Meet the Fourth Grade Teachers

Caryl Connor

I have always had a love for working with Mrs. Connorstudents, but did not start teaching until 2000.  After graduating from college, I spent almost ten years working in higher education in the  admissions and financial aid departments.  I enjoyed working with families; helping them navigate the college entrance process.  I found the work fulfilling, especially each fall when the freshman class entered.  Over time, I realized that I was working extremely long hours and not enjoying what I was doing.  I stopped working full-time, and had the ability to pursue different part-time opportunities, while raising my young daughter.  When we moved back to Maryland, I started volunteering in my daughter’s class and realized that I loved interacting with students, even though they were much younger than the population I worked with before.

I went back to school for my teaching certification and my masters degree.  I spent a couple of years substitute teaching, but longed for my own class.  I started teaching at TES in 2000 in the fourth grade and have never looked back.  I love teaching at TES and feel privileged to work with an amazing team of teachers and staff.  I have an opportunity to teach students reading and instill my passion for reading.  This is the perfect job for me!

Karen Rand

Mrs. RandAfter graduating from Saint Francis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, I initially entered the corporate world.   I worked in Human Resources at FILA USA Inc., and Employee Benefits Consulting for ten years.  I realized that something was missing when I took a position in business at Severn School in Annapolis.  After playing two collegiate sports at Saint Francis, I really wanted to stay involved in sports, so I began coaching high school soccer, and basketball at Severn School.   My time there enabled me to see that I really enjoyed teaching children, and that my heart was really in the field of education.   In 2002, I got a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Towson University, with a specialty in Elementary Education.   In 2003, I started teaching sixth, seventh and eighth grade Reading at Sparrows Point Middle School, and coaching the Girls high school soccer and softball teams at Sparrows Point High School.  The great part about Sparrows Point was that the Middle School is attached to the high school, so I could teach my middle school students and then see them again as athletes when they got to high school.

In 2008, I began teaching at TES, and quickly realized how much I
love teaching fourth grade.  I was fortunate enough to be able to specialize in teaching my favorite subject, Math.   It is amazing to watch the growing minds of our students here as they grow academically.  I am determined to see them master their basic facts, and successfully work through all of our new skills together.  I can sum up the culture of my class room in one word:  “TEAM.”  I encourage students to work together as we conquer the many challenges of the fourth grade curriculum.

Lauren Krabitz

It only took three months in a cold call Ms. Krabitzsales position for me to realize that I missed my calling to be a teacher. I have always loved being in a school environment, and the office building was not for me. I soon returned to Towson University to pursue my Masters of Art in Teaching for Elementary Education. My first job was in Harford County at Deerfield Elementary. I taught fifth grade for three years at Deerfield. I grew up in the Towson and Mays Chapel area and always wanted to teach in Baltimore County. It was always my dream to find a job closer to home and I am thrilled to be a part of Timonium Elementary!

After spending my first year at Timonium teaching in fifth grade, I decided that I wanted to experience teaching in a primary grade and made the move down to first grade!  I enjoyed an amazing year filled with new experiences in first grade, but learned that the Intermediate Grades are my home! I love the fourth grade science and social studies curriculum and am excited to start another year in fourth grade!