Meet the First Grade Teachers

Kaitlin Lander

I grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, where I spent Mrs. Landermy summers at the beach! I went to college at Penn State University at University Park where I grew to love college football--We Are! I had my first teaching experience in Anne Arundel County where I spent 5 years teaching third grade and 5 years teaching fourth grade. I also received my master’s degree from McDaniel College during that time. After spending some time in Annapolis I lived in Baltimore City and met my husband, Peter, who I married during the summer of 2016. We live in Baltimore County with my two stepchildren (Luke & Mila) and our daughter (Clara). We love the beach so we spend our summers visiting Bethany Beach and the Jersey Shore. I was lucky to start working at Timonium Elementary during the 2016-17 school year and I am loving my experience in first grade!

Laura Margiotta

 Mrs. MargiottaI grew up in the Hereford Zone in Baltimore County.  I knew early on that I always wanted to become a teacher. For college, I attended Towson University where I graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and in Deaf Studies.  I began teaching in Baltimore County in 2005.  Throughout my career I have taught second grade for many years and this year I have the opportunity to teach first.  Desiring to grow as a teacher, I received my Masters in Reading Education from Towson and was privileged to attend the International Reading Association Conference in Costa Rica. Teaching for me is more than a passion, it is an opportunity to shape the next generation of teachers, authors, scientists, and engineers.

When I am not teaching I love spending time with my husband and my three children.  We love spending time outside and during the summer we spend most of our time relaxing in Cape May, New Jersey.  I love traveling, although it is harder now with young children.  I enjoying cooking and doing crafts.  I also love cheering on my hometown teams- the Orioles and the Ravens.

I am excited about continuing my career teaching at Timonium this fall.

Kelsey Brown

I grew up in Timonium and attended Ms. BrownSt. Joseph School, Cockeysville and Notre Dame Preparatory High School. In May 2017, I graduated from Loyola University Maryland earning my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.  I have a true passion for working with children and have been working with and creating bonds with children in Baltimore as well as in Haiti and El Salvador.

This year I am excited to start a new journey with the first graders coming into my classroom.  I have been given the opportunity to encourage students who enter my room and will be creating long lasting friendships.