Ellicott City

Beth Snyder - Interim Head of School

Beth Snyder is currently a member of the Young School’s Pedagogical Department. She has been with the Young School since 1995, teaching 3-year-olds, kindergarten, and third grade and moving on to serve as the Head of School at our Kendall Ridge location. Her teaching experience also includes working in the Howard County Public School system as a long-term substitute and third grade teacher. Beth is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education, K-8, with a concentration in Psychology. She also completed graduate work with a focus on curriculum topics at Johns Hopkins University. Most recently Beth has served as the Head of School at the Young School’s Kendall Ridge location, since 2006, before assuming her present role in 2018.

Born and raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Beth spent many summers traveling and camping with her family. Following her marriage, she moved to Columbia, Maryland. She is the mother of two children who are graduates of the Young School program. Most recently Beth’s daughter spent her college breaks working as an aide at one of our locations. In addition to building her knowledge in the fields of education, curriculum, and psychology, Beth enjoys music, technology, and crafting

Beth Snyder - Pedagogical Regional Director
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Andrena Smith - Pedagogical Director

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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.