Our Team

  • Kari Splitter-Spanish

    Kari comes from a family of seven children- all of which were home schooled by their loving parents! She grew up adoring wildlife and the outdoors: running around bare foot, building wood cabins, baking mud pies, caring for pet box turtles, and raising rabbits in Howard County 4-H. Formerly a nanny for one of Worldhouse’s dear families, she currently works as a gardener and tour guide at Clark’s Elioak Farm in Ellicott City, Maryland. As a self-taught learner that is interested in just about anything, Kari has been an avid Spanish student for many years and also enjoys learning about health, food, and fitness

  • Jen Walker, Ph.D. Executive Director

    Executive Director & Discovery Days Teacher

    Jen WalkerJen 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 Warrington Associate Director

    Associate Director

    Melissa has spent the last 23 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 husband Chris live in Northern Baltimore County with their four children and dog Cooper.

  • Kathy Davis-Teacher

    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.  She also offers teaches voice/piano lessons.

  • Trevor Shipley

    Music Instructor

    Trevor 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.