Teaching Staff

Lunchtime reading

Stefanie Schwenk

Stefanie Schwenk is the lead teacher/owner of Best Beginning, LLC. She brings a life-long commitment to children’s educational and emotional development to her work at the school. Stefanie shares her home with two sons, Connor and Luke, and her husband Dirk, an attorney in Annapolis. Outside of work, Stefanie races sailboats, hikes with her family, practices yoga, and gardens when time allows.



Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Masters of Education, GPA 4.0, George Washington University, dual certification in Early Childhood Special Education and Infant Development and Intervention.

Extensive training in reading teaching, including Lindamood-Bell and Orton-Gillingham techniques, as well as experience with the Reading Recovery system.

Licensed family daycare provider with the State of Maryland.

Professional Experience

University of Maryland Medical School, Research Analyst, Evaluation and Intervention with children identified as likely to suffer from failure to thrive.

Georgetown University Hospital, Intern, performed evaluations and provided intervention for infants and premature infants in the Child Evaluation Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Summit School, Teacher, primarily taught English and Reading with bright children with learning disabilities. Summit was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1999.

Children’s Potential, Director, ran all aspects of testing and tutoring service focusing on children with learning disabilities and added reading needs in public and private schools.

St. Anne’s Day School, Learning Specialist, focused on identifying children in need of evaluation and/or academic intervention; collaborating with administrators, teachers, parents, and outside professionals; developing written learning and evaluation plans; and following up on those plans to see that they were effectively implemented and successful for each student.

Over 20 years experience teaching and tutoring children from preschool through middle school. Two sons -- and so far they’ve turned out OK.


Catherine Greene

Catherine has been the Teaching Assistant at Best Beginning for the past two years. She is a native Annapolitan who lives with her husband and two young daughters, one of whom graduated from the Best Beginning Preschool program. Catherine loves to ride horses, paddle board, fish and just be out in nature.



Anne Arundel Community College, Early Childhood Education Certificate

Fleet Business School, Travel & Tourism Certificate


Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant


Travel Agent

Property Management