Staff Directory

    • Laura Horn
      Preschool Director

      Laura Horn

      Preschool Director

      Laura joined First Trinity Preschool in August 2021. Her love of children and helping them learn led her to earn her Bachelors in Speech and Masters in Special Education. She has worked in preschool for 18 years. She married her husband Dave in 2008. She loves Jesus, camping, crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        20 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Pink
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Too many to list here!
      • Favorite Food:
        Tacos
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Cookie Dough
      • Favorite Season:
        All of them!
      • Hometown:
        Lewiston, NY
      • Pets:
        1 cat, Sheldon
      • Hobbies:
        Camping, crafting, reading, spending time with family and friends
      • Family:
        Married to Dave in 2008

    2-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Karin McGowan
      Head Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Karin McGowan

      Head Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Karin joined First Trinity Preschool in November of 2012 as an assistant teacher and became the Head Teacher for the Monday-Friday 2-year-old class in 2020. Prior to that she was assisting in the Sweet Home Universal Prekindergarten.  She’s been married to Christopher since 2002 and has two boys, both having gone through the First Trinity Preschool program. She finds the two-year-olds a great joy and so much fun to be around.  She is blessed to have been called to spend her time here.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        11 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        The Napping House
      • Favorite Food:
        Chicken, Cheese, Dark Chocolate
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Buffalo
      • Hobbies:
        Reading, Watching Soccer
      • Family:
        Married with 2 kids
    • Heather Reed
      Assistant Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Heather Reed

      Assistant Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Header holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. She joined First Trinity Preschool as a substitute aide in December 2019 and became the 2-year-old classroom assistant in 2020. She currently lives in Kenmore with her husband, Andy, and two children. Heather has been a dance instructor for the past ten years to students of all ages, and is very active in local Buffalo theatre as an actress and choreographer. She is so thankful to have found a home at First Trinity, where she gets to live her dream of working with and teaching young children.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        2 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Blue
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Little Blue Truck
      • Favorite Food:
        Pizza
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Mint Chocolate Chip
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Olean, NY
      • Hobbies:
        Hiking, swimming, dance, listening to music, reading
      • Family:
        Married with 2 children, a boy and a girl

    3-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Darcy Fesmire
      Head Teacher, Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy Fesmire

      Head Teacher, Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy began working at First Trinity Preschool in 2008 as an assistant teacher and became the 3-day 3-year-old Head Teacher in 2020. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.  She has been married to Eric since 1993, has 4 handsome boys, Caleb, Samuel, Isaac, and Joel and a pet turtle, Floyd. Her family enjoys theater, reading and vacations to visit her parents in North Carolina.  She started at the school because her youngest 2 were students, and it gave her the chance to still be home after school with her kids. She has stayed because she loves the people she works with and the chance to meet some special little people and love them with the love Jesus has for them!

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        12 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Brown
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        There’s a Monster at the End of this Book
      • Favorite Food:
        Pizza
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Mocha Chip
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Braintree, MA
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking, Facebook, Scrapbooking
      • Family:
        Married with 4 boys
    • Katie Swanekamp
      Head Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday 3-Year-Olds

      Katie Swanekamp

      Head Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday 3-Year-Olds

      Katie worked as a substitute while her kids attended First Trinity Preschool. In 2017 she began working as an assistant teacher and became the 2-day 3-year-old Head Teacher in 2020. She’s a stay-at-home mom when not teaching as well as a volunteer educator at the zoo, leading tours. She’s also an animal handler there, showing off animals around the park and sharing fun facts with kids.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        4 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Hope for the Flowers
      • Favorite Food:
        Pizza
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        One Buffalo
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Buffalo, NY
      • Pets:
        2 beta fish: Rainbow and Sowver
      • Hobbies:
        Knitting, Crocheting, Scrapbooking
      • Family:
        Married with 2 kids
    • Michelle Helles
      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Michelle Helles

