Laura Rice, Director

Laura Rice grew up in the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Goucher College and a Master of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University in Hispanic Studies and Art History. As an early learning curriculum developer at the Johns Hopkins University and later as the head of the Bilingual Curriculum Development Department at the Success for All Foundation, she wrote over 50 beginning reading stories in both English and Spanish that are used at public schools across the U.S. and Mexico. Laura has taught and tutored reading, math and Spanish from the pre-school to the high school levels at private schools in the Baltimore area. She has chaired, organized and coordinated major fundraising events at Boys' Latin School, the Walters Art Museum and Advocates for Children and Youth. Laura's three sons are in college and beyond. Her interests include creative writing, art appreciation, and spending summer with her family in Maine.

Laura Rice, Director

Jane Constantine, Lead Teacher, 2's program (M-F)

Jane earned a BA Honors in French and Italian from the University of Bristol, UK and an MA in Early Years Education from the University of Leicester, UK. In her dissertation she researched cultural attitudes to learning through play. She was a teacher in England for twenty years before moving to Baltimore in 2004. Since then she worked in Baltimore County schools before taking up her position at St Paul's Lutheran Church Preschool. Jane enjoys working with young children, music, traveling and spending time with her family.

Jane Constantine, 2's Program, Lead Teacher

Griselda Beasman, Lead Teacher, 2's program (M-F), Stay & Play Teacher

Griselda moved from Argentina in 1997, married in 1998 and has three children who attend private school in Baltimore County. She has been teaching Spanish to children ages 3 to 14 in both classroom and private tutoring settings since 1998. In addition to teaching the Spanish language, Griselda has also been a full-day preschool teacher in 2s, 3s, and 4s at St. Francis of Assisi School from 2004 to 2011. "I love interacting with younger students as they give me great joy in watching their quick development of languages, and I have always appreciated their mutual respect and enthusiasm for my teaching efforts."

Griselda Beasman, 2's Program, Lead Teacher, Stay & PLay Teacher

Alison Donerhack, Assistant Teacher, 2's program (M-F)

Alison Donnerhack completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree in Perth, Australia, and later traveled to England. She worked as a nanny in London and Oxford, and also as a teacher’s assistant in London. In 2008 she moved to New Jersey, and spent time working as a nanny, a substitute teacher, and piano teacher for beginners. Alison enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, knitting and sewing, and swimming. She loves children of all ages, and especially enjoys sharing her love of music and arts and crafts with them.

Alison Donerhack, 2's Program, Assistant Teacher

Antonia Paterakis, Assistant Teacher, 2's program (M-F)

Antonia Paterakis received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Pre Law from the University of Delaware. Growing up in Baltimore she spent her summers working at camps and babysitting. During her free time she loves to teach fitness classes and spend time with her three dogs. Toni is pursuing her certification in Early Childhood Development and Preschool Curriculum.

Antonio Paterakis, 2's Program, Assistant Teacher

Heather Binnix, Lead Teacher, 3's program (M-F), Assistant Director, Early Birds

Heather Binnix received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Stevenson University. Born and raised in the Lutherville Timonium area, she has taught in private schools nearby for more than ten years. Heather, her husband and daughter reside in Lutherville and enjoy traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. "I am happy to be teaching at St. Paul's and look forward to the school year."

Heather Binnex, 3's Program, Lead Teacher

Kelley Wallis, Lead Teacher, 3's program (M-F), 3's program (M-F), Stay & Play Teacher

Kelly Wallis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University where her focus was clinical and child psychology. She interned at a mental health center where she worked with children and young adults. She was a nanny for three years before coming to St. Paul's and is excited to be part of the staff. Kelly enjoys reading, traveling, and live music.

Kelley Wallis, 3's Program, Lead Teacher

Kelly Shirke, Assistant Teacher, 3's program (M-F)

Kelly began at St. Paul's as an extended day teacher and has been the assistant in the Threes for the past several years. She received an AA degree in Early Childhood Education from Howard Community College and has a 90 Hour Certificate in Early Childhood Development. Kelly has been a head camp counselor at McDonogh School for the past four years. She loves working with children and is very excited to be at St. Paul's.

Kelly Shirke, 3's Program, Assistant Teacher

Hope Huber, Lead Teacher, 4's program (M-Th)

Hope Huber received her degree in Elementary Education from The University of New Orleans. She and her family have lived in Lutherville for the past several years. Hope has 7 years of prior experience in the public school system. She has a son and a daughter at local private schools. She enjoys reading, traveling, and attending Orioles games. "I am looking forward to another wonderful year!"

