- World Languages Facilitator
Aileen Chun, Ph.D., leads the development of the World Language program at Springdale including initial coursework in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, in addition to bringing Arabic to Springdale Prep in 2019. Following high school, she studied abroad in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Russia, England, and China. Chun is known for her work throughout China and Europe in assessment and articulation for multilingual strategies, bilingual/immersion education, and learning differences/special education. She has conducted research in comparative linguistics, literature, and languages. She is a certified instructor for English as a Second Language, AP French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese, and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) courses. Bilingual in Chinese and English.
- Sustainability Learning Facilitator
Springdale Preparatory School’s sustainability learning facilitator is Carole Flood, a seasoned educator and environment advocate. She leads courses in environmental science, sustainability, and ecology. For the past 10 years, she was a faculty mentor at the Wilmette Institute in Wilmette, Illinois, teaching courses in sustainable development and prosperity and scientific and spiritual dimensions of climate change. She also has held faculty positions at McDaniel College, Greenspring Montessori School in Lutherville and Enlarged City School District in Troy, New York. She previously held positions in information management and instructional design in New York. She has advocated for environmental issues and organized community groups related to environmental issues since 2008.
- History Learning Facilitator
Bill Ford is an experienced educator with 10 years of experience and a master’s degree in military history. At Springdale Preparatory School, he teaches middle school and high school level history. He is known for leveraging teamwork, classroom technology and individualized educational programs to elicit success from his students. Most recently, he served as a substitute teacher at Springdale, following service to the Harbour School in Owings Mills for nearly a decade.
- Performing Arts Learning Facilitator
Ben Kohn serves as performing arts learning facilitator. He coordinates the arts programming at Springdale Preparatory School, facilitating courses in voice, instrumental music and music appreciation. Kohn works with elementary to high school age students of varying skill levels and experience. His lessons are based on making music and music appreciation fun for all students. His background includes work in music production, video editing and production, conducting, cinematography and information technology. Also, he has served as a drone instructor and he provides private instrumental and vocal instruction for students.
- Science Learning Facilitator
Patty Lutton brings years of experience as an independent school educator at all levels both abroad and in the United States. Using her background as a medical journal editor and from her work at the Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo in Washington D.C., she continues to create an environment where students experience the learning process. Lutton also brings experience as classroom teacher and tutor in a variety of subjects including history and English literature. She aims to combine her science experience, along with other interests, to connect with students through activities that may include theater costume design, set design, book club, quilting and community service.
- Robotics Coach
David Magaha serves as Springdale Preparatory School’s robotics and engineering specialist. Magaha brings to SPS a Master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer. He will work to establish the school’s robotics program to include academic instruction and the development of a competitive robotics team, which will compete locally, nationally and internationally.
- Physical Education Facilitator, Head Boys' & Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Coach
Thomas Marechek is an experienced administrator, having supervised and coordinated athletic programs for professional sports clubs, private schools and summer sports camps. Marechek also has an extensive professional and collegiate lacrosse background. He is a member of the Baltimore, National and Canadian National Lacrosse Halls of Fame, a four-time NCAA All-American with Syracuse University and winner of 11 National Championships (collegiate and professional). His jersey (#42) was retired from the Philadelphia Wings National Lacrosse League franchise after being named All Pro for nine seasons. He also played for the Baltimore Bayhawks (four time All Pro), Team Toyota of the United States Club Lacrosse Association (six-time All Club) and the All World Team. Following his playing career, he has coached collegiate and high school athletes during competitions and training programs.
- English Learning Facilitator
Kathryn Nichols has served as a seasoned instructor at all secondary and college levels in the homeschool, public and private sector in Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick counties in Maryland. She has taught grammar, composition, literature, drama and writing. Nichols incorporates a myriad of strategies to promote student learning and skill-building. She focuses on elevating individual achievement and preparing students for real-world situations, emphasizing a team approach to education by drawing from the strengths and expertise of students, families, faculty, and staff. She believes in strengthening character by investing in students through extracurricular activities and mentor relationships. In her spare time, she volunteers for several local non-profit organizations.
- Mathematics Facilitator
Sobia Zia brings an interdisciplinary approach to mathematics at Springdale Preparatory School. She collaborates with learning facilitators in other areas to create cross-curricular projects for our students. Zia has experience working with students with learning differences, scaffolding their learning so that they can make step-by-step progress toward learning goals. . Zia received her Master’s degree in statistics at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.