An enrichment program for 2, 3 & 4 year olds
in Silver Spring, Maryland

301 - 681 - 9520
801 University Blvd, West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

4 Corners Community Nursery Teachers & Staff

Susie Ostermeyer, Director

Susie has been a part of 4 Corners Community Nursery since 1995. She has been a parent, substitute, assistant teacher, lead teacher and since 2005, Director.

Susie graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Textile Marketing and is certified through Montgomery Child Care Association for early childhood education. Her career began in the textile industry and after her children were born made a career change to work with children.

"There is nothing more rewarding than watching and guiding children grow. Creating lasting relationships with children and their families and 4CCN staff creates an environment like no other".

Susie lives in Silver Spring with her husband and two children.

Denise Gill
2 year olds
MWF Room 25

Mrs. Gill has worked at Four Corners Community Nursery since 2005. Originally a substitute teacher; Mrs. Gill has been an assistant teacher and in 2014 became a lead teacher. She works in the two year old classroom. Previously, Mrs. Gill has worked as classroom volunteer at Stonegate Elementary school and as administrative assistant / child care aid at the Olney Childrens Center. She has a degree in Dental Hygiene and worked in the dental field for eleven years. Her recent training includes medication administration, children with special needs and preschool science. Mrs. Gill lives in Silver Spring with her husband and their two school age children. In her free time she enjoys reading and working in her flower beds.


Carrie Ewachiw
MWF Room 25
2 Year olds

After several years of being a 4CCN parent, room mom, board member and substitute, Carrie joined the 4CCN staff in 2015 as an assistant in the M/W/F two-year-old class.  She enjoys being part of the 4CCN community and helping foster children's learning and development.  

Carrie's classroom experience includes 7 years of teaching Spanish to grades K-8, and a year as a Spanish instructor at the college level.  Additionally, she served as an English instructor at La Universidad de Piura in Peru, where she lived from 1999-2000.  Carrie holds an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition & Application from the University of Maryland.

In her free time, Carrie can often be found volunteering at her children's schools.  She also enjoys reading historical fiction and hiking.  Carrie resides in Silver Spring with her husband and their two children. 


Carla Temenak
3 Year Olds M/W/F
Room 26

After nearly 17 yearswith at least one preschool child in the home, Carla has decided she would missit too much. So the only option is to begin working at her favorite nurseryschool, 4CCN! After getting a BS inChild and Family Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she taught forabout nine years both in private preschools and public elementary schools. Since her kids were born, she has been mostlya stay-at-home mom with a little substituting and directing the children’sprogram at her church.

Carla is a California girl but has lived happily in Maryland for over 16 years with herhusband and 5 children. She enjoystraveling, vegetable gardening and long walks in the woods or around herneighborhood.

Kathleen Ficco
3 Year olds
Room 26M/W/F
T/Th Room 14

Mrs. Ficco has worked at 4 Corners Community Nursery School since 2000. She has worked as an assistant in the two-year-old program and currently working with the 3 year olds. Mrs. Ficco also co-teaches in 4CCN's optional science program for four-year-old students. Prior to coming to 4CCN she was an active volunteer in her daughters' elementary school classrooms and a co-operative parent during her daughters’ preschool years. Before her daughters, Ms. Ficco worked as an RN after receiving her degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing.

Mrs. Ficco lives in Silver Spring with her husband and is the mother of two daughters. In her free time she enjoys baking, step aerobics, Zumba classes as well as spending time with her family.


Nanci Schaefer
3 year olds
Room 14

Mrs Schaefer has been teaching at 4CCN since 1984. She started as a substitute teaching assistant and quickly became a permanent member of the staff. For the last twenty some years she has been a lead teacher for one of our 3 year old classes, as well as teaching 4CCN's after school science program. Mrs. Schaefer completed the 64 Hour course in Early Childhood Education from Green Acres School Adult Education Program and has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College.

During the summer she works as the Aquatics Director at Forest Knolls Pool, where she has taught swimming lessons for 23 years. Her new personal organizing business, Making Space, has kept her busy as it has grown.

Mrs Schaefer lives in Silver Spring with her husband; has 3 grown sons and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys swimming, yoga, gardening and sewing.

