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.

Kristina de Leeuw

Office Manager

Kristina grew up in Tampa, Florida, attended the University of Florida (a really freaking long time ago), and has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She spent over 20 years as a military spouse, moving around the country and living in Hawaii, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky before finally settling down in Howard County, Maryland. After taking time off work to focus on raising her kids, Kristina joined the Fairchild team in an organizational/administrative role. Kristina currently has one son in college, a graduating senior and a daughter in middle school. In her free time, Kristina enjoys listening to live music, traveling anywhere near the ocean, knitting and reading.

Cary Hundley

Scheduling Coordinator and Math/Science Tutor (they/them)

Cary Hundley has been a part of Fairchild since 2019. They grew up in Ellicott City, MD (Marriotts Ridge alum!) before attending Goucher College. They graduated with a degree in Biology with minors in Business and Equine Studies, and are currently pursuing an M.Ed specializing in At Risk and Diverse Learners in addition to being adjunct faculty in the Equine Studies department at Goucher. They enjoy tutoring math and science subjects in a way that all learning styles can comprehend. They also published their first novel in October of 2022. Cary’s dog Piper is often at the office keeping students in check!

Jen Hendrick

Elementary Education

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.

Seth Fangboner

Elementary Education

Seth Fangboner was born in Washington DC and raised in Olney, MD. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Seth has twenty years of teaching experience in area independent schools. He has done ten years in kindergarten, and 5 in each first and second grades. Seth has received a certificate from Harvard's Project Zero program in Maker-Centered Learning and is currently working on a certificate from The New School in Media Writing Essentials. He has attended the Learning and the Brain conference in 2012, iPad Summit in 2013, and Responsive Classroom training in 2013.

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.

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.

Cora Blount


Cora grew up in Ellicott City and is currently attending UMBC working towards her Bachelor's degree with a major in biology and a minor in Spanish. For 3 years she worked for an immigration lawyer helping immigrants establish status in the United States before becoming a Medical Assistant with Gastro Associates. She also worked as a global ambassador for the ISA study abroad program she attended last summer in Spain. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, exercising and spending time with family.

Kristen Wilhelm


Kristen grew up in Carroll County before moving to Howard County her senior year of high school. She currently attends Goucher College pursuing a BA in Business Management with a minor in Equine Studies. Through her undergraduate life she has worked with Goucher's Prison Education Partnership, helping incarcerated students develop their English reading and writing skills. She has also worked alongside her business professors to help tutor her classmates. When she's not in the classroom, Kristen spends her time riding on Goucher's equestrian team, going out for hikes or taking her car to the racetrack.

Marissa Harris

Social Media Manager

Originally from Olney, MD, I am an incoming college Junior, pursuing a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland- College Park. I am a pre-law Government & Politics Major with a Disability Studies Minor. In my free time, I love to travel, hang out with friends, run, and go to the gym. In the future, I plan to be a lawyer who advocates for people with disabilities.