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.