Jessica Trail is the Young School’s Head of School at King’s Contrivance. She joined the school in December 1999 as a part-time teacher’s assistant, became a full-time Twos teacher in 2002, and served as a Cottage Director before moving on a new role as a front office administrator in 2005. Today, Jess is responsible for admissions, licensing and accreditation, and a variety of other duties. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hood College and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from McDaniel College.
Jess grew up on a Howard County farm and currently lives in the King’s Contrivance community. She and her wife are the parents of identical twin girls who attend the Young School. Jess loves reading and has a large collection of (real) books that is taking over her house. In addition to her deep respect for children of all ages, Jess loves the family atmosphere of the Young School and embraces its educational program and philosophy.
Brittany Shimoda joined the Young School in August 2016 as the Forest Cottage director at the King’s Contrivance location and began in the role of Pedagogical Director in September 2017. Her prior experience included positions as a teacher and educational program assistant at a Reggio-inspired school in Washington, D.C., and as a facilitator of school, youth and family programs at the National Portrait Gallery. At her previous school, Brittany developed a relationship with The Young School, through professional development visits. Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Brittany loves cooking, gardening, hiking, and spending time with her two dachshund-mix dogs, Harley and Talia
Amanda Snyder, Operations Director at the Young School’s Kings Contrivance location, joined the school in the Spring of 2014 as a teaching assistant. She became a full-time two’s teacher that fall and then followed her children up through the preschool program as their art teacher for two years and their language teacher for one year. She then moved into the Cottage Director role in 2018 for Ocean Cottage and brought a wealth of experience to her new team. Today, Amanda is responsible for overseeing employment, staff relations, professional development, licensing and accreditation at the King’s Contrivance location.
Amanda holds her B.S in Art History for Towson University in a research and studio track. She also holds a master’s from the University of Southern Mississippi in Library and Information Science.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian and her two-year-old son, Evan, who attends the Young School Two’s program. She enjoys traveling, going to the lake and hiking with her family, and just spending time outside with her family two German Shepherds.