New Faculty & Staff 2017-2018

New Faculty & Staff 2017-2018

Pictured back row (L-R): Sylvie van Helden, Lisa Helberg, Carlee Jensen, Sofia Park, Jordan Paschke, Hallie Herz, Sarah Shelton, Jillian Van Ells, Adam Rogers '06, John Plough. Front (L-R): Noah Robinson, Mary Ann Peterson, Demara Austin, Madeline Hinojosa Goins, Natasha Ramcharran, Amber Johnson, Amy Lackner, Sara Schwartz.

Demara Austin

Upper School Mathematics
Demara joins Park after completing her M.S. in Mathematics at Kansas State University, where she was a teaching assistant for a variety of courses, including Calculus 1 and College Algebra. Demara also worked with the Multicultural Academic Program Success Bridge Program as a course coordinator for College Algebra. She completed research on Strategies to Increase Access to Mathematics, looking at programs for underrepresented students in mathematics courses that help with recruitment and retention in STEM fields. Demara earned her B.A. in Mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Sophie-Anne Park

Upper School Modern Language
Sophie-Anne, or Sofia, was most recently a French Lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas. Prior to her work there, Sofia was the sole French teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, creating and implementing a brand new program. Sofia earned her B.A., M1, and M2 degrees in Foreign Language from Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France.  

Jordan Paschke

Upper School Mathematics
Jordan recently completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. While there, he was a teaching assistant for a number of mathematics courses, including Calculus, Honors Multivariable Calculus, Calculus for Biology, and Honors Analysis. Jordan also created curriculum for a summer Single-Variable Calculus course, as well as courses at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Jordan earned a B.A. with Honors in Mathematics at the University of Rochester.

Mary Ann Peterson

Upper School Modern Language
Mary Ann will teach Spanish part-time in the Upper School. She has spent many years teaching Spanish at various schools, most recently at McDonogh, and is currently pursuing research on victims of political and military regimes in Latin America. Mary Ann earned her Sociology degree from Universidad Particular San Martin de Porres in Peru and her M.A. in Intercultural Communication from UMBC.

John Plough

Director of Arts
John most recently served as the Director of Fine & Performing Arts at Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, Georgia. As director, John expanded the arts curriculum to include instrumental music, drama, and media production. He has also brought innovative programming to the school, including a video recording series for student musicians, and a school partnership with a local dance company. Prior to his time at Frederica, John was Director of Theatre at Darlington School (Georgia), and an acting instructor at the University of Georgia. He earned his B.A. in Electronic Communications and Multimedia at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his M.A. in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston.

Lisa Helberg

Middle School Director of After Day
Lisa studied Exercise Science at Berry College in Georgia and received her Certificate of Completion in Childcare and Biblical Studies at the Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California. She joins Park with many years of experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings.

Hallie Herz

Middle School Social Studies
Prior to coming to Park, Hallie taught seventh and eighth grade humanities at The Key School, where she was also an advisor, Life Skills coordinator, and trip leader. While at Key, Hallie redesigned the seventh grade U.S. History course through the lens of identity, race, and power. She also created a multi-part training program around race and racism in the U.S. for the faculty. Hallie is a graduate of The Putney School and earned her B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College.

Madeline Hinojosa Goins

First Grade
A substitute teacher at Park last year, Madeline was a fourth and fifth grade assistant teacher and first grade lead teacher at The Savannah Country Day School in Georgia before moving to Baltimore. She earned her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from George Washington University.

Carlee Jensen

Fifth Grade
Prior to coming to Park, Carlee was an associate teacher at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut, where she worked in both fourth and second grade classrooms. Carlee earned her B.A. in English at Yale University and her M.S. in Education at Bank Street College of Education.

Amy Lackner

Middle School Math
Amy will teach math part-time in the Middle School. She recently relocated to Baltimore from Tennessee, where she was a sixth grade math teacher at Mahaffey Middle School on Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky. In addition to teaching, Amy was head coach for the teens program at CrossFit SolaFide and was weightlifting coach at SolaFide Barbell. Amy earned her B.A. in Education at University of Portland and her M.A. in Education (STEAM) from University of San Diego.

