Trinity Preschool of Topsfield

Trinity Preschool Teachers

  • Elizabeth Riley, preschool director

    Elizabeth began her time at Trinity Preschool in 2008 as a parent.  Originally a

    certified elementary school and reading teacher, she has a B.A. from Colgate University

    and M.Ed in Reading from Boston College. After working in childcare programs in

    Medfield and Brookline, she began teaching in the Salem Public Schools where she

    worked for several years as a literacy specialist who specialized in early literacy


    A dedicated educator who loves teaching, Elizabeth first joined the Trinity staff

    as substitute teacher.  Here she found her love of preschool and early childhood

    education. From 2014-2016 Elizabeth worked as the Monday Enrichment Coordinator

    and an Extended Day teacher. In 2016-2017, Elizabeth taught in our Fives program.

    Starting in 2018, Elizabeth began teaching Downstairs Fours class and taught in that

    class until her move back to the Fives program where she taught for 2 years. Over the

    last few years, Elizabeth has been working to obtain her Preschool Teacher, Lead

    Teacher and Director Qualifications. As Director, she is committed to working with the

    Trinity teachers to support Trinity’s developmentally appropriate curriculum and its

    nurturing environment where children learn through play. 

    Elizabeth lives in Topsfield with her husband, John and her three children, Owen,

    Sarah and Evan, who are all Trinity graduates.

  • Katy Bruner

    Mrs. Bruner has been teaching at Trinity since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Ed. Katy worked as a special education teacher until she had her own children. Her children are both graduates of Trinity, now teenagers. Katy began subbing at Trinity and when offered a position in the 2 Day Threes classroom, happily accepted as she found Trinity to be a special place. Katy is a natural teacher. She is kind, caring and empathetic. She loves to watch the children in her class blossom throughout the school year and finds teaching to be a very rewarding experience. Katy lives in Georgetown with her husband and their 2 children, Jon and Abi (Jon is now a Freshman in college!) along with their two doggies!

  • Jody Green

    Mrs. Green is one of our Downstairs Fours teachers and a former Trinity parent! When her children were both at Trinity, she began substituting in 2018 and then became the Monday Enrichment Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Anselm College as well as some Master’s classes in Education. Prior to having her children, Mrs. Green worked as a preschool teacher for 9 years in Beverly. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two children at the beach in the summer and skiing in the winter.

  • Jenn Lanouette

    Jenn Lanouette has been a member of the Trinity Preschool community since 2009. During her daughter’s attendance at Trinity, Jenn was an active and involved parent who would often fill in when needed. When her daughter was in the Fives, Jenn was responsible for starting our Trinity Graduation Program. Jenn graduated with a B.A. from Western New England University. She began her career path in finance, wholesaling and marketing. Though successful, she never felt fulfilled and left the business world after her daughter was born. Jenn later found her passion in Early Childhood Education. She obtained her license in 2012 and has been teaching the Upstairs Fours ever since. She is an integral part of our learning program and fluent in the Handwriting Without Tears program. She often finds herself teaching “in the moment”, focusing on social-emotional learning with a hands-on approach, in the hopes of helping children build a strong foundation for their future.  

  • Mona Lopes

    Mona is excited to join Trinity Preschool as one of our Fours teachers. She was our long term substitute teacher in our Downstairs Fours classroom during the 2022/2023 school year. Graduating from Forsyth School of dental hygienists in 2002, Mona went on to get her Bachelors of Science degree from Northeastern University in 2003 and worked for many years as a Dental Hygienist.  While working at Trinity she acquired her preschool teaching certificate.  Mona first joined our Trinity community as a Trinity mom. Both of her children attended Trinity Preschool’s 3’s and 4’s programs, and loved it.  Mona lives in Danvers with her husband and two children. They love traveling, and enjoying beach days in the summer together!

  • Deanna McLoughlin

    Ms. Dee (Deanna) is one of the toddler teachers and a current and former Trinity parent. She began substituting in 2022 while a stay at home mom. While substituting she learned that she enjoyed working with the preschool aged kids and decided to change her future to become a preschool teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh but is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Middlesex Community College. She enjoys coaching both her children in soccer and watching them both play numerous other sports. Her family enjoys going to the beach and Disney World.

