Faculty

Fauzia Akhter

Science Department

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.

 


Maria Clavin

Language Department

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

Math Department

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

Language Department

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.

 

 

 


Liz Harrell

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

English Department

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

English Department

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

History Department

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.

 

 


Sarah Magno

School Counselor

Sarah Magno joined the NYMA team in 2017 as the School Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and received her master’s degree in Science in Education in School Counseling from Long Island University here in New York. She assists students in their college and career searches, registers and administers standardized tests, and, most importantly, counsels students to help them navigate through the varied experiences and emotions of grade school.

 

 


Sebastian Moreno

Language Department

Sebastian Moreno is from Connecticut and is widely travelled having lived in Colombia, London, Hawai’i, South Korea, and Vietnam. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wesleyan University. He was a four-year student at Kent School where he was inducted to the Cum Laude Society.

Mr. Moreno brings nine years of prior language teaching experience. His work in Asia centered on instructing English for academic purposes. Sebastian has an ear for languages but believes anyone can learn with the right effort. His hobbies include drumming and disk golf.

 


David Sargent

Language Department

David Sargent has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in International Business. He comes from a family of teachers and was raised by parents who both taught at the Orme School in Prescott, Arizona. Mr. Sargent taught ESL for nearly 12 years in Asia. During that time he was mainly based out of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia but also spent two years teaching at Beijing Polytechnic College. There he taught a variety of subjects including ESL, IELTS, TOEFL, Hospitality Management, and Social Science.

Over his career he has worked with students from Mongolia, China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan as well as South and North Korea. He has taught students that range as young as 3 years old to directors of multinational companies. David has also run a transportation company and a restaurant in Mongolia. His transportation company successful completed contracts with the U.S. Marines and Army providing transportation in and around Ulaanbaatar.

Mr. Sargent will be joined by his wife who is from Mongolia and their two young daughters. He is excited about his position at NYMA and hopes to make a positive impact in the lives of students who have struggled in the past.

 


Deborah Tamulis

Library Media Specialist / Archivist

Deborah Tamulis is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Granite State College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science. She earned her master’s in Library Science at Clarion University. Deborah is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda and Beta Phi Mu Academic Honor Societies. Before coming to NYMA, Ms. Tamulis was a Library Media Specialist in public and private schools in Maryland and Colorado. She is proud of her many family members who have served in the United States Army, Air Force, and Marines.

 

 


Jena Webb

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.