Staff

Staff

Meet the Montessori School of Westminster faculty & staff:

CHRIS BANGERD
Bookkeeper; Office of Finance
410.848.6283 Ext. 103
bangerd@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Bangerd has an Associates of Arts degree in Accounting from Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore. She passed the CPA exam in 1990 and has been working in accounting for over 25 years.  Mrs. Bangerd lives in Westminster with her husband.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching college basketball.

 

AMANDA BASFORD
Music Instruction
Instrumental Band
Ms. Basford earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Virginia Tech and her Master of Arts in Music from Towson University. She has been teaching both instrumental and vocal music for the past 17 years for Carroll County Public Schools. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of music with young people, camping and writing. Ms. Basford lives in Finksburg with her son, Sulle, and several animal friends.



KATHY CAMPBELL
After School Care
Ms. Campbell joined our staff in 1997 and has worked as an aide in our Primary classes. This year, Ms. Campbell will be an aide in the After School Care program. Her hobbies and interests include a variety of crafts, the Baltimore Orioles, volunteering at the Union Mills Homestead, and especially enjoying her grandchildren.

 

JENNIFER CARROLL
Primary Guide
Mrs. Carroll is a native of Westminster.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education at St. Joseph's University in Pihiladelphia in 2012.  While attending St. Joe's, she played on their lacrosse team.  Before starting her Montessori training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland, she worked at a local preschool for two years.  Mrs. Carroll is active in local sports; she is currently coaching a fourth grade girls' basketball team, and is the junior varsity coach at Manchester Valley high School.  She is excited to continue her journey at MSW.

 

STEPHANIE DAVIS
Middle School & Upper Elementary Instructor
Mrs. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in 2001, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics. She received her Masters of Arts in teaching from University of Maryland University College in 2004. Prior to joining the MSW staff, she taught middle and high school sciences for eight years in Carroll, Charles, and Baltimore counties. Mrs. Davis lives in Westminster with her husband and two children, Riley and Rowan.

 

FRANK DiLEONARDI
Physical Education
Level5soccer@gmail.com
Mr. DiLeonardi is the lead assistant and primary goalkeeping coach for the men’s soccer team at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He is entering his fifth season with the squad. In that time, he has coached the starting goalkeeper, who has earned both all-conference and all-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.  Outside of McDaniel, Mr. DiLeonardi is the owner of Mighty Kicks and Level 5 Soccer, programs that use soccer as a tool to help young people become more active at an early age, and to help develop motor and social interaction skills.

Mr. DiLeonardi currently holds a National Level D license from US Soccer; a National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) National diploma; a NSCAA Advanced National diploma; a NSCAA Premier diploma; NSCAA level 1, 2, and 3 Goalkeeping diplomas; and, a NSCAA Advanced National Goalie diploma. He is currently enrolled at Carroll Community College as an exercise science major.

 

LINDA FELKER
Lower Elementary Guide
Mrs. Felker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State College with a concentration in education studies. She first came to Montessori as a parent and Primary aide in 1988. She went on to take her Lower and Upper Elementary training from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and worked in both Lower and Upper Elementary at The Montessori School of Westminster for a combined total of 12 years before moving on to start an Elementary program in another school. She is excited to return to MSW as a guide in the Lower Elementary program.

Mrs. Felker enjoys gardening, needle crafts, and community volunteer projects. She lives in Littlestown, Pennsylvania with her husband.

 

BRADY GEIER
Lower Elementary Aide
After graduating from South Carroll High School, Mrs. Geier went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology from California University. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Strayer University in Business Administration and Accounting. Mrs. Geier has worked as a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools. She resides in Westminster with her husband, Nick, and her sons, Noah and Dillon. When not working, Mrs. Geier enjoys being with her family, cooking, and gardening.

 

STEPHANIE HALLEY
Family & Community Engagement Director
Music Instruction &
Chorus

halley@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Halley wears a few hats at MSW (one of which is mom to Zeke and Nate Halley).  As Director of Engagement, Mrs. Halley applies her 20-plus years of nonprofit capacity building, fundraising, and executive coaching experience to help MSW even more effectively utilize our community's talents and resources.

This year, Mrs. Halley also gets to use her years of musical training and performance as she serves as MSW's Music Instructor and Choral Music Director, working with the Lower and Upper Elementary and Middle School classes.

