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.
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.
Leona Price : Pre-K Teacher

Leona Price

Pre-K Teacher

  • Master's of Art in Leadership Teaching, College of Notre Dame
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Morgan State University
  • Former MSDE -License Child Care Provider at Children of Our Future Family Child Care, LLC in Randallstown, MD
  • Former Special Education Teacher at Walter P. Carter Elementary in Baltimore, MD
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.



Giovanna Vernon : Three's Teacher

Giovanna Vernon

Three's Teacher

I was born in Lima, Peru.  I have lived in Venezuela for eleven years and in 1996 I moved to the United States.  I am married and I have lived in Maryland since 2009.

I have a Business Administration degree from Venezuela, and I have been working this field for 17 years.  I have always had a passion for teaching and education.  I love working with children and it amazes me what young children are capable of doing and how important our job is.

I am a Certified Preschool Teacher, and I am currently working on my Child Development Associate (CDA) degree.  I am so happy to be part of the Rhymes and Reasons Child Development Center family, and I will do my best for all the children.  My main goal in the classroom is not only to provide a loving environment for the children, but to also enrich their lives with learning while having fun.

I am looking forward to getting to know the children and their families.
Maya Harris : Two's Teacher

Maya Harris

Two's Teacher
Trisha Harpster : Two's Assistant

Trisha Harpster

Two's Assistant

My name is Trisha Harpster and I am so excited to join Rhymes and Reasons.  I love being around children, watching them grow and learn.  I love doing fun cooking activities, unique science experiments that help them learn colors, crafts and music.  I can't wait to help teach your children and watch them grow.

I was born and raised in Westminster, Maryland and I am the youngest of four.  I have two older sisters and an older brother.  I graduated from Winters Mill High School where I studied Culinary Arts.  After high school, I started babysitting/nannying on the side.  I realized child care was a passion of mine and being around kids brought me you that I hadn't found at any of my other jobs.  I am in the process of going back to school for the early childhood education program.
Lukia Borerwe : Preschool Assistant

Lukia Borerwe

Preschool Assistant
Juan Aznar : Summer Camp Teacher

Juan Aznar

Summer Camp Teacher
Katie Banaszak : Group Leader/Summer Camp

Katie Banaszak

Group Leader/Summer Camp

Graduated from Towson University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Katie is an elementary school teacher in the Baltimore County Public School system.  Katie has served as a Summer Camp Group Leader for Rhymes & Reasons' summer camp program for the last several years.
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.
Kayla Bents : Group Leader/Summer Camp

Kayla Bents

Group Leader/Summer Camp


  • Towson University Graduate
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Student taught in Howard County Public Schools
  • Group Leader - Rhymes & Reasons Summer Camp 2018


  • 90-hour Certification


I believe that learning should be fun and exciting while meeting the needs of the whole child.  While learning should target a child's cognitive development, it should also foster social, emotional and physical development and include experiences with art, music, creativity and play.

Children should be provided with many opportunities to play, explore and discover in their learning environment and follow their curiosity.  Additionally, I believe in actively engaging children in their learning by providing them with hands-on and sensory learning experiences to spark their interest and deepen their understanding.

My goal is to foster a love for learning in children through fun, exciting and positive experiences.