Stephanie Brewer - Director
Stephanie is a life-long local who grew up right down the road in Brentwood and currently resides in Mt. Rainier - only three blocks away from her childhood home! She and her husband have three sons ages eleven, eight, and 18 months old. Stephanie fell in love with the UCNS program while her sons attended the school and was thrilled to become an official team member when she was hired five years ago as the Director. Stephanie studied at both Prince Georges Community College and West Virginia University and completed her Director's coursework while managing a local small business. She can often be found in the classrooms visiting with the children and joining in the fun. In her free time, she enjoys movie and game nights with her boys, camping in the mountains, and reading books by the pool.
Silvia Barrios - 2's Lead Teacher
Sylvia is originally from Guatemala but has been a resident of Maryland for 17 years. In Guatemala, Sylvia received her teacher's diploma and after moving to the United States studied for and received her CDA in Child Development. Sylvia has spent the last 14 years working with children, 10 of those years as an Assistant in the 2's class at the Greenwood School. This is Sylvia's fifth year at UCNS. Sylvia has one son who attends a local elementary school. Sylvia loves working with children and believes children learn best through play.
Karin Barrios - 2's Assistant Teacher
Karin is originally from Guatemala and is a sister to Sylvia! Karin attended college for four years in Guatemala before moving to the United States seven years ago. Karin has completed a 90 hour course in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum and has spent the last six years working with children in Maryland, some of that time at the Greenwood School. Karin loves working with and teaching children, and is thrilled to be teaching at UCNS for her third year!
Sharon Hutson - 3's Lead Teacher & Multi-age class
Sharon and her husband are life-long Maryland residents, and have six children ranging in age from 25 to 6 years old. The oldest five are proud UCNS alumni! She attended Montgomery College and holds a CDA in Child Development. This is her 12th year teaching the 3's class at UCNS and she is passionate about early childhood education. Her goal is to provide a positive school experience, one that stimulates learning through play, exploration and encourages independence. When she is not teaching, you will find her spending time with Team Hutson, reading and relaxing at her beach house.
Lisl Sukachevin - 3's Assistant Teacher & multi-age class
Lisl has lived in Maryland her entire adult life, and has three boys ages 19, 21, and 24. Lisl received her BA degree in English Literature from Andrews University in Michigan, initially working in the international development/relief field until staying home to raise her children. While her children were in elementary school, Lisl was very involved in school, serving as PTA president for many years, and as a room parent. Lisl has been a teacher at UCNS in the 3's class since 2009 and is passionate about reading and children's literature. Away from school Lisl and her family enjoy traveling around the world, cooking gourmet meals, and exploring the D.C. area.
Emily Pyenson - 4's Lead Teacher
Emily grew up mostly in Minnesota and has been a Maryland resident since 2011, with some stops in between in Canada, California, and four other countries. She has a strong personal and academic interest in language acquisition in children, and focused both her undergraduate studies at Emory University and her graduate studies at the University of St Andrews on children in bilingual communities. She holds a teaching credential for preschool and elementary years from the state of California and is an advocate for the importance of play in child development. During the summers she runs a summer camp in northern Minnesota, the same camp that she attended as a child. She has two children: one UCNS alum and one current UCNS student, and she is thrilled to be teaching at UCNS for her second year!
Connie Costa - 4's Assistant Teacher
Connie was born in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Silver Spring with her husband, and two boys (Colin 11 & Charlie 14) who are both UCNS alums. Connie received her BA from Wells College in Aurora, NY, and then began her MLS at Catholic University, later completing it at the University of Maryland. After working as a law librarian and investigative researcher for over ten years, Connie began substitute teaching at UCNS while her younger son was in the 3's class. Connie enjoyed substitute teaching so much she also began volunteering weekly in her sons' elementary classrooms in MCPS to gain even more experience and knowledge. Outside of UCNS, Connie loves spending time with her family, teaching Jazzercise, working on her 31 business, and traveling to their Deep Creek Lake cabin as often as she can. This is Connie’s third year teaching at UCNS.
Jessica Fassler - Librarian
Jessica is a native New Yorker who moved to the Maryland area to teach elementary school in 2000. She taught third grade for six years, and then became the certified Reading Specialist in her PGCPS K-6 school. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany, and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola. Jessica is the proud mom to three boys, all of them UCNS alums. On weekends, she never misses watching a Buffalo Bills football game with her family. She loves languages and literacy, and is so excited to serve as the librarian for her beloved UCNS!