Our Faculty

Director

Amber Bray

Director

Joined TCP 2017

 

Here at TCP, we are gearing up for a new school year and can't wait to meet your little ones.  

 

As a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, I hold a B.A. in Biology and a Masters of Education (PreK-6th).  I have spent the last 10 years teaching in a variety of educational settings, to include preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and Title I support (ESL/Gifted).  I am looking forward to this new opportunity where I will be able to work side by side with a wonderful staff and support them as they work with your children. 

 

I was born and raised in Poquoson and graduated from PHS in 2001.  During college, I met my husband Derryn while studying abroad in Australia and we were married in 2008 in Virginia Beach.  We have 2 children together and enjoy raising our family in Poquoson.  Children are such a blessing from God and I love having a profession where they are the focus.  

 

At Trinity Christian Preschool, we are committed to our mission of partnering with each family to provide every student with quality curriculum, as well as a nurturing environment.  Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.  As a mom, former teacher and now preschool director, I can relate on many different levels and would love to be able to help your family however I can! 

Assistant Director

 

Brenda Chapman

Assistant Director

Joined TCP 2009

 

After graduating from West Virginia University in 1989, I worked as an accountant at a CPA firm until 1992.  I moved from West Virginia to Texas that year after marrying my husband, David.  We moved to England soon after, and I continued my accounting career overseas.  After my first child was born in 1995, I was lucky enough to become a stay at home mom.

 

In 2006, when my children were 10, 6 and 2, we moved to Poquoson.  After 20 years in the Air Force and 11 different places to call home, we decided that the children would benefit from putting down roots, so we decided to retire from the Air Force and call Poquoson home.

 

My journey with Trinity Christian Preschool began as a parent in 2008, when my daughter attended TCP. During her second year as a student, I was approached to become a substitute teacher.  I gladly accepted the opportunity and have been so fortunate to be a part of the growth of many wonderful children.  At the time, I did not envision that I would become the Assistant Director and be able to combine my accounting background with the joys of spending time with your children.

Teachers

Mary Annett
Three-Year, Three Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2011

 

   I first came to TCP as a proud parent in 2008 and then began substituting at TCP in 2012.  I joined the staff full time in 2014, serving one year as the teaching assistant for the 2-year-old class and then one year as the teaching assistant for the 3-year-old classes. 

 

In 2016, I began teaching one of our 3-year-old classes.  I live in Tabb with my husband, Martin, son, Leo, daughter, Maggie, and our puppy, Abby.  I lived all over the map while growing up - home was wherever the Air Force sent us!  I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, a second major in English and a minor in Sociology. 

 

I spent six years working as an editor and writer, published a book in 2004, and became a stay-at-home mom in 2004 when my first child was born.  I participate in Bible Study Fellowship, take an adult tap class and am a busy volunteer with my children's schools and activities and my church's Sunday School and VBS. 

 

I enjoy spending time with children and watching them learn and grow, and I'm thrilled to be able to do so at TCP while working with such a wonderful, supportive staff!

Cindy Dodsworth
Three-Year, Three-Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2007


My name is Cindy Dodsworth and I teach a three-year-old class at Trinity Christian Preschool. I am very excited to be a part of this team working to shape these wonderful children. I grew up in the Air Force town of Sumter, SC. I received my degree in Biology with a minor in education from the College of Charleston, in 1992. It was during college that I met my husband, David. The Navy transferred us to Virginia and, a few minor assignments aside, have been living in this area since. My employment before coming to TCP mostly consisted of office management/bookkeeping in the legal field, which allowed me great flexibility in raising my two children.

My experience in teaching includes several years of being a preschool and elementary teacher at our home church. I truly love my kids at school and church. I am looking forward to this year and the wonderful things your children and I are going to explore and discover together.

 

 

 Lisa Barden

Three-Year, Three Day Teacher

2.5 year old, Two Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2015

 

My name is Lisa Barden, and I am the teacher for the 2 day, 2 ½ year old class and the 3 day, 3 Year old class.   I graduated from Christopher Newport University in 1995 with a degree in Psychology/ Early Childhood Development. I then began my teaching career in York County Public Schools as a fourth grade teacher.  I taught in YCSD for 5 years and although I loved teaching for York County, I made the decision to stay home with my children.

