Anna graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education in May of 2016. In the Fall of 2016, she accepted the position of Teaching Assistant in the Rainbow Room, where she worked until being offered a head teaching position in the Sunshine Room in the Fall of 2019. Anna has worked part-time at Trinity Children’s Center as a support staff and as a paraeducator, providing one-on-one care for a child with special needs. Anna believes that it’s important to create an environment that supports children’s interests and fosters student-guided learning. Her philosophies include creating a classroom environment that supports respectful and caring relationships between peers and teachers, and providing children the opportunity to learn and explore the community and environment around them.
Jay originally moved to Burlington from outside of Washington, DC to pursue a degree in Education from the University of Vermont. He found his way to the Trinity community through working as a part-time support staff, and is excited to be able to step into the role of Teaching Assistant for the Sunshine room this fall. Prior to coming to Trinity, Jay worked as an outdoor educator on the Potomac river, and is excited to be able to incorporate exploration of the natural world and adventure into learning and play in the classroom. His philosophy emphasizes student-led learning that is hands-on and experiential, allowing children to get their hands (and feet, and faces!) dirty! As a TA, he wants to foster meaningful relationships with and between each student in the classroom.
Justine Graduated from Essex High School in 2017 and went to the University of Vermont as a Biology major the following fall. She continued her education there for two years and found interest in Early Education after taking a diversity course at UVM. From there, she became support staff at Trinity Children's Center and has decided to continue her pursuit of childhood education as a Teacher Assistant. She is a supporter of learning through play and hands-on activities and she feels passionate that all children have the right to an impactful Pre-School education. She has helped with youth sports and understands that physical activity is an important part of a child’s daily routine. She knows that developing a child’s interest begins with having an interest in the child and their growth.