Our Faculty


Amber Bray


Joined TCP 2017


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 spent 10 years teaching in a variety of educational settings, to include preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and Title I support (ESL/Gifted).  I enjoy this position as I am 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.


Amanda Carpenter

Two-Year, 2 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2018


Hi! My name is Amanda Carpenter. I’m very excited to be joining the awesome staff at TCP this year!


I was lucky enough to grow up in Poquoson most of my life. My fiancé and I recently moved to Riverside where we are raising our two wonderfully busy and growing children, Claire (5) and Jett (4). Besides our two kids and the experience that comes along with that, I have worked with children for most of my life.


I started volunteering with my church when I was in high school and continued teaching a 2/3 year old class through college. I ended up in the professional world for 6 years managing a business but made the decision to stay home with our kids when I had my son. We loved every minute of our time together for 2 years. I went back to work as a 2 year old teacher at WCA and found that to be the perfect balance of togetherness with my kids and back to professional work life.


This year, I’m excited for a new beginning at TCP! I absolutely love children, watching them learn and grow and become little wonders in this world. I’m grateful for the opportunity to love and teach your children. We are going to have a wonderful year together at Trinity!

Mary Annett
Three-Year, 3 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2012


   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 am a busy volunteer with my children's school and activities.


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!


Casie Conner

Three-Year, 3 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2021


Hello! My name is Ms. Casie and I am so excited to join the Trinity Christian Preschool family. I have lived in Poquoson for 27 years and graduated in 1999.


Hampton City Schools was my “home” for 18 wonderful years and I spent my time there teaching 3rd-5th special education.I decided to start taking care of elderly people for a few years and I am still doing so part time but there has been something missing in my life.


With answered prayers, a spot opened up at TCP and I feel so blessed to teach at the preschool and be a part of your child’s life.

Cindy Dodsworth
Three-Year, 3-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.


Jen Moore

Three-Year, 5 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2021


I am so excited to join the TCP family this year! I grew up in Poquoson and have 2 daughters, ages 14 and 8. I still live in Poquoson and most of my family is here. I have an associates degree from Thomas Nelson in technology. I taught one year of preschool at Wythe Creek Academy, followed by one year as the administrative assistant. I enjoy working with kids because they bring so much joy and I can’t wait to love on these sweet blessings this year. 

Beth Burns

Four-Year, 3 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2021


My name is Beth Burns and I teach a 3 day 4 year old class.  It is very exciting to be working with the awesome staff at Trinity.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood education from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. 


After working for 20 years with Newport News Public Schools, I decided to retire.  It wasn't long after I retired that I was offered a teaching position at Wythe Creek Academy.  Working with children is so rewarding.  I believe that children need to feel safe and loved in their learning environment.  I feel fortunate to do what I love each day.


I am a mother of four children with five beautiful grandchildren.  During my spare time, I love to bake and watch cooking shows.  I'm looking forward to an exciting year at Trinity.

Cathy Garrison

Four-Year, 5 Day Teacher

Joined TCP 2009


My name is Cathy Garrison and I am blessed with the opportunity to teach your sweet children!  I began substituting at TCP in 2009 which soon led to a teacher position.  I am thankful to be a part of the wonderful team we have here at Trinity!


I have lived in Poquoson since 1989 and have raised 4 children with my husband Jason .  I have an appreciation and much respect for busy families!


Prior to working at TCP, was a stay at home mom and volunteered in the various schools, taught Sunday school and assisted with Girl and Boy Scouts.


Professionally, I received my Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 1989.  Much of my job experience at that time focused on adolescents in group homes, psychiatric hospitals and juvenile court.  Teaching preschool is quite refreshing!


It is a privilege to work with your children in this Christian environment and I look forward to watching them learn and grow throughout their time here with us at Trinity!


Lynn Lawson

Four-Year, 5 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2021


My name is Lynn Lawson and I am  excited to join the TCP staff. I graduated from CNU in 1992 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught first grade for 18 years and kindergarten for 12 years before retiring last year from HCS.

My husband (Kent) and I live in Poquoson.  We have two children, Erin who graduated from Longwood University in 2017 and works for Dominion Energy and Ashby who will be a freshman at Virginia Tech this fall.  We also have the sweetest chocolate lab named Scout and numerous other pets including ducks, chickens, geese and fish. 


In my free time, I enjoy riding my bike, reading, going to the beach and pool, shopping and spending time with family and friends. 


