Exceptional Education, Formed in Faith

Faculty and Staff

Meet Our Staff

Mrs. Mandy Gilbart ~ Principal

B.A. In Human Studies and Elementary Education, St. Mary’s College of Md.
Special Education Certification, Reading Teacher Certification, Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner
Masters Program in Reading/Special Education and Advanced Professional Certificate, Hood College and University of Phoenix
State of Maryland Governor’s Citation for maintaining excellence in education during a global pandemic

Mrs. Gilbart joined the CLS staff in 2009. Her previous experience includes teaching first grade in Frederick County Public Schools and being the mentor teacher for student teachers at Hood College. At CLS, Mrs. Gilbart served as the Special Education Resource Teacher and the Assistant Principal for Academics before stepping into the role of Principal.

Mrs. Gilbart believes that outstanding, engaging instruction provided in a safe, loving, Christian environment is the key to an excellent education for students at CLS.  She works with each teacher to be certain that every child’s unique needs are met. Mrs. Gilbart and her husband have two daughters who have benefited from the rigorous academic program, enrichment opportunities, and faith-based learning at CLS.  She is a member at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster and enjoys scrapbooking, family vacations, and spending time with friends.
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Elementary School Teachers

Mrs. Jane Drozinski ~ Kindergarten

B.A. in Special Education, Hood College
Masters in Education in Reading, Loyola College
Additional 36 graduate credits through Carroll County Public Schools and McDaniel College
MSDE Certifications in Special Education K-12 and in Reading K-8

Mrs. Drozinski is happy to join us for her 22nd year here at CLS! She has loved watching the school grow  and expand and particularly enjoys hearing from former students who are now in high school, college and beyond! Prior to CLS, she taught for Baltimore City and Carroll County Public Schools. At CLS, Mrs. D. is team leader for grades K to 4.   An active member of Grace United Methodist Church/ North Carroll Cooperative Parish, Mrs. D. is involved in summer camps/VBS, and missions/outreach programs.  Jane and her husband, Rick, reside in Hampstead. They have 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren, and the famous Lois the turtle.  Mrs. Drozinski enjoys reading, photography, American history, and spending time with family, especially with the grandkids in South Carolina!

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Mrs. Lina Ferguson ~ Grade One

B.A. in Elementary Education,  Towson State College

Mrs. Ferguson has taught in public and private schools in Baltimore City and Carroll County, Maryland and in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  She and her husband also home-schooled their two sons for 8 years.  Her sons and daughter-in-law now live on the West Coast, giving her opportunities to travel across the country from time to time.  Mrs. Ferguson’s teaching certifications have been through the state of Maryland and the Association of Christian Schools International.  She is an active member of Westminster Baptist Church.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking, working crossword puzzles, frequenting yard sales and antique shops, and reading.  This is Mrs. Ferguson’s 11th year of teaching at CLS.

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Mrs. Cathy Shockney ~ Grade Two

B.A. American Studies- emphasis on family and childhood, certification in E.C. education from UMBC
M.A. Education/Reading/LA-emphasis in Language Development

42 post graduate credits – Special Education, ELA – Loyola University and McDaniel College

After 30+ years in education, Mrs. Shockney is excited to have the blessing of teaching children about the love of Jesus in a safe and nurturing educational environment.  Previous experiences include serving BCPS in developing and teaching Pre-K., teaching K., 3rd and 4th grades and serving BCPS as a Reading Recovery Teacher.  Mrs. Shockney also worked as an Academic Support Facilitator in LS and MS in a private school.
Mrs. Shockney and her husband, Larry, live in Westminster.  They are very proud of their three grown children.  Their daughter, Carey, is the head of a MS and educator, their son, Bryan, teaches MS math, and their youngest son, Steve, is a Baltimore City Firefighter/Paramedic.  They have six grandchildren ranging in age from a freshman in college to a one-year-old.  Mrs. Shockney loves telling her children/grandchildren stories of her Italian heritage.  She teaches bible stories and the love of Jesus to her precious grandchildren.  Mrs. Shockney enjoys listening to spiritual music, reading, gardening, doing puzzles and playing games with her family. She and her husband are members of the Church of God where they lead bible studies.  They also spend many Sundays in fellowship at the churches where their children are members in order to spend priceless time praising God with their grandchildren.
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Mrs. Penny Segessenman ~ Grade Three

B.S. in Elementary Education, West Virginia University 
Masters Degree in Elementary Education, West Virginia University
MD Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education.

