Trinity Episcopal Preschool Faculty

Trinity Episcopal Preschool is proud to have a nurturing and experienced faculty and staff.

Note: Click on name to learn more about the staff/teacher.

Lisa McMurtrie - Director

Ms. Lisa McMurtrie
Director

Lisa McMurtrie
Lisa McMurtrie – Director

Lisa is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University and holds a M.LA. and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has also taken professional development training at Harvard University School of Education in learning differences. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and her career in education spans 20 years with experience teaching both preschool and elementary age children, as well as 10 years in preschool administration.

She is currently pursuing a post-Masters certificate in Educational Leadership for Independent Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education where she serves as the Chair of their Mentoring Program, serves on the Hopkins Alumni Council and is a member of Blue Jays Unlimited. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Pediatric Oncology Division of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Lisa is the Trinity’s science teacher for threes and fours, as well as the founder and lacrosse coach for the Trinity Tiger Lacrosse Program. She is thrilled to be part of our strong and thriving Trinity Community!

CONTACT:
lmcmurtrie@tecckids.org
Contact Director


Kathleen Capcara - Preschool Chaplain

Kathleen Capcara Chaplain
Kathleen Capcara
Chaplain

Kathleen Capcara
Preschool Chaplain

Kathleen was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where her summer job at age 15 was organizing a play group for neighborhood children. Kathleen studied Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, and worked in nursing for several years, where she discovered at hospital bedsides how people draw strength from faith traditions and use the Bible to find meaning in their life challenges. Since then, Kathleen has spent 20 years in the field of Christian education for children, youth, and adults.

Kathleen believes the Bible has more than one interpretation, so she is passionate about helping children feel confident using Bible stories to make meaning of their own experiences. In addition to leading all the chapel services at TECC, Kathleen works at Trinity Church on weekdays and Sundays and is a national trainer for Godly Play, the method of Bible storytelling used at TECC.

In her non-existent spare time, Kathleen loves to cook, host parties, and sing!

CONTACT: kcapcara@tecckids.org


Kathleen Capcara - Chapel

Doris Yousfi - Music Director

Doris Yousfi (Ms. Dee)
Doris Yousfi (Ms. Dee)

Doris Yousfi
Music Director

Doris is the founder of “Glen Music”, and has been the music teacher at Trinity Episcopal Preschool as well as music leader/pianist for Trinity Episcopal’s family church services for the past 3 years. She has a background as a classical pianist and has taught performing arts and ESL in countries such as Brazil, India, and Tunisia. In addition to her work overseas, she has been an active performer/teacher/accompanist in the local community. She and her husband now live in Maryland and she is excited to have her daughter attending the Pre-K Program at TECC this year!

Music

CONTACT:dheckathorn@tecckids.org



Faculty for The Two’s

Mary Helfin - Two's Lead Teacher

Mary Helfin
Mary Helfin
(Ms. Mary)

Mary Helfin
Two’s Teacher

My name is Mary Helfin and I am from Washington, D.C. I studied Fine Arts in college and am working on my 90 Hour Certification in Early Childhood Education.

I am 27 years old and love the arts and the outdoors! I was a missionary for World Wide for a year doing lots of children’s programs and kid’s ministry. I became a teacher because I adore the little one! As a nanny for years, I loved seeing the way children see the world through fresh eyes. Teaching is the best way to give and receive love in its purest form!

 


Christina Quinn - Two's Lead Teacher

Christina Quinn
Christina Quinn
(Ms. Christina)

Christina Quinn
Two’s Teacher

My name is Christina Quinn and from Fallston, Maryland. I hold Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salisbury University, as well as a CDA in Education. I knew I wanted to be teacher from the time I was young. I always enjoyed helping others! My journey into teaching started when I became a personal nanny shortly after I graduated from college. The joy of teaching solidified when I graduated from college and moved to Washington, D.C. where I began teaching in a two’s program. From there, I found my way to Trinity! I absolutely love teaching the twos here!

CONTACT: cquinn@tecckids.org

 


Lorraine Robertson - Two's Assistant Teacher

Lorraine Robertson
Lorraine Robertson
(Ms. Lorraine)

Lorraine Robertson
Two’s Assistant Teacher

Ms. Lorraine was born in North Carolina, but has spent the majority of her life in the Baltimore area. After high school she began working for the Department of Social Services as an emergency aid specialist. After six years with DSS, she decided to begin her career educating young children.

Lorraine has worked in a pre-school and childcare setting for more than 20 years and has been a part of the Trinity team for fourteen years teaching in the twos!

CONTACT: lrobertson@tecckids.org

Anni Braine - Two's Assistant Teacher

Anni Braine
Anni Braine
(Ms. Anni)

Anni Braine
Two’s Assistant Teacher

My name is Anni Braine and I am from China. I have attended three years of college and hold a 90 Hour Certificate in Early Childhood Education. I have always loved working with children! I started as a mother’s helper at age 10! Ever since then, I have done babysitting and substituting. I was an Assistant Teacher at St. James Preschool in Monkton, Maryland prior to coming to Trinity. I also teach horseback riding to children! I love animals and have a horse named Kizzie and a puppy named Ophelia.

CONTACT: abraine@tecckids.org



Faculty for The Three’s

Kathy Tilmes - Three's Lead Teacher

Kathy Tilmes
Kathy Tilmes
(Ms. Kathy)

Kathy Tilmes
Three’s Lead Teacher

Ms. Kathy has worked at Trinity Episcopal Preschool for 16 years and has been our most consistent threes teacher for the past 12 years. She is originally from the Baltimore area and attended high school at the Institute of Notre Dame. Kathy received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Essex Community College. Kathy has two children that both attended Trinity and a third “Trinity Tiger” currently enrolled!

