Fauzia Akhter graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Environmental Science and a diploma of successful completion of the Environmental Technician Program from Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. She also holds a Master of Science in Zoology and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Ms. Akhter joins NYMA having over 8 years of Science teaching experience. Teaching is her passion. She believes in an engaging teaching style and a hands-on experience in learning science which includes lab work and field study. She thinks that if knowledge is not shared, it is wasted. She also loves to learn new thing from her students. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature, watching the Travel & Food Channels, and getting to know people.
Phillip Anderson is an experienced educator teaching in private and public schools in Virginia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington DC, and Sydney, Australia. He has taught every course in the Social Sciences from fourth grade through postgraduate plus Drama, Health, PE, College Prep, and SAT Prep. Mr. Anderson's area of personal research is African American History. He has also worked in television, radio, music, and theater contributing to almost a hundred productions mostly as a writer or director. He has completed four marathons, two ultra-marathons, and is aspiring to run another one soon.
Samantha Bundalian is joining the NYMA team as a School Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and received her master’s degree in Science in Education in School Counseling from Long Island University. Before joining NYMA, she was a School Counselor at Dutchess BOCES.
Here at NYMA, she will assist cadets in their college and career searches, register and administer standardized tests, and, most importantly, counsel students to help them navigate the varied experiences and emotions of high school.
Ms. Bundalian and her dog Charlie are avid lovers of the Hudson Valley and are constantly exploring the beauty of what this area has to offer. She is also a certified yoga and boxing instructor and teaches around the area.
Maria Clavin is a native of Peru. She attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics. She served as the CEO and Executive President of the National Trade Enterprise as well as the Permanent Delegate of Peru to UNESCO. Ms. Clavin was the Peruvian representative to the Union Latina and also represented her country as the Ambassador to France. She received the distinguished title of General Brigadier of her high school senior class in Lima and was the recipient of the National Order of Merit, awarded by the President of the French Republic, in 2001.
Ms. Clavin has eight years of experience as an adjunct professor of Social Science in the Master’s Program at Catholic University of Peru. She has served as the Development Director of St. Peter’s School in Hyde Park where she also taught Spanish and Title I Math. Ms. Clavin is a lifelong learner with a passion for reading and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She is currently an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College in the HSE program. Ms. Clavin joined the NYMA Family as a Spanish teacher. She offers rigorous and creative instruction that prepares her students for a leadership role in our global society.
Raymond Cooper holds bachelor’s degrees in Math and Philosophy from Brooklyn College and a master's in Math Education from Hunter College. In addition, he has done graduate level coursework in math for the physical sciences. Mr. Cooper is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and a recipient of the Alfred M. Peiser Memorial Scholarship for Mathematics.
Mr. Cooper worked as a high school math teacher in Brooklyn before joining the NYMA team. He has extensive experience as a math tutor working with students of all ages. In addition, he has worked as an ESL teacher in Korea and Japan. Mr. Cooper has studied music in Varanasi, India, and he is a composer versed in many styles including classical, experimental jazz, and ambient.
Bonnie Dong has earned her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has years of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to various groups of students. Ms. Dong has also worked in educational program management, cross-cultural communications, and social media marketing. She also has experience with nonprofit organization management, education to employment transition, and research and evaluation.
Math and Technology Departments
Liz Harrell holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. She also has a degree in Mathematics from SUNY. Mrs. Harrell has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. She loves helping students understand challenging math concepts and enjoys using technology in her classroom.
Mrs. Harrell is a published author with articles in AppleSeeds Magazine and The Mailbox. In her spare time, she enjoys tae kwon do, reading, and spending time with her family.
Samantha Hill joined the NYMA faculty in 2013 as an English teacher. She currently holds a Master of Education from Brooklyn College. She previously taught English for the Department of Education in NYC before putting her career on hold to raise her children. While she originally hails from Brooklyn, NY, she has called Cornwall and Cornwall on Hudson her home for the past thirteen years. Looking at the Hudson River and the majestic mountains around her on a daily basis has inspired in her a sense of home and happiness.
While having an immense love of literature and Greek Mythology, she is delighted to teach the new elective “Performance and Drama” to the new seventh graders. Some of her favorite literary works are Twilight, Harry Potter, Speak and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Antigone, and The Odyssey.
She lives with her three children, enjoys playing trivia, and loves going to local events and festivals.
John Langan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from SUNY New Paltz and an M.Phil. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. Before joining the NYMA faculty, he taught at SUNY New Paltz for the last twenty years. He's a published writer with two novels, three collections of stories, and numerous essays and reviews to his credit. Mr. Langan lives outside Kingston with his wife, younger son, five dogs, three cats, and a hermit crab named Kirby. He also has a black belt in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do.
Mike Lemon served in the U.S.M.C. for five years from 1994 to 1999 and has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Education from Dominican College. He is a Social Studies teacher and taught in New York public schools before joining the NYMA faculty.
Mr. Lemon has coached football and is the Land Nav/Outdoors club advisor here. He is also serving as a TAC Officer this year and will be mentoring the 7th and 8th grade cadets in their studies.
English and History Departments
Dr. Jena Webb teaches 11th and 12th grade English and History. She holds a Doctorate in Medieval Literature and History and a master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Webb received her bachelor’s degree in History and Classical Languages from Marquette University and recently completed a second master’s program in Military History with Norwich University. She taught courses on English literature and linguistics to multicultural freshmen in Ireland for several years.
In addition to her teaching, Dr. Webb works as a freelance editor and writer with a variety of clients. Her personal research centers on the First World War and a plethora of medieval topics. She is also a collector of languages and books and spends the majority of her free time reading or writing.