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.
Jennifer Wilhelm : Pre-K Teacher

Jennifer Wilhelm

Pre-K Teacher

My name is Jen Wilhelm and I am very excited to be your child’s Pre-K Teacher at Rhymes & Reasons.  I am looking forward to a year of learning, fun and adventures with your child.

I was born and raised in Carroll County where I grew up on a farm with my parents and four siblings (three brothers and one sister).  I graduated from high school in 1991 and then attended Carroll Community College for Early Childhood Education.

 Teaching has always been my passion.  I worked in the two-year-old classroom at Stepping Stones Daycare and three years at Emory Childcare Center, where I taught the Pre-K Class.  I have been a substitute K-5 teacher for elementary schools for seven years.  I worked in the Special Education Department at Freedom Elementary as a one-on-one for two years.

 I live in Eldersburg with my husband, two children and two dogs (Daisy and Bailey).  I love to travel and spend time with my family attending church where I teach Sunday school.  I love to go hiking and camping, to the beach, and Disney.

 I am very excited to get started teaching your child!  It is going to be a fun year!!
Sybil Merrill : Three's Teacher

Sybil Merrill

Three's Teacher


My name is Sybil Merrill.  I'm excited to join the Rhymes and Reasons team.

I started my education at Morgan State University and moved on to the military to continue and finish my degree in the Child Development Education field.  I have been a teacher for 30 years to all ages.

In my spare time, I mentor young teenagers at my church, volunteer at schools, read, play volleyball, shop, travel and spend time with family.
Hope Hennigan : Teacher's Aide

Hope Hennigan

Teacher's Aide

I'm excited to be a Teacher's Aide at Rhymes & Reasons.  I previously worked at Manchester Valley High School in their daycare center for three years.

I love children and helping them learn and grow!
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.
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.