New Faculty and Staff

Key is delighted to introduce the newest members of our faculty and staff!

Kristen Addison

Lower School Division Head
M.Ed Trinity University
B.S. Bowie State University

"One of the things that drew me to Key is the commitment to cultivating a community of lifelong learners who are committed to building a better future for themselves and those around them."

This will be Kristen's 16th year in education. In the past she has worked as an elementary school teacher, literacy coach and consultant, reading specialist, and most recently, as an assistant principal at the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School. But her most important role has been child advocate. She loves spending time with children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests.

Susan Arnett

Middle School Mathematics Teacher
B.S. University of Southern Maine

"I am inspired as students grow and learn as unique individuals, using different strategies that will empower these mathematicians to be successful and gain self-confidence."

Susan comes to Key from the Howard County Public School system, where she loved teaching middle school math to gifted and talented elementary students. Teaching 5th and 6th grade math at Key is a perfect match for her passion of teaching mathematics. She believes that children are naturally curious and want to learn, and looks forward to playing a part in helping Key students thrive and become positive, successful members of society.

Zalika Brown

First Grade Assistant Teacher
M.Ed Howard University

Zalika has a master's of education degree in school psychology from Howard University as well as being a Harvard University Fellow with a certificate in strategic teaching, learning and curriculum development. Her latest assignment was with the District of Columbia Public Schools as a special education coordinator. For the past several years, she has been raising her twins who are entering third grade. 

Bretagne Cowling '82

School Nurse
B.S.N. University of Maryland, University College

Bretagne Cowling currently holds a staff nursing position at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the heart and vascular unit.  Prior to AAMC, Bretagne was a staff nurse at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Medical Center in the intermediate care unit. She earned her nursing degree from Anne Arundel Community College and her BSN from the University of Maryland, University College.

Amy Holt Cline

Lower School Science and Environmental Coordinator
B.A. Principia College
M.A. University of New Hampshire

"I am looking forward to becoming a part of a community that is thoughtful, conscientious, creative, cross-disciplinary, and is choosing to lean into and stay committed to the discussion of race, justice, and equity."

Amy joins us from the Center for Global Leadership at AIM Academy in Philadelphia where she developed and implemented a global environmental science program that included curriculum development, international travel initiatives, and senior capstone projects. She utilized design science, art and interdisciplinary learning as an instructional method. Amy also designed and delivered curriculum to enrich an experiential youth program aboard Le Boreal to Antarctica to name just a few of her accomplishments. Amy was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award by the National Marine Educators Association.

Kendra Dunbar

Middle School Administrative Assistant
B.S. Monroe College
M.A. Plymouth State College

Kerry Foley

Registrar, Upper School Administrative Assistant, Assistant to the Director of College Advising
B.A. University of Massachusetts

"In our crazy world today, the small independent schools, like Key, are still able to focus their mission on the whole child and have the ability, and flexibility, to develop this and even grow and learn along side them."

Kerry brings over 25 years of experience in enrollment, management, educational administration, teaching, and special education, to further contribute to the growth and learning of students at Key. She comes to us having served as the Upper School Administrative Assistant at Sandy Spring Friends School and also has significant
background with test administration through the College Board and as a center director of a Maryland Huntington Learning Center.

Elaine Fors-MacKellar

After School Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Maryland
M.S. Johns Hopkins University

"I am constantly amazed and inspired with the myriad talents of the students at Key, across so many disciplines."

Elaine has been a fixture at Key for several years and was originally drawn to Key by its strong reputation as a local  independent school with a rigorous academic program, a sense of community, and an inclusive philosophy. Her teaching background and training in education centers around working with a diverse group of learners.  She is looking forward to the new challenges and enjoys exploring new subjects and activities with students.

Aude Ismael

Middle School French Teacher
B.A. University of Paris
M.B.A. California State University
M.A. San Jose State University

"I am excited to be a part of the Key School community as a parent and a teacher. I feel lucky to see both sides and it makes me want to be even more involved so that it is a safe haven for our children to grow and for all of us to develop long lasting relationships."

Aude has done research, worked in high tech, taught at the university level and in elementary school, traveled abroad extensively as a child and adult. She believes that no matter where you come from, "learning another language makes you more flexible and adaptable to different situations because you have opened up your mind. It makes you a better listener, a more curious and inquisitive person. You are suddenly exposed to different people, culture, art, food and so on. You are suddenly exposed to countries that are so different but still have so many similarities that children can relate to. They are all so curious and the possibilities to expand their world are endless. It really helps them become better citizens. Learning another language opens up so many doors and it is very inspiring to see children make those discoveries."

