Our Teachers & Staff


12076562_10207733402191211_606230739_oMary Beth Getka is the teacher of our Froggy Friends (2/3 year olds) & Fauna Friends (3 year olds). Mary Beth has been a teacher at Magothy since 2009. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goucher College (Towson, MD) and Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Maryland. Mary Beth has also obtained the Maryland Advanced Professional Educator Certificate. Her certification areas are in Elementary Education 1-6 & Middle School, 90 hour Early Childhood Certification, also in Special Education Kindergarten-12. She is an active member of NAEYC.  She has had many years of experience in the preschool and elementary classroom both in Conneticut and in Maryland.  She is the mother of three grown children.  She loves reading, scrabble, swimming, the beach, playing with her dogs, getting together with friends, and traveling to New Orleans to visit her daughter.   She loves all the wonderful families and teachers she works with at Magothy.

12004853_10206471270198034_5468261690136303832_nDanielle Clark is the teacher of our Flying Friends ( TTHF PreK) class. Dani has been a teacher at Magothy since 2012. She holds a B.S. in Veterinary Science From University of Arizona,  Clear CLAD Teaching Credential (teaching second language learners) from National University, GATE Certified, and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. She taught kindergarten for 3 years and third grade for 9 years in California. While she loved teaching third graders, she feels her most creative and productive years were teaching kindergarten.  Dani is the mother of a young daughter.  She loves reading, running, spending time with her family,  and exercising.  She loves how we allow our children at Magothy to be their own person.

Kristin McCreery is the teacher of the Finned Friends (3/4 class) and Feathered Friends (MWF PreK). Kristin has her 90 hour Early Childhood Certification and a B.A. in Biology.  Kristin started as a parent at Magothy in 2010.  She was the teacher assistant for the Feathered Friend class in the 2012-2013 school year and has been the lead teacher for Finned Friends since then. Kristin has been an educator with Living Classrooms Foundation for two decades and the science teacher at Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center where she taught  preschoolers about their natural world.  She loves cooking, running, and being a mom of two young children.  Kristin loves the children, our community and our commitment to providing a play-based and outdoor curriculum for our students.

11957988_10207557212597612_4463583625647923956_oLindsay McDermott is the teacher of the Furry Friends (2 year old class), Flora Friends (3 year olds) and our school Director.  Lindsay has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the College of Notre Dame of MD.  She holds a Masters Degree in Reading Specialties from Walden University.  Lindsay also has a MD Educator Certificate for PreK- Middle School.  Lindsay came to our school as a parent in 2013.  She is the mother of two young children.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking photos and organizing parties. She loves Magothy because children’s innate curiosity for learning and discovery is fostered through play and nature.

12015039_10206952046612965_5756330675970010338_oOur Teacher Assistant for the Feathered & Finned Friends class is Kenny Papa.  After spending time in the classroom as a parent, Kenny has gone back to school, and is working on a teaching degree.  At Magothy, he provides support for our teachers by leading small groups and helping children make the transition from home to school.  He came to us as a parent in 2011.  Kenny is a parent of three young children.  He enjoys scuba diving, bike riding, hiking and camping.  Kenny says that he loves working at Magothy because he feels he is making a difference.

Our Teacher Assistant for the Fauna Friends, Flora Friends, Froggy Friends & Furry Friends class is Kim Mason. Kim has been a TA at Magothy since 2010. Kim was a parent in our school before joining our staff. She served in leadership roles at Magothy as a parent. She provides support for our teachers by leading small groups and helping children make the transition from home to school. Ms. Kim is known for her soft heart and warm hugs. Kim loves crossword puzzles, reading, and cooking.  She is the mom of a high school aged daughter.  When asked what she loves about Magothy, she said “What don’t I love about Magothy!”

Dave Schroeder is our assistant director, helping out with the administrative tasks of the school.  Dave has a B.A of Philosophy from UMBC.  He has been part of the Magothy community since his oldest child started in 2012, and served on the board of directors for 5 years.  After his children moved on to elementary school he decided to stay at Magothy.  Dave enjoys designing and playing board games, gardening, and cooking.  His favorite part of Magothy is how the community comes together to make everything happen.