Director – Jenny Waddell
Jenny began teaching in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Site Supervisor Permit. Jenny has been part of the Trinity community since 2007 when her children began attending and in 2014, joined the Trinity staff as a teacher in the MWF Threes class. Jenny is passionate about play based education and believes firmly in developmental preschool. She enjoys working together with parents to create a meaningful early education experience for children.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” – Fred Rogers
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
Program Manager – Sue Thompson
Sue returned to the Trinity community in 2010 as Program Manager. All three of Sue’s children are Trinity alums and she is excited to be here once again, supporting staff and parents alike. Responsible for managing school administrative and operational activities, Sue helps parents while assisting the Director, teachers and staff. Sue holds a degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) and previously held the position of Director of Sales for Franklin Templeton Investments.
Rachel Brighton – Co-Op Aide
Rachel fell in love with the philosophies of Trinity when her first daughter started class in 2012. After seven years as a co-oping parent and facing her youngest daughter “graduating,” she found it too hard to say goodbye and joined the staff in 2016. A firm believer in play based learning, Rachel has enjoyed watching kids grow and develop under such nurturing hands. She holds a BA in Communication from UC Davis and is currently working toward her Master Teacher Certificate. “Trinity is a magical place for both parents and children. You cannot duplicate the environment or the sense of community one feels, being a part of this group.”
Suzanne Daly – Teachers’ Aide
Suzanne began teaching at Trinity in 1998. After teaching the Threes Program for eight years, Suzanne switched over to teaching in the Pre-K program. Beginning in fall 2014, Suzanne transitioned to the role of Teachers’ Aide so that she has more free time to enjoy her first grandchild. Suzanne graduated from UC Berkeley and continued her graduate studies at San Francisco State University. She holds an Early Childhood Education Director’s Permit in addition to a Standard Elementary Teaching Credential. Suzanne has lived in San Carlos since 1975 and her children are Trinity graduates. Suzanne not only loves the energy and openness of preschool children but also loves the opportunity to work within the nurturing Trinity environment.
Julie Davidson – Teacher
Julie joined the Trinity staff in 2013. She holds a bachelors degree in American Studies from Stanford University and was a financial analyst for a hedge fund until her daughter Kate was born. Julie started as a parent in the Threes class in 2007 with Kate and followed with Aidan in 2009 and Elizabeth in the Twos in 2011. Julie is a fervent believer in the Trinity philosophy and strength of community.
Kerry Folan – Teacher
Kerry joined the Trinity community as a co-op parent with her son in 2005 and continued with her daughter until 2011. She has a Master’s Degree in Education but it was not until Trinity that she realized she wanted to work with preschool aged children. She went back to school to complete her Child Development Master Teacher Permit and is excited to be teaching at Trinity. “The growth and development that happens throughout the school year is tremendous. Every day is a new and exciting discovery and it is a thrill to share in that.”
Kathleen Morearty – Teacher
Kathleen has been a member of the Trinity family since 2001, when she taught the Twos class. After that, she became a co-oping parent while each of her three children attended Trinity. In 2007, she joined the PM Pre-K class as the Teachers’ Aide and in fall 2014 stepped in to the role of Teacher. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and taught preschool in Woodside before having children. “I have always loved Trinity’s philosophy and feel like Trinity has become my second family.”
Jean Oxton – Teacher
Jean has worked at Trinity since 1985 and is proud to point out that the beneficial foundations of the “Trinity Philosophy” in place nearly sixty years ago, are still recognized today by leading educators. She received a B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College and has a N-12th grade credential. Jean is a firm advocate of Trinity’s belief that a child’s social and emotional development is essential for academic success in kindergarten and likes to remind families that “education is not a race.”
Marianne Perata – Teacher / Extended Day
Marianne joined Trinity in 1994. In addition to teaching the TTH Threes class, Marianne manages Trinity’s Extended Day program. She holds a BA in History and a minor in Psychology from Holy Names College and has two grown children who are both Trinity graduates. Marianne chose to join the staff 19 years ago because of Trinity’s nurturing, supportive, and family-friendly environment. “It is a joy and a privilege to watch children grow and develop in their own unique way”.
Tiana Ram – Teacher
Tiana started at Trinity in 2007. She taught the TTH Threes class for five years before joining the Pre-K team. She has her Early Education Certificate and is currently working on her Master Teacher Permit as well as her degree in Child Development. “When my daughter attended Trinity in 2006, I knew this was where I was meant to teach. I love the sense of community and how children blossom under our philosophy.”
Cassie Ravella – Gross Motor Program Coordinator/Extended Day
A Trinity alum, Cassie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Sonoma State University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Cassie joined Trinity in 2014 as a Teachers’ Aide and is currently overseeing the Three’s Gross Motor Program; facilitating large body movements and physical play through a carefully designed curriculum. “Play based learning has always been a passion of mine and I seek to make learning fun for young children.”
Danika Stanley – Teacher
Danika joined Trinity in 2010. After participating as a co-oping parent for over ten years, Danika found herself “truly at home in the classroom with preschoolers”. She has an AA degree in Liberal Studies and is currently completing her Master Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Danika has three children and has been very involved in San Carlos schools since 2006.
Rebecca Taylor – Teachers’ Aide / Extended Day
Rebecca, a Trinity alum, joined Trinity in 2013 and has partnered with teachers in our Twos, Threes and Pre-K programs. She enjoys watching the children play and learn in the Trinity House rooms she enjoyed as a child. Rebecca holds an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and remains active in Children and Youth ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Laurel Thompson – Teacher
Laurel, a Trinity alum, joined Trinity in 2013 as a Teachers’ Aide in the MWF Threes class where she created the Gross Motor Skills Program. Laurel obtained her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University, with a concentration in Early Childhood. Laurel believes a teacher’s greatest gift to a child is to create wonder by asking the right questions and by showing a child where to look, but not what to see.