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About Us

Meredith Kaunitz
Chief Education Officer
Master Teacher
Professional Actor
Video Producer

With 25 years of teaching experience, a curiosity about Neurology, Psychology, and Cognitive Science, and exposure to a wide variety of teaching strategies, Meredith has become a thought-leader in education. Developing and implementing new teaching strategies, Meredith has become a popular teacher and sought-out education consultant. She developed an Infant and Toddler Enrichment Program that continues to draw caregivers who want to give their children the best play-based, brain-building opportunities available. Courses include

  • Baby Sign

  • Moving Storytime

  • 4 Visual Arts classes

  • Intro to Music

  • 3 Dance classes

  • Spanish for Babies, and

  • Science for Toddlers.

​Subsequently, Meredith has developed a distance-learning program, including 7 levels of Japanese (for 8-12 year olds, and for teens) with 2 writing supplemental classes, that has garnered the attention of over 600 families. She enjoys a 4.5 star rating for all of her distance learning classes overall with many classes at a 5-star rating. Teachers across the country have purchased Meredith's original curricula for use in their own classrooms. Meredith is uniquely positioned to create a neutral space for local homeschool families to learn together in using active learning techniques.

Candise Jordan

Personal Safety Instructor

Fitness Instructor

Candise has been a professional in the fitness industry for 13 years. She holds certifications from the American Red Cross and ASHI as a Certified CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor, Aerobics Fitness Association of America as a Certified Group Exercise Instructor, the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer​ and is an SDTS Self-defense Instructor. She has continuing education certificates in Functional Fitness, Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness, Boot camps, Power Jump, PiYo, Medicine Balls, Bosu, Spin, Kickboxing, and Core Strength. Candise has published two books, 

Pot Belly to Flat Belly: A 28 Day Rapid Fat Loss Transformation and 

The Fit & Flavorful Kitchen Makeover​. She is a homeschooling mom.

Dana Parker

Science Teacher

Vocal Music Teacher

Spanish Teacher

Dana Parker has been a professional singer for over 30 years. Her first stage performance was at the age of 10, and by age 13 she was signed to her first of 3 major record labels. She has worked alongside many in the music industry and is currently the lead singer in a band based in Washington, DC. A writer and producer, Dana has studied voice for the span of her career and continues to work with choirs and vocal groups. She is a certified Audio Engineer, having studied sound design and studio techniques, and also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Network Engineering, Cyber Security.

Lauren McClain

Reading Specialist

Lauren has teaching experience with preschool through adult learners. She taught public school for seven years in Minnesota (middle and high school), ran a small, home-based preschool for three years, and has homeschooled her three elementary-aged children for six years. She is a licensed teacher and reading specialist in the state of Maryland with certificates for teaching reading, writing, literature, and special education. Her master's thesis focused on emergent literacy--early reading and writing skills. Lauren is also the Director of Education at a busy birth and women's health center in Annapolis and teaches independent birth classes to expectant parents in the Bowie area. She believes that everyone is a life-long learner and in the substantial powers of a good game, a good mess, and a good conversation. 

                                 Gerard Stropnicky

                                           Story Circle Teacher

Gerard Stropnicky co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in 1978, where he worked as an actor, director, writer and administrator for the next 35 years. With BTE he created LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, which was published both as a play and as a trade paperback. For the past twenty years, he’s centered his practice on listening, and on story. In rural communities in Appalachia, the Deep South, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Uganda and elsewhere, he’s worked with community to create large-scale original site-specific productions where diverse community casts employ local story to celebrate, challenge, and address their issues. He co-founded the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and was named United States Artists Lowe Fellow in 2010. For his service to the autism (ASD) community, he was the 2010 Temple Grandin Award winner.