Faculty & Staff

Everyone at Springdale has a heart for learning, leading, and teaching. Springdale teachers are as diverse as they are distinguished, coming from schools all over the country and bringing their specific areas of expertise to match their individual instructional methodologies.

All have the skills to teach all learners and embrace our holistic approach. Their keen understanding of the subjects they teach and their experience in helping each child meet or exceed their academic potential makes them uniquely qualified to lead this step in the student’s educational journey.

Dr. Gerald L. Boarman

Head of School

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Dr. Gerald Boarman has a long, innovative, distinguished career in education. From 2010 to 2020, he served as Head of School at Bullis School, a prominent independent K-12 school in Potomac, MD. While there, Dr. Boarman expanded student opportunities in the academic program through initiatives including signature programs in STEM, Entrepreneurship, Humanities and Global Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts, and introduced rotating class schedules, data-driven practices for personalized instruction, and project-based learning. Under his leadership, the school’s enrollment grew by over 20% and added grades K-2. He also led the school’s largest capital campaign to raise over $28 million for a 70,000 sq. ft. STEM building. Previously Dr. Boarman served as Chancellor for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from 2000 to 2010. Prior to those years, he served as Principal of Eleanor Roosevelt Science and Technology High School in Greenbelt, MD, where he also served as Chief Educational Administrator for the Eleanor Roosevelt Community of Schools. Dr. Boarman holds a Ph.D. in education from Nova Southeastern University and earned B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Maryland. He brings vision, energy, and innovative ideas to Springdale Preparatory and enjoys the opportunity to lead a great and growing school community.

Sarah Baxter

Math Resource Specialist, Middle School Math Department Head & Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher

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Teaching Middle School math and math labs as well as Upper School instrumental music and also serving as head of the Middle School Math Department, Sarah Baxter brings a wealth of experience to Springdale. She has a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude with high honors in Economics from Brandeis University, and a master’s in elementary education and creative arts in learning from Lesley University. Previously she taught math and was the math learning specialist for eight years at McLean School in Potomac, MD. She also served as adjunct strings instructor at Newman University and taught music lessons to students of all ages (3 to 95!). At Springdale, she found a school where she has a voice and impact, and she enjoys working with colleagues and students, and appreciates being involved in the energy of a new school where she can share ideas and creativity.

John Bimbiras

Music Teacher

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John Bimbiras teaches courses in music history, music theory, and instrumental and choral music at Springdale Preparatory School. Prior to coming to Springdale, Mr. Bimbiras taught music courses to undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin for five years. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at UT Austin, working toward finishing his dissertation. Mr. Bimbiras also holds an M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from The City College of New York (CUNY), as well as a B.M. in Jazz Guitar Performance from Towson University. Despite being away for many years, Mr. Bimbiras grew up in Carroll County, MD. One fun fact about Mr. Bimbiras is that he actually attended the Springdale campus as an adolescent back when it was New Windsor Middle School, a public school for the local community. For him, it has been an amazing experience teaching students about music in the same classroom where he first really became interested in pursuing music as a career.

Doris Brown, LPN

Health Office Nurse

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School Nurse Doris Brown has over 30 years’ experience working for the State of Maryland, including 24 years with the Carroll County Board of Education, where she oversaw the daily medical aspects of 600+ students, pre-K to 5th grade; she has extensive experience working with children of all ages, and in addition, has worked with a range of special needs. A licensed practical nurse, she continually updates her knowledge and certifications. Her responsibilities at Springdale include providing nursing care and screening to students and staff as needed, ensuring compliance with school and governmental procedures and protocols, initiating emergency procedures, and counseling students on medical issues; she also implements, records, and maintains all student medical records, administrated medicines, monitors student allergies, notifies parents and doctors when students develop symptoms. Ms. Brown enjoys the spirit of teamwork at Springdale and loves working with students. Her biggest joy is seeing their success.

Austin Buckley

Teacher and Residential Instructor

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Austin Buckley teaches World History, World Literature, World Religion and Culture, Public Speaking, and ESL classes at Springdale. He also co-leads the Baking Club, serves as a student advisor, and serves as a residential staff as well. Mr. Buckley is from Williamsburg, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion from Liberty University as well as a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Theological Seminary. Previously, Mr. Buckley has worked with youth for the past 20 years teaching middle school and high school courses at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia and also taught ESL in South Korea for 10 years. Mr. Buckley has a passion for working with international students and watching them succeed, and that interest brought him to Springdale.

