Meet the Fairchild Team

Hillary Hytken Morrow


Hillary started Fairchild Educational Services in the spring of 2011 as she realized her true passion is helping students of all ages reach their full academic potential. Hillary enjoys the process of getting to know her students and finding a system of learning that works for them. Each student is an individual and, with Hillary, each student can learn skills to excel in all areas of their lives. Hillary attended Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia and graduated with a double major in History and Romance Languages. Her love of languages led to international study abroad experiences in Sevilla, Spain and Paris, France. After Bryn Mawr, Hillary attended the prestigious Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University for her Master's Degree and made the Washington, DC area her home. Hillary began tutoring in the fall of 2001 when several of her horseback riding "kids" needed help with school work.This led to a full time teaching position at St. John's Episcopal School in January of 2003. As the full time Middle School Spanish teacher, Hillary was able to share her love of languages with countless students in the fifth through eighth grades as well as developing a small but successful tutoring business. As Hillary realized the growing need for her skill set in tutoring and test prep, she decided it was time to go at it alone, and Fairchild Educational Services was born. When Hillary isn't tutoring she can be found spending time with her sons, Sean and Declan, and her husband Mike. Together they enjoy trips to the farm to visit Hillary's horses, running, swimming and traveling.

Ellen Dempsey

Deputy Director

Ellen, Hillary’s right hand woman, has been teaching in one form or another since she was 16, when she taught her first horseback riding lesson. She attended Wilson College in PA, where she majored in English and Equestrian Studies. Prior to joining Fairchild, she worked as a legal assistant. She is also a horseback riding instructor. When not working or at a horse show, Ellen is usually hanging out with her dog or running off to New York to see a show.

Jen Hendrick


Jen Hendrick has been a teacher and tutor for more than 20 years. Over the course of her career, she has taught kindergarten and tutored pre-K through 12th grade students. Presently, Jen teaches pre-school in Howard County, a job she has loved for years. She earned a B.S. in family studies from the University of Maryland and a master’s in early childhood education from Catholic University. Jen lives in Howard County with her twin boys (high school seniors), her long-time partner, Evan, and their dog, Murphy. Her eldest two boys are a senior at the University of Maryland and a sophomore at Towson State University.

Kirsten Farley

Elementary Education Specialist

Kirsten grew up in Howard County before attending St. Andrews University in North Carolina. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and is now a 1st grade teacher at Monarch Academy Annapolis. She works with all of our elementary level students in all subject areas and from time to time helps with ELA SAT/ACT prep. Kirsten works to try to create more hands on approaches to her tutoring sessions to spark more out-of-the-box thinking while still covering the material that needs to be reviewed. She is prepping to return back to school for her Masters degree in Educational Psychology to one day be a guidance counselor. Kirsten loves being outside and when she isn't tutoring or at work she is usually out at the farm riding horses, working out at her Crossfit gym, hiking some trails with her dog, Brody, after camping out for a night or two in the woods and/or out on the water in her kayak or on a boat.

Barbara Mangraviti

Foreign Language Specialist

Barbara taught all levels of French and intermediate Spanish in the MCPS System for 39 years. She supervised language interns for Hood College, University of Maryland, and American University. She has led student trips to France and Spain and has been part of an academic French exchange program based in Paris and Compiègne, France. Currently she enjoys tutoring at Fairchild and being Mémé to her grandson Tristan.

Kush Desai


Kush grew up in Ashton, MD and is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. He’s earning a B.S. in General Biology and is looking to apply to medical schools after college. His ultimate goal is to specialize in Neurology and Neurosurgery. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball, playing piano, and singing.

Molly Bell


Molly is a current senior at the University of Maryland- Baltimore County. While working towards a degree in math and economics, she balances time between school, work, and her dog, Zuko. Molly has been tutoring math for 6 years and aims to become a college professor. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland and naturally loves to sail and be on the water. You can usually find her out camping in the woods, on her sailboat, or hanging out with friends.

Ally Smith

Math & Sciences

Ally Smith is a Ph.D. student studying pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in biochemistry and minors in mathematics, biology, and psychology. During her undergrad, she tutored biology and chemistry courses. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and practicing yoga.

Cary Hundley

Math Coordinator

Cary Hundley grew up in Ellicott City, MD before attending Goucher College. She graduated with a degree in Biology with minors in Business and Equine Studies, and is going back to school in the fall of 2019 to start a Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science. During high school and college she was a common resource when friends needed help in any class. Previously, she worked as the barn manager for Goucher, and currently runs a pet sitting business in addition to tutoring. Cary is excited to join Fairchild and get back into academia. In her free time she is usually at the barn but also enjoys running, baking, and going on adventures with her dog, Piper.

Ricky Smith

Math, Science, Test Prep

Ricky grew up in Annapolis, MD and is a current Junior at the University of Maryland - College Park. He's currently studying to get his double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, along with a minor in U.S. History. Ricky has had internship experience in the Computer Science industry and is hoping to parlay his experiences into a government based job following his graduation. In his free time, Ricky loves hanging out with friends, playing video games, and watching professional sports.

Veronica Cardosa

Math, Test Prep

Veronica grew up in Carroll County and is currently attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with minors in both Computer Science and Applied Linguistics. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, playing video games, and riding her horse Baby.

Brianna Mitchell

Test Prep

Brianna grew up in Montgomery County before attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She graduated with degree in Political Science and minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Legal Policy. She also has a JD from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Brianna works for a government contractor as a FOIA Attorney. When she has free time she loves to read, watch movies, and travel to theme parks.