BHN’s foundations can be traced to the late 1950’s, when a group of Brown Memorial Church families acknowledged the need for a mother’s group in the area. Eventually their group grew into a cooperative nursery school that served the needs of both working and non-working parents. Bolton Hill Nursery was officially founded in 1969.
In the mid-1980s, Bolton Hill Nursery became an independent, non-religious, non-profit school utilizing a play-based philosophy of learning. In December 2012, the BHN board made the decision to purchase our current building, the former home of Family and Children's Services. Importantly, the building boasts a big yard perfect for children’s outdoor discovery and spacious, bright, “homey” rooms ideal for indoor investigation.
Office & Administration
Interim Executive Director Becky (She/Her) is a proud midwestern transplant who came to Baltimore to attend Goucher College. Through friends and a love of the city she knew she could make her home here. Though her focus in college was on art, working with children has always been a part of her life. She has been at BHN since 2015 and in 2020, she decided to take on the role as Assistant Director of Operations. Since then she is happy to have taken a larger leadership role for the school and is proud to be the Interim Director. She can often be found around the school wondering where she put something or asking if a child can help her get some coffee. She feels strongly about working with children two to five because they’re at such a formative age. She is always amazed at their growth and development and feels an immense joy she gets to be a part of it.
Director of Finance Leigh (She/Her) grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she studied marketing and English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and then earned her MBA at the University of Richmond. After college she worked in the coal industry, focusing on market research and commodities trading, where she claims to have “sold coal to Santa Claus.” Leigh’s acquaintance with BHN began well before her time as the financial administrator. Both her sons are alumni and she served on the board of directors when BHN purchased its current building. When she isn’t crunching the numbers in the front office or keeping up with her boys, Leigh enjoys baking, soccer, spending time outdoors, or just relaxing with a good book. Leigh describes the continued appeal of BHN as a “magnetic pull” that has kept her close to the community over the years.
Interim Assistant Director Kateri (They/She) is a born and bred Baltimorean from Lauraville! Now a Bolton Hill resident officially, Kateri grew up by proxy in the neighborhood, performing in Memorial Players shows and frequenting family thanksgivings at Bolton Place! Kateri holds a Master's in Theatre Directing from the University of London Royal Holloway and loves all things logistics, planning, and artistic. When not assistant directing at school, Kateri spends lots of time working in the amazing Baltimore performing arts scene - keep a look out for show postings! Although this is only their second year working in early childhood, they feel right at home amongst the bustling energy, joy, and creativity of these young humans. They are an avid baker, audiobook enthusiast, and adventure seeker, as well as a doting human to a very stinky cat name Spinach. Kateri aspires to be the first American on the Great British Bake Off, but will settle for directing their own version from the comfort of her home kitchen!
Gevette (She/Her) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a degree in Early Childhood & Special Education. Gevette has spent a collective amount of that time as a special education and pre-school teacher. She spends her free time hiking and cooking for her family. She hopes to inspire the children in the classroom to live freely and happily.
Lyric (She/Her) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School with her studies of Early Childhood Development. Lyric loves spending time at the dance studio, where she studies Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Contemporary, and when she is not taking dance classes, she’s teaching dance to children as young as 18 months old. Lyric is one of six siblings and is family oriented, so spending quality time with family is very important to her. Lyric is excited for her new position and is eager to join the BNH family!
Sari Bowers (She/Her) is a seasoned educator who grew up in Baltimore but has lived in Texas, Germany, and South Korea. While living in South Korea, Sari also taught English. Sari earned her Bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in Communications, theatre-film and video, from Guilford College and was afterwards drawn to work helping others. She has taught children with special needs at Kennedy Krieger, taught English as a second language, and worked in elder care and child care. Outside the classroom, Sari is a mother, animal lover, and world traveler. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting by the numbers, and reading novels. Her experience teaching children with special needs and students of varied cultures has taught her that all people learn in their own unique way, an invaluable perspective she is excited to bring to Bolton Hill Nursery.
