Stacy Knott - Head of School
Stacy Knott is the Head of School at the Young School’s Honeygo location. Since joining the Young School in 2005, she has worked as an Art Studio Teacher and as a Cottage Director. A native of Maryland, Stacy graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.A. in Elementary Education and earned her A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Baltimore County. In addition to her years at the Young School, Stacy has worked in the early childhood education field for 16 years and has attended Reggio-based workshops and visited Reggio-inspired schools.
Stacy admires how the Young School encourages the growth of its educators and inspires teachers to look deeper at the meaning of each child’s experiences. Her two daughters have both grown through the school’s program, and her son, Dawson, currently attends the Young School, as well!
Shannon Russell - Pedagogical Director
When Shannon was attending school at Hammond High, a requirement of her EDU class was to tour the Young School. She fell in love with everything about TYS and applied for a job soon after in 2002. Upon completing her first day, she knew no other school would be as perfect a fit for her.
She has enjoyed growing with Young School; not only personally and professionally but also seeing our ideals mature and change with the ever-growing field of Early Childhood Education. We take pride in staying relevant and doing what is right for children; something she strongly values.
She has taught in Garden and 2’s but most of her years were spent in the Art Studio and as the Ocean Cottage Director at our Waugh Chapel location from 2012 -2016.
She truly appreciates our school’s philosophies and credits the Young School for teaching me how to be a mom. While home with her own son Cullen, she implemented RIE and Reggio practices and continue to make respect, authentic communication, and honoring his unique capabilities, the foundation of her parenting.
Her hobbies include reading, spending time in nature, going on road trips and enjoying family movie and game night every Friday.