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.
Rachel Adkins : Teacher/Staff Member

Rachel Adkins

Teacher/Staff Member


My name is Rachel Adkins.  I have been educating children for the past eleven years.  I graduated in December 2014 from Miami University in Ohio with my Associates of Applied Science in Pre-Kindergarten Education degree.  I am currently enrolled in Liberty University's on-line program, working toward my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Interdisciplinary Studies.

My husband and I had a small hobby farm in Virginia.  Due to my husband making a career change, we have moved to Maryland.  I have a lot of family in the area, so we are extremely happy about being here.  I am thrilled to be working at Rhymes and Reasons, and I am thankful you have given me the privilege to work with your child.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family.
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.
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.
Juan Aznar : Group Leader - Summer Camp

Juan Aznar

Group Leader - Summer Camp

Background:  Graduated from Frostburg University in 2005, with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.  Teacher at Laytonsville Elementary School (Montgomery County Public Schools) since 2006.  Summer Camp Group Leader since 2008 at Rhymes & Reasons..

Credentials:  Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education

Philosophy:  I believe that all children deserve a learning environment that is safe, exciting and promotes individual growth through adventure and exploration.
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
  • Teacher in the Howard County Public School System
  • 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.