Staff

Ms. Sarah

Director

  sarahd@trustchildrenscenter.com

I live in Arroyo Grande with my husband, two daughters and our dog. We are having 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 and Infant Teacher

  jessicad@trustchildrenscenter.com

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. Natalie

Preschool Teacher

  nataliep@trustchildrenscenter.com

I grew up in Arroyo Grande California and moved to San Francisco in 2005. I moved back to SLO county in 2016 to begin working at TCC. I love to adventure, camp and hike with my dog, Elsie.

I graduated with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University and began my first teaching job there at Children’s Campus in 2007. When I graduated I worked as a teacher at One Fifty Parker Avenue School in San Francisco. I worked in a classroom with ages 3-4 until moving to SLO and working as a teacher at TCC. While living in SLO, I’ve also had experience as an Early Interventionist doing in-home therapy for ages 0-3.

Ms. Karen

Infant Teacher

  karenk@trustchildrenscenter.com

I’ve been married 37 years to my husband Karl. I have two married and a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy hiking and creating crafts and learning materials. My favorite place in the world is anywhere my family can be together but especially Hawaii and Mammoth Lakes.

I have been working with children since I was a teenager. I started by teaching Sunday school to 4 and 5 year olds. Since then I have been blessed to work with many families at a variety of centers.

Ms. Kylie

Preschool Teacher

  kylieg@trustchildrenscenter.com

I live in Arroyo Grande with my boyfriend and our six-year-old son. I have a large and local family and I enjoy spending time with them. If I had to choose a favorite place to be, I would have to say on the back of a horse. I also have passions for wearing cozy socks, reading books and enjoying the outdoors.

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

Ms. Barrow

Infant Teacher

  sarahb@trustchildrenscenter.com

Hi! My name is Sarah Barrow. As there are now so many Sarah's, we have decided it is less confusing if everyone calls me Miss Barrow. I grew up in Weaverville, a very small mountain town in Northern California. I feel grateful to have grown up in a small rural town because it gave me a great respect and reverence for the outdoors. In the same regard, I feel very lucky to live here on the Central Coast. My dog and I love going to the beaches and hiking in the beautiful hills around the county. Aside from being outside, I spend my free time painting with watercolors

My career in childcare began in 2014 when I started working as an in home behavior therapist for children with autism. After about a year of the very rewarding, very exhausting task of working with special needs children, I pursued a job as a preschool teacher. I love working in a center-based program, especially one like Trust that fosters a love for the outdoors. Being outdoors and seeing nature through the eyes of a child brings me so much joy. I look forward to seeing these children grow with the freedom to explore with enthusiasm.

Ms. Dominique

Preschool Teacher and Raising a Reader Coordinator

  dominiqueb@trustchildrenscenter.com

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. Millie

Infant Teacher

  milliet@trustchildrenscenter.com

Hi! My name is Milan Tolani, but most people call me Millie! I was born and raised in Las Vegas but have been living in California for a little over six years, and SLO for the past three. I attended UC Davis for some years but am now finishing my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies through the University of Washington online. I also took classes at Cuesta, where I worked in their children’s center before coming here to Trust Children’s Center. I enjoy doing outdoor activities, playing board games, and crafting with my boyfriend, Cody, who is also a Trust employee. Together, we have six reptiles, mine being a leopard gecko named Chipkali and a crested gecko named Wanda. I am also a trained makeup artist and like to cosplay! My favourite animals are sharks, colour is yellow and music style is post-hardcore! People commonly describe me as cheerful, silly, and outgoing. I can’t wait to get to know you all!

Ms. Sarah S.

Preschool Teacher

  sarahs@trustchildrenscenter.com

I grew up right across from the ocean in Cambria, CA and am now living in Grover Beach. I Graduated from Cuesta College in 2016 with my AA in Early Childhood Education. In my free time you can find me rehearsing and acting in local community theatre productions, spanning 18 productions in 14 years. I love being anywhere by the ocean rain or shine. I also love coffee, hot tea, scented candles, books, all things Disney, and cats.

My love for working with children began early on as I worked as a babysitter in my teens and then as nursery care at a local church in 2013. I worked there for two years along with being an events coordinator at Grandma's Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop in Morro Bay, where I was often in contact with young children and their families. I started working professionally in a childcare setting in 2015 and I've been in childcare ever since.

I’m so excited to be part of the Trust family!

Ms. Carissa

Preschool Teacher

  carissac@trustchildrenscenter.com

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

Preschool Teacher

  yuries@trustchildrenscenter.com

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. about 4 years ago. Now I have been living in SLO for 2 years. I like going hiking and camping! I also like watching Fomula 1 races, and my husband and I are hoping to go to Europe for the F-1 races next year!

After I graduated from a college, I worked as a PE teacher, and also I have worked as a coach for gymnastic, soccer, and swimming team with 2 to 12 years old children in Japan. Since I moved to the U.S. I worked at a kids’ club in a fitness center.

Ms. Dawn

Infant Assistant

  dawnd@trustchildrenscenter.com

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. Ally

Preschool Assistant

  allyb@trustchildrenscenter.com

I have two sisters, and older and a younger and they inspire me every day. One lives in Campbell in the San Jose area and the other lives with my mom. I live in beautiful downtown San Luis Obispo with my boyfriend and I love to go hiking and running around the local trails. I also love reading new books and gardening. I have two sisters and I am the middle child. Avila Beach and my future in-laws backyard is my favorite place to be!

I have worked with preschool age children for the last five years. I started as an assistant teacher and worked my war up to assistant director and did that for about a year before coming to TCC.


Ms. Anne

Preschool Substitute

I am married with two children who recently got married. I live in Nipomo. I love to travel and enjoy laying in the sun by a pool. I have taught for about 32 years.