Having lived in cities such as Guayaquil, Ecuador; Paris, France; Washington, D.C.; and, Baltimore for much of her life, Mrs. Halley is thrilled to be "back home" with her husband John and their sons in Carroll County, the hometown of both of her parents and family farm.

 

KIM JERSILD
Administrative Assistant
410.848.6283 Ext. 100
jersild@TheMSW.org or office@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Jersild graduated from South Carroll High School and attended Carroll Community College. Prior to joining MSW, Mrs. Jersild worked at Carroll County General Hospital for 13 years. Mrs. Jersild has worked in Lower Elementary, Middle School, Beginnings, and After School Care. Mrs. Jersild enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, daughters and grandson, Dylan, who is in the MSW Lower Elementary program. She also enjoys sewing, camping and cooking.

 

LINDA KAVANAGH
Primary Aide
Mrs. Kavanagh was introduced to MSW in 1990 when her daughters joined the Primary classes. She is continuing in her 28th year with MSW. Mrs. Kavanagh founded the New Windsor Tree Committee in 1991 and planted approximately 600 trees along the town’s streets. She enjoys hiking, dogs, gardening, and traveling.

 

JODI LUPCO
Head of School
410-848-6283 Ext. 101
jllupco@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Lupco is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She first came to school as a parent and volunteer. She joined the Montessori staff in the fall of 1996 as Admissions Officer. In the summer of 2002, she took the Montessori Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9) training from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was a guide in Lower Elementary from September, 2002 through June of 2007. Mrs. Lupco is CPR/First Aid-certified. She is an instructor for the newly developed Administrators Course at the Institute for Advance Montessori Studies. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Carroll County Youth Service Bureau.  Mrs. Lupco resides in Westminster with her husband, Mike and two daughters, Taylor and Tori, both former MSW students. She enjoys spending her time with family.

 

GRETCHEN MALCOLM
Elementary Guide
upperelementary@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Malcolm is a graduate of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. An educator for 37 years, she was introduced to Montessori philosophy in 1985 and never looked back. She took the Elementary training at the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

MERCEDES MALCOLM
Beginnings Aide & After School Care Aide
Ms. Malcolm is currently attending Carroll Community College.  She is a former student of MSW and graduated from Highland View Academy in 2013. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, loves traveling, animals, and reading. 

 

TERRI MILLER
Language Resource Specialist
tmiller@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Miller is our MSW Learning Resource Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Shippensburg University and Masters in Special Education/ Management, and later her Maryland Teacher Certification from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She has 25-plus years in the fields of Special Education, Mental Health and Human Services Management. She is trained in Orton Gillingham, the Wilson Reading Program, and many other educational programs. Mrs. Miller worked as the Disability/Mental Health Coordinator for Head Start, managed the YMCA Childcare programs, has provided private and small group tutoring, and taught at Francis Scott Key High School.

Mrs. Miller lives in Westminster with her husband and two of their four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, the beach, yard sales, movie nights, and church activities.

 

STEFANIE MISNER
Environmental Educator
Mrs. Misner received her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a master’s in Environmental Education also from UNCW, and is a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator. With over 10 years of experience in aquariums and a local nature pre-school, she has worked with children of all ages, prefers to teach outside, and is passionate about molding the next generation of environmental stewards. Both her daughters, Penelope and Cordelia, are MSW students. In her rare free time, Mrs. Misner loves to scuba dive and travel.

 

MARYNA NEIKO
Primary Aide
Maryna Neiko (Tkachuk) was born and raised in Western Ukraine. She pursued her dream to become a teacher at Podillya Technological University. She graduated from university with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in teaching home economics. Mrs. Neiko got her first part-time job as a teacher at the local middle school in 2001. After successful graduation from the Language School, Mrs. Neiko was offered an ESL teacher position in the fall of 2002. Mrs. Neiko moved to the US in 2008 and enrolled in the Northern Virginia Community College. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree. Since then, she has received continuing education certificates to maintain her credentials.

Children were always an indispensable part of Mrs. Neiko’s life and now she loves raising her two sons.  She joined the MSW team in 2015 and is passionate about Montessori method.  In addition to seeking opportunities to grow and learn professionally, Mrs. Neiko enjoys spending time with her family.  Her hobbies are cooking, knitting, putting puzzles together, and camping.   

