Ellicott City Team

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Leslie Wesley - Head of School

Leslie holds a BA in Psychology and started with the Young School in 1992. She has worked in four TYS locations in a variety of leadership roles including admissions, enrollment, family outreach and more! Leslie loves the opportunity to build relationships with children, staff, and families and is a natural in the Young School Philosophy.

Leslie grew up in Silver Spring and currently lives with her family in Clarksville. In her free time Leslie loves to spend time with her husband of 35 years and her 3 sons (all attended TYS) and her only girl, Lilly…her dog! You can often find her relaxing with neighbors, friends, and family. She enjoys great music ~ both her husband and son are in bands, good wine, the beach, shopping, eating crabs, and spending time with her extended family of 100!

Andrena Smith - Pedagogical Director

As the Pedagogical Director, Andrena is eager to share helpful resources and knowledge of implementing RIE and Reggio-inspired practices in every classroom. Her favorite part of her position as the Pedagogical Director is building relationships with the teachers and helping them embrace the value of teaching young children. Andrena has worked for the Young School since the summer of 2007; she has taught in the Two’s program, the pre-k Social Center, pre-k Art Studio and she also enjoyed the role of Meadow Cottage Director at the Young School at Kings Contrivance. Throughout her career as an early childcare professional, she encourages teachers to find longevity in their careers and to create opportunities for families to participate in classroom learning and to discover the importance of building healthy relationships between families and caregivers. Andrena is married and has one daughter that graduated from the Young School program. She is an art enthusiast who enjoys making jewelry, teaching yoga, painting and spending time with family.

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