Staff Profiles


Cheryl Stradling, M.S.Ed.

As a parent, special educator for over 40 years, and Head of School, I am the BEST at meeting a child’s needs. Kids love me because I get them! My daily focus is on each child’s distinctive learning style and needs. Due to my expertise in a variety of methodologies, my broad knowledge allows me to effectively work with students with a learning difference.

Throughout my 44 years in continuing education at various universities, I have learned that the veteran special educator is the one who will make the difference for children. It is just not the degrees obtained, but the intense classroom experience using only research based instruction that will better educate the student. I am a teacher who is trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Phono-graphix Programs. I acknowledge that it is the multi-sensory approach to learning that will engage each child throughout their day. Being certified in “Visualizing & Verbalizing” and all other strands from the Project Read Program, I have the skill set to be the Educational Administrator of Glenwood Academy! (A love that I founded in August 2011. ) I wake up each morning saying, “I am going to make a difference today”. That is why I continued staying in the classroom since 1974.



Amanda Shearer, M.S.Ed

As an undergraduate, I studied at Le Moyne College located in Syracuse, NY in Sociology with a dual concentration in Childhood and Special Education. I then continued my studies at the State University of New York at Cortland and received my M.S.Ed in Literacy Education.  After graduation, I accepted a position at  a not-for-profit, New York State-licensed organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Through my experiences, I have found I thoroughly enjoy working with children and encouraging creative expression in all individuals.

As a teacher, it is important that we are life-long learners, as it is our job to be dedicated, resourceful and goal-driven educators with a commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. It is our job to also be accommodating to individuals and to develop inspiring hands-on lessons that will breed success. In order to accomplish these goals and become the best possible teacher, I continued my education by becoming trained and certified in programs such as Orton- Gillingham, Project Read and Linda Mood Bell’s Visualizing & Verbalizing. With these multi-sensory programs, we can better meet the learning style needs of all children.



Rebakah Neuman, B.A. Ed

As an undergraduate I studied at Spring Arbor University located in Jackson, Michigan. My emphasis was in Elementary Education with triple minors in Science, Social Studies, and Early Childhood Education.  As a continuation of my educational career, I am currently working on my MAE in Learning Disabilities from Northern Michigan University located in Marquette, Michigan.

After graduating with my BA I volunteered at several schools in Northern Michigan where I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students and found myself drawn to working the children who had learning differences. In 2008 I moved to Maryland at which time I started working at Glenwood Country Day School. Throughout the past several years I have enjoyed the opportunities I have been given to aid my students in growing both academically and socially, and seeing my students filled with newfound confidence is priceless!

To better aid my students in their understanding of the many concepts covered in language arts I am trained in the following programs; Project Read Primary Phonics, Framing your Thoughts by Project Read, Handwriting Without Tears, Visualizing and Verbalizing by Linda Mood Bell and the Orton-Gillingham instructional techniques. In addition, I am familiar with working with a wide variety of reading curriculums such as: The Merrill Reading Program, The S.P.I.R.E Reading Program, and The Wilson Reading Program. To better aid my students in their understanding of mathematical concepts I am also trained in Touch Math and On Cloud Nine by Linda Mood Bell.


Angela Liston OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and Co-owner of the Children’s SPOT Inc., began her career in 1998 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in mental health. During that time, Angela continued her education and in 2003 became a fully certified Occupational Therapist.  Since that time, Angela has focused her career on working with children with a variety of disabilities including Autism, ADD/ADHD and Learning Disabilities, in both the school and private practice settings.  In addition to providing traditional services focusing on fine and gross motor skills, she is Level 1 Certified in Handwriting Without Tears, is trained in Yoga for Special Needs Children and is a certified provider of The Listening Program. Angela has a special interest in developing sensory integration programs to help students with sensory modulation deficits effectively learn in a classroom environment.  Angela co-teaches the Social Thinking program at Glenwood Academy and enhances the program by teaching The Zones of Regulation, a program designed to improve a child’s ability to self-regulate.  She works closely with parents and teachers to develop practical strategies to help increase her clients’ availability for learning and improve fine and gross motor skills necessary to succeed in the school environment.



Nicole Orellana MS, CCC-SLP  speech therapist and co-owner of the Children’s SPOT inc. has been a Speech and Language Therapist working with children diagnosed with, Apraxia, Learning Disabilities, Language Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays since 2004.   She has completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Pennsylvania State University and uses motivation and reinforcement strategies to help her students achieve their highest potential.  Nicole is a strong proponent of the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program, by Nancy Bell, to help children improve oral and written comprehension as well as the Social Thinking Program, by Michelle Garcia Winner, to help children improve pragmatic language and their ability to navigate the social world.  Through her work with Angela Liston OTR/L, who also works with students at Glenwood Academy, Nicole has learned to incorporate research based sensory and motor strategies to improve a child’s ability to focus and attend.  Nicole believes strongly in developing relationships with teachers and parents and fostering the “team” approach.


Jenny Lipetzky, BA Music Ed, MA Music
For over twenty years I have been sharing my love for music as a private piano teacher. The last eight years I have been a Kindermusik educator and business owner. These experiences have shown me the importance of children being fluent in the language of music – both in an ensemble working with other people and as individuals to express personal ideas. I have a passion for music but also for giving children a place to learn, grow and share their ideas and talents. Great music fosters great learning – I use a variety of engaging activities such as games, movement, instruments and singing while integrating music from around the world to learn the foundations and techniques of music… and enjoy every minute of it!

Michael Stradling, M. Ed.

Mr. Stradling majored in Health and Physical Education at Temple University where he attended on a Track and Field athletic scholarship. He furthered his education by receiving his master’s degree in education at Western Maryland College.

Mr. Stradling began his teaching career in the Philadelphia School District and then transferred to the Howard County Public School System. In the Howard County Public School System, he taught for thirty years at Centennial Lane Elementary School. After retirement, he began teaching Physical Education at Glenwood Academy.