Meet Our Staff

Gail Aznar : Director/Owner

Gail Aznar


- Utah State University Graduate
- Graduated with a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
- Minor: Spanish
Credentials: Level 6 - First Aid/CPR Certification
We believe that a child is only a child for a very short time in their life. That in this day and age many children have been forced to grow-up before their time. We would like to preserve and create some of those precious moments of childhood by giving each and every child a chance to be just that. We believe each child has the right to laugh, to sing, to dance, and to be a child.
Amber Somers : Administrative Assistant

Amber Somers

Administrative Assistant

Amber is our part-time Administrative Assistant, who started at Rhymes & Reasons in August of 2019.  Her primary responsibilities include:  ordering supplies; handling tuition; payroll; updating the website; marketing; advertising; and recruiting.  Amber's background includes experience in human resources, accounting, billing and coding, and customer service.
Judy Parrish : Substitute Teacher

Judy Parrish

Substitute Teacher
Nadia Tognocchi : Assistant

Nadia Tognocchi

Taylor Rose : Two's Teacher

Taylor Rose

Two's Teacher

My name is Taylor Rose and I am so excited to be your new teacher!  This is my first time teaching at Rhymes & Reasons and I cannot wait to meet all of you.  I am very excited to learn more about your child and family.

I grew up in Eldersburg and I currently still live here!  I come from a large blended family. I am one of five children. I have two nephews and a niece. My family is very important to me. I have three dogs; Harper, Tucker, and Rex, who I love spending time with.

I received my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Carroll Community College, and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Maryland University College.
Destiny Thompson : Two's Teacher

Destiny Thompson

Two's Teacher

My name is Destiny Thompson and I am so full of joy to be your teacher! I am studying to learn to be a teacher, so this is a great opportunity to teach all of my fun and new friends. I can not wait to have an amazing school year together!


I am from Mount Airy, and I had gone to South Carroll high school. I've grown up as an only child and live with my mom, dad, and German shepherds. I am a very artistic person and I love to draw cartoons the most.


I am attending Carroll community college to receive my associates degree in early childhood education. Thereafter, i plan to attend Towson University to complete my degree.
Rena Rhodes : Administrative Assistant

Rena Rhodes

Administrative Assistant

Rena is our full-time Administrative Assistant, who started at Rhymes & Reasons in February 2016.  Her primary responsibilities include:  making sure staff and children's records conform to state regulations; handling tuition; payroll; updating the website; assisting in accreditation; parent tours; advertising; and recruiting.  Rena has also received her First Aid/CPR certification and she is qualified to give prescription medication to our children, if necessary.  Her background includes experience in human resources and eldercare.
Jennifer Wilhelm : Pre-K Teacher

Jennifer Wilhelm

Pre-K Teacher

My name is Jen Wilhelm and I am very excited to be your child’s Pre-K Teacher at Rhymes & Reasons.  I am looking forward to a year of learning, fun and adventures with your child.

I was born and raised in Carroll County where I grew up on a farm with my parents and four siblings (three brothers and one sister).  I graduated from high school in 1991 and then attended Carroll Community College for Early Childhood Education.

 Teaching has always been my passion.  I worked in the two-year-old classroom at Stepping Stones Daycare and three years at Emory Childcare Center, where I taught the Pre-K Class.  I have been a substitute K-5 teacher for elementary schools for seven years.  I worked in the Special Education Department at Freedom Elementary as a one-on-one for two years.

 I live in Eldersburg with my husband, two children and two dogs (Daisy and Bailey).  I love to travel and spend time with my family attending church where I teach Sunday school.  I love to go hiking and camping, to the beach, and Disney.

 I am very excited to get started teaching your child!  It is going to be a fun year!!
Rachel Adkins : Substitute Teacher/Staff Member

Rachel Adkins

Substitute Teacher/Staff Member


My name is Rachel Adkins.  I have been educating children for the past eleven years.  I graduated in December 2014 from Miami University in Ohio with my Associates of Applied Science in Pre-Kindergarten Education degree.  I am currently enrolled in Liberty University's on-line program, working toward my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Interdisciplinary Studies.

My husband and I had a small hobby farm in Virginia.  Due to my husband making a career change, we have moved to Maryland.  I have a lot of family in the area, so we are extremely happy about being here.  I am thrilled to be working at Rhymes and Reasons, and I am thankful you have given me the privilege to work with your child.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family.
Juan Aznar : Group Leader - Summer Camp

Juan Aznar

Group Leader - Summer Camp

Background:  Graduated from Frostburg University in 2005, with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.  Teacher at Laytonsville Elementary School (Montgomery County Public Schools) since 2006.  Summer Camp Group Leader since 2008 at Rhymes & Reasons..

Credentials:  Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education

Philosophy:  I believe that all children deserve a learning environment that is safe, exciting and promotes individual growth through adventure and exploration.