Xiaohua Cen (Clark)

Principal of the WFL Chinese Educational Program

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Clark Cen serves as Principal of Springdale’s World Foreign Language Chinese Educational Program, overseeing the education and well-being of students from 5th to 12th grades. He also fulfills an important administrative role helping to integrate the international student body and international faculty at Springdale. An experienced educator and educational leader, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Education from East China Normal University. Previously he taught English at Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy and advanced to Vice Principal there before serving as Principal at Hangzhou World Foreign Language School. He brings to Springdale a strong cultural awareness, a deep understanding of international education, technological proficiency, and outstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Mr. Cen also has an ability to positively engage with students, faculty, and parents from a variety of different cultural backgrounds. As Principal of the Springdale Chinese program, he implements a fusion curriculum with a global perspective, and brings experience and knowledge in helping the school to establish and integrate an exceptional international curriculum.

Dalin Chen

Special Program Manager & Registrar

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Dalin Chen has more than ten years of experience in business management. She has an extensive background in business and management and holds a bachelor’s degree in business engineering and a master’s in management and technology from the University of Warwick, UK. At Springdale, Ms. Chen serves as registrar and bookkeeper; she also oversees international programs and summer camps. She very much enjoys the opportunity to work with students at Springdale.

Zhenkai Chen (Pablo)

STEM Teacher

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Mr. Chen teaches mathematics to SPS students in grades 5th-8th, and is also the mathematics competition coach. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in primary education in mathematics and a Professional Master’s degree in education, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education/Mandarin. Previously he taught primary and middle school in Hangzhou WFL. At Springdale, he enjoys having nice and supportive colleagues, and enjoys the new environment, the challenge of teaching math in English, and the countryside views on campus.

Keith Claiborne

Associate Athletic Director/Student Life Instructor

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Keith Claiborne is responsible for resident life in the male dorm, and also helps coach the boys’ basketball team and assists with the athletic program. He has a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelors degree in Business and Human Resource from Hood College and an Associates Degree in General Studies from Frederick Community College. Previously he worked for the Carroll County Government as Youth Specialist helping at risk youth enter the workforce. He also worked for Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Westminster as a summer camp counselor, and served as director and head coach of Team Unity, a summer travel basketball program. At Springdale, he enjoys being in a school with so much diversity, and enjoys teaching international students and learning from them as well, and he very much appreciates the opportunity at Springdale to work with Coach Johnson in Athletics.

Keon Claiborne

Residential Life Instructor, Athletic Operations Coordinator, Assistant Basketball Coach

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Keon Claiborne helps to nurture and provide guidance and safety to Springdale students, and also assists in developing the school’s athletic programs. Lastly, he assists the basketball staff to achieve success in the program and with students. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in sports management. Previously he worked for the National Basketball Association and Sinclair Broadcast Group. At Springdale, he enjoys helping young people develop skills and understanding, and appreciates the chance to help grow the sports and basketball program.

Krisha Davis

Middle/Upper School and IB Art Teacher

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Serving as art teacher and assistant to the arts facilitator at Springdale, Krisha Davis is also a working artist. With a B. A. in art education from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, she has experience in a variety of artistic capacities for local companies and is adept at using diverse media in art, including computer programs, foam core, insulation foam, cement, plaster, resin and lacquers, wood, and PVC. Her class programs at Springdale incorporate various artists and genres to integrate artistic skills with cultural understanding. She emphasizes interdisciplinary learning in her approach to teaching art as well as through collaborations with colleagues in various disciplines. Ms. Davis also has experience tutoring a variety of subjects in a school setting, including science, math, Latin, geography, history, English, and art. She has managerial experience as well, and also teaches fitness, helping students create results in diet and fitness levels. She brings a range of expertise in the areas of art, teaching, and fitness, and enjoys encouraging creativity and motivating students at Springdale.

Bill Ford

Upper School Social Studies Teacher, IB History and Theory of Knowledge Teacher & Interim Chair, Arts & Humanities

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An experienced educator with a decade of experience, Bill Ford teaches upper-school-level history at Springdale. With a B.A. in history from McDaniel College, a master’s in education from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and an M.A. in military history from Norwich University, he taught a variety of courses, including history, government, economics, and psychology at the Harbour School in Owings Mills for a decade. Mr. Ford enjoys leveraging teamwork, classroom technology, and individualized educational programs to help his students succeed. He especially likes Springdale’s smaller size because it allows teachers to really get to know the students, and appreciates that the IB curriculum gives students the opportunity to dive deep into the study of history while exploring perspectives and ways to think about the past.

