Primary Faculty

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Ashley Dick assists Jennifer Graham in Primary. Ashley began working in our afterschool program in 2007. Prior to joining the staff at Woodland Hill, Ashley worked for three years as an assistant teacher at the Children’s Corner Daycare Center. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of St. Rose.

 

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Jennifer Graham has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmira College. She has her Early Childhood credential from the Center of Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle. Jennifer previously owned and operated Our World Montessori. She was also a previous teacher at Woodland Hill (but then we were called Montessori School of Albany), and the Montessori Toddlers’ and Children’s House.

 

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Jeanne Lee has a bachelor's degree in communication from Cornell University and a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany. She also is certified by New York State in TESOL Grades K-12. She has worked as an English Language Learner/English as a New Language since 2012 in the Guilderland, Bethlehem, and Paterson (NJ) School Districts. 

 

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Nicole Lenihan has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Sage Colleges and a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Nicole has her Early Childhood credential from Northeast Montessori Institute. She has worked at WHMS since 2015.

 

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Kristen McDermott holds an associate's degree in Early Childhood from HVCC and completed her student teaching at Woodland Hill. She works as Cassandre Rowe's Assistant Teacher. Kristen has been working at WHMS since 2008. She began working in the summer program continuing with us as a substitute before becoming an Assistant Teacher.

 

JessaPelizariJessica Pelizari - Primary Head Teacher

Jessa Pelizari has a bachelor's degree from West Chester University and a master's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorder from The College of Saint Rose.  Jessa began as an Assistant Teacher at Woodland Hill in 2016.  Jessa earned her American Montessori Society early childhood credential through the West Side Montessori Teacher Preparation Program. Before becoming a Montessorian, Jessa worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist.She has also been a children’s choir director and has taught piano, French, and yoga. 

 

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Stephanie Puchner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Albany. She has worked in a variety of roles helping families as a social worker, with kids in day camp, and as an advocate for children and families at the Berkshire Center for Families and Children. Stephanie started working at WHMS in 2013. She became credentialed through the Northeast Montessori Training Institute. 

 

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Cassandre Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Montessori (AMS) from Barry University. She has been a Primary Head Teacher since 2006. Her previous experience includes work as an assistant teacher in a Florida Montessori Preschool and as a Kindergarten teacher at Pine Hills Montessori Day Care for three years. .

 

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Callie is the Assistant Teacher, working with Nicole. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood and childhood education from SUNY Geneseo.  Prior to joining WHMS, Callie worked as a pre-school teacher.

 

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Naomi Wimberley-Hartman is an Assistant Teacher in Stephanie's class. For five years, Naomi served as our Primary Movement and Dance Elective teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in dance from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree in dance from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree in teaching from Bennington College. Naomi has an extensive background teaching dance, movement, and general education in environments as varied as Bank Street School for Children in NYC, to high school in Hawaii, to the University of California, Irvine.