Taylor (He/Him) or "Tay Tay" to his friends comes to Bolton Hill all the way from sunny California! His favorite food is burritos, and his favorite story to read growing up was Where the Wild Things Are. Taylor loves anything Star Wars! Outside of BHN, he can be found playing soccer, taking care of his plants, and cuddling up with kitten Ruby and pups Hailee and Poppy.
Laura (She/Her) grew up in New York and Connecticut, and attended Massachusetts College of Art where she studied Art Education. Returning to Connecticut after college, Laura taught in a two-year-olds classroom for 14 years. After a few visits, she fell in love with and moved to Baltimore late in 2016 and joined the BHN staff, already a seasoned educator. When she’s not at BHN, Laura works on her personal art, which includes pottery, painting, and paper mache sculpture. She also enjoys vegetarian/vegan cooking and walking around in cities- especially Baltimore. Laura loves working with the twos because they are curious about everything, and they always make her laugh.
Reshena Frink (She/Her) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Baltimore City Community College where she obtained a A.S. in Early Childhood Education. She also studied at University of Maryland Global Campus where she received her B.S. in Psychology. She is currently seeking her Master’s in Nonprofits and Association Management there as well. She has worked in early childhood education since 2015. When she isn't working at BHN, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and girlfriend, as well as her family. She also enjoys painting, writing poetry, and spending time in nature. She looks forward to bringing all she has learned to the BHN family and is excited to be a part of the team.
Lauren (She/Her) is originally from Oakland, CA and came to Baltimore for college; she holds a BFA from MICA with a focus on illustration and art education. Previous to being at BHN, Lauren worked in museum education in the Baltimore area. Lauren has a passion for experiential learning and process-based art projects because of their potential for creation and accessibility to all kinds of learners! Outside of school, Lauren enjoys reading (favorite author is Thomas Pynchon!), watching movies (favorite movie is Valley of the Dolls!), and hosting dinner parties in an apartment that’s way too small to host dinner parties in.
Victoria (She/Her) was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, grew up in south-central Virginia, and landed in Baltimore at the beginning of 2022. She now resides right here in Bolton Hill with her partner, Adrian. You might feel that Victoria's face is a familiar one, and that just might be the case if you're a local coffee lover - before joining the BHN team, she was a manager and barista at On the Hill Cafe. Now that she's discovered a new passion for working with kids, though, she's ready to leave the espresso machine behind and continue her journey into all things preschool! At home, Victoria enjoys playing the flute, crocheting, and playing video games. At school, she loves to share her passion for music with her students, sing silly songs, and work on arts and crafts. You can usually spot her by her often brightly-colored hair, and she's always happy to say hello!
Tennille (She/Her) comes to us from Pocomoke City, “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore.” Though she attended cosmetology school, Tennille’s passion lies in helping rather than hair. She has worked with kids since she was 17. Her extensive experience has taken her from schools to day cares to residential facilities. Her infectious smile and sharp sense of humor is invaluable at BHN, where she brightens the days of kids and grownups alike. Tennille is at home onstage as well as the classroom, whether as a stand-up comedian or a karaoke star, but nowadays dedicates most of her time outside of BHN to her daughter.
Anastasia (She/Her) is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and came to Baltimore to attend Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees, the first in Saxophone Performance (2018) and second in Audio Engineering (2019) from Peabody. For work, Anastasia has been a private nanny (including for a BHN family!) and is currently an audio engineer for Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. She also teaches private music lessons to all ages in piano and saxophone. Outside of work, Anastasia most enjoys vegetable gardening, embroidering, and roller skating. She is excited to join the BHN team!
Paige (She/Her) grew up in Anne Arundel County, MD and attended The College of New Jersey, where she studied Women & Gender Studies with minors in Religious Studies and Deaf Studies. Paige has always worked with children, most recently working as a behavior technician with autistic children ages 2+ and at a Montessori preschool with ages 3-4. This is her second year teaching at BHN. She loves seeing children make progress on their goals everyday. Paige has lived in Mount Vernon with her dog, Kona since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and rock climbing.
