Sandy Cazares - Head of School
Sandy Cazares joined the Young School in April 2015 as the Head of Quality Program Development at the King’s Contrivance location. There, she handled a variety of responsibilities including oversight of the school’s curriculum and environment, and served as liaison with the educational director. Following this, Sandy transitioned to our Meadow Creek location in Westminster where she serves as the Head of School and Operational Director overseeing enrollment, staffing, and overall operations of the program. Originally from Texas, Sandy is a graduate of the University of Texas where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Applied Learning and Child Development. She also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. Sandy has more than 17 years’ experience in the early childhood education field and 10+ years of administrative and management experience. Her previous roles include serving as a Training and Curriculum Specialist and Executive Director for Department of Defense Child Development Centers. In addition, she served as a counselor for a national cancer organization and worked with abused and neglected children for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Sandy has a son in middle school, a daughter in high school, and two Yorkshire Terriers, Nina and Remy, that love to bark at anything that moves. In her free time, she and her family love to sight see in Washington, D.C., and go to concerts and Broadway plays. Her greatest joys as an administrator are working closely with the Young School teachers and cottage directors, and building relationships with children and families.
Kara Anderson - Pedagogical Director
Kara Anderson is the assistant head of school at the Young School’s Meadow Creek location. Since joining the school in 2010, she has served as a language teacher and as a cottage director. 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.