 

My husband and I live in Poquoson, with our four children (Drew, Nathan, Lauren, and Aidan).  Although I took a break from teaching after the birth of my first child, I remained active in the schools.  I have held several positions on the PTOs of Poquoson City Schools, and education remains a priority in my life.  I came to know Trinity Christian Preschool when we chose TCP for our fourth child.  He has thrived at TCP and I am so thrilled he was blessed with a great start to his education!  He will begin school at Poquoson Primary School this year.

 

I started as a substitute with Trinity Christian Preschool in 2015, and then became the 2 day teacher in 2016.  I truly love working with the preschool children, and to see their excitement as they learn new things!  I am excited for the upcoming year and look forward to our new adventures!

 

Cathy Garrison

Four-Year, Three Day Teacher

Joined TCP 2009

 

I am thrilled to be teaching at Trinity Christian Preschool this year. My husband and I have lived in Poquoson for the past 13 years and have four children. 

 

Prior to working at TCP, I have been a "stay-at-home" mom since the birth of my first child. Two of our children are now away at college, one is a senior at Poquoson High, and one is an 8th grade student at Poquoson Middle.

 

Professionally, I received my Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in 1989. Much of my focus was with adolescents. I have volunteer experience with children in schools, church and scouting. In addition, I have substituted at Trinity Christian Preschool since 2009.

 

It is truly an honor to be a member of this staff and to work with your precious children. I look forward to seeing them grow and learn over the coming months!

Tobi Tyndall

Four-Year, Five Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2012

My name is Tobi Cole Tyndall.  I am originally from Hampton, Virginia and have lived here in Poquoson since 2004.  I have three children-all boys. 

 

I was a stay-at-home mom to my older two boys until the year 2000.  It was then I accepted an assistant position in a 3-5 year old classroom at Heron Pond Montessori School in Kitty Hawk, NC where my boys were enrolled.  I continued to work there and began informal training on site, which led to a lead teacher position for three years. 

 

We transitioned here to Poquoson, where they both began attending public school.  At that time, I substituted at Poquoson Primary, Elementary and Middle Schools until the birth of my youngest in 2007.  For the 2011-2012 school, year I substitued at Hampton Roads International Montessori School.

 

My youngest, Eli, attended TCP for the 2011-2012 school year.  It was a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in this loving, caring environment run by supportive, positive professionals.  I feel blessed to have this position here at Trinity and to have such an inportant role in this community and to be with these children.

 

 

Jo Ann Rogers

Four-Year, Five Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2017

 

My name is JoAnn Rogers and I am excited to begin a new chapter of my teacher career at Trinity Christian Preschool. 

 

I was a preschool teacher at Wythe Creek Academy for 27 years, where I also was a director for 10 years.  As a child growing up, I played school with my baby dolls and knew at a young age that teaching children was my passion. 

 

I am the mother of a son, Matthew, and a daughter Emily, who sadly passed away two years ago at the age of 27.  I have a wonderful husband, James, and four sweet little Yorkies.  I have lived in Poquoson for 32 years, where I love serving God through different ministries.  I am also a Girl Scout Troop volunteer for a Poquoson daisy/brownie troop. 

 

I strive to make a difference by teaching and preparing these precious preschoolers for Kindergarten and I look forward to a great year at TCP.

 

Leigh Anne Szukelewicz

Young 5's Teacher

Joined TCP in 2017

 

 

My name is Leigh Anne Szukelewicz, and I am very excited to join Trinity Christian Preschool family!  As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I earned a BA in Education (PreK-8th) and a minor in English.  I spent 21 years in the Hampton city School system as a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher.  Throughout my teaching career I have had the opporunity to work with some amazing educators, children and families.  I look forward to continuing my teaching journey with the precious children at Trinity.

