from the College of St. Rose. Charles has been a private teacher for students in guitar, piano, bass, voice and musical theory. Charles has also written a book available to students designed to make the learning process more efficient and effective.
Emily Chin - Piano Teacher
Emily Chin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, and she is a board certified music therapist. Her coursework was completed at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. After graduation, she finished an internship in 2015 at a community music school in Rochester where she worked with people of all ages and abilities. Along with working at Woodland Hill, Emily is a music therapist at a hospice in Berkshire County, teaches lessons in piano, voice, and ukulele at the Berkshire Music School, and is the musician at a church in Lenox, MA.
Sue Anthony - Piano Teacher
Sue Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Crane School of Music. A longtime music teacher in the area, she has taught in public and private schools. She is on the faculty at Little Falls School of Music and Arts in Kinderhook where she is a piano teacher and has also taught Music for Little Mozarts. Sue is a member of Hudson Valley Choral Society and serves as organist at Emmanuel St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson. She teaches piano using traditional methods as well as implementing modern technology to encourage development of musical skills. She is currently working on projects composing, arranging, performing and co-producing for a production company that has done work for PBS, cable TV and multimedia presentations.
Tracy Husson - Garden Coordinator
Tracy Husson recently joined the WHMS community as the Garden Coordinator. She holds a bachelor's degree in Visual Art and Environmental Studies from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT and a Certificate of Massage Therapy from The Massage School in Easthampton, Mass. Originally from Troy, Tracy lived in Vermont for many years, where she gained extensive experience on small, family-owned, organic farms. Her experience ranges from a working CSA member on a biodynamic farm, to a full-time farm-hand on a 30- acre vegetable farm, to tending personal home gardens. Gardening is one of Tracy’s many passions and she is thrilled to share her devotion to tending the earth with the children of Woodland Hill.