Nature-Based Science Teacher in our Outdoor Classroom
I am from Harford County and hold a B.A. in Early and Elementary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. I have 20 years’ experience in education, 15 of those years in Pre-K! This past year I became certified as a Nature-based and Forest Teacher. Last year I was the Interim Director during our return for in person learning during COVID. This year I am honored to be the Director and be the Nature-Based Science Teacher in our New Outdoor Classroom. It is essential that our youngest learners begin their educational journey loving nature and protecting their future environment.
Family is an important part of my life. I have a daughter Sara who is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, and a published author. I have a dog named Charlie who I love very much! I have a father who was also a teacher for many years, two older sisters, and four nieces. I enjoy photography, painting, and everything about nature. I love my Ravens and my O’s!
I also support the Special Olympics by being a Super Plunger for the past six years. This event involves plunging into the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay at the end of January 24 times in 24 hrs. It is a challenge, but the Special Olympians inspire me to be as brave as they are when they compete. As a super plunger we are also dedicated to raising awareness and financial support to aide all those with intellectual and physical disabilities, so they have the same opportunities to compete in sports and leadership experiences.
I chose to become a teacher because my very first teachers, my mom and dad, encouraged me to be curious, ask questions, and to love learning. They instilled the importance of community and giving back to others.
I am looking forward to another year working with the families of Trinity Preschool and watching our youngest learners blossom throughout the school year and gaining a solid foundation not just in education, but in being a good neighbor and a kind human being.
My name is Christina Sykes. I grew up in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area. I graduated from CCBC with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Since I was young, I have always had a love for other children. I worked at an elementary school with the Before and Aftercare Program for seven years.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I love to go camping and LOVE everything Disney!
This is my second year at Trinity Episcopal Preschool, and I am excited to take on the new position of Administrative Assistant to the Director this year!
My name is Lora Robertson, but my students refer to me as Ms. Lorraine. I was born in Greenville North Carolina for a short time and then my family moved to Baltimore where I was raised throughout my childhood. I graduated from high school and continued my education at BCCC.
I have been a teacher at Trinity for 18 years and loved everything about helping shape young children. Teaching young children is my calling and my hope is to continue teaching for many years. It is important to me that my students know acceptance and feel loved at this young age.
My hobbies are drawing, dancing, and singing. I like watching all different types of movies. I believe you need to take care of yourself by eating right and exercising often.
I am looking forward to returning as a Two-Year-Old Teacher and nurturing the students to independence.
My name is Linda Kerxton and I graduated from Towson University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have two adult sons Mark and Nathan.
I have taught young children for many years. This will be my 7th year at Trinity Episcopal Preschool. I chose to teach because my dad taught in the city school system and because I love watching young children grow and blossom before my eyes! My philosophy of education is that a developmentally appropriate hands-on multisensory approach is the way to ensure all learners thrive and develop a lifelong love of learning.
I look forward to another great year of learning and fun at Trinity with your child.
Lead Three-Year-Old Teacher
My name is Kathy Tilmes and I was born and raised in Baltimore. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood as well as my 90-hour certificate from Essex Community College. I continued to take Psychology and Early childhood classes at Towson University. I have worked at Trinity Episcopal Preschool for 22 years and have been a threes teacher for 18 years. Prior to Trinity I worked as a Pre-K teacher for 2 years. I have a passion for music, theater and inspirational books and love to share that with the children. I also love to see how the children grasp concepts through play and social interactions. I am honored to be a part of building a foundation in these children at such an early age.
I have three boys of my own and they have all been a part of the Trinity family as well. Justin (22), Sam (20), and Joseph (9). As a parent I can honestly say that Trinity Preschool had given my children a wonderful start towards their academic successes. They also became more independent, social, and confident. My class is more than just my class for the year. I love to take them under my wing and help them achieve goals and milestones as though they were my own.
Assistant Three-Year-Old Teacher
My name is Katie Horneffer and I am from Reisterstown. I currently reside in Cockeysville. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in Interdisciplinary Education and Psychology. In addition, I have my 90-hour Certification in Early Childhood Development. I have wanted to be a teacher since high school and I have been babysitting since the age of 13. I enjoy helping children develop and learn throughout the year.
I have a passion for riding horses and love my cat, Howie. I love traveling to Maine because I enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful area of that state.
This is my sixth school year at Trinity Preschool, and I am so excited to be working with Ms. Kathy for a second year in the threes class!
My name is Bess Calwell and this will be my second year teaching at Trinity Preschool. I will be the PreK Lead Teacher. I have over 12 years of experience teaching preschool at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool and 4 years of experience as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at the School of Cathedral. My passion for working with young children comes from watching them develop physically, emotionally, and academically. It brings great joy to me to know that my experience as a teacher combined with parent support can aide in a child’s educational development and achievements.
I am a proud mother and wife. I have been married for 21 years to a very patient man. I have two daughters, Evie and Helen. Evie is 18 and starting college at the University of Vermont and Helen is 16 going into her junior year at Towson High School. My family is my life! I truly look forward to a new and exciting year and my promise to each child and their family will be to give love, empathy, and kindness.