Staff Directory

    • Debbie Ferrante
      Preschool Director

      Debbie Ferrante

      Preschool Director

      Debbie joined the faculty at First Trinity Preschool in 2003. Her love for children motivated her to teach preschool for twenty years and now she has served as Director since 2012. She married her husband, Rich, in 1985 and they have a grown son and daughter. She loves growing in her faith, spending time with her family and reading.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        32 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Rainbow
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Who Can Hop
      • Favorite Food:
        Vegatable/Chicken Casserole
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Spring
      • Hometown:
        Newfane, NY
      • Hobbies:
        Reading
      • Family:
        Husband (Rich) and 2 Adult Children (Jacob and Anna)

    2-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Andrea Fabian
      Head Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Andrea Fabian

      Head Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Andrea exemplifies what it means to share God’s unconditional love with children. As the 2-Year-Old Assistant for three years, 2-Year-Old Head Teacher since 2012 and a mother of four herself, you can say that child development is her passion. First Trinity’s Christ-centered curriculum and commitment to overall childhood development in a fun and loving atmosphere was a natural attraction to Andrea. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, gardening, and is quite the avid golfer!

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        7 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple and Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Amelia Bedelia and Just Shopping with Mom
      • Favorite Food:
        Salad
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        I don’t eat ice cream.
      • Favorite Season:
        Summer
      • Hometown:
        Tonawanda
      • Hobbies:
        Crafts, Gardening
      • Family:
        Married with 4 kids
    • Karin McGowan
      Assistant Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Karin McGowan

      Assistant Teacher, 2-Year-Olds

      Karin joined First Trinity Preschool in November of 2012.  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:
        6 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        The Napping House
      • Favorite Food:
        Chicken Soup
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Buffalo
      • Hobbies:
        Reading, Watching Soccer
      • Family:
        Married with 2 kids

    3-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Lori Hamlin
      Head Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Lori Hamlin

      Head Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Lori has been a teacher at First Trinity Preschool since 2012. She taught in a public school in Virginia for five years and a Christian school for two years before moving back to Buffalo. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Elementary Education. She also worked in a Christian preschool for two years while going to college. She is a wife and a mother of three children. All of her children have gone through the program at First Trinity. Her family attends church at New Covenant Tabernacle, where her husband is a pastor on staff. She loves children and has enjoyed being a part of the preschool as a parent and a teacher.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        9 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        I’m in a Book
      • Favorite Food:
        Strawberries, Chocolate, Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Fall
      • Hometown:
        Buffalo
      • Hobbies:
        Taking pictures
      • Family:
        Married with 3 children (Nehemiah, Abby, Joel)
    • Darcy Fesmire
      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy Fesmire

      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy has been an aide since 2008.  She has been married to Eric since 1993 and has 4 handsome boys. 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:
        6 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

    4-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Wendy Morris
      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 Day)

      Wendy Morris

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

      Wendy considers herself very blessed to have a job she absolutely loves, teaching four and five year olds! She holds a degree in English, Speech and Theater from Grove City College and has recently done graduate work at Canisius College. Wendy has taught preschool for over 10 years and has been at First Trinity Preschool since 2010. She is married to Jon and has a wonderful family of four children, 2 daughters-in-law and a grandson! Wendy and her family have called First Trinity home for more than 15 years and are so thankful for this place and the people here who help them to live out their faith.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        13 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Red/Cranberry
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galor by David McPhail
      • Favorite Food:
        Taco chips and guacamole
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Coffee ice cream
      • Favorite Season:
        Autumn
      • Hometown:
        Kenmore
      • Pets:
        Nikki (dog) and Ella (cat)
      • Hobbies:
        Gardening in summer, reading
      • Family:
        Married with 4 kids, 2 daughters-in-law, and 1 grandson
    • 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. 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:
        1 Year
      • 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:
        Holly (dog)
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking, Spending Time with Family/Kids
      • Family:
        Married with 4 kids (2 sons, 2 daughters)
    • Jaime Christ
      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (3 Day)

      Jaime Christ

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

      Jaime Christ 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 before transitioning to a stay-at-home mom.  She loves preschoolers and is excited to be back in the classroom again!  Jaime lives in Tonawanda with her husband Jason and her three young children.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        7 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
      • Pets:
        2 Cats (Sydney and Freckles)
      • Hobbies:
        Writing, Finding fun places to explore in Buffalo
      • Family:
        Married with 3 kids
    • Debbie Kopec
      Assistant Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (3 Day)

      Debbie Kopec

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

      Debbie has been a part of First Trinity Preschool as a mom since 2011. She lives in the Town of Tonawanda with her husband Scott and their three children. Her girls have attended each preschool program here and she has volunteered in the classroom regularly. She has been a station leader for Vacation Bible School at First Trinity and is so blessed to call the church her “home away from home.” Debbie lives for her family and for the love of Jesus. She is thankful and grateful to be a part of the First Trinity Preschool family.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Children’s Bible
      • Favorite Food:
        Tacos
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Summer
      • Hometown:
        Tonawanda
      • Hobbies:
        Crossfit, Being with My Family
      • Family:
        Married with 3 girls