King;s Contrivance Team

Nahema Witt – Head of Faculty and Administration

Nahema Witt - Head of Faculty and Administration

Nahema Witt is the Young School’s Head of Faculty and Administration at King’s Contrivance. She joined the school in October 2018. Her prior experience include positions as a teacher, director and Maryland State Department of Education licensing specialist. Nahema is responsible for hiring, teacher professional development, licensing and accreditation, and a variety of other duties. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Sociology from Bowie State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Sojourner Douglass College.

Nahema was born in Washington DC and raised in Maryland. She loves cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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Jessica Trail - Head of Children and Families

Jessica Trail is the Young School’s Head of Children and Families 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, hiring, teacher professional development, 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.

Jessica Trail - Head of Faculty and Administration - Kings Contrivance
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Brittany Shimoda - Pedagogical Director

Brittany Shimoda - Forest Cottage Director - Kings Contrivance

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