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Our Staff

Our teachers and staff members are enthusiastic about children and teaching! The interaction between children and adults is positive, warm and nurturing, with lots of attention to each child's needs. We find that our teachers are happy here, with many of our staff remaining for a number of years.
Lisa Herbst,
Program Director

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Program Director of both A Child’s Garden and Wee Lad & Lassie Early Learning Center beginning in 1985. I am especially proud of our Level 5 rating in MD EXCELS which is evidence of our dedication to high quality early childhood education and care. My guiding philosophy is to meet the needs of each child and family through the application of best practices in early education and my knowledge of child development.

I completed my undergraduate education at Penn State University in Biology with an Early Childhood Education minor, followed by a Masters in Early Childhood Education at Towson University.  In 2016 I earned my doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in Education with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Leadership. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to prepare young children for success in school and in life!

Lindsay Dumbrowski, Toddler/Twos Lead Teacher

I am so happy to be part of the wonderful team here at A Child’s Garden! I come with several years’ experience and have enjoyed my time as an Infant teacher, toddler teacher, and two’s teacher. I am Infant/Toddler and Preschool teacher certified and will be in our Toddler/2’s class as well as leading our afternoon extended care program.

Zoey Groves, Twos Lead Teacher

I worked in the twos class this past year and look forward to leading the class this year! I have enjoyed my time in the early childhood education field and look forward to the years ahead.

Grace Johnson, Three's Lead Teacher

I began teaching at A Child's Garden in 2021.  I graduated from Loyola University with a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2018. I have lived in Severna Park my whole life, so I love being able to work in this awesome community! I've worked with children for most of my life.  I've been a nanny, interned in an elementary school,  a camp counselor and more! I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking and traveling. My favorite thing is to see children come into their own personalities. I look forward to meeting your children and watching them grow and learn.!

Mariah Mister, Three's Assistant Teacher


Greg McClure, Assistant Director

I live on the Eastern shore with my wife and daughters. Both my wife and I are educators in Anne Arundel County and enjoy the scenic commute over the bay bridge every day! Since 2001, I have served as classroom teacher, child development specialist, and administrator. I truly feel privileged to be serving as our school's Assistant Director! Please never hesitate to call, email, or stop by the office for a chat.

 Toddler/Two's Assistant Teacher 
Toddler/Two's Assistant Teacher 
Morgan Copfer, Two's Lead Teacher



 Two's Assistant Teacher

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