Resource Teachers and Support Staff

resource team

School Counselors

Mrs. Counsell:

Mrs. Counsell has been a School Counselor since 2010. Prior to coming to MCES, she worked at New Town Elementary School for four years. She has her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University-Maryland and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dayton in Sociology. In addition to state certification, she also holds a certificate as a National Certified Counselor. Prior to working for BCPS, she worked for both the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and Catholic Charities as a case manager. She is passionate about her family and being a mother to her daughter and son. She also enjoys reading, swimming, listening to music, dancing, and rooting for local sports teams (Go Ravens and O's) in her free time.

Mr. Rubin:

Mr. Rubin has been working as a school counselor in Baltimore County since 1998. Before Mays Chapel, he worked at Randallstown High, Stemmers Run Middle and Meadowood Education Center. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Mr. Rubin believes in developing meaningful relationships with his students and partnering with their teachers and families along the way. Mr. Rubin is an avid sports fan and has coached high school and youth lacrosse since 1994. He is currently a coach for Charm City Youth Lacrosse. Some of his other interests are snowboarding, running, hiking, listening to live music and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Special Educators

Mrs. Shimkaveg:  

Mrs. Shimkaveg graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. Mrs. Shimkaveg has been a special educator in Baltimore County for 11 years. She has taught at both Chatsworth Elementary and Oliver Beach Elementary.  She is passionate about providing the best education for all students. Mrs. Shimkaveg has 2 children and her husband is also a special educator in Baltimore County. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and hanging out with her family.


Ms. Specht:

  Ms. Specht is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Elementary-Middle). She received this degree in May 2014, and is relocating from Long Island, New York. Her passion for Special Education developed at an early age and continued to grow throughout both of her internship experiences with Baltimore County. Her first internship was at Pine Grove Middle School where she worked with a 7th grade self-contained pre-algebra class. Here she had the opportunity to co-teach with several general educators. Her second internship was at West Towson Elementary School where she worked with students in 1st-3rd grade and had the opportunity to co-teach as well as small push-in and pull-out sessions with students. Ms. Specht started teaching for BCPS in the fall of 2014 at Mays Chapel.

Ms. Fisher:

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Ms. Miedlar:

Ms. Miedlar loves working with the talented and enthusiastic members of the Mays Chapel Team. She helped to open Mays Chapel in its inaugural year in 2014 and she has been teaching in Baltimore County since 2004. Prior to joining Team Mays, Ms. Miedlar had experience teaching fifth grade and fourth grade at New Town Elementary School. Ms. Miedlar completed her Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education at Towson University and she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Loyola University in Maryland. In her free time, Ms. Miedlar enjoys reading, running, baking/cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Ms. Craft:  

Ms. Craft has been working in the field of education for the last 10 years.  Ms. Carr will be joining the Mays Chapel staff as a para educator.  She is excited to be assisting both the staff and students at Mays Chapel.  She is an extremely proud mom of four sons, ages 17, 14, 11, and 9. In her limited free time, she enjoys watching her sons games, cooking healthy vegetarian meals, exercising, and spending time with family and friends!


Ms. Dalton:

Ms. Dalton enjoys being a paraeducator at Mays Chapel Elementary. She provides support to students in the classroom and also teaches small groups of students outside the classroom. Ms. Dalton has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, a special educator, and an ESOL tutor in BCPS and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Ms. Dalton is a life-long resident of Baltimore County and a proud graduate of Towson University. She is an avid animal lover. Her spare time is spent with family and friends enjoying all of the wonderful things Baltimore County has to offer. Ms. Long: Ms. Long is the proud mother of three children, Mackenzie, Ryan, and Justin. She grew up in Maryland and loves the Ravens, Orioles, and (of course) steamed crabs. Ms. Long has worked in the field of education since 2009. In her free time, Ms. Long enjoys spending time with her children while hiking, paddle boarding, and going to the beach!

School Psychologist

Laura Gordon:

Ms. Gordon has been working as a School Psychologist since 1997, starting in Baltimore City Public Schools, then Kennedy Krieger Institute. She began working for BCPS in 2013.  Ms. Gordon has a husband and 2 sons, ages 19 and 16.  She is an 8 year Breast Cancer Survivor!


Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs)

Wendy Guetler:

Mrs. Guetler has been providing speech and language therapy for BCPS students for 14 years. She began her career in 1997 at Sparks Elementary School.  During her eight years at Sparks, she also assisted other therapists with special projects at Pinewood Elementary, Lutherville Lab Elementary and Hereford Middle School.  In 2005, she took a two year maternity leave to spend time raising her family.  She returned back to BCPS in 2007 servicing students at Riderwood Elementary School.  Mrs. Guetler then moved on to Stoneleigh Elementary and has been working as the Speech-Language Pathologist there for the past three years. Mrs. Guetler values the personal relationships she establishes with her students and parents. She is committed to ensuring student success by incorporating student interests coupled with fun into her therapy sessions. She loves witnessing her students succeed and flourish with their speech and language skills.  Mrs. Guetler is a Towson University alumni.  She has a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences. Mrs. Guetler is a huge Disney enthusiast.  She loves traveling to Disney World and going on Disney cruises with her husband and two daughters.  She also enjoys the outdoors, going on hikes with her family and two Labradors.

Ms. Yeakle

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S.T.A.T. Teacher

Mrs. Daniels


Occupational Therapist (OT)

Jean Savina:

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Reading Specialists

Mrs. Guanti:

  After graduating from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Elementary Ed and a certification in Special Education, Mrs. Guanti began her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. After four years, her journey brought her to Glenmar Elementary School, a BCPS school, where she taught 4th and 5th grades before working as a GT resource teacher. While on child rearing leave, she began to pursue her Masters in Reading, which she obtained and then returned to Glenmar ES as a primary (grades K-2) reading specialist. The role evolved into that of the reading specialist (K-5) where she had the honor to work with students, teachers, and parents at every grade level. The evolution of teaching and her desire to be a part of the changes occurring has led her to Mays Chapel Elementary. Jen is blessed to come home from a great day of learning and enjoy the company of her husband, daughter and son. Things that bring a smile to her face (and her soul) are a good book, a great meal, traveling, art, sports and live music.

Mrs. Hankoff:

Mrs. Hankoff has taught in Baltimore County since 2010. She taught 2nd grade for 6 years-4 years at Baltimore Highlands Elementary and 2 years at Mays Chapel Elementary. Mrs. Hankoff switched roles at Mays Chapel Elementary in 2016 to become a reading specialist. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Towson University in 2015 with Master's Degree in Reading Education. Outside of teaching and learning, Mrs. Hankoff enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband, Brad, and their Labrador Retriever, Tucker. Her other interests include reading, running, yoga, the Ravens, and cooking.

School Nurse

Mrs. Lanier: 

Mrs. Lanier began her nursing career is a BSN graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. After working in trauma for several years, she moved to Maryland and was a part of the Surgical ICU and adolescent pediatric units at John Hopkins Hospital. In 2007 she began her school nursing career at Glenmar Elementary, where she remained for 7 years. While at Glenmar, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Health Sciences Education. She enjoys the combination of health care and education that school nursing provides! Mrs. Lanier enjoys travelling abroad, where she has done a cartwheel on every continent but Antarctica! In her free time she loves camping, the outdoors, reading, gardening, and scrapbooking. Mrs. Lanier’s family includes her husband and two young sons, and their beagle mix, Fitch.


ESOL Teacher

Mrs. O’Melia:

 Mrs. O’Melia has been teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other languages) and Spanish for over 20 years. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, her MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and took her teaching certification classes at UMBC. Mrs. O’Melia likes to read and travel with her husband and 2 teenagers when she is not teaching.


Building Operations Supervisor (BOS)

Sherrie White:

Ms. White grew up attending BCPS and graduating from Overlea High School in 1980.  She continued her education by joining the Navy and becoming an electrician working on submarines and other Naval vessels. Finishing twelve years of Naval service she got out and focused on raising my five sons.  Ms. White started working for BCPS in 1997 working third shift as a Building Service Worker. In 2000 she started working as a BOS at Padonia International then on to Timonium Elementary. In 2014  she was hired to be the new BOS here at Mays Chapel and how excited she was to get to see the building coming together each day. Now it's four years later and she still loves coming to work each day and interacting with the students, staff and parents. In her free time, Ms. White loves spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors while boating, fishing, chasing the dogs, or blowing bubbles with her grand kids.