New Faculty & Staff 2019–2020

New Faculty & Staff 2019–2020

Pictured (L-R): Jennifer Rosen, 5th Grade; Jeremy Smith, Physical Education; Lindsay Sprinzen, Lower School Music; Nathalie Behrens, Upper School Spanish; Alejandra Aguilar, Middle School Spanish; Elizabeth Goldrick, Middle School Librarian; Melissa Osquist, Upper School Science; Kimberly Hilsee, Library Assistant; Porscha Henson, Middle and Upper School Counselor; Maria Johnson, Lower School Technology Coordinator; Sidney Bridges, Upper School English; Ayalet Simone, Upper School History; Deborah Hull, Director of Arts; Danielle Nekimken, Middle School Graphic Design and Yearbook Advisor; Azareah Sims-El, Middle School Administrative Assistant; Tom Lynn, Middle School Mathematics; Sydney Squire, Lower School Administrative Assistant.

Not pictured: Kate Davidson, Upper School Administrative Assistant; Joy Fumia, Upper School Administrative Assistant

Alejandra Aguilar

Middle School Spanish
Alejandra joins the Middle School language department as a Spanish teacher. Most recently, she taught Upper School Spanish at St. Paul's School for Girls, and previously, she was a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher at Moorestown Friends. Alejandra has also taught Spanish to Upper Elementary and Middle School students at various public schools in N.J. and N.C. Alejandra holds a B.A. in English, Major in Translation English-Spanish from Universidad de Costa Rica, and an M.A. in Education from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

Sidney Bridges

Upper School English
Prior to coming to Park, Sidney was Head of Upper School at Brooklyn Friends School in New York City. He had also taught English and served as English department chair at Brooklyn Friends, and previously, taught English at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, New York. Sidney holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College, an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, and an Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia University, Teachers College.   

Catherine (Kate) Davidson

Upper School Administrative Assistant
Kate joins the Upper School as an administrative assistant. Most recently, Kate worked as Operations Supervisor at The House of Ruth Maryland Gateway Project. Note: Kate’s email address is

Joy Fumia

Upper School Administrative Assistant
Joy joins the Park staff as Upper School administrative assistant. She recently worked at Johns Hopkins University as the Medical Office Coordinator for Pediatric Neurology.

Betsy Gerding

Betsy returns to Park to join Linda Butler in our First-Year Kindergarten (K1) classroom. For the first part of last year, Betsy served as the Upper School’s interim learning resource teacher. Betsy spent two years assisting Susan Eisner in providing learning support for Park’s Lower School, and tutored students in our Middle and Upper Schools. Betsy holds a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, both from Towson University.

Elizabeth Goldrick

Middle School Librarian
Elizabeth joins the library team as a part-time Middle School librarian. In her native Ireland, she earned a B.A. in European Studies and an M.Phil. in Children’s Literature, both from Trinity College in Dublin. Most recently, she worked at the Baltimore County Public Library, and prior to that, at an independent bookstore in Ireland.

Porscha Henson

Middle/Upper School Counselor
Porscha is partnering with Krista Dhruv as a Middle/Upper School counselor. She was most recently a therapist and case manager at The Children’s Home, where she also conducted professional training for the staff. Porscha was the Assistant Director at New Horizons Family Center in South Carolina and a special education teacher at Warrenwood Elementary School in North Carolina. Porscha holds a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Methodist University, and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University.

Deborah Hull

Director of Arts
Deborah joins us as our new Director of Arts. Deborah comes to Park having already enjoyed a successful career as an arts educator, program founder, choreographer, and performer. She has worked with students from Kindergarten through Grade 12, and has taught subjects as varied as dance and movement, performance, musical theater, health and wellness, and French. Over the last several years, she has worked at The Hamlin School in San Francisco and at The American School in London, serving in a number of leadership roles. Deborah earned her B.A. in French Language and Literature from Amherst College, her M.F.A. in Dance: Choreography and Performance from Arizona State University, and a Certificate in Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies Program in Berkeley, Calif.

Maria Johnson

Lower School Technology Coordinator
Maria joins the Lower School as our technology coordinator. Most recently, she was the Upper School Educational Technology Coach at McDonogh School. Within her academic technology work, she has served as the K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist, Director of Product Evolution & School Integration, and Lower School Computer Teacher. Maria also taught 1st Grade at Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Baltimore. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University and an M.S. in Technology for Educators from Johns Hopkins University. 

