MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 20th, 95 parents, children, staff, and alumni gathered to participate in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Thank you to all of the families, staff, and alumni who participated. Our community assembled 30 housewarming baskets for people formerly experiencing homelessness who are now moving into new housing, 50 hygiene bags for people experiencing homelessness, and 120 bagged lunches for a local food pantry – all entirely comprised of items donated by our families. Another group of volunteers sorted 2,000 books at The Maryland Book Bank. (Watch closely for a few of our Lower Elementary students featured on Wbal-Tv.) Indeed, many hands make light work!

​In considering our theme from last school year (Service & Stewardship) with this year’s (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) it seemed a natural fit to partner together in this way. Your generosity in providing supplies for the assembly projects was humbling, your partnership with your children in service of others was heartwarming, and our impact together was astounding! 

Thank you sincerely for sharing yourself in this way. What a wonderful reminder of how, in Baltimore, we are all in this together. We look forward to being in service alongside you again soon!

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

This year as we turn our focus to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we have created a number of forums for faculty and staff to engage in discussion and learn from various professional development opportunities. Below, we have outlined more about what we will be covering in these sessions with our team.

Lending Library

Greenspring Montessori School’s library in the Main Building silos houses an array of resources for adults and children. Speak to our librarian, Sherry White, for recommended readings.



The Factuality Game
Natalie Gillard
Equity educator and creator of Factuality
August 2019

During Staff Week, the faculty and staff at Greenspring Montessori School participated in the Factuality Game. Factuality is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game, all in one, that simulates real-life experiences in America. Factuality’s board game delivery creates a comfortable environment for participants to simulate structural inequality in America. Participants discussed and unpacked the structural limitations and advantages that coincide with various intersecting identities. Several staff members commented that this was their most meaningful professional development experience to date.


September 2019
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lunch with Leadership Team
Greenspring Parent DEI Committee

At the beginning of the school year, the leadership team invited an open dialogue with the members of the Greenspring Parent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to brainstorm ways to best fuel the inspiration and learning around DEI for the year.  


Date TBD
Human-Centered Design Workshop
Monica Tanase-Coles
Certified Integral Coach and adjunct faculty at New Ventures West, Greenspring Parent
George Coles
Process LUMA-certified practitioner of Human Centered Design, member of the Greenspring Board of Trustees, Greenspring Parent

In this workshop, we will come together as parents, to actively share our experience on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the Greenspring Montessori School community, and then work together to generate part of the path forward.


December 2019

The Fundamentals of Race in Education
Britt Hawthorne
Equity trainer and Montessori educator

This introductory workshop launches educators into anti-racist practices through a historic context. Participants will explore the timeline of race and racism in education as a critical component for understanding racial inequities and structural racism. This interactive workshop is for educators looking to respond to biases with their learners in a developmentally-appropriate way.


December 2019
How to Talk to Your Children About Race
Britt Hawthorne
Equity trainer and Montessori educator

This family and community presentation seeks to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support and affirm their children’s developing racial, ethnic, and other identities, empower their children to celebrate differences, and help them learn to stand up in the face of injustice. This event is open to parents and staff at Greenspring Montessori School.


January 2020
Practical Implementation of Anti-biased practices in the Montessori Classroom
Tiffany Jewell
Anti-racist Montessori educator

Building on the previous workshop with Britt Hawthorne, Tiffany will offer practical anti-biased classroom techniques for Montessori educators.


June 2020
Reflection and Looking Forward

Staff will take this opportunity to reflect on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion learning thus far and identify the next steps in our learning going forward.

Staffing Update for 2019-20

Staffing Update for 2019-20

As we look ahead to the 2019-20 school year, we congratulate those members of our staff taking on new roles at Greenspring! We must also say goodbye to some dear friends and excitedly welcome some new members to our team. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!

Staff Taking on New Roles

Beven Barnhart

Beven Barnhart

Lead Guide in the Lower Elementary Redbuds Classroom

Beven Barnhart is taking over as the Lead Guide in the Redbuds classroom this fall. Beven has a BA in Fine Arts from Salisbury University. He completes his AMI Elementary Montessori training through Montessori Northwest this summer and will return the following summer to take his final exams. Beven has been a beloved member of our staff since 2017 and we are thrilled to see him take on this new role as a lead guide.

