New People and Positions for the 2017-18 School Year

Tatiana Barnes

Tatiana Barnes

Toddler Assistant, Sassafras Class and Event Coordinator

Tati, as she likes to be called, is a Toddler Assistant in Sassafras Class and Aidan's Event Coordinator (ensuring that each Aidan is set up perfectly). She has also served as Aidan's Substitute for Assistants (stepping in when colleagues are absent or taking breaks) in the past. In these roles, she has gotten to know a broad swath of the school community, both in and outside the classroom. Before coming to Aidan, Tati taught Spanish from Pre-K to 8th grade at Annunciation Catholic School.

Tati is from Caracas, Venezuela. She is married and has four children (three of whom have attended Aidan - so far). She loves spending time with her family, traveling and has a passion for baking.

Lan Bui

Lan Bui

Chief Financial Officer
Coming Soon!
Lakmali Cooray

Lakmali Cooray

ASP Assistant and Toddler Assistant, Mountain Silverbell Class

Mali came to Aidan as a Toddler Assistant in 2008. Prior to arriving at Aidan, she worked with Chevy Chase Baptist Church Children’s Center as teacher aide for two years and also dedicated time to raising her children. Prior to moving to the US in 2004, she studied both drafting and education, and worked as draftsman and teacher.

Mali grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She currently lives in Rockville, MD, with her husband, teenage daughter, and son. Apart from interacting with children, she enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling.

Ashley Espiritu

Ashley Espiritu

Media Designer and Publication Assistant
Coming soon!
Elizabeth Henke

Elizabeth Henke

Substitute for Lead Faculty

Elizabeth Henke has served at Aidan as a Substitute for Lead Faculty, an Upper Elementary teacher, a Lower Elementary teacher, and as peace educator. After her undergraduate education, Elizabeth taught studio art at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India. After earning her AMI Elementary Diploma, she went on to pioneer the Upper Elementary program at Brilliant Star Montessori School on the South Pacific Island of Saipan for two years. She then taught humanities and ethics and directed community partnerships at Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio for two years prior to earning her Masters. Upon returning from UPEACE, she co-founded the Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace, which provides key tools and experiences for Montessori adolescents to become peacebuilders.

Elizabeth herself is a product of Montessori education from Children's House through 8th grade. It was while she was attending Milwaukee Montessori School, at age 10, that she chose to become a Montessori teacher. Outside of Montessori, she enjoys dance parties with her two sons, creating their home with her husband, cooking, baking, laughing, hiking, singing, painting, reading, and many other gerunds.

Julia Isaza

Julia Isaza

Upper Elementary Teacher, Sweetgum Class
Phillip Katinas

Phillip Katinas

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Phillip is Aidan's Director of Auxiliary Services, a new position established for the 2018-19 school year. Phillip’s work in education began at the Sheridan School in DC, where he served as camp teacher at their Creative Arts and Summer Adventure Camp (CASA) while home from college during the summer. After several years as camp teacher, Phillip accepted a full-time role as the Program Manager for CASA and was ultimately promoted to the Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs at Sheridan. As Sheridan's Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs, Philip oversaw all after school and summer programs. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role at Aidan.

Phillip and his family are DC-natives and all still reside in the area. Phillip loves playing sports, especially ice hockey. He also enjoys exploring the great outdoors, biking, camping, and hiking. Philip spends his free time training his two Newfoundland dogs, who not only love to swim but are water-rescue certified.

Alden Kendall

Alden Kendall

Upper Elementary Assistant, Sweet Gum Class

Alden joined Aidan's Upper Elementary team in January, 2018. After spending two years as a Primary Montessori Guide in Bethesda, he came to Aidan as Director of the After School Program (or ASP, as we usually call it), in which capacity he served Aidan from 2013-2018. In summer of 2017, Alden pursued AMI Adolescent program training, to enrich what he can offer Aidan's students. His love for spending time outdoors, together with his Montessori perspective, inform a lot of how ASP students spend their time - and why they so love the program.

Alden grew up all over the United States. He enjoys working with his hands. He spends much of his free time either in his woodshop, making odds and ends as well as customized Montessori materials, gardening, building, or outdoors, where he likes hiking, camping, and generally enjoying the natural world.

Grace Pasco

Grace Pasco

Lower Elementary Teacher, Magnolia Class
Coming Soon!
Nirmala Tennekoon

Nirmala Tennekoon

ASP Assistant and Toddler Assistant, Sassafras Class

Nirmala started her career working with children as a primary teacher in Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2004. She is returning to Aidan as a Toddler Assistant for the 2016-17 school year. Previously, Nirmala served Aidan as Program Coordinator for the Before & After School Program (B/ASP) from 2005 to 2011 and as a Primary Assistant from 2013 to 2014.

Nirmala's two daughters, Kalani and Bavya, attend Aidan. She loves water color painting and creating enticing mobiles!

Jordyn Walker

Jordyn Walker

Substitute for Assistants

Jordyn joined Aidan as a Toddler Assistant in Fall 2017 after doing extraordinary work with our Summer Camp as Head of Athletics and Morning Care. Prior to working at Aidan, she interned at Somerset County's Judy Center, which works with children and families aged 0-5 to make sure children are socially, emotionally, and academically ready for kindergarten. She also interned at Beaver Run Elementary as a social worker and helped developed 504 plans and had a caseload of students from kindergarten through grade 2. Jordyn's electives for social work and her minor in psychology focused on classes that involved child development and child welfare. She has also worked at camps for the last 7 summers in leadership positions. Jordyn spent her high school volunteer hours working with middle school students and helped toput on and prepare students for a benefit concert at the Filmore in Silver Spring.

Jordyn played soccer as a child until her junior year of high school, when she switched her focus to volunteering with kids. She gained over 400 community service hours at Roberto Clemente Middle School, where she found her passion for working with children in the community and making a difference. Jordyn was also a member of the sorority Phi Mu and spent a lot of her college experience giving back to the community, including being a captain for the sorority's Relay for Life team.