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.


Brittney Grimshaw

Director

Brittney’s journey with Trinity Preschool began decades ago as a sweet, strong willed and creative three-year-old student. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with emphasis on Child Development and a Master of Arts degree in Executive Leadership. Brittney returned to work with Trinity Preschool in 2004, has taught toddlers, preschoolers and spent four years teaching Pre-Kindergarten. In 2007 Brittney became the director of Trinity Preschool. Under her guidance, the school has grown from 20 students and 4 staff members to 115 students and 14 staff. She has held space for her teachers to pursue all their biggest ideas, overseeing the creation of a complete Toddler Center, a Transitional Kindergarten program, and a theology-based Bible Curriculum for preschoolers – the first of its kind. Her creativity, focused vision and warm persona have led our school to great heights and we are excited to continue this journey.

“I feel so blessed that God has guided me here and taken me on such an adventure. I am passionate about providing our students with victorious moments of discovery, relished moments of connectedness and in developing their gifts. My heart is in encouraging and challenging families, and in inspiring and pushing my incredible staff to pursue their dreams. Every moment with our students is met with intentionality, giving even the youngest of students an opportunity to grow fearlessly and walk confidently in who they were made to be. What more can we dream for our children, then to walk fearlessly in the adventure of life that God has called them to?” -Ms. Brittney


Lauren Nienhuis

Office Manager

Lauren jumped on board with us in 2015 and it feels like she has always been a part of our Trinity Preschool staff family. She has since provided administrative support in addition to teaching Pre-K and TK classrooms. Nowadays you can find her working in the preschool office alongside Brittney making sure things run smoothly for students, families, and staff alike. Lauren often thinks of what others around her need before they even know it themselves, what a beautiful gift! She is funny, caring and thoughtful! We are so thankful for her and all of her wonderful gifts she shares with us!


Harman Kalcut

Toddler Teacher

After graduating from UCSB as an Art major, Harman found a home at Trinity where she can combine her love for creativity, child development, and Jesus! Harman’s passion is to see children grow up as healthy and joyful as possible. She says “My desire for my students is for them to know how incredibly loved and valuable they are!” We couldn’t be happier to have Harman join the team this year and teach the Twos class, as she brings such light and life to every space and every face. When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with friends, rollerblading, running by the beach, cooking, baking, and being outdoors.


Cat Turnbull

Toddler Teacher

Ms. Cat has felt called to working with young children and has spent years learning from them and adoring every minute of it. She worked at the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii where she found herself captivated by the children’s playfulness and magic. She realized her true desire to continue working with children, so she began teaching toddlers at a preschool in Newbury Park before transitioning out to Santa Barbara. She also loves storytelling and writing children’s stories, as she states “I believe there are truths in the stories that are told to us from our elders and throughout generations, and we can hold that piece of magic.” Ms. Cat is adventurous and loves the outdoors, running, rock climbing, free diving, skydiving, hiking, outdoor yoga, slacking, and traveling. We are so thankful to have her warm and caring spirit here at Trinity and the students learn so much from her fun-loving attitude each day!


Kendra Barber

Toddler Aide

Kendra is a breath of fresh air and the ultimate Teacher’s Aide to the Toddler teachers! 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 free time, you can find Kendra enjoying a good cup of coffee and reading.


Pam Jones

Preschool Teacher

In 2017 Pam joined our staff with a smile glued to her face. We struck gold with this one! She started out as a Pre-K teacher and then found her true belonging in the Preschool level with three-year-olds. Pam uses her artistic and theatrical abilities to captivate any and all students that enter her classroom. She cares deeply about making family connections and coming alongside each child’s social-emotional journey to see them grow and thrive. The impact of her loving heart is deep and wide. When Ms. Pam is not at school, she is dancing down Main Street at Disneyland.


Arianna Pacheco

Preschool Teacher

Arianna is a down-to-earth, kind, and professional addition to our staff for which we are so grateful! Ms. Ari began working at Trinity in 2018 as a teacher with our three-year-olds. From a young age, she knew that she wanted to work with kids and is thrilled to begin her career here at Trinity where the feelings are so mutual. She is so grateful to get to apply the knowledge from her Psychology degree from Westmont College, though she learns equally as much every day from her students. If you walk into Ms. Ari’s room during snack or lunch, you will usually hear her class singing along to Disney songs!


Jacey Johnson

Preschool Aide

Jacey joined our Trinity team after beginning her Child Development degree in Long Beach, and we are so thankful she did! She’s now finishing her degree online at Southern New Hampshire University and has a passion for learning about different educational philosophies and theology. She has the natural knack of connecting with young children and meeting them right where they’re at, and her students just adore her. Jacey is originally from Goleta the Goodland and recently got married to her high school sweetheart. When she’s not working you can find her at the beach or on a road trip camping all over the place. She’s camped in 8 different states! She is a dancer and lover of all forms of artistic expression. Before working at Trinity she was a floral designer and while she loved being surrounded by gorgeous things all day long, she still longed to be around God’s most beautiful creation of all, the hearts of young children.


Haley Davis

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Haley is a beloved member of our team, bringing depth, wisdom, and passion to the world of child development. She has a knack for empowering each child and meeting them right where they are in order to help them grow. Haley started teaching at Trinity Preschool in the fall of 2015 as a Pre-K teacher. She joyfully taught in the same classroom for two years until the Summer of 2017 when she took a break to have a baby boy! She returned to work in the Summer of 2018 and jumped right back into teaching her favorite age group, the four-year-olds, once again… and we are so thankful for her!


Kylie Oyler

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Kylie has been a wonderful part of our Pre-K team since 2018. After getting her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts Education from Antioch, she was delighted to begin her teaching career here at Trinity Preschool. Though she has worked with children for the last twelve years, she was ready to be in a classroom atmosphere. Kylie is so gifted in making each child feel seen and heard and facilitating friendships for her students. We couldn’t imagine a day without Ms. Kylie’s calm, confident guidance and gracious helping hand!


Shannon Zamora

TK/Kinder Teacher

Shannon has graced Trinity with her gift of teaching over many years, including teaching our Toddler class 11 years ago! She is delighted to return to Trinity Preschool this year as the TK teacher, and we are just so thankful for the strong and loving person she is and all that she brings to the team here at Trinity. 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!


Madison Herrera

Pre-K Aide

We are so thrilled to have Madison as a Pre-K / TK teacher’s aide on our team. She graduated from Westmont College in 2018 with a degree in Liberal Studies, she coached high school Track and Field for some time, and now she is glad to be working back in the classroom here at Trinity Preschool! She says although high school teaching and coaching was dynamic and taught her so much, she is drawn to younger age groups and is overjoyed that she can help foster their early growth and development. Madison also enjoys cooking and crafting and is so excited to share her love for both with her many students.