Meet Our Staff

Gail Aznar : Director/Owner

Gail Aznar


- Utah State University Graduate
- Graduated with a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
- Minor: Spanish
Credentials: Level 6 - First Aid/CPR Certification
We believe that a child is only a child for a very short time in their life. That in this day and age many children have been forced to grow-up before their time. We would like to preserve and create some of those precious moments of childhood by giving each and every child a chance to be just that. We believe each child has the right to laugh, to sing, to dance, and to be a child.
Michelle Caldwell : Three's Teacher

Michelle Caldwell

Three's Teacher

Hello Parents!

My name is Michelle Caldwell and I am your child's three-year-old teacher.  I have been teaching for over eleven years.  I love teaching and I look forward to the fun we will have exploring and learning.

I have my 90-hour certification in early childhood education, along with countless certificates in continuing education.  I plan to continue my passion by getting my degree in early learning education.

I take pride in your child's development and possess a deep understanding of child safety and an exceptional knowledge of play, reading and activities for my students.  I have experience in providing instruction to kids with different methods of learning, and I am an honest and reliable professional.

I am a native of Baltimore.  My husband and I have two daughters:  a ten-year-old and a four-year-old.  My favorite hobbies, when I am not teaching, include:  shopping, traveling and reading.



Rena Rhodes : Administrative Assistant

Rena Rhodes

Administrative Assistant

Rena is our full-time Administrative Assistant, who started at Rhymes & Reasons in February 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include:  making sure staff and children's records conform to state regulations; handling tuition; payroll; updating the website; assisting in accreditation; parent tours; advertising; and recruiting.  Rena has also received her First Aid/CPR certification and she is qualified to give prescription medication to our children, if necessary.  Her background includes experience in human resources and eldercare.
Nelda Caballero : Pre-K Aide

Nelda Caballero

Pre-K Aide

Nelda is our Pre-K Assistant.
Rachel Ehmann : Preschool Teacher

Rachel Ehmann

Preschool Teacher

My name is Rachel Ehmann. I am a graduate of Stevenson University where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  I later became certified in Early Childhood Education after teaching first grade for four years.  I am very excited to join the Rhymes and Reasons staff.
Kathy Parrott : School Age Teacher

Kathy Parrott

School Age Teacher

Hi, my name is Kathy Parrott. I have been employed with Carroll County Public schools for the past 11 years and am recently working at the elementary school level.

I have an A.A. in Early Childhood Education, a B.S. in General Education and a Master’s in Education from UOP.

I enjoy working with children, motivating them to be confident in expressing themselves and being true to who they are. Honesty and acceptance of others are qualities that I encourage to achieve positive character traits in children as they grow and navigate through life.  I encourage children to express themselves through art, physical exercise as a positive way to release energy and have fun, and use words to express feelings.

Being part of the Rhymes and Reasons family allows me to have a positive role in the future of our community’s youth.
Katie Banaszak : Group Leader/Summer Camp

Katie Banaszak

Group Leader/Summer Camp

I graduated from Towson University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Credentials:  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; 90-Hour Child Care Certificate
My philosophy is to be able to challenge children in learning and see them blossom and grow over time. Education should open children's minds and enrich them through activities which develop their individuality.