Harford Day School Faculty and Staff 2016-2017

School Leadership

Gray Smith, Ed.D
B.A., University of Delaware
M.S.Ed. ‘00, M.S.Ed. ‘08, Johns Hopkins University
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Head of School

Faculty and Staff


Melissa Annen
B.S., Villa Julie College

Lower School Math/Science

Mary Beth Ballweber
B.S., Mount Saint Mary’s University
M.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland

5th Grade Homeroom
4-5 History/5th English
Student Council Advisor

Joe Banno
B.A. Haverford College

7-8 History
Physical Education
Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball

Deborah J. Bedsaul
B.A., College of Notre Dame

1st Grade

Leslie M. Bowen
B.A., Western Maryland College

4-8 Spanish Language
Student Council Advisor

Karen Brown
B.S., Towson University

Extended Day Director
Camp Director

Kimberly S. Creighton 
B.S., Geneva College

2nd Grade

Kay Crocker
B.A., Randolph Macon College
M.Ed., University of Virginia


Sally Warfield Crowl
B.S., St. Mary's College
M.Ed., Towson University


Donna Decker
B.S., Meredith College

Director of Advancement
Parent and Alumni Relations

Paula T. Farrell
B.S., Trenton State College

Athletics Director

Sara C. Jameson
B.A., Middlebury College Creative Writing
M.S., University of Oxford

6-8 English
Director of Theater Arts

Donna K. Kamyszek
B.S., College of Notre Dame

3rd Grade

Kelly Katsafanas
B.A., University of Richmond
M.Ed. University of Missouri

Learning Specialist

Elizabeth Keeney
B.S., Messiah College

6-8 Math

Margaret P. Kennedy
B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South

3rd Grade
Lacrosse, Field Hockey

Valerie Kohles
B.A., M.B.A., Loyola College


Karen Leone
MSDE Certification, Harford Community College

Extended Day Teacher

Molly Levis
B.A., Mary Washington College
M.Ed., Loyola College

Lead Teacher, K & K-Prep

Carol Lewis
B.A., Goucher College

Music Education

Tracy Lyon
B.F.A, Alfred University


Ellen Marr
B.A., Elizabethtown College

Physical Education

William Matsuzaki, Ed.D
B.A., Carleton College
M.N., M.Ed., Ed.D Johns Hopkins University

Middle School Head
Japanese Language
Cross Country

Carla Mattioli
A.A., Art Institute of Philadelphia

Asst. Director of Advancement

Susan McGuirk
B.F.A., The Maryland Institute College of Art


Gary Miller

Facilities Manager

Frederick W. Moran
B.A., C.W. Post College
M.S., University of Arkansas
M.S., Pepperdine University

Director of Finance & Operations

Julie Morgan
B.S., Bucknell University
M.Ed., University of Virginia

Lower School Language Arts and Math

Elizabeth Muller-Hinder
B.S., College of Notre Dame

School Nurse

Gay Myers
B.S., Towson University

Administrative Assistant to Head of School
High School Placement

Kim Norris
B.A., Randolph-Macon College

School Receptionist
Director of Communications

Lauren E. Paul
B.S., Towson University
M.Ed, Loyola University Maryland

School Counselor
8th Grade Passages

Donna M. Peck
B.S., Penn State University
M.Ed., Shippensburg University

4th Grade Homeroom
4-5 Science/4th Math

Heather Rupprecht
B.S., Towson University

2nd Grade

Diane L. Russell
B.A., M.Ed., Goucher College

Director of Admissions

Tracy Schoene
B.A., Loyola College
M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University

Director of Technology
K-Prep - 4 Computer Skills

LaFreda Cypress-Smith
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University

6-8 Math
Diversity Coordinator

Jennifer Dippel Smith
B.S., Towson University

1st Grade

Patrick Smithwick
B.A., M.L.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Hollins College

6-8 English

Curtis G. Way
A.B., Ohio University
M.S., Saint Thomas University

6-8 English
High School Placement
Physical Education
Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse

Lisa Wetzel
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.S., Johns Hopkins University

6-8 Science
Academic Dean

Ashleigh A. Wilkes
B.S., University of Delaware
M.Ed., Loyola College

Lower School Head

Darby Jecelin-Skalski
B.S. Business Admin, Stevenson University

Accounting Manager

Jessica Meerholz


Rebecca Moscowitz
B.A. University of Delaware
M.Ed. Wilmington College

5th Grade Homeroom
LS Language Arts

Sarah Westervelt
B.S. Susquehanna University

4th Grade Homeroom
4-5 Math/4 Language Arts
Basketball Coach

Albina Denisyuk
B.A. Towson University

4-8 French

Rebecca Poole
B.A. Towson University

6-7 Science
6 Math

Jennifer Renard
B.A. University of Delaware

K-Prep Teacher

Jennifer Palinkas
B.A. Hood College
M.A. SUNY Buffalo
Ph.D. Emory University

Middle School Public Speaking