I look forward to continuing my teaching journey at TCP and becoming a part of your child’s educational journey!



Tammy Smith

Four-Year, 5 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2020


My name is Tammy Smith and I am so excited to be here at TCP.  My husband and I have lived in Poquoson for 24 years.  We have 2 sons - Austin (27) graduated from ODU and lives in Mechanicsville, VA and Garrett (15) will be in 10th grade at PHS.


I have worked with children for 22 years.  My most recent experience was at Wythe Creek Academy in Poquoson.  I was a lead teacher for 10 years and worked with a variety of age groups.  The last 6 years, I worked with 4 and 5 year old students.  I love teaching preschool and watching the children learn and grow.


In my free time, I love traveling with my family to my most favorite place - Disney World!  I also enjoy spending time at the beach, reading a good book, shopping, baking and naps!


I'm looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year at TCP!

Lisa Barden

Young 5's Teacher

Joined TCP in 2015


My name is Lisa Barden and 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!



Leigh Anne Szukelewicz

Young 5's Teacher

Joined TCP in 2017


My name is Leigh Anne Szukelewicz. 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 and have been at Trinity for four.  Throughout my teaching career I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing educators, children and families.  I am truly blessed to do what I love!


My husband and I moved to Poquoson in 1998 and have three grown children, Mary Claire, John and Caroline, and a precious grandson, Ryan.  In my free time I enjoy long walks, days at the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

I am looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning at Trinity! Watching children learn and grow is such a rewarding experience.


Additional Staff

Carrie Faciszewski
5-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2017

My name is Carrie Faciszewski and I am a 5 day assistant here at TCP.  I am originally from Illinois and moved to the Hampton Roads area in 1999.


My husband and I have two amazing children that I was blessed to stay at home with for many years.  As a military family, we moved around, but were fortunate enough to make our way back to Poquoson in 2013.  I stayed actively involved in my children's school by volunteering, which led me to pursue a job as a substitute paraprofessional.  I joined TCP in 2017 and earned my degree in Social Science shortly after.

Working with the students and staff at Trinity has been such a blessing and I look forward to another amazing school year with our TCP families.


Elizabeth Jones
5-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.

Kristen Jones
3-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2018


My name is Kristen Jones.  My husband and I live in Poquoson and have 2 daughters - a 1st grader and our most recent TCP graduate will start Kindergarten in the Fall.  One of our girls has attended TCP for the past 5 years and the opportunity to continue to be involved at such a special preschool is a true blessing!  


I have a degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and have worked as a CPA for a public accounting firm and also had the pleasure of substituting at TCP last year.  My family and I love being outside and, this time of year, enjoy bike rides, the boat, the beach, and softball.  I can’t wait to see all of the sweet and smiling faces next year!


2.5 Year Old Assistant

Joined TCP in 2021



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 24 years, I have been the children’s choral director, as well as the music director for Vacation Bible School.

I am married to Joseph Haczewski and we have 3 wonderful children, Jennifer (married to John Casey), 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.


Kim Pohto

Gymnastics Instructor

Joined TCP in 2018


My name is Kim Pohto, and I am very excited to be part of the Trinity Christian Preschool family!  As a graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College in Wilson NC), I earned a BS in Music Education (PreK-12). I spent 2 years in the Patrick County Public School system as the Elementary Music Teacher for seven elementary schools (K-7).  Then I moved to Tappahannock, VA for 3 years where I taught PreK-4th grade general music. Finally, I was given the opportunity to be employed by Poquoson City Public Schools. For 30 years I was blessed to be the Primary School Music Teacher, PreK-2nd grade. During this time, I received my Masters in Technology and Education from VA Commonwealth University. Throughout my teaching career, I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful educators, children and families.  I just retired from teaching music in public education and am looking forward to working with the teachers and precious children at Trinity.


My husband and I lived in Williamsburg and moved to Poquoson in 1996 so our 2 boys, Andrew and Paul, could attend Poquoson City Schools. We fell in love with the schools and the small community. My oldest, Andrew graduated from Christopher Newport University and is now living in Dallas, TX. Paul, my youngest, is continuing his education working on receiving a Doctorate in Psychology.


In my free time, I enjoy spending days at the beach reading a good book, walking on the beach, and watching the waves.  I also love to work in my yard, go out to eat, and spend time with friends and family.


I am looking forward to actively working with the children twice a month at Trinity!

Trinity Christian Preschool Staff 2019-2020