Allison Nadelhaft
MWF 3year olds
Room 14

Allison Nadelhaft has been part of the 4CCN community since 2011 as a parent, substitute teacher and since 2016 an assistant teacher.    Mrs. Nadelhaft has a Bachelors and Masters in Public Communication from American University.  After years working for non-profits and being a stay at home mom, she is excited to help your children play, grow and learn in such a warm environment.

Mrs. Nadelhaft lives in Silver Spring with her husband and two young sons.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.


Helen Lyon
3/4 year olds
Room 15

Helen Lyon has worked at 4 Corners Community Nursery since 1998. She is an assistant teacher for 4 year olds and will be teaching the ¾ year old class. She first became involved with 4CCN when her own children attended preschool. She often volunteered in their classes and substituted for their teachers. Through her initial experiences, she found that she loved working with children, reading to them and interacting with them. When offered a position she jumped at the opportunity and decided to pursue it as a career. She has recently completed the 90 hour Child Care Certification class as well as 120 hours of continuing education and plans to continue at 4CCN as long as she is contributing to an integral part of the children's growth, development and making a difference, serving as an inspiration while providing them with the basics needed to move ahead.

Sara Goberdhansingh
MWF 4 year olds
Room 15

Sara Goberdhansingh joined the 4CCN staff in 2016. Having previously been the parent of a 4CCN student and a room parent, Mrs. G took the plunge and agreed to sub in January 2016 in the MWF 3's class. She was instantly hooked and knew that she wanted to make teaching a permanent part of her life. Her love of themed projects, arts and crafts, and reading books made joining a preschool a natural fit. Previously, Mrs. G was the Director of Marketing for a technology consulting firm in Georgetown and she was also a stay-at-home Mom. She earned her BS in Public Communication from American University and will be lead teacher certified after the completion of her 90 hour course in Early Childhood Education from Howard Community College in early 2017.

Mrs. G lives in Silver Spring with her husband, daughter, and pets. In her spare time she enjoys lifting weights, watching endless repeats of "The West Wing," and being Team Mom for her daughter's All Star Cheerleading team.


Kathy Sampson
4 year olds
Room 12

Mrs. Sampson has worked as a lead teacher in 4CCN's 4-yr. old program since 2006. She has 13 years of classroom experience at 4CCN. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland and has completed the 90 hour course in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum. She has a special interest in speech and language development in young children.

Mrs. Sampson lives in Kensington and is the mother of three children. When not working, she enjoys tennis, golf and playing with her granddaughter

Ashley Campbell
4 Year olds
MWF 4's room 12 T/Th 2's room 25

Ashley has worked at 4 Corners Community Nursery since 2007. Prior to Four Corners, Ashley worked at The Langley School in McLean, Va where she worked in the 3 year old program and the Kindergarten. Ashley received her Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Ashley is the Mother of two school aged girls.


Kathy Dunmire
4 year olds
Room 19

Kathleen (Kathy) Dunmire has been teaching at 4CCN since February 2004. Prior to that she worked for over ten years at St. Luke’s Christian Day School before returning to The University of Maryland to obtain a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education. After teaching second grade and Kindergarten for Montgomery County Public Schools, she began teaching part-time with 4CCN in order to spend more time with her two young grandsons.

When not working with parents and children, she enjoys her family, cooking, gardening and antique/flea markets. She knits obsessively. She’s been married for more than 30 years and has three adult children: one daughter and two sons and 5 grandchildren.

Amy Martin
4 year olds
2 year olds
Room 19

Amy Martin has been a member of the 4CCN community since 2002 as a parent, substitute teacher, and teaching assistant. She worked with Mrs. Schaefer for the 2009-10 school year. In 2010, she moved to Germany with her family for three years. Amy recently returned to the U.S. and is delighted to be back at 4CCN working with Mrs. Perman.

Amy is a graduate of George Washington University, and most recently taught English to preschoolers and elementary school children in Germany. In her spare time she loves to read, garden, and travel. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband of 18 years, 2 children, dog and cat.

Office Manager - Rachel Parkhurst

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Clark University. Prior to being a Stay-At-Home Mom she worked at a CPA firm in Washington DC as Head Bookkeeper/Client Services.

Rachel has two children that attend 4CCN. She lives with her family in Silver Spring.