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 – Teacher
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.”
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.”
Tiana Ram – Gross Motor Program
Tiana joined Trinity in 2007 and taught in our Threes and Pre-K programs. She currently oversees the Threes Gross Motor Program, facilitating large body movements and physical play through a carefully designed curriculum. Tiana 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.”
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 – Teacher / 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 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.
Cassie Wayman – Teacher
A Trinity alum, Cassie joined Trinity in 2014 and has worked as a Teacher’s Aide and Gross Motor Coordinator prior to her current position teaching the MWF Pre-K class. Cassie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Sonoma State University. “Play-based learning has always been a passion of mine and I seek to make learning fun for young children.”