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 include: 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, then attending Cal Poly and receiving a bachelor’s in child development. I was a nanny for 3 years and after that before I worked at another preschool. 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 married my husband, Cory, in 2016. I moved to San Luis Obispo four years ago. Now we have a baby daughter, Evelyn, and a wire-haired 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. After moving to San Luis Obispo, I started working at TCC.

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 San Luis Obispo 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. 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. Erika

Infant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

Ms. Rebecca

Preschool 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. Rachel

Infant/Toddler Teacher

After seven years in Portland Oregon, I have returned to my hometown of Arroyo Grande to live near my family again. When I am not working, I enjoy relaxing at home with my cat, Frankie. I also enjoy spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, swimming and traveling. My favorite places to travel to are Belize and Italy.

I've been working with kids since I was a kid! I graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. While I was there, I was also a student teacher at a Reggio Emilia inspired child development center. After I graduated, I worked as a lead teacher for a Head Start program and as the pandemic began I pivoted into nannying. I am excited to be back in the classroom.

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 competed for eight years. I started playing volleyball in middle school and continued through high school. Whenever I can, I like to do art (especially watercolor, calligraphy, and journaling), read, and listen to music!

I studied Applied Developmental Psychology at UCLA, where I worked as a teacher in the Infant Room at UCLA ECE Fernald Center. I've also worked as a nanny, substitute teacher, and a gymnastics coach. I recently graduated from Cal Poly with my master’s degree in psychology and have worked as a mental health therapist for the last 1.5 years, working primarily with children 0-5 who have experienced trauma. I feel so lucky to have worked at TCC for the last two years while completing my degree!

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. 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 brothers and one younger brother. In high school, my main sports included: dancing, skiing, and horseback riding. I have three dogs named Chewy, Leia, and Navy. I also have a can named Yoda. I love the 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.

Mr. Alex

Teacher Assistant

I am from Santa Cruz, California. I have one sister, two golden retrievers, and two cockapoos. My favorite thing to do is hike in San Luis Obispo and go to the beach. I also like to watch and play baseball and other sports. My favorite place in the world is Hawaii.

While back in Santa Cruz, I worked in three daycares. I have also worked at another preschool here in San Luis Obispo. Right now, I am currently working on becoming a teacher for elementary students.

Ms. Zoe

Preschool Teacher

Photo and bio coming soon!

Ms. Noelani

Teacher Assistant

Photo and bio coming soon!