From Our Guides

Influencers 2021: Mercy High School


Kathryn Adelsberger, Principal | Mercy High School

This fall, Mercy High School welcomes a new principal, Kathryn Adelsberger, to the helm. Adelsberger shares her career path and why she ultimately chose to step into this exciting new role at Mercy. 

Influencers 2021: McDonogh School


Michael Green, LCSW-C, Director of Upper School Counseling | McDonogh School

Michael Green, LCSW-C, Director of Upper School Counseling at McDonogh School, has a wealth of knowledge in school mental health and counseling services. Prior to joining the McDonogh family in 2018, Michael was a mental health clinician and Program Director with the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program. He provided 16 years of direct mental health care and administrative leadership to students and families within schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. This professional experience allows him unique insight into setting up efficient and effective systems of support within schools. 

Influencers 2021: The John Carroll School


Carl Patton, Principal and Chief Academic Officer | The John Carroll School

With more than 30 years of experience in Catholic education, Carl Patton assumes the role of Principal and Chief Academic Officer at The John Carroll School. He comes to John Carroll from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. where, since 2013, he served as principal and helped increase the school’s enrollment to 1,200 students. He also developed several key initiatives including a “First Moment Initiative” to welcome new families, an expanded services inclusion model for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and a nationally recognized professional development program, all of which have been showcased at national conferences and universities around the country. Patton has also held leadership positions at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Potomac Shores, Va. and St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School in Hyattsville as well as served as a classroom teacher, department chair, instructor and dean of students for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth and a baseball, softball and football coach. He looks forward to sharing his extensive background in his new role at The John Carroll School. 

Influencers 2021: Glenelg Country School


Matt Walsh, Head of School | Glenelg Country School

Matt Walsh has spent 30 years as an independent school educator. Upon his graduation from Georgetown University, he earned an MA from Middlebury College and went on to hold positions as a teacher, coach, associate academic dean, division head, and head. He joined Glenelg Country School in July 2021 as its tenth head of school. Matt  was previously the president and head of school at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. During  his nine-year tenure, the school secured a $2 million dollar merit scholarship endowment, enhanced its athletics facilities, revamped its social emotional learning  program, expanded its fine and performing arts program across all three divisions, constructed a new student commons, and developed a strategic marketing plan. Matt  also served as Headmaster at LaGrange Academy, a co-ed K-12 independent school in LaGrange, Ga.  Walsh is fluent in Spanish and French and an avid reader of political history, biography, and social psychology. He and his wife have three children, two of whom are new Dragons in Glenelg Country School’s upper and middle schools. 

Program Spotlight 2021: The Waldorf School of Baltimore



The Waldorf School of Baltimore believes part of whole-child education includes helping students develop and nurture a healthy relationship with the environment.

After navigating a year of outdoor learning in the midst of a global pandemic, the school expanded its program by adding an additional kindergarten class. The newly added Forest Kindergarten class is being held from a new outdoor learning space that includes a hillside amphitheater, outdoor tools, swings, hammocks and a mud kitchen – all tucked away into the woods filled with trees and wildlife.

Program Spotlight 2021: St. John’s Parish Day School



St. John’s Parish Day School (SJPDS) prioritizes developing the social-emotional well-being and skills of their students by integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into their daily curriculum and programs. This teaching approach helps children recognize, understand, and manage their emotions and stress. It also nurtures children’s abilities to recognize the emotions of others, develop empathy, and build healthy relationships and interpersonal skills.

Program Spotlight 2021: Jemicy School



Paragraphology™ is Jemicy School’s comprehensive, scaffolded, multisensory approach to writing and note-taking that provides students with concrete tools to become more confident, independent writers. The process, which is easily utilized by children, teens, college students, and adults, decreases frustration and promotes a new pathway to success.

Program Spotlight 2021: The Highlands School



Students at The Highlands School are bright and creative children with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences. Since 1996, The Highlands School has grown to include kindergarten through 12th grade in full-day and homeschool extension programs. The school also offers the Tutoring and Mind Jump Summer Academic Program, allowing the school to help students from other institutes as well.

Program Spotlight 2021: Grace United Methodist Preschool



Kindergarten at Grace Preschool is pretty special! It provides a year of growth, maturity, and development before children enter an independent school setting or local public school. This small, intimate program offers individual attention and personalized learning; it promotes confidence and a love of learning while strengthening classroom skills and early academics. A perfect balance of academic instruction and learning through play is what makes this program unique.

Grace Preschool recognizes that language arts in kindergarten is quite important. The program offers a balanced literacy approach that meets learners where they are. Visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and visual teaching strategies are incorporated into each lesson, and teachers use multi-sensory techniques to teach letter sounds and symbols.

Program Spotlight 2021: Glenelg Country School



As a college preparatory institute, Glenelg Country School engages students in learning opportunities that shape their minds for higher education. In the upper school, students experience a variety of courses in humanities, science, math, world languages, civic leadership, and more. The stimulating academic curriculum keeps students motivated and engaged toward their collegiate goals.

The school’s Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue their passions, further develop skills, and graduate with distinction in one of five interdisciplinary areas of study: aesthetics and culture, convergent science, entrepreneurship, global leadership, or technology, engineering, and design. Students apply to the program and graduate with distinction.