Tom Lynn

Middle School Math
With an extensive background in teaching Middle School math, Tom joins our Middle School as a part-time math teacher. He most recently worked with 6th and 7th Graders at St. John the Evangelist School. A Gilman School alumnus, Tom holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.A.T. from Goucher College.

Danielle Nekimken

Middle School Graphic Design and Yearbook Advisor
In addition to teaching Middle School Graphic Design, Danielle will take on the role of advisor to the Upper School yearbook, the Brownie. Danielle brings considerable expertise in graphic design, including work as the Managing Director of Design at Feats. Danielle's volunteer work included teaching a course, Design U, for our Middle School Exploratory Learning Week. Danielle has a B.F.A. in Painting from MICA. She is a current Park parent.

Melissa Osquist

Upper School Science
Melissa joins Park from the Severn School, where she served as the science department chair and as a chemistry teacher. At Severn, Melissa taught three levels of chemistry and created curriculum using integrated technology. She also supported Severn’s professional development initiatives, was a faculty advisor to the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council, and was assistant coach for the track team. Previously, Melissa taught science in Chicago at Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Roberto Clemente Community Academy. Melissa earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and is pursuing her M.S. in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Jennifer Rosen

Fifth grade
Jen has an extensive background as a middle school teacher in public and charter schools, and most recently, taught 4th Grade at Summit Park Elementary. In addition to her lifelong work as an educator, Jen is also a Crossfit instructor. Jen holds a B.A. from Boston University, and an M.A.T. from Goucher College. Jen is a current Park parent.

Azareah Sims-El

Middle School Administrative Assistant, Gym Monitor
Azareah is our new Middle School administrative assistant. She has worked as an administrative assistant for the Baltimore Education Network, and also has experience working with youth as a counselor at SAFE Healing House. She was a volunteer in many capacities, including after school programming and summer camp, at GreenMount School.

Jeremy Smith

Physical Education
A current Park School parent, Jeremy adds teaching Physical Education in Lower and Middle Schools, and takes on additional responsibilities in the Middle School. Prior to his most recent job as stay-at-home parent, caring for the newest member of his family, Jeremy was the Fitness and Adventure Coordinator & Director of Partnerships and After-School Programming at Southwest Baltimore Charter School. He was also a Special Educator at Sarah M. Roach Elementary School in Baltimore City. Jeremy holds a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Leadership and Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Lindsay Sprinzen

Lower/Middle School Music
Lindsay is joining us as a Lower and Middle School choral teacher. Lindsay comes to Park after teaching for five years in Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Towson University.

Sydney Squire

Lower School Administrative Assistant, Park Camps Administrative Assistant
Sydney, our new Lower School and Camp administrative assistant, joined the Park community at the beginning of July. Most recently, Sydney worked as a Literacy Interventionist for York County Public Libraries. From 2016-2018, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bobonong, Botswana; there, Sydney taught life skills to students and provided IT training to government officials. She also served as a Facility Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee, and an English conversation teacher in Fukuoka, Japan. Sydney holds a B.S. in Communications - Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Ayalet Stewart

Upper School History
Ayalet joins our Upper School history department as a part-time teacher. She is currently working on a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, focusing her research on the intersection of race and gender in contemporary France. At Hopkins, Ayalet has created and taught a variety of courses including Gender and Sexuality in 20th Century European Empires, and Struck from the Record: Reclaiming Women's Place in History, 1750 - present. Ayalet holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on French Citizenship and Nationhood from New York University, and an M.A. in History from Hopkins.

Changes in Role 2019-20

Elise Altschuler joins the fourth grade team as a homeroom teacher, having worked with our fifth graders last year.

Nathalie Behrens transitions from teaching Middle School Spanish to Upper School Spanish.

Matt Doyle assumes the role of Lower School Assistant Principal.

Matt Hannibal, Co-Director of College Counseling and member of the Upper School English department joins the Middle School Language Arts department to teach one section of 8th Grade Language Arts.

Lisa Helberg, our Director of After Day and Middle School administrative assistant has transitioned into the role of administrative assistant to the principal, and continues as the Director of After Day.

Kara Leonard is now a full-time administrative assistant in the Lower School office.

Patti Porcarelli assumes the role of Upper School Principal.

Mick Scott continues to teach in the Upper School in addition to his new role as the K–12 Technology Coordinator.

Judith Sorgen-Borgnia 
Having taught exclusively in the Middle School for the past few years, Judith returns to the Upper School to teach one Spanish class.

Jillian Van Ells takes on the role of Director of Library Services in addition to that of Lower School librarian for Grades K to 2.