Marisa Poland
Preschool Director
Ever since I was little, I always knew in my heart what I wanted to do - be a teacher of young children. In high school, I tutored elementary-aged children. Growing up in New York, from the time I started working, every summer, I was employed at day camps. As an undergraduate, I studied at Towson University, in which I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, I became a resident of Maryland and began my teaching career working in preschools / nursery schools. While working, I continue to further my education in Early Childhood by attending various workshops and conferences which helps me to help my students be very successful in school. It also helps me become the best possible teacher. I am very happy to be a part of Glenwood Country Day School. I enjoy teaching children new things and expanding on what they already know. My love for teaching will never change!
Ashley Hall
Assistant Preschool Director

This is my second year teaching at Glenwood Country Day School, and I couldn’t be more excited! I graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor’s degree in child psychology and have worked with kids since I was a kid myself. I am also a registered behavior technician and have an extensive background working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Working with kids has been a passion of mine from the start, they are so excited about learning! In my free time, I enjoy shopping, Netflix, and crafting. I am also planning a 2019 wedding! I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful families and children at GCDS!

Mary Harp
Upon graduating from Frostburg State University in 1997, I began my career as a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools. I substitute taught in 15 schools across Carroll County, working in pre-k through fifth grade. I also filled in for Music, Art, and Physical Education classes. During the summers, I worked at the YMCA as a camp counselor. I began working at Glenwood Country Day School in September of 2001 as the 4/5's teacher. I also had the opportunity to co-teach with the other teachers, working with children of different ages, as well as teaching in the summer camp program. In 2010, I wanted to take an adventure to the west coast to Oregon where I lived for five years. While in Oregon, I took classes in Early Childhood Development at Chemeketa Community Collage and worked as a teacher at The Providence/Benedictine Child Development Center. While there I worked with infants through school age children. In 2015, I returned to Maryland and came back to Glenwood Country Day School teaching in the 2/3 year old classroom. This year, I have children who are 18 months through 2 years old. I enjoy teaching and working with children because I love watching them learn and grow. Their minds are like little sponges that absorb so much knowledge that is given to them. It never ceases to amaze me how much children learn from their teachers and peers. I love watching how children shadow what they see other children and teachers doing. For me, this means their little brains are hard at work learning new things all the time.
Nicole Branham

This is my second year working at Glenwood Country Day School. I am a graduate of Stevenson University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology. I also have my Associate of Arts degree in teaching from Carroll Community College. I have lots of experience working as a teacher. Last year, I taught in Baltimore City as a Head Start Preschool teacher. I have always enjoyed working with young children; they have such a sense of wonder. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school and community.

Rachel Snyder

"Teaching runs in my family! Seeing how fulfilled my mother and two older sisters were with their teaching careers inspired me to follow in their footsteps.

I began my teaching journey at Carroll Community College by earning my associate of arts in teaching. I then transferred to Towson University and earned my bachelor of science degree in early childhood education.

Waking up each day to a career that I love brings me a mixture of peace and excitement! Two feelings that let me know I am where I am supposed to be."

JoAnne Kern
Hi.  I live in Timonium with my husband and 3 children. I used to live in Perry Hall, Maryland. I graduated from CCBC with an AA degree in Early Childhood Education.  Currently, I am a senior at Stevenson University. I plan on receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in the fall, 2019. I have been teaching young children for ten years. 
In my spare time, I like spending time with my family, church, traveling, gardening and bike riding. I am a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. 
I look forward to working with all of you this year and teaching the children here at GCDS.