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.

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.

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.

Sydney Coldren


Sydney Coldren is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is earning a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology and ultimately plans to attend medical school to become a primary care physician. At school, she works as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the biology department and serves as the President of her equestrian team. In her free time, she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and spending time with friends, family, and horses.

Catherine Hensley


Catherine grew up in Virginia Beach, VA prior to attending Hollins University. At Hollins, she earned her bachelor's degree in business and economics while also riding for the equestrian team. She worked as a tutor at the Hollins Writing Center and then continued tutoring writing, statistics, and economics for Shorelight Education upon moving to the DC area. She is a current economics PhD candidate at American University where she also teaches. In her limited free time, Catherine can be found at the barn, attending some sort of theatre, or snuggled up on the coach with her fluffy orange cat and a good movie.

Jacob Zohdi


Jake grew up in Howard County and went to high school at Mount Saint Joseph. He graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Biology in 2016, and then worked in patient diagnostics. Jake returned to UMD for Computer Science in the fall of 2018. Since then, he has worked in software engineering and has taught Coding for elementary through high school age students in after-school programs. In his free time, he likes to cook delicious meals for friends and family.