Founder/Head of School
The Journey School is a private middle school founded by Christina Thomas. Christina received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1994 and Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching with a Maryland State Teacher Certification in 2004. She left her Howard County middle school teaching position in 2014 to pursue her dream of opening her own Montessori-based middle school. Having experienced Montessori as a mother of two Montessori educated girls and seeing the impact that a deep, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate program had on them, she wished to see this continue into the middle school years. Dr. Montessori's method for elementary-aged children rang true for Christina as an educator, and she desired to see it used for older children who would benefit from the freedom, independence, and responsibility of being thoughtfully engaged in their own learning. Noting that most Montessori programs end at the upper elementary level (grade 6), she saw an opportunity for one that focused on the middle school years and developed a program that would attract a variety of students from all backgrounds - Montessori, public, private, and home schooled. In the summer of 2014, Christina received her certificate from the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies and returned to Maryland to begin the process of opening the Journey School.
Director of Programs
Mrs. Carrie Weitzman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She holds an American Montessori Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She served as Montessori head teacher for five years as well as a Director of Admissions for 4 years. Her volunteerism includes serving as President of Mater Amoris Montessori Parent Teacher Organization and Room parent. Carrie is dedicated to spreading the word about the Montessori Method of Education that teaches the whole child, developing a love of learning, independence, and a deep understanding of the world around us. Because of her deep appreciation for the Montessori pedagogy, Carrie has been a member of The Journey School board since its inception and now joins as a faculty member serving as Director of Programs. She lives in Fulton, Maryland with her husband and 2 children. In addition, she loves traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Lead Adolescent Teacher - Math and Science
Carrie Sanidad earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Secondary Math Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was in the University Honors Program and also played volleyball for their varsity team. She started her teaching career as a high school Math and Computer Science teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System. After taking time off to raise her family of four children, Ms. Carrie is excited to be returning to the classroom, especially in a Montessori setting. Although she likes all mathematic and science disciplines, her favorite is Geometry. She has served as a middle school and high school head volleyball coach and an assistant swim coach for all ages. In her spare time, she likes to knit, quilt and cross stitch.
Adolescent Teacher - English Language Arts
An odd mix of wordsmith and mathlete, Samantha Gloss is also a lifelong learner, lover of nature, and believer in people. Fueled by her interest in many things, she has explored various opportunities to grow and share her love of learning with others. Her experiences include teaching middle school English, writing and editing for federal social justice and wellness contracts, tutoring adults in writing, and analyzing data to improve programs and processes. She has been a writer since she could hold a pencil and earned her B.S. in writing from Towson University, where she later also earned an M.A. in teaching. While earning her M.A., Sam found herself drawn to the ideas of Maria Montessori. She strongly believes in everyone's ability to have fun while leading their own learning experiences, and she is excited to be part of a community that values the asking of questions and the journey to finding potential answers. She is excited to guide TJS students to discover the power of their words and ideas—and to help them use their ideas to positively change the world.