Our Staff

At Trinity Preschool, the entire staff works closely together to build relationships with the children. We are here to guide each child’s unique developmental needs in a group-learning environment. At the same time, we provide engaging program activities that are intended to prepare each child for academic success, build social and emotional intelligence, and to support their spiritual development.

Arianna Pacheco

Preschool Director

Arianna began working at Trinity Preschool just after graduating from Westmont College with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She taught our three-year-olds who quickly became some of her favorite people in the world. Arianna always knew she wanted to work with children, but this first teaching experience solidified that fact. After a few years of teaching, she became the director of a new preschool in her home town of Carpinteria. Now back at Trinity, she is excited to carry on the traditions of gathering as a school to celebrate and grow. You can find her by following the sounds of music coming from the office or by looking for her head buried in an organizing project. 


“Coming back to Trinity was such an answered prayer as I asked the Lord what He had in store for my life. It is such an honor to meet with these students and learn from them, just as much as they learn from us. I want every interaction with a student to leave them feeling like they are heard just as much as we want them to hear us. Doing so creates a community where everyone feels that their opinions and skills are being heard and used.”

Cindy Martinez

Toddler Teacher

Ms. Cindy came to Trinity with a sweet and quiet presence perfect for a toddler teacher. She was ready to take on this new role with much knowledge and wisdom beyond her years. She is working on a degree in Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College. Cindy says that being around children just brightens her day! If Ms. Cindy finds free time, she is getting coffee and taking a walk.

Courtney Houston

Toddler Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

Ruthy Blaylock

Middles Teacher

Ms. Ruthy has many years of experience in childcare under her belt. After taking a break to care for her mother, she is eager to get back to her first love–preschool! She has her degree in child development from Santa Barbara City College and even owned her own day care here in Santa Barbara for many years! Ms. Ruthy is a true local of Santa Barbara though she spent twenty years in Holland. She is a mother to five beautiful children, two of which were born abroad. 

Kendra Barber

Preschool Teacher

Kendra is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful preschool teacher! She has had years of experience working with young children and came to Trinity to not just teach children but to help grow their minds and expand their knowledge of Jesus. Kendra is loving, kind, and connects well with students, and she is currently attending Santa Barbara City College for further Early Childhood Education. In her sparetime, you can find Kendra enjoying a good cup of coffee and reading.

Marisa Mata

Teacher's Aide

Ms. Marisa adds a warm and loving support to our staff. She has been working with kids since she was 14 years old. Marisa is currently studying Early Childhood Education with the hopes of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Her favorite aspect of  teaching is that not only does she have the privilege of teaching kids, but they also teach her new things every day. Ms. Marisa also loves to walk alongside students in their journey with Jesus In her free time she loves being with her family and going on walks with her Corgi puppy.

Shannon Zamora

Pre-K Teacher

Shannon has graced Trinity with her gift of teaching over many years, including teaching our Toddler class over a decade ago! She is delighted to return to Trinity Preschool this year as the TK teacher, and we are so thankful for the strong and loving person she is, and all that she brings to the Trinity team. Shannon has a passion for teaching God’s word and instilling in children how valuable they are to Him! She is so gifted in connecting with her students and creating a fun learning environment where every person feels welcome and safe!

Lisa Thompson

TK Teacher

Ms. Lisa moved from Atlanta in July 2020 and quickly joined the Trinity family. In 2005, she fell in love with teaching preschoolers and is continually amazed by what they discover! She always has an enthusiastic smile and contagious laugh that makes children feel loved and valued. During her down time, she enjoys cooking, running, and exploring her new Santa Barbara hometown.

Dr. Don Gilman

Board Chair

Karen McLean

SB Community Church Executive Pastor

Donna Sugano

SB Community Church Children's Pastor

Laura Rhodes

Parent Representative