Timothy R. Gifford

Director of Facilities

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As a seasoned expert in building construction and maintenance, Facilities Director Tim Gifford ensures that all buildings and operations on both Springdale campuses function optimally and remain in the best possible condition. He oversees a broad range of services, including facility maintenance in all trades, facilities scheduling, day-to-day custodial service and operations, security systems, energy and utility systems, event services, grounds maintenance, codes and regulations, and facility assessments. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Gifford has served in many roles in the construction industry, including remodeling projects throughout Carroll County. He has a vast knowledge of all aspects of building and great insight into the problem-solving and efficient management of all facility needs.

Cindy Goddard

Middle/Upper School History Teacher

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Cindy Goddard brings a love of history and teaching to her classes at Springdale. She holds a B.A. in political science from American University and an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland Global Campus; she also holds certificates from the Institute for Culinary Education and the Apicius International School of Hospitality. At Springdale, Ms. Goddard appreciates the advantage of smaller class sizes that allow close relationships among students and teachers, fostering an environment conducive to learning. She also enjoys the creative freedom that independent school education allows, giving teachers the opportunity to utilize different methodologies, including hands-on learning.

Morgan Goode

Upper School English teacher

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Morgan Goode teaches English AP, IB, and Honors American Literature to 10th through 12th grade students. With a Bachelor’s degree from Towson and a Master’s degree from McDaniel College, he also holds a Maryland Teaching Certificate and is AP certified. Previously he taught English for 12 years at Westminster High School and four years in Baltimore County Schools. At Springdale, he loves the sense of community that comes from working in a tight-knit, small school, and loves having the freedom to meet student needs with creativity as well as rigor.

Isidro Hernandez

Facilities Staff

Mr. Hernandez helps to take care of buildings on the Springdale campus with daily cleanings, making sure that classrooms and other spaces in our buildings are clean, sanitized, and comfortable. His cheerful and capable presence on campus is appreciated by all.

Monica Johnson

School Librarian & IB Research Development Coordinator

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Librarian and Research Development Coordinator Monica Johnson provides cross-curricular programming for student research skills development, supports classroom instruction, and helps students develop strong research skills. Ms. Johnson earned a degree in nursing and followed an interest in library studies that led her to Whitefield Academy in Georgia for 18 years as assistant librarian. At Springdale, she cultivates and maintains the library’s growing resource collections, both print and electronic, manages information searches, gathers and sorts raw data, and oversees copyright ethics and citation instruction. She also provides classroom and student support via database and research guidance as well as general library services. In addition, Ms. Johnson instructs IB diploma candidates in research methods and supports them in writing the required essays. Dedicated to service in librarianship, she enjoys its challenges and is pleased to help students find research sources and also identify their personal reading choices.

Tyrone Johnson

Deputy Head of School, Executive Director of Athletics & Head Coach, Boys Basketball

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Tyrone Johnson is an experienced independent school dean who has served upper and middle independent schools for many years. For 17 years, he served in a variety of positions at Whitefield Academy in Georgia, including dean of students; he also managed disciplinary programs, monitored academic enhancement programs, mentored students, trained new teachers in classroom leadership, and served as head coach of boys’ basketball. He also is an experienced teacher in algebra, government and economics, P.E. and health. As Springdale’s Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach, he acts as lead administrator for athletics, supervises coaches, schedules games, and coordinates logistics. As Dean of Students, he governs the school’s disciplinary program, and works with students, teachers, and parents to maintain a positive school culture among many other supervisory duties. Mr. Johnson holds an A.A. degree in criminology, a B.S. in business administration and management, a M.Ed. in educational leadership, and is working toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work closely with students in curricular, extracurricular, and mentoring capacity. He also enjoys helping students develop critical thinking and learning skills and supporting them as they discover areas of interest and giftedness. He felt drawn to Springdale due to its incredible potential as an educational institution and appreciates the commitment of the school’s leaders in nurturing the academic and athletic talents of Springdale students.