      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Michelle has been a First Trinity Preschool mom since 2017 and joined the staff as the Assistant Teacher for the 3-year-old class in 2020. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the US in 1997 with her family. She relocated to Buffalo to attend college and now lives in Kenmore with her husband and two children, Joshua and Gwen. She enjoys travel, reading, gardening and exploring local places. Michelle loves Jesus and spending time with His children, both big and small.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        2 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Jesus Storybook Bible
      • Favorite Food:
        Indian Food
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Caramel Cone
      • Favorite Season:
        Summer
      • Hometown:
        Johannesburg
      • Pets:
        A goldfish named Amelia
      • Hobbies:
        Gardening, Reading, Exploring new places, Journaling
      • Family:
        Married with one son and one daughter

    4-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Jaime Christ
      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 Day)

      Jaime Christ

      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 Day)

      Jaime began working at First Trinity Preschool in 2015 as the head teacher in the 3-day 4-year-old classroom. She is now the Head Teacher for the 5-day 4s class. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University – Chicago in Elementary Education.  She has previously taught in Texas and Ohio and also worked as a service coordinator for children with disabilities. She loves teaching preschoolers!  Jaime lives in Tonawanda with her husband Jason and her three young children.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        12 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
      • Favorite Food:
        Pomegranates
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey (Banana and Chocolate)
      • Favorite Season:
        Spring
      • Hometown:
        Cleveland, OH
      • Hobbies:
        Writing, Finding fun places to explore in Buffalo
      • Family:
        Married with 3 kids
    • Joy Coughlin
      Assistant Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 Day)

      Joy Coughlin

      Assistant Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 Day)

      Joy became a part of First Trinity Preschool in 2016 as the assistant teacher in the 5-day 4-year-old class. She feels very blessed to be a part of the First Trinity family and really loves her job. Joy lives in Tonawanda with her husband Todd and their four children.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        5 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        We Are In a Book by Mo Willems
      • Favorite Food:
        French Fries
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Autumn
      • Hometown:
        Grand Island
      • Pets:
        1 dog, Holly
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking, Spending Time with Family/Kids
      • Family:
        Married with 4 kids (2 sons, 2 daughters)
    • Julianne Kropczynski
      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (3 Day)

      Julianne Kropczynski

      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (3 Day)

      Julianne knew First Trinity Preschool was a special place from the moment her younger two boys started school there in 2014. She soon began working as a substitute teacher as needed and then on a more long-term basis during the 2018-2019 school year. It confirmed to her a calling to be a teacher. Julianne feels incredibly blessed to be an official part of the staff as of 2019 and hopes she can share the light and love of Christ that the school has always shown to her family.

      When not teaching, Julianne can be found at the YMCA as a group exercise instructor or trying to keep up with her three crazy boys! Julianne lives in Tonawanda with her husband, Rob, their children and their dog, Maggie.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        4 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        The Elephant and  Piggie Book Series; Jumanji
      • Favorite Food:
        Anything in the dessert category! Also fruit. 🙂
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Oreo or Moosetracks
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Buffalo, NY
      • Pets:
        Maggie, our 3-year-old German Shepherd
      • Hobbies:
        Fitness/Exercise, Crafts, Drawing, watching Star Wars and Marvel movies with my boys.
      • Family:
        My wonderful husband, Rob, since 2007, three energetic, fun-loving boys, two of which have gone to First Trinity Preschool!
    • Tracy Bramwell
      Assistant Teacher, MWF 4-Year-Olds

      Tracy Bramwell

      Assistant Teacher, MWF 4-Year-Olds

      Tracy vegan working as an assistant teacher in 1998 and left to pursue a career as a technology integrator in local schoools. She joyfully returned to First Trinity in 2020 as an assistant teacher in both the 2- and 4-year-old classes. She is currently the assistant teacher in the 3-day 4-year-old class. Tracy had wanted to be a teacher since Kindergarten but it took her a while to get there. Never give up on your dreams! She is an avid Bills fan who also likes reading and nature. She loves Vacation Bible School, First Trinity, Jesus and her family and close friends.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        24 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Blue
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Ira Sleeps
      • Favorite Food:
        Peaches
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Summer
      • Hometown:
        Avon, Ohio
      • Hobbies:
        Jigsaw Puzzles, Reading
      • Family:
        Married