Shweta Santosh

Shweta Santosh

Lead Guide in the Children's House Red Spruce Classroom

Shweta Santosh will be the Lead Guide for our new Children’s House classroom. Shweta has been with Greenspring since 2017 as an assistant and a Montessori intern in the Dogwoods classroom. Shweta has a Masters in Education from the University of Madras in India and her AMS Montessori credential from the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies. Shweta is a Greenspring parent of two – one in Lower Elementary and one in our Adolescent Community.

Sonia Sabarikanth

Sonia Sabarikanth

Lead Guide in the Children's House Tulip Poplar Classroom

Sonia Sabarikanth is taking over as the Lead Guide in the Tulip Poplars classroom this fall. Sonia stepped in to assist in the classroom earlier this year, and she has had a powerful, positive effect on the classroom. We are thrilled to be able to provide a seamless transition for the students in the Tulip Poplar classroom. Sonia has a BA from the University of Delhi in India and her AMI Primary Certification from The Montessori Teacher Training Center of Northern California. Sonia is a Greenspring parent of two – one in Upper Elementary and one in our Adolescent Community.

Fond Farewells

Sandra Decombel

Sandra Decombel

Toddler Dual Language Assistant in the Scarlet Oaks Classroom

Sandra Decombel, our Spanish Dual Langauge Toddler Assistant, and Jamie Bartels, Lead Guide for the Tulip Poplars classroom, will be moving overseas with their children this summer. After losing their home to a fire last spring, they have decided to return to Belgium, Señora Sandra’s home country. We will miss Sandra and Jamie, as well as their two children!

Jamie Bartels

Jamie Bartels

Lead Guide in the Children's House Tulip Poplar Classroom

Sandra Decombel, our Spanish Dual Langauge Toddler Assistant, and Jamie Bartels, Lead Guide for the Tulip Poplars classroom, will be moving overseas with their children this summer. After losing their home to a fire last spring, they have decided to return to Belgium, Señora Sandra’s home country. We will miss Sandra and Jamie, as well as their two children!

Sarah Prunier Law

Sarah Prunier Law

Lead Guide for the Lower Elementary Redbuds Classroom

Sarah Prunier-Law, Lead Guide for the Redbuds classroom, will be moving on to new adventures. We wish her all the best and will also miss her two children!

Madison Tralka

Madison Tralka

Toddler Assistant in the Honeylocust Classroom

Madison Tralka, a Toddler Assistant, is graduating from Towson with a Bachelor’s degree this summer and starting her career. Congratulations, Madison!

Lee Lanou

Lee Lanou

Director of Training | Director of Children's House

Lee Lanou, our Director of Training and Children’s House, has been offered a very exciting opportunity as Director of Montessori Education with a dynamic company where she will be overseeing dozens of Montessori schools across the country. She will also be starting up new training centers on the west and east coasts. We will miss Lee but are delighted that she will be helping to bring Montessori to even larger communities of people.

Krista DeWitt

Krista DeWitt

Assistant Director of the Business Office

Krista Dewitt, our Assistant Director of the Business Office, has been with Greenspring for seven years. She is retiring this summer and looks forward to spending time with her grandchildren. We will miss her dearly and wish her all the best!

Warm Welcomes

Sarah Weiskopf

Sarah Weiskopf

Co-Guide in the Upper Elementary Ginkgo Classroom

Sarah Weiskopf will join our team as a co-guide for the Upper Elementary community in the fall. Sarah has a BA in Gender Studies with a Minor in Religion from Skidmore College. She taught English and worked as an Elementary Assistant at the International Montessori School of Prague for two years. Sarah receives her Elementary Montessori teaching credential and Masters Degree from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University this summer. Sarah has traveled extensively (Czech Republic, Australia, Amsterdam!) and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the students.

Jamie Jeffries

Jamie Jeffries

Technology Support Specialist

Jamie Jeffries will be our new Technology Support Specialist. Jamie has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Technology and Education from Virginia State University and he is working on his Masters in Cloud Computing Architecture from the University of Maryland. Jamie will be an Enrichment Guide working with Elementary students in the Media Lab and working closely with the Guides to support students with the digital skills needed for presentations and research projects. Jamie will also be handling the school’s various technical support needs.

We are still in the process of hiring a few additional staff members. We will announce those new staff members as soon as they are on board!

To learn more about our growing team, please visit our Faculty and Staff page.