Ellicott City

Lonni Basalyga - Head of School

Lonni Basalyga joined the Young School’s Ellicott City location in July of 2018. She has come to us with over 12 years of experience working with children from birth through Kindergarten as well as 5 years as Director of Programs at a private school in Baltimore County. Originally from Pennsylvania, Lonni is a graduate of Kendall College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Infants and Toddlers. She also holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Her favorite part of her position as Head of School is building relationships with the parents. Lonni lives in Owing Mills and is the mother of three grown children. She enjoys hiking and camping.

Lonni Basalyga - Head of School Ellicott City
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Stephanie Sandlin - Pedagogical Director

Stephanie Sandlin - Pedagogical Director - Ellicott City

Stephanie Sandlin joined the Young School in 2008 and immediately fell in love with its environment and philosophy. Before entering her current role as the Pedagogical Director at the Ellicott City location, she taught in the Pre-K Art Studio and the Twos program for several years and also worked alongside the school’s administration as a Cottage Director.

Stephanie loves that her role at the Young School allows her to share her passion and authentic views on education and that it provides opportunities to create beautiful and stimulating learning environments for children of all ages.
Born and raised in Howard County, Stephanie is the oldest of five children. After graduating from Atholton High School, Stephanie continued her education at Howard Community College and Prince George’s Community College, taking classes in forensic science, photography and interior design. Today, she lives with her husband and her cat in Hanover, Maryland, and loves to take on do-it-yourself projects at home.