Mrs. Segessenman is starting her eleventh year at CLS. She has taught for 34 years in second through fifth grades. Prior to CLS, she taught in Prince George’s County and Carroll County Public Schools. She has three children. Her son, Daniel, just earned his doctorate in geology. Her daughter, Heather, works in graphic design.  Her youngest daughter, Amber, is a senior at UNCG. Mrs. Segessenman is very active in her church, Barts-Centenary United Methodist Church. She teaches Sunday School, directs VBS, and cleans. Her favorite things to do are teaching, spending time with her family, creating crafts, working with puppets, and enjoying time in West Virginia.

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Mrs. Elizabeth King ~ Grade Four

B.S. in Elementary Education from Grove City College
B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Stevenson University

Mrs. King is in her sixth year at CLS.  She taught fifth grade in Bellefonte, PA and in recent years worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and a local law firm before returning to the classroom.  Along with spending time with her family, she enjoys watching Ravens and Orioles games and going to the beach.

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Middle School Teachers

Ms. Elisabetta Ricca ~ Grade Five Homeroom/Social Studies (History)

B.A. in Sociology, William Paterson University
M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park
M.A.T. in Secondary Education, University of Maryland University College
MSDE Certifications in Secondary Education: English Grades 7-12 and Social Studies Grades 4-9

This is Ms. Ricca’s sixth year at Carroll Lutheran School. Prior to CLS, she worked for Carroll County Public Schools. Prior to working for CCPS, Ms. Ricca worked for seventeen years for the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park. She has also served as a Religious Education teacher and Confirmation catechist for St. Joseph’s Catholic Community.  In her spare time, she likes to read, hike, work on her house by the lake, and watch the History and Smithsonian Channels.

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Mrs. Darby McHugh ~ Grade Six Homeroom/Language Arts

Towson State University – BS English/Secondary Education 5-12
Loyola University – 18 MMS credits
Variety of Professional Development/Continuing Ed credits over the years

After 15 yrs of homeschooling and teaching at various co-ops, Mrs. Darby McHugh is excited about being back in a traditional classroom and getting to know our CLS community.  Her 30 years of educational experience range from public high school to private tutoring to a one-room schoolhouse in a mountain province of the Philippines and she’s enjoyed those and all the others in between.  With 2 of her 3 kiddos away at college, life at home consists of her teacher husband, freshman son, and way too many small, domesticated animals.  On a list of favorite things, her chickens, a cup of strong coffee, and a delicious novel would all come somewhere near the top.  Mrs. McHugh believes the world would be a much better place if we all offered more grace and less judgement.
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Mrs. Kimberly Rose ~ Grade Seven & Eight Homeroom/Science

B.Sc. in Science and B.Sc. in Nutrition, Penn State University
Elementary Education Teaching Certification, Grades 1-6, Howard Community College and University of Phoenix
Middle School Science Teaching Certificate, Grades 4-9, Penn State University

This will be Mrs. Rose’s third year here at CLS.  She began her career path as a registered dietitian working for the Prince William County Head Start program.  Then she chose to home-school her three children for many years.   She has come to love the students and staff working at CLS.  She will be teaching Middle School Science for the first time this year.  She is structured and intentional with her lessons, compassionate with her students,  and enthusiastic in her learning of Science and God’s Word.  Her favorite hiking trails this summer were the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park and the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail.  She plans to bring science alive in the classroom this year!

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Mr. Jeffrey Kane ~ Middle School Mathematics

B.A. from McDaniel College in Mathematics
MSDE Certification in Math Grades 7-12

Mr. Kane is beginning his ninth year at CLS.  He has researched, published, and presented in the field of logic.  Mr. Kane works with students to take care of our middle school guinea pigs, Twinkle and Cookie.  He enjoys providing musical accompaniment for chapel songs on his guitar, using recess duty as part of a fitness routine, and working with students on flag raising, lowering, and folding skills.  Mr. Kane belongs to St. Francis Xavier in Gettysburg.

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Fine Arts Staff

Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon ~ Art

B.A. in Studio Art, Calvin College

Mrs. Gordon is starting her fifth year at CLS and is very excited to return as the art teacher!  This will be her eleventh year working in private schools.  Mrs. Gordon met her husband while volunteering as an EMT/Firefighter in Montgomery County.  They moved to Westminster, where Thomas was a paramedic firefighter and now he is working in Howard County.  They have two young daughters, Hannah who will be starting preschool this year, and Abigail who will turn two in November.  Mrs. Gordon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, thrift storing, and exploring new places.

