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.
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!
Greg McClure, Program Assistant
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 mentor teacher and program assistant! In my role I will be able to work with each of our students and teachers daily, offering administrative and educational support.
Jamie Miron, Toddler Lead Teacher
I live in Pasadena with my husband and two children. I am currently pursuing my Early Childhood degree at AACC. Both of my boys have attended A Child's Garden and Wee Lad and Lassie and had an amazing time and learned so much! I began working at A Child’s Garden in 2016 and fell in love with teaching children and seeing them grow and learn. I'm excited to continue my journey with A Child's Garden and look forward to helping your child expand their knowledge while having fun!
Cassie Catterton, Toddler Assistant Teacher
I am the Assistant Toddler Teacher as well as the Spanish Teacher for the school. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I was born and raised in Texas and have called Maryland my home since 2001. I have two beautiful daughters named Riley and Katelyn. I am also a very active member in both my daughter's Girl Scout troops. In my free time I love to sew and get creative.
Heather Carroll, Lead Older 2's Teacher
I live on Kent Island with my three children. I have a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and have taught at McDonogh School and Chesapeake Academy (now Severn School). I am very excited to be working with preschoolers again after some time away from the classroom to raise and homeschool my children. I love being part of A Child's Garden and feel fortunate to be able to spend my days with such wonderful teachers, families, and children.
Natasha Flanagan, Lead Threes Teacher
I began working in the Education field when I lived in England. I came to the United States in 1993 to spend a year working as an Au pair. During that year I met my late husband and moved here permanently in 1995. I taught prekindergarten for fifteen years and was excited to rejoin Lisa at A Child’s Garden since working for her twenty years ago at Wee Lad and Lassie. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am certified in All Kinds of Minds and trained in using the Conscious Discipline approach to classroom management. I live in Annapolis with my children Adam and Paige.
Jennifer Carlson, Threes Assistant Teacher
I am excited to join the team here at A Child's Garden! I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where I went to University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science. In 2010, the US Air Force relocated my family to Germany. While overseas, I worked for the Department of Defense Elementary School, taught music classes through the U.S. Army, and worked with children from Germany, Estonia, Poland and other European nations. In 2018, the U.S. Air Force relocated us to beautiful Maryland and we are so excited to call Annapolis home!
Susan Weiss, Young Twos
I have worked as an assistant teacher at A Child's Garden since 2015 and am excited to lead the Young Twos class. My degree is Psychology with additional course work in early childhood education. I like in Severna Park with my family.