Specialty Teachers

AnaneOwusu Anane 

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Owusu Anane has worked at WHMS for five years. Owusu previously served as a Senior Legislative Analyst for State Senator Kevin Parker and 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 a bachelor’s in history from the University at Albany.

 

1005 WHMS 21Sue 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 the 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 the 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.

 

 BurnsJennifer Burns - Literacy Specialist

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Jennifer Burns joined the WHMS faculty in 2018. Before that, she was 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.

 

CalabriaIggy Calabria - Music Teacher, UE, and MS 

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Iggy Calabria joined WHMS in 2017 as the Upper El and Middle School music teacher. Iggy has a bachelor's degree in English from Muhlenberg College, a bachelor's degree in 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. Iggy has completed the Leadership and Overview of Montessori at Early Childhood Level Montessori Fundamentals course through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

 

ColwillSarah Colwill - Librarian 

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Sarah Colwill serves as our school librarian. She is also a youth services librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library. Previously, Sarah worked as an adjunct librarian at Sage Colleges. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Russell Sage College, a master's degree in educational administration from the University at Albany, and a master's of library science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. 

 

GordonSusan Gordon - Music Teacher, Primary and LE

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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 teaches Primary and Lower El students.

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Elementary and Middle School Spanish Teacher

Katja is a graduate of the University at Albany with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in Hispanic literature.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Hispanic literature. Katja was a teaching assistant here at Woodland Hill from 2012 through 2019.  Most recently, she has been an executive assistant in the New York State Secretary of the Senate’s office.

 KeltsBen Kelts – PE teacher

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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 the University of Phoenix.

 

066SPD 0377Patrick Kraft - Administrative Support Tech

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Patrick has a bachelor's degree in human development from the University at Albany. He began at WHMS as an intern and was hired to work in school care shortly afterward. He has also worked as our Distance Learning Liaison.

 

LambChuck Lamb - Piano Teacher

Chuck Lamb, a virtuoso piano player, has been in the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for 14 years and has performed with the Quartet and/or his own groups at numerous renowned venues around the world. In addition to being a professional touring musician and prolific composer, Chuck is also an accomplished and creative music educator.  He has taught workshops and clinics across the United States, as well as in Japan, Singapore, and Russia, where he taught a class in composition and improvisation to students from ages 6-70 and enjoyed the novel experience of doing the entire class via the assistance of a Russian translator.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Primary Spanish Teacher

Lourdes Ortega received Montessori training from Princeton Montessori Center in New Jersey. Lourdes joined the WHMS faculty in 2003. Lourdes also served as our School Care and Enrichment Director for five years. Currently, she is an assistant teacher in the Toddler program, serves as co-director of our summer program, and teaches Spanish to the Primary classes.

 

RobertsJesse Roberts - Maker Space Coordinator

Jesse Roberts serves as our Maker Space Coordinator. Professionally, Jesse has worked as a software engineer and architect for 20 years in aerospace and higher education. He holds a bachelor's 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 several long-time hobbies and skills which he brings to the maker program including pottery, woodworking, mechanics, engineering, metalworking, electronics, and fiber craft.

  

 SchneiderSandy Schneider - Assistant Art Teacher 

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Sandy Schneider holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree 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 has worked at WHMS since  2018.

 

SnowDr. Andrew Snow - Violin Teacher

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Andrew Snow teaches Suzuki Violin and Viola and directs the WHMS Chamber Ensemble. Andrew began his instrumental studies as a young Suzuki student himself and 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.

 

StasiMegan Stasi - Art Teacher

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Megan Stasi 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.