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Mrs. Anne Howard  ~ Health

B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University
M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College

Mrs. Howard is in her third year on our teaching staff here at CLS.  She has 24 years of classroom experience as a Christian school teacher in Harford, Montgomery, and Carroll Counties; and 2 years experience working with behaviorally challenged students in the P.R.I.D.E program for Carroll County Public schools. Mrs. Howard has 2 daughters. The oldest is in her third year studying Nursing at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.  The youngest is a senior at Westminster High School while also taking classes at Carroll Community College. Mrs. Howard’s husband in a Senior Accountant at Montgomery College in Rockville. The Howards are members of New Hope Fellowship Church where Mr. Howard serves as an Elder.  Mrs. Howard loves her cat- Sugar, live theatre, (especially musical theatre), movies, photography, and reading!

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Mrs. Joy Cox – Music

B.M. Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore

Mrs. Joy Cox is excited to join the team at CLS this year as the music teacher. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and continues to perform professionally with area orchestras and ensembles. She began teaching private lessons, working as a teaching assistant at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, assisting with after school tutoring, and ended up falling in love with teaching. Mrs. Cox has ten years of experience leading music classes and ensembles in a private school setting and has spent three years homeschooling. At church, she enjoys being involved with music ministry, and children’s ministry alongside her family. Joy, her husband, and three kids live in Hampstead where you will find her 100% of the time with a great cup of coffee!

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Mrs. Maggie Potito ~ Media

B.S. in Library Science and Social Sciences, James Madison University
M.S. in School Library Media, McDaniel College

This is Mrs. Potito’s eighth year at CLS. She has spent the last 20 years working in the library at Mount Airy Middle School. She loves to read and has worked with various reading programs in the State of Maryland. She and her husband, Mike, spent the summer visiting their son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina before heading home to their castle.

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Support Staff

Mrs. Jennifer Glantzberg ~ Instructional Specialist/Before and After School Care Coordinator

B.S. in Leisure Studies and Recreation, Gordon College

Mrs. Glantzberg is beginning her ninth year at Carroll Lutheran School as the Director of our Before and After School Care Program. She is excited to repeat her role as Instructional Specialist, partnering with classroom teachers to work with a wide variety of students each day. Jennifer and her husband Charles, have one son who is a recent graduate of FSK High School. They live in Westminster. She is actively involved at Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Lutherville. She also enjoys cooking, sewing, photography and reading.

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Mrs. Linda Frick ~ Before and After School Care Assistant

Mrs. Frick is excited about her eighth year at CLS, as the assistant director in the Before and After Care program. Linda and her husband Tim, have two children and live in Westminster. Their son, Cody, is in the 12th grade at Westminster High School, while their daughter, Nicolette is in her fourth year of full time work with The Spa on West Main as a Level 5 Stylist.  In her spare time, she enjoys movies, anime, reading and being outside.

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Mrs. Krista Citron – Special Education

B.S. in Elementary Education from Salisbury University
M.A. in Special Education, West Virginia University
Certifications in Elementary Education-PreK-Sixth, Special Education General Curriculum K-12, and Special Education Adapted Curriculum K12th

Mrs. Citron is starting her thirteenth year of teaching this year. She has taught in Arlington Virginia Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, Berkeley County Public Schools, and Talbot County Public Schools. She was also fortunate enough to work as the Occupational Therapist Assistant at the Anglo-American School in Moscow when her husband was posted to the embassy. When Mrs. Citron is not at school you can find her being a chauffeur to her twin daughters (one is a competitive dancer and one is a competitive gymnast). Her daughters will be fourth graders this year at CLS. 

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Ms. Jan Jayman – Resource Teacher

B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.Ed., Loyola University
Advanced Professional Certification Maryland State Department of Education

With over 35 years in education, Ms. Jayman has served in a variety of roles closely tied to her love for children and English Language Arts.  She is a devoted mother of two sons. She has traveled with her family throughout most of the United States and parts of Canada.  Ms. Jayman is excited to begin a new school year supporting CLS students as they continue to grow and learn.

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Miss Emily Ball – Instructional Assistant

B.A. in English, Creative Writing Track from Salisbury University

Miss Ball is very excited to join the CLS team as Kindergarten Instructional Assistant! Prior to this position, Miss Ball majored in creative writing at Salisbury University and served as editor-in-chief for her honors college’s newsletter. After receiving her B.A. in English, Miss Ball became a regular substitute at CLS where she immediately felt at home. Miss Ball is passionate about building community and empathy through the power of education. In her spare time, Miss Ball enjoys editing her own (and other people’s) fiction, traveling, theatre, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Westminster, MD with her two cats, Sammy and Eustace. She has also recently acquired some plant friends: three cacti named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and a succulent named Daniel. She is also a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

