2016-2017 School Year

Director Laura Burton Rice

Assistant to the Director Tricia Smith

2’s Jane Constantine, Kathryn Turner, Tricia Smith and Kelly Wallis

3’s Karen Yeagle, Kelly Fiske, Heather Binnix

4’s Hope Huber and Lainy Davis

PreK Lisa Strzelczyk and Griselda Beasman

Stay and Play Coordinator Lisa Strzelczyk

Stay and Play Teachers Kathryn Turner and Lisa Strzelczyk

Spanish Teacher Griselda Beasman

Movement & Music Teacher Ruth Kendall

Art Teacher Ruth Kendall

Treasurer Sherry A. Phillips

Pastor Rev. Dr. Edward N. Kay

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2s Program | 3s Program | 4s Program | Pre-K | Movement/Music


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, the Walters Art Museum and Advocates for Children and Youth. Laura's three sons are in high school, college and beyond. She is involved with volunteer work at their schools and with their sports teams. Her interests include creative writing, art appreciation, and spending time with her family in Maine.

2s Program

Jane Constantine, 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 Preschool. Jane enjoys working with young children, music, traveling and spending time with her family.

Kathryn Turner, Assistant Teacher, 2's program (M-F), Stay and Play Teacher

Kathryn has a B.A. in Latin American History from Towson University and certifcation in Early Childhood Education. Before coming to St. Paul's, she was an assistant teacher for children ages 3-5 at Baltimore County Head Start. She was also the After School group lead teacher for Calvert School. She became interested in education because of her daughter and loves the pre-school age.

Tricia Smith, Teacher, 2's program (M-F), Assistant to the Director

Tricia Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a concentration in Russian Language from the University of Maryland. After several years in business, Tricia chose to become a full time wife and mother, spending time raising her two boys here in Lutherville. Tricia spends her free time with her family, between their Lutherville home and their vacation cottage on the South River near Annapolis. "It is rewarding to watch and be a part of my 2's grow from the first days of school. I could not ask for a better place to work!"

Kelly Wallis, Assistant Teacher, 2's program (M-F)

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.

3s Program

Karen B. Yeagle, Teacher, 3's program (M-F)

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 every day is a joy and a privilege.” She has five beautiful children 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.

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

Kelly just finished her first year at St. Paul's as an extended day teacher. She is happy to begin working with Karen Yeagle in our 3's classroom this coming year. She received an AA degree in Early Childhood Education from Howard Community College. 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 join the staff at St. Paul's.

Heather Binnix, Teacher, 3's program (M-F), Early Bird Teacher

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."

4's Program

Hope Huber, Teacher, 4's program (M,T,W,F)

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 9 years. Hope has 7 years of prior experience in the public school system. She has a son and a daughter. She enjoys reading, traveling, and attending Orioles games. "I am looking forward to another wonderful year!"

Lainy Davis, Assistant Teacher, 4's program (M,W,F)

Lainy graduated the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Kinesiology in 2000. She moved to Maryland in 2002 and has worked for Baltimore County Fire Department since 2004 as their Health and Wellness Coordinator. Lainy is married with two young sons. She originally started at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Preschool as a parent sub when her oldest was in the two's program. The following year she became the assistant Pre-K teacher and is now the assistant 4's teacher. "Teaching preschool was never in my plans but after subbing, I was hooked! I love watching these little minds light up as they learn new things!"

Nancy Martin, Assistant Teacher, 4's program (T)

Pre-K Program

Lisa Strzelczyk, Teacher, Pre-K program (M-F ), Stay and Play 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 faculty. “The small class size allows me to work with the student one on one,” she says. “I like being able to individualize teaching geared toward the specific needs of each child.” Her hobbies include running and exercise.

Griselda Beasman, Assistant Teacher Pre-K program (M-F), Spanish Teacher

Griselda immigrated 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 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."

Movement/Music Program and Art Program

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 the mediums of 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 and four beautiful grandchildren and two cocker spaniels.

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