Hope Huber, 4's Program, Lead Teacher

Andrea Armstrong-Fields, Assistant Teacher, 4's program (M-Th)

Andrea Armstrong-Fields earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland University. She worked as a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Community Psychiatry at the Children's Center and Outreach programs; counseling children ages 5-18 and their families. After spending sometime raising her family, Andrea returned to work as a preschool teacher at Mayfield Christian Preschool before returning home again to homeschool two of her children. She also tutors elementary and middle school students in reading and math. Andrea and her husband, have four children. She currently homeschools the two youngest while the older two are in college. Children energize and delight her. Andrea is looking forward to working in the preschool.

Andrea Armstrong-Fields, 4's Program, Assistant Teacher

Pre-K Program

Lisa Chesser, Lead Teacher, Pre-K program (M-F), Stay and Play Coordinator & Teacher, June Bugs Coordinator

Lisa earned her BS in early childhood education from James Madison University and spent five years as a second grade teacher with the Baltimore County Public Schools before joining the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Preschool faculty. She says, “The small group instruction time allows me to individualize teaching geared toward the specific needs of each child.” Her hobbies include running and exercise.

Lisa Chesser, Pre-K Program, Lead Teacher

Nikki Ortuglio, Assistant Teacher, Pre-K program (M-F)

Nikki graduated from West Virginia University with an MA in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is certified in Early Childhood Growth Development and Preschool Curriculum. Nikki has 2 children who attended SPL from 2012 -2017. She is currently the Pre K assistant to Mrs. Chesser. Her hobbies include cooking and skiing; her favorite place is the beach.

Nikki Ortuglio, Pre-K Program, Assistant Teacher

Ruth Kendall, Music/Movement and Art Teacher

Ruth earned her teaching degree at Edgewood College in Durban, South Africa. She taught elementary school children for four years in Durban as well as in Cape Town before she and her family emigrated to the United States. After raising her family of four children, she taught at Riderwood Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Ed./Inclusion class for five years and as Head Teacher of the 3’s and 4’s classes at Brown Memorial Weekday School for seven years. At Brown school, she became very passionate about the Reggio philosophy where she taught through art and music. She is very excited to teach art at St. Paul’s where she will introduce the children to many different materials and to the concept that they are all artists - the principle being “the process rather than the product”. Ruth loves being with her children, four beautiful grandchildren and two cocker spaniels.

Ruth Kendall, Music/Movement and Art Teacher

Rise Cuevas-Hunter, Spanish Teacher, 2’s-PreK

Risë Hunter grew up in Timonium and returned to the area with her family in 2016. She received her K-6th grade Teaching License and a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She taught 2nd grade at Abington Friends School for three years in Philadelphia before moving to Monteverde, Costa Rica in 2003. In Monteverde, she taught Preschool, 1st, 2nd and 4th grades at the Cloud Forest School with a focus on Environmental Education. In 2008, she made a transition to Monteverde Friends School, a PK through 12th grade bilingual Quaker school for local children, where she was the Assistant Director. After her work in administration for seven years, she was eager to return to the classroom and work more directly with students and taught 3rd and 4th grades at Monteverde Friends School. During her time living in Costa Rica, Risë became fluent in Spanish, met her husband, Dario, and had two boys, Joshua, who is currently attending St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool and Liam, who is a Kindergartener and recent graduate of St. Paul’s. She enjoys sharing her love of Spanish through games, songs and activities for all St. Paul’s students who attend on Wednesdays.

Ed Kay, Pastor

Karen B. Yeagle, Special Keepsake Projects & Field Trip Coordinator

Karen, whose three children attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Preschool before she began teaching here, has now been at St. Paul’s for over 30 years. Karen graduated from Washington College in Chestertown with a degree in English and later earned her early childhood certification. “I thoroughly love what I am doing,” she says. “Just to be with the children is a joy and a privilege.” She has five beautiful grandchildren whom she loves spending time with and spoiling a bit. Karen also enjoys gardening, reading, exercising, and going to the beach. Karen continues to be involved with the Alumnae Association at St. Paul’s School for Girls.

Karen Yeagle, Special Keepsake Projects & Field Trip Coordinator

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