Meadow Creek Team

Kara Anderson - Head of School

Kara Anderson is the Head of School at the Young School’s Meadow Creek location. Since joining the school in 2010, she has served as a language teacher, Cottage Director and Pedagogical Director for seven years. She previously taught seventh grade in the Carroll County Public School system and has more than 16 years of experience in primary and secondary education. Born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Kara received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown in 2001 and her A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, in 1998.

Kara has lived in Maryland since 2002. In her free time she enjoys running, cooking, shopping and watching movies with her husband, Scott, and son, Tyler.

Kara Anderson
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Melissa Barker - Pedagogical Director

Melissa Barker joined the Young School in 2010 as a pre-k art teacher. After teaching for three years, she became a Cottage Director and is currently the Pedagogical Director. Melissa has an associate’s degree in Education from Carroll Community College, a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College in Art Education, 90 hours certification for Early Childhood Education and has completed many continuing education classes over the years.

Melissa was born, raised, and currently lives in Westminster, MD. When not at school, she enjoys photography, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.