CONTACT: ktilmes@tecckids.org


Katie Horneffer - Three's Leads Teacher

Katie Horneffer
Katie Horneffer
(Ms. Katie)

Katie Horneffer
Three’s Leads Teacher

My name is Katie Horneffer and I am from Reisterstown, Maryland. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany College in interdisciplinary education and psychology. I also have my 90 hours Certification in Early Childhood Development.

I have wanted to be a teacher since high school. I have been babysitting since age 13 and I get a thrill watching kids grow up and knowing that I am a big part of their lives!

CONTACT: khorneffer@tecckids.org

 


Ms. Linda Kerxton - Three's Lead Teacher

Linda Kerxton
Linda Kerxton
(Ms. Linda)

Ms. Linda Kerxton
Three’s Lead Teacher

Ms. Linda grew up in Parkville and graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She joined the Trinity Staff in October, 2014 as a substitute and was hired to teach the threes as a lead teacher in September, 2015. Her favorite part of the job is watching children learn and grow each day!

CONTACT: lkerxton@tecckids.org

 


Shelly Covington - Three's Assistant Teacher

Shelly Covington
Three’s Assistant Teacher

Shelly Covington
Shelly Covington
(Ms. Shelly)

Ms. Shelley has been working with children for over 20 years and has her 90 hours certification in early childhood education. She worked at Day Spring Christian Academy for 10 years running the aftercare program, as well as assisting in their preschool program with threes and fours.

Ms. Shelley has been working as part of the Trinity Staff for three years as an Assistant Teacher in the Threes, as well as substituting in other classrooms as needed. She also helps run the morning carpool program with Ms. Lisa!

CONTACT: scovington@tecckids.org




Faculty for Pre-K

Nicole Skopinski - Pre-K Lead Teacher

Nicole Skopinski
Nicole Skopinski
(Ms. Nicole)

Ms. Nicole Skopinski
Pre-K Lead Teacher

Ms. Nicole joined our staff in October of 2015 as an Assistant Teacher in our threes classroom and is excited to be one our Lead Pre-K Teachers this year! Ms. Nicole was born in Bel Air, Maryland and holds a B.A. in English and Writing from Towson University. She has over 10 years’ experience working with children in multiple capacities, including cheerleading, coaching lacrosse and substitute teaching. After graduating from Towson University with her Bachelor s Arts in English, Ms. Nicole decided to make a career change to do what she loves most-working with children to help them reach their full potential! Outside of work, Ms. Nicole is involved in the Harford County community as a member of the Raven’s Nest, which is an organization that focuses in enabling and assisting high school seniors in reaching their goals, following their dreams and attending college. She loves that Trinity focuses on teamwork and combined efforts to achieve the same for the young minds enrolled here and is so excited to be a part of our teaching team!

CONTACT: nskopinski@tecckids.org

Joanie Peisinger - Pre-K Teacher / Sign Language Teacher

Joanie Peisinger
Joanie Peisinger
(Ms. Joanie)

Ms. Joanie Peisinger
Pre-K Teacher
Sign Language Teacher

My name is Joanie Peisinger and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I hold my 90 Hours Certification in Early Childhood, as well as a Level III in Credentialing. I attending college for one year and have 13 years’ experience working with children.

I knew at a very young age I wanted to work with children! My very first job working with children was as a Tot Fun Leader. I was the Leader of separate classes for twos, threes and fours. I worked for 2 hours each day in each class. In the summer, I was the Summer Playground Leader. I was very fortunate because I could take all four of my children to the summer playground! I also taught Sunday School at St. Michael the Archangel. I have worked in other position as a secretary, key punch operator, and manager in document processing. My love for children has always been my passion! I am very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school!

Tressa Andrews - Pre-K Lead Teacher

Tressa Andrews
Tressa Andrews
(Ms. Tressa)

Ms. Tressa Andrews
Pre-K Teacher

My name is Ms. Tressa and I am from Harford County and hold a B.A. in Early and Elementary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. I have 14 years’ experience in education, 10 of those years in Pre-K! I am not only a teacher, but a parent, which I believe gives a different perspective as an educator. My daughter, Sara, is a senior at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virgina. I am a master swimmer as well. I enjoy photograph and painting when I get the chance to do so!

I chose to become a teacher because my first teachers taught me the importance of curiosity and to explore my surroundings. They instilled the importance of community and giving back to others. My first teachers were the backbone of my beliefs. They are my Mom and Dad! I am blessed to be a part of the Trinity family!

CONTACT: tandrews@tecckids.org

Megan Sevidal- Pre-K Teacher / Art Teacher

Megan Sevidal
Megan Sevidal
(Ms. Megan)

Ms. Megan Sevidal
Pre-K Teacher
Art Teacher

My name is Megan Sevidal and I am from Lemoore, California. I was born on a naval base there. I studied Art History at Towson University and have worked in preschools for the past 7 years. I live in Towson in the Rogers Forge Community. My husband and I have two daughters. Deirdre is 14 and Nora is 12. When they were in preschool, I would sometimes volunteer at their school and teach the children about famous artists. The Director liked the lessons so much, she asked me if I would come on board and teach full time! So I did! I found that I really loved teaching art to the children and eventually I added being a classroom teacher as well! I have taught in the twos, threes and fours. I really love this age group! It is amazing how much they are like little sponges and soak up everything you teach them! It is so important to give our children a solid base to their education and I am happy to be a part of that journey!

CONTACT: msevidal@tecckids.org