Our Faculty

Director

Amber Bray

Director

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.

Teachers

Amanda Carpenter

Two-Year, 2 Day Teacher

Three-Year, 3 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, Three 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 participate in Bible Study Fellowship, take an adult tap class and am a busy volunteer with my children's schools 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!

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.

 

 

Amanda Cox

Four-Year, 5 Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2018

 

I’m Amanda Cox and I’m thrilled to be teaching 4 year olds! I grew up in Smithfield and loved the small town living. It’s grown a lot, but that is one thing that drew us to Poquoson when looking for preschools for our kids. All 3 of my kids have gone to preschool in Poquoson with our youngest starting at TCP last year. He’s excited to be back this year!

 

I graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Psychology and then from ODU with a Masters in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3rd). I previously taught Kindergarten in Hampton but was lucky to be able to stay home with my kids while they were younger. I live in Hampton with my husband and our 3 kids.

 

 

Cathy Garrison

Four-Year, Three 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!

 

Maria Heldreth

Four-Year, Five Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2019

 

Hello!  My name is Maria Heldreth.  I'm so excited to join the staff at Trinity Christian Preschool.  I have a BA in Elemetnary Education & Psychology from the College of William and Mary.  I taught 3rd and 4th grade at Poquoson Elementary School from 2006-2015.  I made the tough decision to leave the classroom and stay home after the birth of our 3rd child.  After 4 years as a stay-at-home mom, I've decided to jump back into the world of education.  I'm looking forward to this new journey and learning and growing along with my students.

 

 

Jo Ann Rogers

Four-Year, Five Day Teacher

Joined TCP in 2017

 

My name is JoAnn Rogers and I am excited to continue my teaching 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 three years ago at the age of 27.  I have a wonderful husband, James, and four sweet little Yorkies.  I have lived in Poquoson for 33 years, where I love serving God through different ministries.  I am also a Girl Scout Troop volunteer for a Poquoson 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.

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!

 

 

Jennifer Shay

Young 5's Teacher

Joined TCP in 2019

 

My name is Jennifer Shay. I have a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Early Childhood Education from Marshall University.

 

I have honed my skills teaching everything from infants at the Spangdahlem Child Development Center in Germany to Kindergarten and 1st grade military kiddos with DO...DEA Europe in England. I am beyond excited to be at Trinity, living my dream and teaching my absolute favorite age group!

 

My family is relatively new to the area. Over the years we’ve lived many places and have been touched by amazing people along the way. We like to get involved in our community and find out what makes each place special. We love exploring and can’t wait to see what all Virginia has to offer.

 

I am a nature lover, thrift store enthusiast, and always in pursuit of the best food and coffee. As a family, we love spending time outdoors, playing board games, and watching movies. Our two boys are always keeping us busy!

 

I feel so blessed to be part of the TCP family and look forward to an amazing year of learning and growth.

 

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 Jones
Five-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
Five-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.  I was fortunate to be able to volunteer at their schools, which led me to pursue a position of being a substitute paraprofessional at the Primary and Elementary school here in Poquoson.  I joined TCP in 2017 and received my degree in Social Science shortly after. 

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.       

Kristen Jones
Three-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!

Skylar Flynn

Two-Day Assistant

Joined TCP in 2018

 

My name is Skylar Flynn and I recently graduated with my BA in Psychology and a minor in Childhood Studies.  I am currently working on my certification to become a Child Life Specialist. 

 

I started volunteering at Trinity Christian Preschool as part of my degree requirements and really enjoyed my time in each of the classrooms.  I loved helping the teachers and came to know many of the students.  This led me to seek other opportunities with TCP so I could stay involved, even after my class assignment was complete. 

 

I joined the staff as Stay N' Play teacher in the Spring of 2019 and look forward to my new role as the assistant in the 2 year old classroom for the 2019/20 school year.

 

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 join the Trinity Christian Preschool family this year!  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 2018-19