As we closely follow the evolving situation around COVID-19, our goal is to keep the GCDS community informed at every step. The safety and health of our students is our top priority. Since COVID-19 began on March, 2020, Glenwood Country Day School HAS NOT closed one day due to the pandemic. By following our guidelines set forth by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), we were able to continue teaching our children in our community. We will continue to implement safe practices based on the current CDC guidelines.Learn More
Glenwood Country Day School was founded by teaching professional, Cheryl Stradling, in 1986 in Ellicott City, MD. She believes that some of the most important learning experiences occur outside of the classroom. So, in 1999 she moved her private school for children ages two to thirteen to Glenwood, MD to be on forty beautiful wooded acres. She created a learning environment where children feel happy and safe. She believes that students are happier and learn more when they’re working at their full intellectual capacity. That is why Glenwood Country Day School places children into smaller learning groups based by their ability and not by age. Please come and visit our campus to make a difference in your child’s education!
Michael Stradling, or Mr. Mike as the kids like to call him, started his teaching career in 1974 after getting a full ride to Temple University for Track & Field. He ran with the best and as a result his picture has been hanging up in their main gym ever since. Mr. Mike came to Maryland to teach because his wife was already teaching in the Howard County Public School System. He landed his ideal job teaching physical education at Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City, Md. He stayed there for 35 years. After retiring from this position, he realized that retirement was not for him. So, ever since he has been teaching physical education full time at Glenwood Country Day School. He loves the younger children! He says daily,“They always have a smile on their face and want to give you a big hug. The ages 2 to 6 are the best!!”
Ever since I was little, I always knew in my heart what I wanted to do – be a teacher of young children. In high school, I tutored elementary-aged children. Growing up in New York, from the time I started working, every summer, I was employed at day camps. As an undergraduate, I studied at Towson University, in which I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, I became a resident of Maryland and began my teaching career working in preschools / nursery schools. While working, I continue to further my education in Early Childhood by attending various workshops and conferences which helps me to help my students be very successful in school. It also helps me become the best possible teacher. I am very happy to be a part of Glenwood Country Day School. I enjoy teaching children new things and expanding on what they already know. My love for teaching will never change!
Upon graduating from Frostburg State University in 1997, I began my career as a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools. I substitute taught in 15 schools across Carroll County, working in pre-k through fifth grade. I also filled in for Music, Art, and Physical Education classes. During the summers, I worked at the YMCA as a camp counselor. I began working at Glenwood Country Day School in September of 2001 as the 4/5’s teacher. I also had the opportunity to co-teach with the other teachers, working with children of different ages, as well as teaching in the summer camp program. In 2010, I wanted to take an adventure to the west coast to Oregon where I lived for five years. While in Oregon, I took classes in Early Childhood Development at Chemeketa Community College and worked as a teacher at The Providence/Benedictine Child Development Center. While there I worked with infants through school age children. In 2015, I returned to Maryland and came back to Glenwood Country Day School teaching in the 2/3 year old classroom. This year, I have children who are 18 months through 2 years old. I enjoy teaching and working with children because I love watching them learn and grow. Their minds are like little sponges that absorb so much knowledge that is given to them. It never ceases to amaze me how much children learn from their teachers and peers. I love watching how children shadow what they see other children and teachers doing. For me, this means their little brains are hard at work learning new things all the time.
Ms. Herning thinks the most important part of Glenwood Country Day School’s philosophy is that we are outside most of the day for learning. I have learned so much as a life time scout with Girl Scouts and Venture Scouts as a child and adult. Ms. Herning recognizes students as little humans; they have the potential of building a better world and future for all humankind. She models relationship building and gentle discipline with students. Students deserve our love and respect. Ms. Herning has experienced in the past that if you give students respect you get it in return.
Miss Kempton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Education from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has over ten years of experience working with children as a nanny, babysitter, teacher, and has spent two years working in Normandy, France as an English teacher. Miss Kempton believes that her students can teach her just as much as she can teach them. She loves working with some of the littlest minds and watching them grow and blossom. She is glad to be a part of the Glenwood Country Day School team and is looking forward to working with the children and their families.
Many of my family members are teachers, so I dreamt of being a teacher when I was little. To pursue my dream, I obtained my Bachelor degree in English Literature at Brenau University in Georgia. In the period of my undergraduate school learning, I took some Education courses which made me feel my passion in teaching even stronger. So I continued my learning career and got my Master of Science degree in Education at Johns Hopkins University. In detail, my focus area was digital age teaching and learning in global education. I had chance to study the technology evolution in education and developed my global education philosophy to become a global educator. I believe global education’s vision is to provide the learners with the equal opportunity to learn no matter what background they have. I believe global education plays an important role in shaping a global vision of culture transformation. Global education allows diverse cultures to share by the global educators. It is essential to have global education taught to everyone in order to have a common sense about getting involved in the international activities. Besides, my technology skills help me know about many digital tools being applied in the classroom to facilitate teaching and learning and made it possible for me to design new digital tools which can be used in school settings. I am very excited to be a part of Glenwood Country Day School. I will try my best to teach students with all my knowledge and encourage them to explore their potential.
In the two years after graduating from college, Phillip Woods acquired a desire to enter the field of education. While teaching full time, he returned to college and completed a Master of Science in Elementary Education at Indiana University in 1984. He continued his studies and completed a second Master’s degree in school administration in 1988. Through the years, his vocation has been K-12 teaching and administration (including one-on-one and group tutoring) with some college teaching on the side. His experience has also included an increased use of and implementation of technology – including a 1:1 implementation of Chromebooks in his former school. This summer he and his wife have moved to Maryland to be closer to grandchildren. He is excited to be a part of the school age endeavor of Glenwood Country Day School.
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and attended Northwestern High School in Prince Georges County. I graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with my Associate degree in Transfer Studies, and I am currently taking classes at Towson University/UMGC in pursuit of a Criminal Justice degree. I have been working in childcare for 14yrs and started when I was 15 years old and have worked every year since. I have worked and coached throughout the state of Maryland for the past 11 years. I enjoy working in childcare because I can make a kid’s day, whether it’s by doing a craft, an energetic gym game, or just telling some funny jokes. My favorite things to do outside of work are playing basketball, football, hiking, swimming, coaching, and officiating youth sports as well as watching the Redskins on Sundays.
My name is Leah or Ms. Reidy. I have the privilege of teaching the four years old’s this year. This will be my first year at Glenwood Country Day School, and I am very excited. I received my Bachelor’s in Child Family Studies at Syracuse University and my Master’s is in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in the early childhood field for about eight years.
I am originally from Albany, New York. I moved to Maryland two years ago. When I’m not working, I like to work out, hike, and travel the world. I find inspiration every day through working with children and being a part of their early school experience. I feel that it is a gift to help them explore the world around them.
After a year of being a frequent parent volunteer in my daughter’s nursery school classroom, I found myself inspired to make a career change. To achieve this, I went back to school, attending UMBC, and took the classes I needed to receive my Maryland Certification in Early Childhood Education. Since then, I have taught Preschool and Kindergarten students in both public and private schools and received an additional degree from Hood College. I find teaching these youngest learners rewarding and fun and am excited to have the opportunity to work with them at Glenwood Country Day School during the year ahead.