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 Warrington 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.
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.
Writing, Wellness, Organic Gardening, Beekeeping, Languages, Philosophy, Horses, and Teaching are all interests Maureen McIver has and offers to World House students. She teaches Oaks Foundations classes and Fine Arts and enjoys the many 1 on 1 opportunities to inspire children to reach for their highest potential. She has a Masters in Buddhist Classics, BA in Communication and Writing.
Taylor Logsdon- Teacher
Taylor Logsdon has been around the world working on organic farms, learning about other cultures and exploring the natural world. He is excited to share his skills in the garden, the woods and the workshop with the students of World House! He now resides in Westminster, Maryland with his wife and two daughters (students of World House!) behind Ancient Oaks Homa Farm where he has worked and cared for the land, animals and plants for the last four years: caring for cattle, running a vegetable operation, and leading farm and nature hikes for school children. Taylor is a family man, musician, poet, gardener, canoe-tripper and lover of the natural world.
Theresa Lummino-Health and Wellness Teacher
Theresa Lummino earned her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She received an Elementary Education Certification at John’s Hopkins University. She is certified at the 500 hour level in childrens and adult yoga instruction. Theresa has worked in wellness and education for over 15 years. She designed several children’s wellness programs with various focuses including mind body health, cooking, gardening and movement. She has worked at Baltimore City public schools, Crossroads Charter School and BUGS (Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students), a Living Classrooms Program. Theresa has a passion for encouraging children to explore and connect with both their external and internal world. In addition to teaching, she has a successful Thai massage and acupuncture practice for both children and adults.
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
Trevor Shipley-Drama and Music Teacher
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.