 

My husband and I moved to Poquoson in 1998 and have three wonderful children, Mary Claire, John and Caroline.  My youngest just graduated from college and is on her own, so my husband and I are officially "empty nesters!"

In my free time, I enjoy spending lazy days at the beach with a good book.  I also love to spend time with friends and family.

I am looking forward to a great year of teaching and learning at Trinity!

Additional Staff

Elizabeth Horton
Five-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2009

I have been the teachers’ assistant for the four and five year-olds since 2009. My husband, Eric, and I have three children at the High, Middle and Primary schools. I graduated from Hampton Christian High and immediately began banking, which was my career for 20 years.

 

I am a member of Temple Baptist where I have volunteered at our VBS and our Children’s Church. I enjoy spending time with my children and running them to their various activities including band, music lessons, scouts and sporting activities.

 

I continue to look forward to spending time with the preschoolers and staff at TCP.

 

 

Elizabeth Jones
Three-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2016
 

My husband and I moved to Poquoson in 2011 and we have 3 wonderful children.  We enrolled our daughter at TCP in 2011, and we fell in love with the school.  She spent 2 wonderful years at Trinity, and I became active with POPs. 

 

I also became the Preschool Chairperson in 2013, which I served as for 3 years.  Our youngest son enrolled at TCP in 2014 and spent 3 amazing years here.  I was hired as a 3-year old 3-day assistant in 2016 and I am so excited to be able to stay connected to the school even though my youngest has now started school. 

 

I look forward to many more amazing years at TCP.

Carrie Faciszewski
Two-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2017
 

I was born and raised in a small town in central Illinois and moved to the Hampton Roads area in 1999.  I married my husband, Jason, in 2002, while he was stationed at Naval Station Norfolk. 

 

We have two amazing children that I was blessed to stay at home with for 12 years.  The Navy has moved us a few times, but we are so fortunate that our path led us back to Poquoson in 2013.  Over the past six years, I have been involved in the city schools where we have resided. 

During this time, I have also been working on my degree in Social Science, which I will complete this winter.  My many years of volunteering eventually led me to pursue a position of being a substitute paraprofessional at the Primary and Elementary Schools here in Poquoson. 

It has been an absolute joy to work with the children and I am looking forward to an amazing year at TCP with all the students and staff.       

Julie Forrest Haczewski
Music Teacher

Joined TCP in 2007

My name is Julie Forrest Haczewski and I am the music teacher at TCP. I am a graduate of Poquoson High School and attended Longwood College as a Music Education Major. I started taking piano lessons at age 5 and my love of music has grown and blossomed ever since.

I am a member of Trinity Church and over the years have had numerous jobs in the music department. I was the organist when I was first married until I had children. For the past 18 years I have been the children’s choral director, as well as the music director for Vacation Bible School. Outside of Trinity, I teach music at Playtime Learning Center and accompany the Poquoson Middle School Chorus.


I am married to Joseph Haczewski and we have 3 wonderful children, Jennifer (married to Adam Seltzer), Jason and Jolyn. When I am not working, you will find me having the time of my life with my granddaughter, Kyndall Brooklyn.

I enjoy working with young children and get great pleasure watching them get excited and express themselves through music.

 

Julie Brown

Gymnastics Instructor

Joined TCP in 2009

 

I reside in Poquoson with my husband and two wonderful children, Summer and R.B.. I graduated from East Carolina University in 1995 with BA in History and an Elementary Education License. 

 

Upon moving to Poquoson in 1997, I substitute taught with the city of Poquoson until accepting a position in retail management.  After the birth of my first child I became a stay at home mom. 

 

I have held various positions on the Poquoson Primary PTO as well as the Poquoson Elementary PTO.  I began to substitute teach here at Trinity when my son was enrolled. With my son heading off to kindergarten, it was with great pleasure to accept a position as a two and half year old assistant.  I had so much fun as an assistant that I was happy to accept a position as a three-year, three day teacher. 

 

Now, I enjoy coming in twice a month to offer gymnastics to all 3, 4, and 5 year old students.  I love watching the preschoolers discover new things, learn, and grow each year. 

Spring 2016

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