Tamara Francis graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She has been a member of the Trinity community the last five years. Tamara first worked part time as support staff during college, then as a permanent support staff for the last two years. During this time she was also a Paraprofessional for Burlington School District here at TCC and also babysat for many TCC families. Needless to say over the years, Tamara fell in love with Early Childhood Education and Trinity. Tamara is currently in the process of adding an Early Childhood Education endorsement and licensure to her resume.
Tamara's philosophies as a teacher include providing a student centered classroom where students can have as much reasonable freedom of choice throughout the day as possible providing the guidance and opportunity to take ownership of their own well being and learning. She also focuses on honoring student interest by providing opportunities for new experiences and exploration. Dreaming up ways to expose children to their interest is one of Tamara's favorite parts of the job. Some of her favorite things to do with Trinity Friends are reading and writing stories, collaborative art, dancing, puzzles, trains!
Kat graduated from the University of Vermont in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
Kat first joined the Trinity team in the Fall of 2019, spending most of this time in the cloud room as a support staff member. Upon her graduation, she was happy to join this same classroom in a different capacity - as a Teaching Assistant.
Growing up, Kat babysat for many families and volunteered in programs rooted in helping and educating children. While Kat always had a love for education, she didn’t consider it as a life path until she entered college. Since shifting to an education focus, Kat has never dreamt of changing it.
Kat first came to TCC looking for experience with younger children so that she could learn more about their needs and continuum of growth. Kat loves the focus on social emotional learning here at TCC and individual support that is given to each and every child. Kat feels that it has been a wonderful environment to grow in while learning to be an educator. She believes the children provide beautiful reminders to not take things too seriously and to focus on what really matters.
Outside of the TCC bubble, Kat lives in Burlington with friends and loves to spend time at the lake kayaking or swimming. Kat also loves to hike, explore and rock climb. She has been practicing yoga for a handful of years and holds it close.
Indra, once a TCC parent herself, comes to us after completing a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Indra is an asset to any classroom with her caring affect and passion for teaching young children. Having spent time in the Rainbow Room during her CDA, she is excited to return as the Teaching Assistant for this year!