OUR STAFF

Kassie Evans
Head of School and Early Childhood Special Educator 

Ms Kassie has been with The Wesley School since we opened in 2019. She obtained her Master's from Fordham University and holds a Maryland professional teacher license. She has taught early childhood special education for 10yrs in New York City and has largely focused on working with children on the Autism spectrum as well as a variety of special needs and helping to include these children in general education settings. Kassie was also involved in the administration field while in New York City. She was a field Scholar Mentor that observed graduate students within the Special Education program in their classroom and provided feedback on lessons, lesson planning, IEP implementation, goals/objectives etc. and challenging students as well as  provided mentorship throughout the program guiding the graduate students.
Kassie and her husband Scott, who is in the Secret Service, are raising two sons.


Kelly Maurer
Kindergarten Teacher 

Ms Kelly obtained a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University in Idaho and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from California University of Pennsylvania. Her experience includes living in South Korea, where she taught beginning reading/phonemic skills to remedial students as well as putting together lessons for an after school camp. Her culinary skills are a gift to the classroom where she creatively incorporates cooking into lessons. She recently comes to us from Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, Maryland where she taught kindergarten.

 

Megan Knicley
First Grade Teacher

Ms Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland and has  obtained a Master’s in Technology Education from University of Maryland-University College as well as a Masters in Educational Psychology from Northcentral University in California. She has most recently been the director of Childcare at Station Imagination in Lothian, providing curricula instruction for preschool age children. She has taught 5th grade at Edgewater Elementary in Anne Arundel County. 

 

Erin McClelland
Second Grade Teacher

Ms Erin graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and has taught grades K-5th in Anne Arundel County Schools and on the Eastern Shore. Erin lives in Huntingtown with her husband, a firefighter, and they are raising three children. Erin values being on the teaching staff of a school with small class sizes where the whole child is valued. 

 

Gail Pepin
Upper School  Teacher

Ms. Gail graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and brings 35 years of experience in Christian Education. She was the Director at Saint Matthews Weekday School in Annandale Virginia and Director of Children and Youth ministry at Centreville United Methodist Church. She was a permanent substitute ar Manassas Park Elementary Schooling grades k-5th. Gail is now looking forward to growing our Wesley Upper School as our third/fourth grade teacher. Gail and her husband, Andy, have been married 10 years and have a blended family with 9 grandchildren. Gail grew up in Wisconsin and remains a die-heart Packer fan!

 

Caren Hardesty Upper School Teaching Assistant
Ms. Caren is very passionate about making a difference and watching students progress. She recently comes to us from Shady Side Elementary School where she worked as a Teaching Assistant. Caren is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side, Maryland where our Upper School is located. 

Jennifer Biehn
Preschool Teacher AM

Ms. Jennifer graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has taught special education at both the elementary level and high school level in addition to homeschooling two of her three children through their middle school years.  She was a tutor at Classical Christian Tutoring Service (CCTS) in Owings, working with first and sixth graders.  She now has a passion for teaching preschool aged children and loves their innocence, curiosity and energy.  She holds a professional Maryland teaching certificate in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education

Jennifer Wolf
Preschool Teacher PM and Art

Ms Jenn studied at Anne Arundel Community college while raising her amazing six children, one who attends our school.  She uses her creative gifts to lead our MakerSpace at the Lower School that provides space for students to design, create, experiment, build and invent.  She enjoys sewing, gardening, and making goats milk products along with raising her children.

 

Julie Todzia
Preschool Director

Ms. Julie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at Mountain State University and has been a part of Mt. Harmony Church since childhood. She answered God's call to minister to children and youth in 2015 when she became a part of church staff.  Julie is raising her daughter, who attends The Wesley School. Along with being Director of After School Programs, Julie is also "second mom" to dozens of middle and high school youth who attend her mid-week youth group, summer camps and winter retreats.

 

Kathy Bone
Music Teacher

Ms. Kathy is the Sunday morning pianist and accompanist for the choir and congregational singing in worship services at Mt Harmony-Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church. Ms. Kathy taught music for 10 years at Cardinal Hickey before coming to Wesley.  She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music Education from University of Maryland and has taught graduate courses at Towson State, Old Dominion, Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Robin Shilkret
Physical Education

Ms. Robin recently retired from Anne Arundel Public Schools where she was the Physical Education Teacher at Tracey's Elementary since 1993. She holds degrees from both McDaniel College and Salisbury University.  In her retirement, she has enjoyed teaching at The Wesley School as well as developing the craft of stained glass art work. Ms Robin teaches PE at both the Lower and Upper Schools. 


Robbie McGaughran
Wesley School Librarian

Ms. Robbie is a retired professional librarian who brings her gift of maintaining and growing our library at both the Lower and Upper School. Each week, students check out books from our school library with Ms Robbie. She also is a support to our teachers when needing to gather resources for themed units through out the year. Ms. Robbie has a grandchild who has attended The Wesley School since preschool. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western Maryland College and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Arizona.