Meet our experienced and dedicated group of teachers and administrators…
Jody Brooks, Interim Director
Jody has been a teacher for over eight years and has experience in all preschool age classrooms. She started as an Anchors-A-Wee staff member late 2016 as a sub and then in Jan 2017 she joined the 2’s team but has been with the Anchors-A-Wee family since 2013 when her oldest started in the 3’s. Jody and her husband, Jeff, have three children (Thomas, Lilly, and Madalyn), two have been through the Anchors-A-Wee program and one who will be there very soon.
She is looking forward to leading this special team of teachers and getting our little ones back into the school building!
Jen Deal, Friday 2’s and AM 3’s Teacher
Hi, my name is Jen Deal. I grew up on the Broadneck Peninsula. I graduated from Broadneck High School and received my associate degree in Early Childhood Education. I started working at the Severna Park KinderCare as a Toddler teacher and Trainer for ten years. I was a Pre K teacher assistant at Freetown Elementary.
In 2009, I became a mom and was blessed to be able to stay at home with my two sons, Aiden and Alexander. I have been actively involved with the church and preschool by being a member of the preschool board, a Sunday school teacher, and the Co-Director of Vacation Bible School. Aiden and Alexander both attended AAW. I started teaching at AAW in 2014 and I love being a teacher at AAW. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, scrapbooking, and making crafts.
Cindy DiPietro, PM 3’s Teacher, F 2’s, AM 3’s, and PM 4’s Assistant Teacher
Hi, My name is Cindy DiPietro. I grew up on the Broadneck Penninsula and moved back here in 1998 with my husband, Larry. We have twin 17 year old sons and a 12 year old daughter. My children have all attended and graduated from Anchor-A-Wee Preschool. My family and I loved the teachers and the program at Anchors! I am so excited to be working at Anchors-A-Wee with Mrs. Deal and Mrs. Gilbert.
Just a little bit about me… I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade before my twins were born. I have been able to stay home with my children while volunteering at their schools and teaching Sunday School. I also taught a few of the kids in college summer classes at AACC. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also
enjoy reading, taking pictures and scrapbooking.
PJ Gilbert, 4’s Teacher
I am the mother of three children, two daughters sandwich my son. Watching them grow has been the greatest joy of my life. I grew up in the Midwest and attended Iowa State University where I met my husband. We moved to moved to Arnold in 1998. It didn’t take me long to find Christ Our Anchor and Anchors-A-Wee Preschool. I have been an active Church member for 20 years and have been working at Anchors-A-Wee for 11 years.
My favorite hobby is taking photos….lots of photos! Being a part of your children’s lives brings me great joy and I feel blessed to be part of the Anchors-A-Wee family.
Michele Gish, 3-Day Pre-K Teacher
Hello, my name is Michele Gish and I am so thankful to be a part of the Anchors-A-Wee team! I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from the US Naval Academy and served 5 years as an Intelligence Officer. My husband, also a USNA grad, is still on active duty and teaching in the Ocean Engineering Department. We are happy to be back in Maryland and living in Arnold with our two children.
Our youngest, Drew attended AAW and loved it! I have been so blessed to have been the Teacher Assistant for Mrs. Clark’s 3 Day Pre-K class for the last few years and am excited to join Mrs. LaHart in her January 2’s class. The children and teachers here bring me such joy and I truly love coming to work! I am thrilled to work with your children and watch them learn and grow!
Jen LaHart, MW 2’s Teacher
Hi, my name is Jen LaHart and I am the mother of three children, all of whom have attended Anchors-A-Wee. I spent nine years as a parent at AAW, and I am so excited to now be a part of the wonderful staff. I love the small, family-like atmosphere of Anchors-A-Wee, and am so grateful for the experiences that the school provided for my kids while they build friendships and learned the skills needed for kindergarten.
I have a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of MD – College Park, and worked as a Psychologist for three years in Anne Arundel County Public Schools before having my children. I am so happy to be back in a school setting working with children. I find it so rewarding to help kids feel good about themselves! I live on the Broadneck Peninsula with my husband and three children. My kids keep me pretty bust with their activities including softball, basketball and gymnastics. If I do have any free-time, I enjoy reading, exercising, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke Long, AM 3’s Teacher
Hello, my name is Brooke Long. I live on the Broadneck Peninsula with my husband and two children. Both of my children attended Anchors A Wee and loved it. Therefore I was thrilled to become a part of this great school five years ago. I have a BA degree in History and I’m certified in Early Education. Prior to having my first child in 2008 I worked at another school for ten years as a teacher and then Assistant Director. Once my children were old enough I was able to get myself back in the preschool world not just as a mother, but professionally as well. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the AAW family.
Megan Ostwind, Art & Spanish Teacher
Hello! My name is Megan Ostwind. I grew up in Anne Arundel County and have lived in Cape St Claire for the last 8 years with my husband and our two children. My daughter graduated from Anchors-A-Wee and is now in elementary school while my son is currently a student here. I have a BA in French and worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools as an ESOL teacher and Spanish interpreter before becoming a stay at home mom. I am currently the coordinator for a local MOPS group as well. In my spare time, I love to read, spend time on the water, play music, and cook. I love having your kids in art class and enjoy seeing their creativity with each project! I’m very grateful to be a part of the AAW family!
Wendy Rhoe, AM 3’s & AM 4’s Assistant Teacher
Hello! I grew up on the Broadneck Peninsula and attended Severn School and James Madison University. My husband, Kris, is an engineer with Northrop Grumman and we have one son, Collins. As a family we enjoy boating, going to Bethany Beach and working on our new home on Kent Island. Collins along with my nephews attended Anchors-A-Wee and we loved the environment.
When the opportunity became available to become a part of the AAW faculty I jumped at the chance. I enjoy working with the children and getting to experience each day through their eyes. It is wonderful to be a part of such a caring faculty and staff.
Sarah Taylor, 5-Day Pre-K Teacher
I am the mother of two children who have both graduated from Anchors-A-Wee. When my youngest was in his final year here, I was given the opportunity to teach the :”Art Goes to Preschool” program. I was thrilled with the prospect of continuing on at the preschool once the children moved on, and jumped at the chance to combine the roll of music and art teacher.
Since then, I have moved back in the classroom and taught in the twos, threes and fours programs. I am excited for this opportunity to teach the Pre-K program and look forward to another great year at Anchors-A-Wee. I am originally from England where I studied elementary education, and have taught in both the UK and US. My husband and I moved to the states in 2000 and have lived on the Broadneck peninsula since 2005. We love spending time outdoors with the children and we enjoy biking, walking, and camping together.
Jennifer Weaver, 5-Day Pre-K Assistant Teacher
I have lived in Arnold for the past 15 years with my husband and two daughters. Both girls attended Anchors-A-Wee and we loved the school, so I was excited to join this wonderful staff. I have a degree in elementary education from Salisbury University and have taught 2nd and 3rd grade. I am thrilled to be back in a school setting and am looking forward to a great year in
Nikki Zdun, WF 2’s PM 3’s Assistant Teacher
Hi my name is Nikki Zdun. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked in a wide variety of child care fields. I have lived on the Broadneck Peninsula for 17 years now. I’m married and my husband and I have 3 active boys. Two of my boys graduated from Anchors-A-Wee. I absolutely fell in love with AAW while they attended. So when I was offered a position, I eagerly accepted it. It has been a big transition for me since I had been a stay-at-home mom for a little over 12 years. I’m absolutely loving working with your littles!