Luther Killebrew

Teacher, English for Academic Purposes

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Mr. Killebrew teaches 5th – 10th grade students a range of language skills including grammar, writing, and reading. After school, he helps introduce the sport of rugby as a club advisor/coach. In his free time, he does his best to help make the SPS dorms a healthy, happy place as residential faculty. He earned a B.A. in political science from Hawaii Loa College and an M.Ed. in ESL from Temple University, and has taught at the university level as well as teaching K-12 classes. Previous teaching experience includes serving as an EAP instructor at Temple University Japan, Cal State Long Beach, and Hawaii Pacific University; at the middle school and high school level, he taught ESL for 10 years at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, and was also a tenured professor at The University of Aizu in northern Japan. At Springdale, he is excited to be on the ground floor of something that could become huge, and looks forward to a chance to leave a legacy as a teacher helping to develop the leading MS/HS EAP program globally and a top high school rugby team nationally.

Michaela King

Director of Student Services, Psychology and Health Teacher & CAS Coordinator

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For more than 15 years, Michaela King has advocated for children and adults in a variety of situations of need. As a social worker for Fresno County Child Welfare, she advocated for abused and neglected children and served as a rehabilitation counselor for an adult facility in Novato, California, and a youth counselor in Floral City, Florida. Ms. King earned a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling. She is also an experienced teacher of creative writing, financial aid, psychology, and health classes. At Springdale, she provides counseling services, develops policies and practices in student support, oversees the advisory program, and assists with registrar duties and college guidance. She is dedicated to helping individuals better themselves through reflective insight and confidence in personal strengths and abilities.

David Luscher

Head Chef

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A chef and manager with experience throughout the East Coast, David Luscher now serves as Springdale’s lead chef. His culinary program centers on fresh ingredients and offers creative and healthy menu options to interest students and staff. His award-winning food service career spans school culinary management at preparatory school and college campuses, and includes restaurant executive chef experience. Prior to joining Springdale Prep, he worked for over seven years with Metz Culinary Management, where he assisted in developing the company’s food standards and received multiple awards. He was chef and manager at a college preparatory school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he implemented many new programs, including a food composting program and a salsa garden where students were able to grow, cook, and eat their own produce. He is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.

Andrew Malcolm

Director of Technology & Innovation

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As Springdale’s robotics and programming teacher and director of technology and innovation, Andrew Malcolm teaches classes, sponsors technology-oriented clubs, works with faculty to integrate technology into their classes, oversees campus technology assets, and is developing the Springdale Prep Innovation Center into a model of educational technology. Holding a B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction/digital learning and teaching from American College of Education, Mr. Malcolm is also certified as a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a CSTA Cyber Teacher. Previously he taught STEM courses for 16 years at Miami Country Day School in Miami, FL, where over the years he sponsored esports and robotics teams, served as webmaster and assistant registrar, and founded Top Flight, a drone-piloting and flight science summer camp. Mr. Malcolm enjoys Springdale Prep and loves being part of a team helping to build a healthy community from the ground up. His personal mission is to help students and faculty members incorporate recent and emerging technologies into their lessons and lives.

Wei Mao

IT Administrator, Upper School and IB Math Teacher & Department Chair, Math and Science

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Wei Mao leads Springdale’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Department. He has a B.S. degree in mathematics from Peking University and earned an M.S. in mathematics and an M.S. in computer sciences from Purdue University. He is an experienced college and high school math educator and also has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. As head of STEM at Springdale, he recruits and manages STEM teachers, builds curricula, and works with other administrators to define and implement academic policies and procedures. As a math teacher in the upper school and the IB program, he emphasizes the background and reasoning behind math and science theories and formulae, and encourages his students to explore and experiment in innovative ways to solve problems. He also teaches computer science and provides professional guidance to students interested in careers in the IT industry. In addition, as IT Administrator, Mr. Mao builds and maintains the school’s IT infrastructure on both campuses and manages equipment, technologies, and applications, In his college and high school days he was an active participant and award-winner in various math competitions and enjoys sharing his math knowledge and skills with students today.

Yinfan Pan (Oscar)

Physics Teacher

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Yinfan (Oscar) Pan teaches physics at Springdale in our WFL program for students in 8th grade, as well as Introductory Physics and Honors Physics in for Upper School WFL students. He also supervises the Table Tennis club. Mr. Pan has a Master’s degree in physics and taught physics for five years at the Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy. At Springdale. He especially enjoys the chance to teach the use of hardware and Arduino class development.

