Laurie Brister
Preschool Director
I have always wanted to be a teacher and have been working with young children since 1979. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a dual major in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. I began my career working in a private cooperative nursery school. As my children grew, I began working in the public school system, but, after several years, found that the public school setting just was not for me-or my children...I quit to do extensive volunteer work, and my children went into private schools. I have learned a lot from my children's experiences in their different academic environments and have come to realize that children need individualized, loving attention to thrive. I feel blessed to be working at Glenwood Country Day School. I love the small class sizes and being able to create hands-on activities to enhance learning. In my continued education, I have become trained and certified in Linda Mood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing and love taking classes to be the best teacher that I can.
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.
Marisa Poland
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!
Nicole Branham
This is my first 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.
Robin Tarantino
I graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Art Conservation and minors in Art History and Art. I worked in the Conservation Departments of The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Hagley Museum and The Winterthur Museum. Art and creativity have always been my passion and after having my own children I decided that I wanted to share my love of art with young people. I went back to school for my Early Childhood certifications and have been working with young children for about 12 years. In addition, 10 years ago I started my own preschool after school enrichment program in art that can be found in preschools around Howard County. I am so excited to be starting my first year at Glenwood Country Day School!
Ashley Hall
This is my first 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!