Natasha Ramcharran

Lower School Office
Natasha joins the Lower School office as the morning administrative assistant and will also work with the Extended Day Program. Natasha earned her B.S. from the University of Miami and an M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Noah Robinson

Lower School Science Resource Teacher – leave replacement
Noah earned his B.A. in Chemistry at Goucher College and his M.A. in Science with a Thesis in Chemistry at UMBC. While at UMBC, Noah was a teaching assistant for the Organic Chemistry 1 Lab and received the first excellence in teaching award for a graduate student in the department.

Adam Rogers '06

Adam returns to Park to join our Second Year Kindergarten teaching team. Adam has previously worked in various capacities in our Lower School, including as a first grade intern, recess supervisor, and Extended Day coordinator. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Muhlenberg College and his M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Goucher College. Adam is also a Park alumnus, graduating with the Class of 2006.

Sarah Schwartz

Upper School English
Sarah joins Park from UC Irvine where she was an instructor in the Composition Program and had designed a number of courses. Her poetry has been published in various nationally recognized journals and has been performed at poetry readings. Sarah earned her M.A. in English at UC Irvine, her M.F.A. in Poetry at Brown, and her B.A. in English at Pomona.

Sarah Shelton

Third Grade
Prior to joining Park, Sarah taught third and fourth grades at Sussex Elementary School. She was previously the pilot teacher for the Middlebury Spanish program, served as a mentor teacher for Towson University interns, and was the STEM fair coordinator at Towson. Before moving to Maryland, Sarah taught fourth grade at Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and third grade at Taylor Elementary School in Foxboro, Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. in Drama from Tufts University and completed her M.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College.

Jillian Van Ells

Middle and Upper School Librarian
Jillian joins Park from The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she had been a librarian for the last nine years. Prior to her work on her second master’s degree, Jillian worked as an Education and Community Resource Volunteer for the Peace Corps, providing teacher and library support and training in rural South Africa. Jillian earned her B.A. in English from University of Alabama, her M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s of Library and Information Studies from University of Alabama.

Sylvie van Helden

Middle and Upper School Visual Art
Sylvie will teach design courses for Middle and Upper School. An accomplished and known working artist, Sylvie has exhibited her work in 15 national shows. Before coming to Park, she was an artist-in-residence at School 33 Art Center, and also taught Photography and Art Appreciation at Roland Park Country School. At RPCS, Sylvie co-led both the Upper School Diversity Committee and core Diversity Committee, and advised the student literary/art publication.


Kristin Baker is working with our library team and Lower School K-2 classroom teachers as a Lower School librarian for the 2017-2018 school year. 

In addition to continuing her responsibilities as Athletic Director, Jenny Brennan is the interim Middle School Dean for the 2017-2018 school year.

Archer Davis moves from part-time to full-time Spanish teacher, taking on two additional sections of Spanish. 

In addition to his role as technology teacher, Matt Doyle will assist Zella Adams supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. In 2016, Matt earned his M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland.  

Stradine Harris will teach a section of seventh grade Physical Education. She will continue to teach Lower School Physical Education.

Amber Johnson joins our Kindergarten team as a K1 classroom assistant.

Sherri Ketterman joins our Kindergarten team as K2 classroom assistant.

Alison Penning moves from part-time to full-time Lower School visual arts teacher for Grades 2-5.

Maria Spiegel will teach a section of sixth grade Language Arts.

Ann Starer takes on the role of visual arts teacher in our Lower School for Grades K-2.

Samantha Schlosburg will teach two sections of eighth grade Physical Education this year: boys’ soccer in the fall and boys’ softball in the spring. Sam currently coaches Girls’ JV soccer, Girls’ Varsity Indoor Soccer, and Girls’ JV Lacrosse, and will continue to serve as our Middle School Gym Monitor. 

Jilla Tamasese joins the Lower School Extended Day team. She will continue her work at the reception desk in the front lobby.