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

Site Supervisor

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. Dawn

Infant/Toddler Teacher

I live in Arroyo Grande with my husband Wes. I have one son named Tyler. We have a dog named CJ. I enjoy all outdoor activities- hiking, running, and spending time with my family. In fact, my favorite place in the world is wherever my family is.

I have been teaching preschool since my son was three-years-old. He is now turning 24! Most of my teaching has been in private christian preschools. I loved every preschool I have ever taught in. Some of my children are all grown, married, and have children of their own. I especially love being a part of TCC! We have the best kids! I love the family atmosphere and the amazing teacher support from Trust and our families.

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. Yurie

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. 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. Rosemary

Preschool Teacher

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I graduated from University of Illinois- Urbana- Champaign with a BFA in Dance. I live with my husband and dog in Los Osos. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking Montana de Oro, yoga, and all the delicious food the 805 has to offer!

I taught dance in preschools all over the Bay Area for almost ten years, and then I moved to the Central Coast to marry my husband. Because I loved working in preschools, I decided to make the transition to preschool teacher, and I attended Cuesta College for Early Childhood Education. I taught at United Methodist Children’s Center in San Luis Obispo for several years and then made the transition to Trust Children’s Center. In the classroom, I'm passionate about the Outdoor Classroom, children's literature, and movement education.

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. 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. 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. 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. Ashley

Teacher Assistant

I have a beautiful daughter named Tulip who has inspired me to become an art psychology student.

Regarding my childcare experience, my two youngest brothers are 13 and 15 years younger than me so it has always been apart of my life. I was a lead Toddler teacher in Utah for three years and I worked with all ages at San Luis Obispo Classical Academy.

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. 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.

Ms. Jordyn

Teacher Assistant