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.
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
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.



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
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.
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.