Robin Petrasek

Middle/Upper School Animal Science Teacher & Riding Instructor

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Robin Petrasek teaches equestrian science and helps oversee the equestrian program at Springdale, including afterschool riding lessons. She is the barn manager and lead trainer/instructor at Talbot Run Equestrian Center in Mount Airy, Maryland, and holds a B.S. in Biology from McDaniel College. With 18 years’ experience teaching riding to all age levels, she specializes in eventing, show jumping and dressage.  In addition to teaching for the TREC lesson program, she also coaches and trains members of the Talbot Run Pony Club and coaches the Talbot Run Show Team at local events, dressage shows, and competitions, and is the lead instructor for the TREC summer camp program. Personal riding accomplishments include achieving a graduate H level through the United States Pony Club.  Currently she competes at the Prix Saint Georges level in dressage and has earned bronze and silver medals in dressage through the United States Dressage Federation, ranking in the top 100 in the USA for Musical Kur. She also competed at training level for eventing, and qualified and competed at the American Eventing Championships, and in 2021 was selected as a trainer in the National Thoroughbred Make Over competition. Springdale is fortunate to have such an accomplished equestrian overseeing our program.

Maria Ramirez

Kitchen Staff

In the Springdale kitchen and dining hall, Ms. Ramirez helps with meal prep and cleaning. She is a welcome support for Chef Dave and the entire school community!

Linnea Randolph-Lopez

Director of Curriculum, AP Coordinator, Upper School Biology Teacher

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As Springdale’s Director of Curriculum, Ms. Randolph-Lopez is responsible for the instructional leadership of the SPS school program. This includes providing oversight for curriculum and instruction, coaching the teachers, leading professional development, leading data-driven decision-making, and managing all academic assessments. Ms. Randolph-Lopez holds a B. A. in biology from Towson University, an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University, and gained certification in educational administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her extensive experience in education includes teaching biology, physical science, anatomy, physics, chemistry and technology; she taught science at Edmonson-Westside High School for 16 years and also served as science department chair for 11 years. At Springdale Prep, Ms. Randolph-Lopez enjoys working with the staff and students as administrator, teacher, and sponsor of the Cheerleaders Club and Bible Club. Local to Carroll County, she is a wife and mother of two, and feels honored to be at Springdale and is bursting with excitement for the opportunity to serve the Springdale Prep community.

David Reed

Public Speaking Teacher, Residential Life Dorm Supervisor & Substitute Teacher

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In addition to being Springdale’s Public Speaking teacher, Residential Life Dorm Supervisor, and in-house substitute teacher, David Reed also describes his duties as “basketball shot clock, driver for horseback riding students, chess club advisor, and mentor.” His extensive background in education includes a B. A. from the University of Maryland and over thirty years as a Lower and Middle School math and STEM teacher, PE teacher, advisor, and curricular advisor at Bullis School in Potomac, MD. At Springdale, he is impressed by the amazing family atmosphere, the incredible faculty, staff, and students, and the small class sizes that allow students to grow to their full potential.

Jessica Taylor

Assistant Director of Admissions, Marketing

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Jessica Taylor oversees all Springdale Prep marketing and assists with admissions. Originally from Florida, she has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida. She taught middle and high school journalism, graphic design, yearbook and magazine for Brevard Public Schools. Jessica then became the Undergraduate Marketing Manager for the Florida Institute of Technology, before becoming a freelance video and copy editor. In addition to over 20 years of communications experience, she also ran her own improv theatre company and took part in numerous community theatre productions. In fact, that’s how she met her husband. She, her husband and youngest son moved to Maryland in 2021, where they are enjoying the seasons and the topography. They now have chickens, and she’s working on talking him into some goats. You can’t beat the rolling hills of northern Maryland here at Springdale.

Daniele Tellish

Director of Admissions and Auxiliary Programs & IB Administrator

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Daniele Tellish oversees the management and day-to-day operations of the Springdale Admission Office and is responsible for the successful management of the admission process to achieve admission goals set by the Board of Trustees. She holds a B.S. in management from Towson University, a master’s degree in public administration, and a graduate certificate in Leadership for Organizational Change from American University. Previously, she served as director of human resources at an independent K-12 school in Potomac, MD for three years, and worked for nine years in human resources at a private university in Washington, DC. She enjoys the small-school atmosphere at Springdale that allows students and staff to support and encourage one another, and she is excited by the challenges and rewards of helping a small school grow to meet its potential.

