President - Mrs. Jenna Kucan


 Jenna and her family live in the Piney Orchard community and are happy to be a part of the CNS family. Her and her husband, Tim, have two daughters, Savannah who is in the 4’s class and Sydney who is turning 2 this year. They spend much of their time outside with their dogs, hiking, camping or heading to the beach!  Jenna will be graduating with her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland this summer.  When she’s not doing her own homework or working for CNS she loves to cook with her girls, ski with her friends and bonfire with her family. 

Four's Teacher - Mrs. Catherine Scott-Kem

Mrs. Scott-Kem Photo
Catherine began her tenure as the 3’s teacher at Crofton Nursery School in 1992. In 2007, she took on the role as our 4’s teacher. She holds a degree in Recreation Management and continued education in Early Childhood Education. She has a great passion and love for teaching and working with children and their families.  Her family has lived in the Annapolis area for many years and is originally from Minnesota. She is the proud mother of two grown children.

Catherine has also been a sponsor Mom for midshipmen at the Naval Academy since 1995.  Since she was a teenager, she has worked with children in a variety of recreational and early childhood programs. She has coached swimming at the U.S. Naval Academy for the past 18 years.  Catherine spends her summers teaching swim lessons, often for CNS families.  Her hobbies include (when she has time!) golf and skiing and walking her dogs.  She has two dogs: Pete, an 9-year-old Golden Retriever and Cody, a 4- year-old brown Newfoundland. 

Three's Teacher - Mrs. Tara Johnson









Tara has been with Crofton Nursery School since 2011, when she started as a co-op parent.  She served as CNS President for 2 years in 2014-2016 and started teaching the 3’s classes in 2018.  Tara is a 2001 graduate of the University of Hawaii and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She left Hawaii for Maryland 10 years ago and took time off to be home with her two girls, Katie (10) and Natalie (7).  Tara spent the past 2 years working in Elementary Education, specifically working with the Special Education department at Millersville Elementary.


Tara lives in Crownsville with her husband, Ken, two girls, two cats, one guinea pig and eight chickens.  In her free (!) time, you’ll probably find Tara at the horse barn where Katie and Natalie ride competitively.

Current Board


Our Officers are elected each year from and by the active membership. The Officers include the President, First Vice-President of Health & Safety, Second Vice-President of Membership, Secretary and Treasurer. The chairpersons are then appointed by the officers.

Board Officers

Jenna Kucan, President

Nissi Grimes, 1st VP of Health & Safety

Leslie Philpott, 2nd VP of Membership

Angela Wade, Secretary

Kristin Wheelwright, Treasurer

Matt Stokes, Assistant Treasurer