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


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 Cherland

Assistant Director

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 has focused in on staff support. 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!

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, 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 so much more every day from her students. If you walk into Miss. Ari’s room during snack or lunch you will usually hear her kids singing along to Disney songs!

Cherie Sagraves

Preschool 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

Kristina Pate

Preschool Aide

Ms. Kristina has been a part of the Trinity team since the summer of 2018. The students thrive under her care, fun spirit, and creative activity ideas both inside the classroom and outside on the playground. She has loved seeing her relationships grow with all the kids and feels she has learned so much from them. When she is not at school, she loves spending time with her family every chance she gets, and also works as a doula. Some activities you may find her doing are slack lining, reading or heading to the beach!

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 left 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!

Jaclyn Sicilia

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Jaclyn joined our staff during the 2017-18 school year, and she considers Trinity Preschool to be her second home! Having moved from Henderson, Nevada just last year, she has found great comfort in being a part of the wonderful and supportive staff here at Trinity. Alongside teaching, she is passionate about reading and writing. A well-kept secret of Jaclyn’s: She is in the middle of writing two books – which is not a secret anymore! Her move to Santa Barbara was actually inspired by her writing, and, while she didn’t expect to get back into teaching, she knows that God always has a plan – and, as she says, “His plan led me here!” She’s thankful every day. 

Tracy Nemetz

Pre-K Aide

Tracy has been working in Child Development since 2008, specializing in Pre-K and curriculum development. She started at Trinity in 2010 where she was a lead Pre-K teacher for 6 years. After having her third child we were blessed to get her back as an aide. Her favorite parts of the job are partnering with families and teaching children about Jesus. She says, “it feels like a form of mission work.” When Tracy is not at work she if often reading, cooking, doing some yoga, at the beach or spending time with her husband and kids.

Rose Walsh

Pre-K Aide

Rose joined our Trinity family in 2018. She is primarily an aide for all Pre-K classes but does float to all other classes when assistance is needed. Her favorite part of the day is teaching art class to Pre-K and TK. Rose has a lot of love for all the littles so you can typically find her on the floor somewhere with a child cuddled up on her lap.

Paige Larson

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.

Kirsti Perkins

Kindergarten Teacher

Kirsti has been with Trinity since 2016. After graduating from Westmont College with her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, she spent the next eight years teaching elementary school. As a parent of two children who came through Trinity Preschool, Kirsti was excited to continue her teaching in the Kindergarten classroom. Kirsti’s passion for teaching strives to nurture each child, inspire them to grow as individuals, and thrive while exploring the world around them. Kirsti was born and raised in Santa Barbara! She and her husband live in Goleta with their two children.