Ms. Sarah


I live in Arroyo Grande with my husband, two daughters and our dog. We have two teenage girls, Jade is 17 and Brooklyn is almost 13. Raising these girls makes for interesting days with lots of learning:) I enjoy cooking, gardening and going out to eat with my family. Some other things about me is I love Lake Tahoe, York Beach Maine holds a special place in my heart, I am learning how to macrame, and I have a new interest in air plants!

I have been working with children for about 22 years. I started as a Special Education Assistant when I was 18. After a couple years I started pursuing my two degrees in Early Childhood Education. I worked as a Pre-K teacher at a private school in Arroyo Grande for 15 years, and then moved to my current position.

Ms. Jessica

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Jessica De La Cruz. I was born and raised on the Central Coast. I currently live in Santa Maria with my husband Blas. We have a dog named Dex. I enjoy listening to podcasts, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.

I have over 13 years of experience work with children ranging for infants to high school students. My positions ranged from instructional assistant, after school program leader, spanish teacher, and preschool teacher.

Ms. Carissa

Lead Preschool Teacher

I am married to my husband, Jeremy, we live in Nipomo. I was born and raised on the Central Coast and went to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. My hobbies are wine tasting, playing games with friends and practicing calligraphy. I have a cat named Duddy, he is 11 years old. My favorite place in the world is still probably being home, there’s just no place like home. However my favorite place that I have traveled to was Mozambique on an island called Benguerra Island.

My experience with child care has been working at a preschool since I was 22, I then attended Cal Poly and received a bachelor’s in child development. I was a nanny for 3 years and after that I worked at another preschool and now I am here at Trust and have been here for over a year now. I love working with children because I not only learn more about them but I learn more about myself and life every day I am with them.

Ms. Yurie

Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to LA when I got married with my husband, Cory, in 2016. Then I moved to SLO 4 years ago. Now we have a baby daughter, Evelyn and a wirehaired miniature dachshund, Cooper! Cooper loves licking Evelyn's feet and hands! In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, getting coffee at local cafés, and eating yummy foods.

I worked as a PE teacher in junior high and high school in Japan. I have also taught gymnastics, swimming, and soccer to 2 to 12 years old kids before moving to the U.S. Since I moved to the U.S, I worked at 24 Hour Fitness as a kids club attendant for a while, then after moving to SLO, I started working at TCC in 2018.

Ms. Dominique

Preschool Teacher and Raising a Reader Coordinator

I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. I applied to Cal Poly as a joke with my friends and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I now live in SLO and absolutely love it. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, going on adventures, and being an aunt to my roommate's very needy cat and dabbling with coding and web development.

I graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelors in Child Development and minors in Math and Psychology in 2016. All throughout my undergrad, I worked at Cal Poly ASI Children's Center.

Ms. Rebecca

Infant/Toddler Teacher

I have lived on the Central Coast my entire life. I live in Arroyo Grande with my husband and our 18-year-old dog named Sadie. My husband and I have three children who are all grown up. I enjoy FaceTiming with our children and our first grandchild. I also enjoy going to brunch with friends and watching documentaries about history and archaeology.

I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 22 years. I have been an Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and a TK Teacher. I also worked as a mentor for Cuesta College for several years as well. Before coming to Trust I taught at a private school for almost 13 years.

Ms. Sara Aarestad

Infant/Toddler Teacher

I have one sister and no pets (but someday want a dog). I recently (fall 2021) moved to San Luis Obispo from central California.

Hobbies I enjoy mostly include writing (and mailing) letters and reading books. My secret talents (that are not so secret now!) include being thoughtful and knowing basic American Sign Language.

My experience with child care started when I was a child in 4-H and started to lead projects for the younger members. I continued this interest by babysitting occasionally. I studied Child Development and Early Childhood Education at community college and university. I have had long term in person student teaching experiences in 3 different childcare centers working with preschool age children. At Stanislaus State University (where I earned my BA in Child Development), I often volunteered my time in the child development center infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. As a part of an Infant and Toddler Growth and Development lab class, I also worked closely with a parent and infant to do assessments of the child’s growth, development, and learning. Then I provided the parent with feedback and collaborated with them to plan activities they could do at home to further support the infant’s development. I am excited to continue to learn and grow in my experience here as a teacher at TCC!

Ms. Kylie

Preschool Teacher

I live in Arroyo Grande with my boyfriend, Zee, our eight-year-old son, Eli, and our newly welcomed son, Luka. I have a large and local family and I enjoy spending time with them often. I am also grateful to call myself a horse mom! I grew up with horses and I ride whenever I can.

In 2016, I graduated from Cal Poly with my bachelors degree in Child Development and Psychology. Even though I wasn't always sure where my degree might take me, I was excited to learn all I could about children and the unique ways in which they grow. I feel very fortunate to have had a number of different experiences working with children and I am so thankful to have been at TCC for over five years.

Ms. Erika

Infant Teacher

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Ms. Jordyn

Teacher Assistant

Ms. Emily

Teacher Assistant

I am originally from San Jose, CA where I lived with my mom, dad, two sisters, and our dog Koza. I grew up doing gymnastics and played volleyball in middle school and high school. I like to do art (especially watercolor, calligraphy, and journaling), read, and listen to music as much as I can!

For the last two years I worked in the Infant Room at UCLA ECE Fernando Center. I've also worked as a nanny, substitute teacher, and a gym coach. I minored in applied developmental psychology at UCLA.

Ms. Delaney

Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in SLO. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling and my favorite place to go is Hawaii.

I have been a nanny for the past six years. Along with the nanny position I also work in a nursery on Sunday mornings. I hope to be working in an elementary school or speech and language pathologist office after obtaining my degrees.

Ms. Olivia

Teacher Assistant

Hello! My name is Olivia Jones. I am from Danville, California up in the East Bay, but I am here in San Luis Obispo attending Cal Poly. I am the 7th member of my family to attend Cal Poly (parents, sister, and 3 aunts went to school here)! I am a senior Child Development major with a psychology minor. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, skiing, and going to the beach!

I have been working with children for over 6 years. I am about to finish my undergraduate degree and I am currently applying to graduate school programs to pursue a career in School Psychology. I am happiest working with children, and I truly love my role here at TCC!

Ms. Jenny

Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in SLO and recently graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I am passionate about making positive changes in children's lives and using my creativity and knowledge to further children's health education and access. I love being outdoors and hanging out with my friends and you can always find me at the pool or at the beach on a warm day. I have had the opportunity to work with children ages 0-10 in various settings throughout the years. I have worked in multiple church nurseries and have helped run kid's summer camp programs as well as being my neighborhood's babysitter and nannying for various families in the area. The coolest thing I am working on right now is currently working on planting a garden in my backyard as well as looking for future grad school programs.

Ms. Shelby

Teacher Assistant

I am from Park City, UT, and I have three brothers, two older and one younger. In high school my main sports were dance, skiing, and horseback riding. I have three dogs named Chewy, Leia and Navy, and I have a can named Yoda. I love that mountains, but also the beach, so I am getting the best of both worlds ever since I moved to SLO to attend Cal Poly. I love hiking, skiing, attempting to surf, hanging out with my friends, and spending time with my brothers.

In high school I volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and at The National Ability Center in Park City, UT. I also worked as a camp counselor for many age groups and was a full time nanny for two families.