The staff of Triumph Center for Early Childhood Education is its greatest resource. Triumph hires the most qualified, committed teachers to guide our students toward success.
We are proud to partner with CSU-Sacramento, UC Davis and Christian Brothers High School to have student interns working under the mentorship of our teachers in our classrooms every day. Our students and staff also benefit from the expertise of a special education consultant through the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UC Davis MIND Institute. As we know that physical and mental health is closely linked to your child’s success in school, our teachers and families can consult with a child psychiatrist and developmental pediatrician who offer observations, expertise and other resources that allow us to better serve every individual child.
TRIUMPH'S INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM
Founder & Director
Cristin Fiorelli’s career in education began teaching kindergarten in both Washington DC Public Schools and Oakland, California. After five years in the classroom, Cristin served as the Director of Professional Development for Teach For America, a national educational movement that seeks to close the achievement gap in low- income communities around the nation. During her three-year tenure she hired, trained and led professional development to over 100 new early childhood and elementary teachers in East Oakland and East Palo Alto. Cristin joined the St. HOPE Public Schools team in early 2006 to design and found Triumph. As a part of a 6-month fellowship, she attended a school leadership institute at Stanford University and observed some of the most highly successful early childhood schools in the country. After a year of facility design, business and financial planning, instructional planning, staff selection and training and community outreach, Triumph opened its doors to 60 students in September 2007. Cristin’s work at Triumph is rooted in over a decade of success working with children and teachers in urban schools and communities. Cristin earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The American University in Washington DC and a Masters Degree in Teaching from Trinity University.
Krista White’s career in early childhood education began when she took early childhood education coursework at the community college level and helped to open a preschool program at her family’s church in Elk Grove. While enrolled at CSU - Sacramento, she taught preschool and pre-k at Little Friends Preschool in South Sacramento, where she eventually became a director. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development, Krista began work as an Autism Intervention In-Home Specialist, where she designed and implemented individual learning plans for children on the Autism spectrum. In this role she also trained other tutors in the field. Before coming to Triumph, Krista served as a curriculum specialist for Child Development Incorporated at Anna Kirchgater Elementary School. There she supported a team of preschool teachers to implement a play-based, developmentally appropriate kindergarten readiness program. Krista brings a decade of broad-based early childhood knowledge, education and experience to her work at Triumph.
Allison Ferry has a passion for early childhood development and children with special needs. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development at CSU – Sacramento in May of 2005. While receiving her education Allison worked as a preschool aide, literacy tutor through Jumpstart/Seta Head Start, a nanny and a behavior therapist for children with autism. Upon completing her degree Allison spent another year in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a Behavior Consultant for children with autism, developmental disabilities and behavioral needs. Allison has also worked in graphic design and served at the local non-profit level. In 2007 she had the opportunity to spend 4 months in Africa where she received cultural training, and conducted training for local preschool teachers in poor villages. Allison joined the Triumph team in February 2008.
Ching Saechao’s career working with children began teaching physical education with early elementary students in Merced, California. She also worked as a reading specialist where she implemented and evaluated literacy assessments. Ching’s work with preschoolers began as an intern for SETA Head Start. Following her internship, she taught at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, where she eventually transitioned into a program coordinator role. Ching’s commitment to include children with special needs helped her center receive the honor of the Inclusive Care Award through the Sacramento County Child Care Coalition in 2006. Ching earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University and a Masters Degree in Human Resource and Organizational Development specializing in Change Management from National University.
Teaching Fellows (Assistants)
Flo McGee, B.A. CSU Sacramento
Jennine King, B.A. CSU Chico
Heather Miles, B.A. Pacific Oaks College
Jaimi Holland, A.A. Sacramento City College (in progress)
Analise Gartner, B.A. Canisius College
Andi Thompson, B.A. University of Texas - Austin