Arnold Kanyangonda

Student Leadership Coordinator
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.S. University of Connecticut

Arnold has held independent school teaching positions at both the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire and at the Storm King School in New York. In looking to bring in someone who could focus with our students primarily on their initiatives and leadership, we were so excited that Arnold's graduate assistant work was in UCONN's student leader training and development, political engagement and community service programs.

Calli Lynch

School Nurse
B.S.N. University of Maryland

Calli Lynch comes to Key from Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. where she served as a registered nurse in the Acute Care Float Pool. After receiving her Associate Science Degree of Nursing from Anne Arundel Community College, she completed her clinicals at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Harbor Hospital and Genesis Spa Creek Center.

Jeremy Martinez

Annual Fund Director
B.A. Ohio Northern University

"I’m honestly inspired by the passion that community members can have toward a variety of organizations/causes. You’ll see this passion translated into volunteerism, financial support, cause advocacy, and a true sense of community. It really brings out the 'mover and shaker' in all of us."

Coming to us most recently from the Latino Economic Development Center and the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center Foundation before that. Jeremy is a dedicated and motivated, bilingual non-profit development professional with proven leadership and organizational skills. He is excited to get to know all of our students, Key families, and alumni and his main goal is to get to know what type of future our community wants for Key!

Christy Morgan

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
B.S. Vanderbilt University

"Key families are committed to excellence, and the relationships I have developed with many of them over the years have become some of my most cherished."

She is a known entity to so many of us, as she has filled long-term parental leave coverages for math faculty members over the last few years. As she joins the Key community, Christy looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for mathematics and developing meaningful relationships with students. She also looks forward to developing relationships with her colleagues, because it is through these collaborations that some of the best educational practices can be developed. Collaborating with supportive colleagues to challenge our students and celebrate their growth is a tremendously rewarding experience.

Lillian Overmyer-Wilkerson

Second Grade Teacher
B.A. College of the Holy Cross

Lilly is the newest addition to the second grade teaching team at Key.  Lilly recently moved to Annapolis with her husband and pet bulldog from Boston, where she taught for several years. She is excited to implement her creative project-based lessons into the curriculum this year. Lilly uses music, dancing and art to enhance learning and engage students! She is passionate about reading and enjoys sharing her love of books with her students. She teaches her students to be thoughtful and careful readers who engage with the deeper meaning within a text. Her favorite book to read aloud to her class is Strega Nona. Lilly is excited to join the Key School community and can't wait to meet everyone!

Julia Park

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
B.S. B.A. Eastman School of Music
M.A. Peabody Institute of John Hopkins

"Key not only guides the students to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, but also teaches the importance of becoming an environmental steward and kind citizen."

Julia joins Key School after serving in an assistant teacher position and long-term substitute at St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, working primarily with early elementary aged students.  Julia taught at the Calvert School as a Kindergarten assistant and substitute teacher.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance at the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in voice performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Kevin Schroedter

"I deeply appreciate the Key pillar of 'learning by doing.' It resonates with me as a language teacher who constantly looks for students to meaningfully engage with language."

Kevin has an extensive 28-year language teaching career, coming to us most recently from The Pingry School in New Jersey, and having previously taught both French and Spanish or many other independent schools in the country. He is trilingual (English, Spanish and French) and looks forward to making the rewarding daily connections, whether it is via a virtual class or an in-person conversation and believes that it is more important than ever to feel supported and to be a support to others.

Andrew Serio

Upper School Latin Teacher
B.A. West Virginia University
M.A. St. John's College

Andrew comes to Key having just this year finished a post-baccalaureate certificate in classical studies from the College of William and Mary. Andrew has recently tutored Latin students at the most advanced AP level, and brings his significant scholarly background in the field to his teaching at Key.

Renee Sherwood

Kindergarten Teacher
B.A. University of Maryland
M.A. Towson University

"I believe it is in every student's best interest to have the faculty they interact with working as a team to ensure their successful development. I wanted to be a part of a community that wants to collaborate and share ideas."

Renee is a new full-time faculty member but not entirely new to Key as she worked as a long-term substitute assistant teacher to Roni James in the Pre-School program. She taught second grade for a number of years in both Maryland and Colorado. Renee earned a degree in art history from University of Maryland and master’s in the art of teaching from Towson University. She brings a great deal of thoughtfulness and insight and keeps the child’s perspective at the center of her work.

 

Laura Sleat

School Nurse
B.S.N. Johns Hopkins University
M.S.N. Johns Hopkins University

Laura Sleat has significant experience in area hospitals in the intensive care units. Her most recent position at the University of Maryland Medical Center was as a nurse practitioner in the cardiac surgical intensive care unit. During her time at Johns Hopkins as a nurse practitioner she provided care for patients in the intensive care unit and cardiac surgical intensive care unit.