Our Team

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MARY GLISH
Director

Mary started United Church Preschool in 1993, soon after moving to Chapel Hill.  She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Purdue University and taught kindergarten and preschool for 10 years prior to joining UCP. She was excited for the challenge of creating a preschool from the ground up and is still as passionate today as she was on her first day at UCP!  Mary was a teacher in the Fish Class for several years until the size of the program required a full-time Director.  She loves the many traditions at UCP, but her favorite day of the year is Hibernation Day. All of the teachers and children wear PJs to school as Mary whips up her homemade pancakes! Mary has two grown children with families of their own.  She loves to see her own children’s childhood friends come to UCP as parents!  Outside of school, Mary likes to play tennis, read, swim, and visit her two sweet granddaughters. You will see and hear Mary, with her infectious laugh, greeting the children every morning in the hallway.

MEGAN NASHEL
Turtle Class Teacher

Megan has been a part of the UCP family since 2016, when her daughter started as a Turtle. Both of her children are UCP alums, and she is so excited to to again be a part of this amazing preschool. Megan is a pediatric nurse but has been staying at home with her kids for the past few years. She is looking forward to sharing her love of the outdoors, books, and learning through play with the Turtle classes. She enjoys reading, going to the public library, rock climbing, and exploring new places with her family and friends.

LIZ PETREE
Turtle Class Teacher

Liz graduated from Connecticut College, where she played tennis and majored in psychology.  She grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Chapel Hill with her husband, Chris, in 2010. Before children, Liz did event planning and also coached middle school and high school athletic teams. Liz joined the UCP family in 2017 when her daughter, Olivia, started in the Fish Class. Her son, Henry, started as a Turtle in 2019. UCP has been a special place for her family, and she is excited to join such a wonderful team of teachers. In her free time, Liz loves to play tennis, read, and cheer on the Tar Heels. 

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KRISTIN SIKES
Fish Class Teacher

Kristin began teaching at UCP in 2008. After a short break as a K-6 classroom teacher, she is thrilled to be returning to UCP this year! Kristin graduated from UNC, where she played volleyball and majored in art history (Go Heels!). As a mother of three, she followed her dream of teaching and received her degree in elementary education from NCCU (Go Eagles!). Kristin's passion for education guides her to create a safe, welcoming environment for every child while actively fostering their natural curiosity and creativity. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, reading, traveling, photography, and, of course, attending any of her children's numerous activities. 

PEGGY BRILL
Fish Class Teacher

This is Peggy’s 26th year at UCP! She has taught in both the Turtle and Fish classrooms.  Peggy loves working at UCP because of the awesome staff and getting to know all the wonderful children and families. Peggy’s favorite tradition is Splash Day because it is a really fun way to end the school year with the children enjoying the outdoors and water play. Peggy’s family includes her husband Pete, son Nick, and daughter Dayna. Outside of school she enjoys walking, reading, and going to the movies. 

LIZ GRAY
Frog Class Teacher

Liz has been involved with UCP since 2005—as a parent, board member, and substitute teacher—and has been a teacher here since 2017. She uses books, songs, art, and activities to make her classroom a joyful place to begin a lifetime of learning. All four of her children are UCP alums who to this day maintain friendships they first made here at the preschool. In her free time, Liz enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family.

ELLEN STILLSON
Frog Class Teacher

Ellen started at UCP in 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and studied speech therapy for two years in graduate school. Ellen has been an instructional helper at her children's elementary school and also teaches at Duke School in the afternoons. She enjoys reading, movies, and bike riding and loves spending time with her family and friends.  Both of Ellen’s children are in traveling sports, which keeps her very busy! The Stillson Family loves the Chicago Cubs since her husband grew up just outside of Chicago. Go Cubs!