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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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.