Meet the CALS Teachers

Yana Gurova

Ms. Gurova

I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the United States with my parents when I was 5 years old. Ever since then, I have lived in Baltimore, Maryland and loved every minute. I am a proud product of Baltimore County Public Schools, and couldn’t be happier that I can work in the same school system that made me love learning. I graduated in May 2017 from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, and am so excited to begin my teaching career at Timonium Elementary! I have volunteered at an art therapy program for children and young adults with disabilities for several years, and attribute much of my passion for special education to this experience. It has taught me about creativity, flexibility, and that light (and some humor!) can be found in any given situation. I strongly believe in student-centered learning and a positive classroom environment, and I can’t wait to learn from my students just as much as they learn from me! 

Alison Kraus

Mrs. KrausI grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and knew I wanted to teach special education when I was in high school. I spent half of my senior year assisting students in the life-skills class and loved every minute of it. I went to Towson University from 2007-2011 where I earned a Bachelors in Special Education and Elementary Education. While at Towson, I started my career at Timber Grove Elementary where I taught inclusion, ALS (Adapted Learning Support), and first grade. After 4 years at TGE, I had the incredible opportunity to open a brand new school called Lyons Mill Elementary in Owings Mill. After being a first grade teacher for two years, I realized it was time to go back to teaching special education where my heart is the happiest.

In my free time, I enjoy crafting, dancing, playing with my dog, and trying new places to eat around Baltimore with my husband. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Timonium family and look forward to many years to come.

Rachel Sochurek

Mrs. Sochurek

I was raised in Harford County and have lived there most of my life. Since I was very young, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I taught preschool in Harford County for a couple years then decided that I wanted to dedicate my career to working with children with special needs. I moved on to teaching for a BCPS literacy program that included ESOL students and children with special needs. Shortly afterwards, I graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. In 2016, I started working at Timonium Elementary and absolutely love it!

Lora Rendulich-Klipper

Ms. RendulichI’ve been teaching in Intermediate CALS classroom at Timonium since the 1997-98 school year.  It’s been a fabulous learning experience to teach students with such diverse needs while keeping up with the latest research and strategies in the field of autism.  Of course, I’ve learned the most from my students over the years since each student has unique needs and learning styles.  I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh (so please forgive my Steelers jerseys…it’s just in my blood).  I decided to become a teacher after working on a research project in education and a group home while working on my Bachelors in Science.  I then went on to receive my Special Education certification and Masters in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. I moved to Baltimore after accepting a teaching position at Duckworth School in Prince George’s County.  Since I enjoyed living in the Baltimore area, I decided to live and teach in Baltimore County and have been here ever since!  I couldn’t be happier with my decision to teach in such a supportive and wonderful school like Timonium Elementary!