Flavia Pajaro-van de Stadt
Flavia Pajaro-van de Stadt (She/Her) came to Baltimore from Phoenix, AZ to study violin and viola at the Peabody Conservatory. She spent a year in Chile where she taught English to children of all ages, as well as to adults. She currently teaches private music lessons and performs with various musical ensembles as a member of Apollo Chamber Music and as a substitute section violist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Flavia loves being a part of the Bolton Hill community, where she has gotten to know many of its families in her previous job as an On the Hill barista, and where her dog, Squiggle, likes to frolic in its beautiful parks.
Trisha (She/Her) grew up in Howard County, Maryland, with a brief detour to California. She studied elementary education at Howard Community College but quickly found herself in the world of Montessori education. Trisha has taught at three different schools over the past fifteen years, most recently at Greenspring Montessori. Trisha enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family, doing yoga and pilates and is an accomplished amateur chef. A resident of Mount Vernon, Trisha looks forward to bringing her passion, expertise, and years of experience to BHN.
Rachel Richardson (She/Her) was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Hamilton College in central New York. She received her Master's of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014. Prior to joining the BHN team in 2019, she taught creative writing to senior citizens and seventh-graders, as well as composition, humanities, and academic literacy to community college students in both Carolinas and Dundalk. She is a writer, avid reader, amateur runner, and fan of all dogs. She is proud to serve as BHN's librarian where she culls, curates, and cares for the school's collection of books. She lives in Hampden with her husband, Dean, the lead brewer and special projects lead for Union Craft Brewing, and their dog, Lucy Elizabeth Wednesday Divine Richardson-Hamilton.
Kristen (She/Her) grew up in Savannah, Georgia, helping care for the many young children in her extended family. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Special Education. Taking her talents to the west coast, she moved to southern California where she worked as a preschool special educator. Kristen later moved to Maryland and moved up to kindergarten special-ed in Baltimore County Public Schools. She took a break from the classroom to raise children of her own, but returned to teaching in 2015. She has been a BHN parent, teacher, and board member. Kristen is conscientious, organized, and brings to BHN her years of experience as an educator and parent. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys trips to the beach, or just relaxing at home with her dog Hazel.
Hannah (She/Her) was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in New Jersey. Shortly after high school she began her professional life with children by working as a mother's helper, as well as working at a daycare center. She studied Special Education, a study which culminated in a school-to-work program in an all-inclusive classroom. Hannah moved to Baltimore and began work as a nanny, a position she held for seven years. Though she is very close with the family, Hannah is excited for the new adventure of becoming part of a school community. At home, Hannah is an avid host and lover of good food with good friends. She also has a flair for decorating, and takes great pride in beautifying her space. She cherishes time with her family and sees them at every opportunity. Her compassion and pizzazz is a valued combination here at BHN.
Brad (He/Him) grew up first in New Mexico where he came to love green chiles, then in New Jersey where he came to love pizza, but has spent most of his time in and around Baltimore where he attended Goucher College and is learning to love oysters. He majored in English Literature and Secondary Education. He taught Language Arts to 11th graders for three years but has also been a busboy, copywriter, animal sitter, behavioral aid, and a driver for a summer camp. When he isn't working at BHN or elsewhere he can be found cooking, strolling outdoors, reading his way through stacks of books with wizards and monsters on the covers, watching movies, or practicing the air guitar. He lives in Reservoir Hill with his cat named Frog. He loves hearing jokes and stories from all the kids at Bolton Hill Nursery, where he began teaching in the summer of 2019.
Substitute and Floater Teachers
Caroline (She/Her) is a Bolton Hiller, having grown up just a stone’s throw from the Nursery School. She attended Roland Park Country School through the eighth grade and then graduated from St. Timothy’s School. She is now a rising sophomore at the University of Vermont. At UVM, she is a proud member of the Student Alumni Association and enjoys helping out at events when possible. Outside of academics, she most enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and spending downtime with her Siamese cat, ”Boo.”