 

TRES QUINN
Lower Elementary Guide

Ms. Quinn graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education. Ms. Quinn has been at MSW for 14 years, having completed training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. This will be her 11th year in Elementary.  Ms. Quinn’s daughter, Elizabeth, is a college junior. Her son, Nathan, is a high school junior. Ms. Quinn loves BBC TV programs, high tea, and historical novels. 

 

SUZANNE RADCLIFFE
Registrar; Office of Admissions
410.848.6283 Ext.104
radcliffe@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Radcliffe is an “alum mom” whose first year as an MSW parent was 1993. Her son, Robert, graduated from our Middle School program ten years later. She served on the Board of Trustees during the construction of the campus and also served as Board secretary. She loves art, photography, writing, gardening, reading, and life on her farm. Mrs. Radcliffe obtained a summa cum laude BA in American Studies from UMBC in 1995 and a juris doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997.

 

LISA RILL
Middle School Guide
410.848.6283 Ext. 107
As always, Mrs. Rill is thrilled to be starting another year, her 17th, as the Middle School guide. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Montessori Integrative Learning with an emphasis on Adolescent Education from Endicott College. She received her Secondary Montessori Certification from the Houston Montessori Center in Texas.  

Mrs. Rill and her husband, Marty, have five children, two of whom are in the Upper Elementary program and one is in Lower Elementary. Two children are grown, having enjoyed their Montessori education through their middle school years.

 

SHANNIN SHEASBY
Spanish Language Instruction
Events & Logistics Coordinator
410.848.6283 Ext. 102
sheasby@TheMSW.org 
Mrs. Sheasby joined MSW in 2013.  She grew up in Westminster and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Political Science from Gettysburg College.  She studied abroad in Seville, Spain during her junior year at Gettysburg in a full immersion program.  She has taught Spanish at North Carroll High School and at Carroll Community College and worked as the ESOL liaison at the college as well.  

Mrs. Sheasby's second role at MSW includes generating information, participation, and support for MSW and its many events.  As E&L Coordinator, she is reaching out to families past and presenet to share our Montessori story to rally hands-on and financial support for the school.

Her children, Noah and Ella, are both students at MSW. She very much enjoys the opportunity to interact with all of the students at MSW and teach Spanish to a variety of different age groups.

 

DAWN STRINE
Primary Guide
Mrs. Strine attended Carroll Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She taught preschool for three years before joining the Montessori staff in 1994.   After 21 years at MSW, Mrs. Strine joined the MSW faculty by undertaking her certification training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Mrs. Strine enjoys reading, running, and spending quality time with her family in their Ocean City getaway.

 

WANDA WELLER
After School Care Senior Staff
ASC Ext. 120 (3:30—6:00 PM only) asc@TheMSW.org
Mrs. Weller is retired from Carroll County Public Schools where she spent 32 years as an instructional assistant.   She is a member of the National Education Association Maryland State Retired School Personnel Association, and she has received her senior staff credential from the Maryland Office of Childcare. Additionally, she has been trained in the administration of CPR and first aid.

Mrs. Weller is both an Orioles fan and a Ravens fan. She is married to Abe and has two grown children and two grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking, collecting and creating recipes, gardening, reading, and serving on church committees. 

 

LAUREN WELSH-BAER
Lower Elementary Guide
 
Mrs. Welsh-Baer graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s degree in Education and from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Education. She earned her Montessori certification from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mrs. Welsh-Baer was a student at MSW from Primary to third grade. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.

 

LYNN WILLIAMS
Before School Care Senior Staff & Beginnings Aide
Mrs. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).  More recently, she earned her certificate in Early Childhood Education from Carroll Community College, in addition to completing numerous continuing education courses emphasizing infant and toddler supervision.

Both Mrs. Williams' daughters, Sydney and Allie, attendied the MSW Middle School program and are now students at Winters Mill High School in Westminster.  Mrs. Williams enjoys reading and traveling with her girls.

 

JAMES WRIGHT
Beginnings Guide
Mr. Wright graduated from the University of Maryland; College Park with a degree in Kinesiology and Clinical Nutrition. He has added Infant and Toddler Training from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies to his credential and has joined our teaching staff as Beginnings guide. Mr. Wright and his wife, Melissa, together with their sons, Carter and Lincoln, live in Westminster. When he is not enjoying outside activities with his family, such as swimming and sledding, Mr. Wright likes exercise, particularly weight-lifting. He continues to enjoy studying about new things and is a “life-long learner.”