Jen Walker, Ph.D. Executive Director
Executive Director & Discovery Days Teacher
Jen Walker earned her Ph.D. in English at the George Washington University with a primary area of interest in environmental humanities. She has taught English, history, environmental studies, and education at Salisbury University and McDaniel College. In addition, she has taught numerous experiential education courses, taking students to places such as Yosemite, the Everglades, post-hurricane Louisiana, and Hawaii. Closer to home, Jen has organized learning opportunities from state parks and trails, to art museums, climbing walls, the symphony, the beach, and mountains. She is a proponent of service opportunities for people of all ages, and has worked with groups as diverse as the local homeless population, children with terminal illnesses, and various environmental organizations. Some of her other adventures have been working with inner-city D.C. youth in summer enrichment opportunities, developing programs and curriculum for high schools and colleges, and teaching yoga to children throughout the Baltimore area. Jen has homeschooled her children for the last three years, and prior to her work with World House, ran a homeschool cooperative for 2 years.
Melissa Munk Associate Director
Programming Director and Creative Foundation Teacher
Melissa has spent the last 20 years sharing her passion for hands-on learning with young children. As the former owner of Leaping Learners Child Development Center in Hampstead, Maryland, she successfully developed educational programs for young students, managed teachers and staff, and directed the daily operations of the Center. Prior to this, Melissa spent 14 months exploring the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach at The Young School in Howard County, a compassionate, child-centered, hands-on approach to learning that continues to inform Melissa’s teaching philosophy. At Carrol Community College Child Development Center, Melissa acted as Educational Program Specialist, taught early childhood classes, and mentored practicum students. Melissa is a lifetime resident of Maryland. When not in the classroom, you can find her working in her garden, baking a loaf of chocolate zucchini bread, or, with camera in hand, taking full advantage of exploring the wonders of our natural world through her view finder. Melissa and her fiancé Chris live in Northern Baltimore County with their four children and dog Cooper.
Sarah Knaup Director of Admissions
Director of Admissions
Sarah spent her formative adolescent years living in Turkey, traveling the World a quarter of every school year. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication at Portland State University. Originally destined to be a fighter pilot in the Armed forces, she took a sharp turn after an injury and landed at a progressive Elementary Charter school in Portland, OR. There she had the joy of working with children and staff as they turned the city into their project based learning canvass. Feeling the need to branch out, she scored a marketing job at Adidas working on the 2006 World Cup campaign. Over the past decade she has home birthed all four of her children into a pool of water, clothed diapered, and infused all the wholesomeness of a Waldorf education into her children. While being a recent transplant to Baltimore, Sarah and her family have established a nice little acre homestead in Pikesville that houses their 8 ducks, 2 rabbits, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. When not making medicine for her friends and family from her medicinal herbal garden, you’ll find Sarah conjuring up some new way to include bone broth in a dinner recipe.
Cari Gohlinghorst Grant Writer
Cari has a BA from the University of Baltimore in English and Creative Writing. She is working on her Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults at McDaniel College.
Prior to World House, Cari was a grant writer for a nonprofit independent school. She was successful in getting many grants, including one from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She was also a teacher at the independent school, where she taught English, science, art, and elementary math to students ranging from grades K-12.
Cari has homeschooled her four children for 9 years, and has recently started homeschooling two additional children. When she’s not homeschooling, her passions include Miata’s, huskies, gardening, assembling dollhouses, and writing. She is known for making cakes, and loves watching that look of surprise on the birthday kid or the wedding couple when she reveals a cake.
Cari is a lit head, and if she could time travel, she’d have to meet Shakespeare, William Burroughs, Christina Rossetti, Louisa May Alcott, and all of the Bronte family. She’d also have to attend one of Truman Capote’s famous parties.
From gourmet cookie maker to talented musician and crafter extraordinaire, Kathy Davis has many talents to offer the World House community. A former elementary school teacher, Kathy has recently moved to Maryland from the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband raised three amazing and artistic girls. Kathy teaches our Willows class in Creative Foundations and Busy Hands. She also offers teaches voice/piano lessons.
Music InstructorTrevor is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and musician who began studying music at age four. In his early youth, Trevor studied traditional Irish and Cape Breton music and dance, traveling the around the East Coast, as well as parts of Canada and Ireland performing with his family band. As Trevor’s musical interests broadened over the years, he began to pick up different instruments and styles and began composing music on guitar and piano. Trevor is a homeschooler and graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he found a niche for his music by forming original bands and performing/composing music for many theatre productions. For several years after college, Trevor worked as the Music Director for the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rivals of the West theatre company, both leading the bands for popular musicals such as Hair, and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as composing original scores for many of the plays. Trevor now works as a full time music educator both teaching private lessons as well as teaching regularly at a music school in Baltimore. Trevor is also a regular performing musician in several professional theatre companies in Baltimore City as well as a member of several local bands.