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
Layne Deyling, Assistant Director / Preschool Teacher
Layne joined our team in 2013 to expand our Toddler program. That year she tested a small group of 18-month-olds for enlarging our school to absorb the unique needs and gifts of younger students. Next she honed her skills as a Toddler Twos teacher and discovered a deep need in the community for two-year-old care. By 2015, our program opened three Toddler Twos classrooms in a new wing of campus with Layne overseeing as Master Lead Teacher. She wrote a literacy-based curriculum tailored specifically to two-year-old development, the first of its kind. She also held a leadership role in developing Planted, our theology-based Bible curriculum. In 2016 she became Assistant Director where she focused in on staff support. She’s now back in the classroom in to create and execute an exploratory Preschool (3-4s) curriculum. Layne’s passion is to see people free and empowered to live out a full expression of who they are at their moment in development, staff and students alike.
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!
Katie Shara, Preschool Teacher
Katie is beloved by all of our preschool students and staff. Her warm and gentle personality is complimented by a fantastic sense of humor. She has a great desire to teach our students well and puts all of her heart into serving them. Katie graduated from Westmont College in 2014 and came to teach at Trinity shortly thereafter. We are so thankful she did! She has since taught our Toddler age group for three years, and now she resides as a Preschool (3’s & 4’s) Teacher. Katie is incredibly creative, passionate, and inspirational to her students and fellow teachers alike!
Cherie Sagraves, Preschool Teacher’s Aide
Cherie has been teaching with Trinity Preschool for sixteen years, spending the last nine years teaching our three-year-old classroom. Her warm and caring nature is invaluable! She has a wonderful heart for the Lord and teaching children the truths of His Word and the world around them. Her dedication to our students and families is inspiring!
“I have experienced many roles here at Trinity Preschool over the last sixteen years and instructing the preschool age group (3’s& 4’s) brings great joy to me. These little lives thirst for learning and it is an incredible experience to watch them change and grow. I am thankful for what they give back to me, I feel that teaching these preschoolers God’s Word is a blessing and an honor.” -Ms.Cherie
Paige Larson, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Paige is such a joy to have on our staff. Her passion for teaching and love for her students shines through in every activity she is a part of and fills her students with a joy for learning. Paige is a teacher with a natural gift for classroom management, she is magical and her students adore everything about her. She taught Pre-K for two years at Trinity before moving up to TK and has implemented excellent learning curriculum for both age groups. During free time you will find Ms.Paige’s class having frequent dance parties and truly enjoying each other.
Tess Seccombe, Toddler Teacher
Tess has been a warm and calming presence since day one. She is absolutely adored by her students and embodies joy and compassion each and every day! We are so lucky to have her! She has experience with multiple age groups in our preschool program and now teaches a Toddler class, fearlessly equipping these 2 year olds for navigating the world around them. Tess brings an inspiring element of wonder to her classroom and has a knack for meeting children where they are.
Emily Dall, Toddler Teacher
Emily began working at Trinity in 2016, and the moment we met her we knew we had to have her! Her passionate heart for seeing children grow up as whole, healthy, vibrant individuals emanates from her every word and deed. Emily is thorough in her care of her students and pours all of her heart and soul into each and every day in her classroom. She has fit seamlessly into place as a Toddler Teacher and has an amazing knack for the toddlers and their wonderfully wild world.
Kelsey Steck, Toddler Teacher
Kelsey joined our team with a great big smile and a compassionate heart, and she quickly won the hearts of the Toddler Twos students she works with each day. We are thankful to have her joyful spirit in the Toddler Center to foster the wild wonder that is within her students. Kelsey graduated from Westmont College and has a special knack for meeting children where they are at and bringing out their strengths and personalities!
Diana Warkentin, Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Diana began teaching at Trinity Preschool in 2004 and has since become a mom to two amazing boys! We are so glad to have her as a part of our team, she brings such positive energy to our students. They love learning new dances, stretches and movement in her classes. Along with teaching a movement and dance class twice per week at the preschool, Diana also choreographs all of our preschool performances throughout the year. Her vibrant sense of humor shines through her choreography that students enjoy and parents delight in watching.