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 two sons ages nine and six and are eager to welcome their third child due this March. 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 three 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 15 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 12 years working with children, 10 of those years as an Assistant in the 2's class at the Greenwood School. This is Sylvia's third year at UCNS as she was the Assistant in the 4's class before moving to the 2's class this year. 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 five years ago. Karin has completed a 90 hour course in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum and has spent the last four 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 have joined the team at UCNS this year!
Sharon Hutson - 3's Lead Teacher
Sharon and her husband are life-long Maryland residents, and have six children ranging in age from 23 to 4.5 years old. The oldest five are proud UCNS alumni! She attended Montgomery College and holds a CDA in Child Development. This is her 10th 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
Lisl has lived in Maryland her entire adult life, and has three boys ages 17, 19, and 22. 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.
Jenny Wright - 4's Lead Teacher
Jenny is a lifelong resident of the College Park/Riverdale/Hyattsville area and attended Holy Redeemer School as a child. She and her husband have one son, Roddy, who is a UCNS alum and currently attends University Park Elementary. Jenny has a background in fine arts. She has studied at the University of Maryland, the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland College of Art and Design, and Montgomery College. She holds a CDA in Child Development. This is her 6th year teaching in the 4s Class at UCNS. When she's not teaching she enjoys following local sports, especially her favorite team, the Washington Nationals. She can also be found cheering in the bleachers and keeping score for her son's baseball team, the Bowie Elite!
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 9 & Charlie 12) 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.