Our teachers and staff members are enthusiastic about children and teaching! The interaction between children and adults is positive, warm and nurturing, with lots of attention to each child's needs. We find that our teachers are happy here, with many of our staff remaining for a number of years.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Program Director of both A Child’s Garden and Wee Lad & Lassie Early Learning Center beginning in 1985. I am especially proud of our Level 5 rating in MD EXCELS which is evidence of our dedication to high quality early childhood education and care. My guiding philosophy is to meet the needs of each child and family through the application of best practices in early education and my knowledge of child development.
I completed my undergraduate education at Penn State University in Biology with an Early Childhood Education minor, followed by a Masters in Early Childhood Education at Towson University. In 2016 I earned my doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in Education with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Leadership. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to prepare young children for success in school and in life!
Kayleigh Webb , Threes Lead Teacher
I graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. I have taught classes at Rolly Polies in Crofton, as well as Kindercare in Crofton and joined Wee Lad & Lassie is 2021. My goal is to embrace each child’s specific and independent needs and talents and use them to foster a sense of community and partnership in the classroom. I incorporate hands-on learning and flexible materials to ensure every child has an opportunity to learn at their own pace and reach their fullest potential.
Amanda Kelly, Assistant Three's Teacher
I joined the Wee Lad & Lassie team in 2021. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2021, with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, focusing solely on child development and psychopathology. I am excited to join the Wee Lad & Lassie team! I have worked with children since I was 13 and have grown to love it. I plan to work more towards my education path and become the best teacher I can be by working with the amazing staff at Wee Lad & Lassie.
I am happy to have been a part of the Wee Lad & Lassie family since 1999. I have spent many years in the classroom learning from many wonderful teachers and children. In 2012, I moved from the classroom to become the Assistant Director of Wee Lad & Lassie. This is a great opportunity to be able to continue to work with children, as well as be helpful to parents and teachers. This also gives me the chance to be a part of the ever changing world of Early Childhood Education and overseeing many changes as we continue to grow and maintain our commitment to excellence and meeting our families and children’s needs.
Stephanie Malafarina, Lead Twos Teacher
I was welcomed to the Two's Class as the lead teacher in 2020. I am the mom of two children and have worked with children for many years. I am working to complete my Associates Degree at Anne Arundel Community College.
Lindsay Wooster, Two's Teacher
I have worked with children for many years in different positions, such as a nanny, a preschool aid in high school and as an intern in an AACPS kindergarten class. I am currently enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College where I am working towards my degree in Early Childhood Education. I am very excited to join the Wee Lad & Lassie team this year by working in the two's class
Afternoon Assistants and Floaters.
Alyssa Fortune, Morgan Smith, Jenna Mastalski, and Gabby Renolds
Pre-K Lead Teacher
I have a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in the early childhood field for many years and joined the staff in 2017. I am excited to be part of the Wee Lad & Lassie team. It is my goal to create a respectful, safe and engaging environment for children to be able to discover and learn through play. I want to feed their natural curiosity, and build their self- confidence as they sharpen the skills they need to become life-long learners.
Marie Roe, Pre-K Teacher
I recently graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am happy to have been part of Wee Lad & Lassie since 2016. This year, I will be the lead co-teacher in the Pre-K classroom! My main goal is to help develop strong social relationships between all the children. I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for all of your children. I can't wait to help them build a strong foundation before heading to kindergarten!
Cecelia Smith, Pre-K Teacher
I am ecstatic to be welcomed by the Wee Lad & Lassie staff and families for my first year. I will be leading the Pre-K math group this year. As a Pre-K teacher previously, my desire to teach has given me the ability to learn something new every day. I enjoy engaging children through the are of learning, using my creative and instructional way to teach. I am looking forward to a bright school year. One of the many reasons why I choose to teach is because making a difference in a community will ignite the spark of learning in children's growth and success.
Dani Colainni, Assistant Pre-K Teacher
I am currently in school for Elementary School Education. My goal is to become a kindergarten teacher and eventually a second grade teacher. I used to work at another preschool in Southern Maryland and /i was an au pair in Ireland. I am excited to be joining the Wee Lad & Lassie team this year! I will be leading the art rotation in the Pre-K. classroom