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Meet the 2019-20 Lab School Faculty

Filed in Archive by on January 9, 2020

person smiling and pointingGeorgios Athanassiadis, Science Teacher

A native of Greece, Mr. “A” is a 20-year veteran of teaching and has been a part of Lab School for the last five years. He is dual-certified in physics and Earth science and loves teaching circular motion and energy in physics because it applies to roller coasters and fun classroom projects. Mr. A has also helped international students who come to BC become acclimated to our culture. His favorite Lab School memories involve spending time bonding with students and colleagues while on the spring field trips. He and his wife, whom he met while in graduate school at UAlbany, have two grown sons who are also scientists: one works in Germany and the other lives and works in the Capital Region. Mr. A loves to cook, travel, work on his photography (slide film), and listen to classical and early music or walk his dog, a miniature schnauzer. 

David Lendrum, Lab School Coordinator & Science Teacher

Lab School coordinator David Lendrum has been a teacher for 17 years. He has been a member of the Lab School for the last seven years. He graduated from UAlbany with a B.S. in Biology. In addition to serving as Lab School coordinator, Mr. Lendrum also serves on the Curriculum Council and the Transcript Committee. His favorite thing to teach is evolution because, as he says, “it is the reason everything else I teach functions as it does.” One of his favorite memories of Lab School was when a visually-impaired student was allowed to cross beyond a barrier and feel the crack of the Liberty Bell during a Lab School trip to Philadelphia. Mr. Lendrum enjoys farming in his spare time and riding anything with two or four wheels. His is a teacher in Voorheesville and together they have three children and two dogs and reside in Westerlo, NY.

Katie Leo, Social Studies Teacher

A nine-year veteran, Katie Leo has spent the last four years teaching social studies in the Lab School. She graduated from Siena College with a degree in history and went on to Union College, where she earned a master’s degree in social studies education. Ms. Leo’s favorite topic to teach is the early Cold War in the 1950s because there are unique foreign policy issues and cultural trends that all stem from that period. She is a huge fan of music and loves to garden, travel, and spend time with family. Ms. Leo and her husband, a teacher in the Niskayuna Central School District, have a newborn daughter and a miniature dachshund named Rockette. Ms. Leo’s favorite Lab School memory is visiting Washington, D.C. but she says she also very much enjoys the day-to-day interactions and the spontaneous conversations that take place in her classroom.

person smilingMeg Maset, English Teacher 

A teacher for the last six years, Meg Maset is new to the district in 2019-20 and she is spending her first as a member of the Lab School faculty teaching English 11 and Research 9. Maset is a graduate of Messiah College where she earned a B.A. in English literature, and earned a master’s degree in adolescence education from UAlbany. Ms. Maset’s favorite thing to teach, she says, is anything having to deal with real-world issues.  “I love seeing students become passionate about issues that matter and care enough to do something about them.” In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, singing and reading. She lives with her husband in Albany. They have a greyhound named Fuzzy and a cat named Budz. Her favorite Lab School memory is her first hike up Buck Mountain during the fall retreat.

teacher smilingAndrew Rickert, English Teacher 

Andrew Rickert has been a teacher for the last 13 years, and this is his third year working in Bethlehem and as part of Lab School. Rickert graduated from UAlbany with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from The College of Saint Rose where he earned his master’s degree in adolescence education. His favorite book to teach, he says, is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because of “all the valuable life lessons that can be found in this iconic work of literature.” Mr. Rickert is the head coach of the BC boys cross country team and serves as the coordinator advisor to Mr. Lendrum, helping to plan Lab School events. He also helps coordinate the annual Poetry Out Loud contest at the HS. In his spare time he runs, geocaches, cheers for the Mets, and loves live music. He and his wife, a school psychologist, have three sons and live in Bethlehem. His favorite Lab School memory is seeing Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, for the first time on a trip with students.

person wearing blue smilesSamantha Ryan, Math Teacher

This is the first year of teaching for Samantha Ryan, who is excited to be a member of Lab School. She comes to BCSD from The College of Saint Rose where she played volleyball, a sport she loves to coach at the U17 level. Mrs. Ryan’s favorite unit to teach is the circle unit of geometry because as she says, “the proofs pull together all of the skills the students picked up the entire year.” A newlywed, Ryan lives with her husband and looks forward to adding a dog in the near future. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with friends and recently tried axe throwing. Her favorite memory of Lab School so far has been the skits students put together at the fall retreat at Camp Chingachgook.

Brian Spina, Math Teacher

Brian Spina is a BCHS grad who has five years of teaching experience, three of the last which have been teaching math in the Lab School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, where he also played soccer. Mr. Spina holds a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from UAlbany. Outside of the classroom Mr. Spina serves as the assistant coach for the boys varsity soccer team and an advisor for the indoor soccer club, Futsal. He says he loves teaching exponential and logarithmic functions because of all the real-world applications that can be answered using those strategies. Mr. Spina enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and fishing. He is engaged to be married next year and the couple lives with their dog in Albany. His favorite Lab School memory was a visit from a hypnotist during a spring retreat.

Mary White, Science Teacher 

With 32 years of teaching to her credit, Mary White has spent the last two years as part of the Lab School faculty teaching chemistry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in teaching from SUNY Oneonta. She also serves as a member of the BCHS Generation Ready team that is working to ensure a culture and climate that promotes learning for all and is a tech coach who helps her peers with the use of interactive whiteboards in their classrooms. Ms. White’s favorite topic to teach, she says, is solutions and mixtures because it “lends itself well to food science.” It is no surprise that Ms. White has a passion for cooking as well as sewing, and enjoys being a mother of two grown children and grandma to her three grandchildren. Her favorite aspect of Lab School is to listen in to students’ research presentations at the end of each semester.  

person smilingAlicia Wilson, Social Studies Teacher 

Alicia Wilson has been a teacher for the last 10 years and a member of Lab School for five years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Siena College — where she played field hockey — and holds a master’s degree in general education from UAlbany. Mrs. Wilson has coached the field hockey team at BC since she began her career in the district. She says her favorite unit to teach is the Renaissance because of her passion for art. She also says she enjoys teaching her students about the development of the Catholic Church during that time period. Mrs. Wilson has two children with her husband, who is also a BCHS social studies teacher. Her favorite memories of Lab School include the Boston field trip and walking along the Potomac River while in Washington, D.C. and seeing all the cherry blossoms in spring.