Staff

Trish KT headshot  TRISH WILDERMUTH, LEAD TEACHER

Trish Wildermuth knew she wanted to work with children from the time she was 4 years

old and has spent her life doing just that.  She received her degree in Elementary and

Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and then went on to get her Masters in

Elementary Reading and Literacy.  Trish taught children at both the Elementary and

Intermediate levels before starting her own family of three children with her husband

Don.  She has worked with children through numerous volunteer positions such as the

Special Olympics and Girl Scouts.  Trish has always believed that “education is not the

filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” (William Butler Yeats).  She shares Katrina

Trask Nursery School’s belief in a hands-on, child-centered program and strives to make

preschool a positive experience that will serve as the foundation for a life-time love of

learning.

Suzanne Picture  SUZANNE GOWEN, TEACHER

Suzanne chose Katrina Trask for her 2 daughters because of its philosophy of “learning through play.”    The wonderful cooperative experience her family had during those 4 years made her want to return.

Suzanne received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 2001.  Over the past decade, she has practiced as a physical therapist in many settings, with a variety of age groups.  However, she found out her favorite place is a preschool, surrounded by children.

Suzanne understands a positive, stimulating preschool environment is important. Her background enhances the preschool experience at KT by incorporating movement into the curriculum to further develop a child’s fine and gross motor skills, and by providing a variety of sensory experiences. She is excited to explore, move, and create with the children at Katrina Trask.

 

FullSizeRender(1) SHEILA VANACORE, DIRECTOR

Sheila fell in love with Katrina Trask Nursery School back in 2010 when her first born child walked in the door to start her educational journey. She knew that her daughter would get the best foundation academically, socially and emotionally. But, what she didn’t expect was the amazing group of life-long friends and connections that both she and her daughter would make by being part of Katrina Trask Nursery School.  Sheila knew one day she would love to give back to the school that played such an instrumental part in the lives of her family.

When Sheila accepted the position as Director she knew that she would be given that opportunity. As the Director of Katrina Trask Sheila will take her educational background in sociology, her professional background in management and her passion for Katrina Trask to help every parent and child have the same KT experience that she and her family had…if not better!