  • Jen Recinos

    We were so excited to have Mrs. Recinos join the Trinity staff in 2021. Jen teaches in the Upstairs Fours class with Jenn Lanouette. Jen is a former Trinity mom whose younger daughter was in the Downstairs Fours class. Jen has her BFA from Syracuse University and her M. Ed. in Visual Arts Education from Lesley University. She has spent the past several years substituting as an elementary art teacher and is very excited to bring her years of experience teaching art to the Upstairs Fours! Jen lives in Topsfield with her husband and two daughters.

  • Michele Santosuosso

    Michele is originally from California. She started her career in Early Childhood Education as a Nanny. After moving to New England in 1999, Michlele attended Newbury College to acquire her certification to teach infant, toddler and preschool children. She also pursued additional coursework to complete her Director qualifications.She has worked alongside many families supporting them in private and non profit school settings and has 16 years of experience working with children that have various disabilities . Michele has 4 children and currently lives in Topsfield with her husband and kids. Some activities she enjoys are: Gardening -Summer is her favorite season! Watching hockey - three of her four kids are goalies!

  • Heidi Snyder

    Mrs. Snyder joined Mrs. Ugone in the 3 Day Three’s classroom in 2021 and this year, has pioneered our 2 Day Toddler program along with Ms. Ashley! Heidi has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and completed her teacher training at Northern Essex Community College. Before coming to Trinity, Heidi worked at a nature-based preschool in Rowley. Heidi loves bringing the children outside to explore as well as bringing nature into the classroom! You will always find a nest or twigs, or even live caterpillars being incorporated into her lessons. Heidi enjoys spending time hiking and camping with her husband, three daughters and two dogs. 

  • Jessica Steffens

    Jessica Steffens is thrilled to join the Trinity faculty as a teacher in the 2 Day Threes. Jessica holds a BA and MA in Art History, as well as an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She taught second grade before taking time off to stay home with her children. Jessica’s relationship with Trinity began in 2012, when her first child started at Trinity and she has been involved as a parent, volunteer and substitute teacher ever since. She has developed a great love for teaching preschool and discovering the magic of the three-year old imagination. Jessica has a great passion for art, travel, knitting, dancing with her kids, walking her dogs and sitting on beaches. She lives in Topsfield with her husband, four kids and two, silly dogs.

  • Judy Turcotte

    One of eight children, Mrs. Turcotte grew up in Danvers, Ma and earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Salem State. Mrs. Turcotte’s daughter attended Trinity Preschool and in September of 1998, Mrs. Turcotte began her time teaching the Extended Day Program at Trinity. Mrs. Turcotte embodies the heart of our school. She is patient, knowledgeable, creative and caring. In attention to developing and teaching the Extended Day Program, Mrs. Turcotte curates our school library. If you ever have a question about a children’s book or author, she is the one to ask! Mrs. Turcotte recently moved from her longtime home in Topsfield to Haverhill where she lives with her family. In her spare time she enjoys books, dancing, movies and Mickey Mouse. 

  • Siobhan ugone

    Siobhan has been teaching in the 3 Day Threes class since 2013. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and has incorporated many learning concepts and exploration activities that relate to the Natural Sciences into the Threes curriculum. She loves to share her passion for animals and nature with her students, encouraging them to be curious about and careful stewards of the world around them. Mrs. Ugone has been close to Trinity for many years both as a neighbor and as a parent of a former student. She considers Trinity Preschool a crowned jewel of Topsfield and credits the school community for the many lifelong friendships her family developed here. Siobhan now resides in Rockport with her husband, dog and cat. 

  • Amy McNamee

    Amy is excited to join Trinity Preschool as one of the 4s teachers. She came in as a substitute during the 2023 school year and for the summer program. When offered a position in the 4s, she happily accepted. Amy is a UMass Amherst graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. Throughout her career she’s worked as a preschool, kindergarten, music and movement and special needs teacher. She also spent years nannying and at home with her 3 children. Amy has a great passion for music, yoga and spending time in nature with her family. She lives in Middleton with her husband, three children, cat and puppy. She is so happy to be part of the Trinity preschool family!