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Mrs. Michelle Monroe ~ Guidance Counselor

B.S. in Elementary Education, Stevenson University
M.S. in Counseling, School Counseling Specialty, Hood College

Mrs. Monroe is excited to join CLS as the school counselor, after completing her internship last school year. She graduated from Hood College in May 2021 with her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Prior to counseling, Mrs. Monroe taught in Baltimore County Public Schools for six years in third and fourth grade. She and her husband live in Taylorsville with their 2-year-old daughter, Everly, who keeps them on their toes! She enjoys spending her free time baking, watching HGTV and the Food Network, taking walks at local parks and spending time with her family. Mrs. Monroe is eager to work with the students, staff and families at CLS this year!

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Mrs. Sarah Inman ~ Delegating Nurse

Masters in Science of Nursing, Grand Canyon University
Masters in Business Administration, Grand Canyon University
Certification in Case Management/ Delegating Nurse

Mrs. Inman is starting her fifth year at CLS. She has worked in various healthcare settings including Long-Term Care, Intensive Care, Oncology, Leadership, and Education. She currently manages the operations and support services of a local hospital in addition to working at CLS.

Mrs. Inman lives in Taneytown with her husband, three children, three cats named Pinto, Oreo and Cookie Dough and a puppy named Tucker. All three children attend CLS.  The Inmans are members at St. Luke’s (Winters) Lutheran Church. Mrs. Inman and her family love spending time together reading, baking, gardening, exploring new places, going for walks, hikes, and bike rides.

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Mr. Ezra Smith ~ Custodian

Ezra has seven siblings, and was homeschooled for 12 years. He is an active member of the Church of the Open Door in Westminster.  Ezra has been working in children’s ministries at the church for the past 20 years.  He is currently in charge of and runs one of the buses for the Bus Ministry and teaches Sunday School for the four year olds and Junior Church for the four to six year old class. Ezra loves church, harmonica, balloons, juggling, his zero turn mower, puns, biking, and playing golf, basketball, and tennis with his brothers.  Ezra enjoys learning new skills and the seemingly daily adventures he has while working at CLS, but he enjoys the staff and the families even more.  He uses his excellent work ethic and multitasking skills to take care of our building and grounds year round.

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Office

Mrs. Bonnie Higgins – Advancement Coordinator

B.A. in Communication Arts from Salisbury University
Minor in Psychology

Mrs. Higgins spent 20 years in the computer-based testing industry in Account Management and Client Relations before staying home with her children. She has been married to her husband, Sean, for 22 years. They have a daughter, Rebecca, who is a licensed Cosmetologist, and a son, Ryan, who is attending Carroll Community College. Their family is complete with their rescue dog Paisley.

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Ms. Margaret Arnoult ~ Business Manager

B.S. in Accounting, University of MD University College
Certified Public Accountant

Mrs. Arnoult joined the CLS staff in October 2019. She has worked for various non-profit organizations, including schools and churches during her 35+ year career. Mrs. Arnoult has a heart for helping Christian organizations and enjoys serving them with her administrative and number knowledge. She and her husband, David, have three children, including Elizabeth Gordon, the art teacher at CLS, and two granddaughters, Hannah and Abby. She enjoys numbers and doing puzzles in her spare time.

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Mrs. Cindy Morrison ~ Administrative Assistant/School Secretary

Mrs. Morrison joined CLS in June of 2017. She and her husband, Scott, live in Mt. Airy and have two children and one grandchild. Their daughter, Cecylia, is blessed to be able to work from home where she can be with her baby. Their son, Sam, works in Owings Mills where he and his fiancé live and are planning their 2023 wedding.  Mrs. Morrison attends Calvary United Methodist Church. She is a LEGO enthusiast who really enjoys anything LEGO.  Along with spending time with her family, she enjoys trips to the beach, warm weather, reading and taking walks with her two miniature schnauzers, Jagger and Luna.

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Mrs. Kristy Dean ~ Office Support Assistant

Mrs. Dean is excited to be able to provide support to the office of CLS again this year.  She has worked in Human Resources for the past 27 years, where she currently runs the office for her husband’s companies.  Mrs. Dean has been a part of the CLS community for 10 years now, and serves as a member of the CLS marketing, Fun Run, Golf Tournament and Bingo committees.  But most importantly, to her, she enjoys taking photos of events at CLS!  She and her husband, Drew, live in Westminster, and have one son, Mason, who is attending Winters Mill High School.  They are active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westminster.  Mrs. Dean enjoys photography, scrapbooking, baseball, roller coasters and fireworks!

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