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, reading, swimming and cross stitch.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        35 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Rainbow
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Who Can Hop
      • Favorite Food:
        Popcorn
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Chocolate Peanut Butter
      • Favorite Season:
        Spring
      • Hometown:
        Newfane, NY
      • Hobbies:
        Reading, Swimming, Cross Stitch
      • 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:
        11 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple and Green
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        Amelia Bedelia and Just Shopping with Mom
      • Favorite Food:
        Salad
      • 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:
        10 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

    3-Year-Old Teaching Team

    • Angela Crocker
      Head Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Angela Crocker

      Head Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Angela considers herself very blessed to be a part of the First Trinity Preschool family. She has worked with children of every age group and preschoolers are her favorite! Angela earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, and her Master’s degree from Buffalo State College. She lives in East Amherst with her husband Jeff and their 3 young girls, who loved attending First Trinity Preschool. Angela enjoys spending time with her family, photography, knitting and gardening.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        2 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Pink
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        The Kissing Hand
      • Favorite Food:
        Lobster Ravioli
      • Favorite Ice Cream:
        Perry’s Rocky Mountain Raspberry
      • Favorite Season:
        Summer
      • Hometown:
        Cheektowaga
      • Pets:
        Cat (Max)
      • Hobbies:
        Photography, Knitting, and Gardening
      • Family:
        Married with 3 girls
    • Darcy Fesmire
      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy Fesmire

      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Darcy has been an aide since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.  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:
        11 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
      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Katie Swanekamp

      Assistant Teacher, 3-Year-Olds

      Katie did substitute work while her her kids attended the Preschool, and then joined the staff in 2017. 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:
        3 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

    4-Year-Old Teaching Team

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

      Jaime Christ

      Head Teacher, 4-Year-Olds (5 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. She loves teachings preschoolers!  Jaime lives in Tonawanda with her husband Jason and her three young children.

      Personal Info and Fun Facts:
      • Experience:
        11 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
    • 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:
        4 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:
        3 Years
      • Favorite Color:
        Purple
      • Favorite Children’s Book:
        The Elephant and  Piggie Book Series; Tumanji
      • 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!
    • 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:
      • Experience:
        4 Years
      • 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