Teachers & Staff

We have some great teachers at the UU World of Children.

stephanieStephanie Glasser-Alfieri – Director
Originally from South Salem, New York, Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Ohio-Wesleyan University. She received her Master’s Degree in Education and Special Education from the University of Bridgeport. She has over 25 experience years in education. Stephanie is married and has 2 girls and 1 boy & two rambunctious dogs. She enjoys spending time with her children and being the Education Director at her synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel.
sallySally Dean – Office Administrator
Sally has been with the UU World of Children for over two years. She is originally from Downers Grove, IL. She has a degree in Computer Science from Benedictine University and worked for several years as a software developer. She is married and has three boys. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crochet, and sports.
jackieJackie Weddington – Lead Primary Montessori Directress
Jackie has her AMS Montessori Diploma from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Clemson, SC, and has worked full time at UU World of Children for twenty years. She is passionate about social justice. She has a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who keep her pretty busy!
alisonAlison Benton - Lead Lower Elementary Directress
Alison has a degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University and is currently completing her Elementary Montessori Certification at CGMS. She is from Evanston, Illinois. She is married and has four children, three boys and one girl. She enjoys hiking, photography, and anything outdoors.
Courtney Church -Floater/Assistant Afternoon Primary Directress
linaLina Pittman – Afternoon Co-Lead Primary Directress/Spanish Teacher
Lina is from Colombia, South America. She has an advertising degree from Medellin, Colombia. She has been teaching Spanish for ten years, in Montessori schools for eight years. She also works as a translator at Mary Black hospital. She is married, has three stepdaughters and two dogs.
jenniferJennifer Mathews - Afternoon Co-Lead Primary Directress
walterWalter Squires - Afternoon Lead Lower Elementary Director/STEAM Educator
Walter is originally from the East End of Long Island, NY. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cyber Security and a minor in Mathematics from Iona College. In addition to his academic background, he has also attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
cynthiaCynthia Smith - Substitute
maureenMaureen Nery – Founder (Retired in December 2015)
Maureen is from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Duquesne University and holds a Primary Diploma from Atlanta Montessori Institute and an Elementary Montessori Diploma from St. Nicholas Institute in London. Maureen has been a teacher since the dawn of time. She is married and has two stepdaughters and three grandchildren. She enjoys whitewater paddling, hiking and writing.