Skyler Thompson

English Teacher & Yearbook Advisor

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Skyler Thompson teaches Middle School English, World Literature and English composition and serves as the Springdale yearbook advisor. With a B.A. in English and secondary education from York College of Pennsylvania, she went on to earn a master’s in education, diversity & student resilience and is currently working on a second M.A. degree in English and creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Previously she taught Middle School English for five years as well as college and career for two years, AVID for one year, and served as yearbook advisor for two years in Baltimore County Public Schools. At Springdale, she especially enjoys the close-knit community, small class sizes, and the opportunity to work with students in the SPS environment.

Trey Woodyard

Middle/Upper School Physical Education & Health Teacher; Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball; Head Coach, Girls JV Basketball

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As PE teacher and coach at Springdale, Coach Woodyard directs, organizes, and administers all aspects of the physical education, health, and basketball programs and oversees communications with student-athletes, coaches, and others. Responsible for coaching, planning, organizing, and conducting practice sessions, he also trains, teaches, strategizes, and helps condition students in preparation for games and practices. Previously an instructional assistant at Winters Mill High School, he began at Springdale as an assistant basketball coach and then was offered a teaching position.

TZhongcheng Yu (Peter)

Middle School Science Teacher

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Mr. Yu teaches science and chemistry for 5th – 8th grade students at Springdale. He also is an 8th grade homeroom teacher and assists on the residential campus. He has a Bachelor’s degree in science, and taught science classes at Shanghai World Foreign Language Middle School for several years. At Springdale, he very much enjoys the huge campus and being involved in various student activities.

Ashley Yuan

Chief Financial Officer

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Ashley Yuan has served as Chief Financial Officer since the 2018-19 school year. In this role, she oversees all operations and programs for the school, including curriculum, pedagogy, marketing, development, and business operations, working with a senior leadership team of experienced educators. Ms. Yuan’s deep and wide-ranging experience in businesses and schools in different cultures makes her especially well-suited to oversee the Springdale experience for students and faculty alike. Ms. Yuan has a diverse and impressive professional background. Since 2016, she has been the CEO of Yulun Education and Technology Development, the majority owner of Springdale Prep, and from there came to serve Springdale. She has also been the managing partner and founder of the first Chinese American owned real estate development company in Washington, DC, and developed many residential and commercial properties. Ms. Yuan has additional experience in financial management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. While at PWC, she assisted organizations and corporations with business issues. A graduate of the prestigious and highly selective Peking University in Beijing, Ms. Yuan received her B.S. in chemistry followed by an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland. She then earned her MBA from Cornell University where she was awarded a Merit Fellowship. Ms. Yuan lives near the Springdale campus and is the mother of three school-age children.

Shuying Zhang(Arianna )

Middle School WFL Teacher, Chinese and Mandarin

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Ms. Zhang teaches WFL classes in Chinese and Mandarin for Middle School students. She is also a homeroom teacher for 7th grade and an advisor for 5th grade students. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, a teaching certificate from Moreland University in DC, and a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. Previously she taught Chinese and Mandarin at Shanghai international schools and taught Mandarin in Michigan and New Zealand. At Springdale, she enjoys working with SPS students because they are very interested in the subject and try hard to learn and practice in class. She is proud that they can already greet her and other Chinese teachers in Mandarin.

Xiaohui Zhou

Upper School Math Teacher

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Mr. Zhou teaches upper school mathematics and is the SPS Mathematics Competitions Coordinator. He has a Master’s degree in math education and previously taught AP Precalculus, AP Calculus AB/BC, Algebra I and II, and Geometry at Shanghai Jinshan World Foreign Language School. At Springdale, he very much enjoys the cultural exchange that exists among students and faculty.

Ting Zhu

Geography Teacher

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Ting Zhu (Macauley) teaches geography at Springdale as part of our Chinese educational program, working with students in 5th through 9th grades. She has a bachelor’s degree in geographical science and previously taught geography for 14 years at Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy. As a teacher coming from China to Springdale, she enjoys the cultural exchange and the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with students from different backgrounds. Ms. Zhu also finds joy in building connections with her students and witnessing their growth and development. Additionally, she appreciates the supportive and diverse community at Springdale, where she can collaborate with fellow educators and learn from different teaching approaches. “Every day, I find fulfillment in inspiring and shaping the future through education.”

Sobia Zia

Attendance Manager and Study Hall Teacher

Sobia Zia brings an interdisciplinary approach to mathematics at Springdale Preparatory School. She collaborates with learning facilitators in other areas to create cross-curricular projects for our students. She is experienced in working with students who have learning differences, scaffolding their learning so that they can make step-by-step progress toward learning goals. Ms. Zia earned her master’s degree in statistics at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.