Sally Brenton

Building Blocks Director

Lead Teacher Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class

Sally was born and raised in California. She received her BA in English from the University of Santa Clara and in her ongoing education has completed mulitple early childhood education courses. She came to know and love the cooperative, play-based model when she found Parents Nursery School in Palo Alto with her second of four daughters.  After finishing six years as a participating parent — includinga year when two daughters were enrolled while she was a board co-president — she came back as the 4-5’s teacher and co-director, where she remained happily immersed for twelve years. Sally u   nderstands, respects and applauds the commitment families make when choosing a cooperative preschool! After moving to the Aptos area in 2014, Sally spent the year as a director at PNS.  Moving on, while sad at the time, allowed her to find Building Blocks, and she feels blessed and excited to become a part of the community!

Nicole Gomez

Lead Teacher Tuesday/Thursday Class

Nicole Gomez grew up in Santa Clara. She earned her BA degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and her AA in Liberal Arts at De Anza College. Nicole has been teaching early childhood music classes with Groove Academy of Drumming since 2008 and has been a substitute teacher at the SJSU preschools, overseeing not only young children, but college students as well. She spent a year volunteering at the San Jose Family Shelter childcare center and is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a young foster child. Nicole moved to the mountains with her family in 2005, and her youngest daughter attended Building Blocks from 2009-2010. With both of her daughters across the street (5th and 7th graders), Nicole is looking forward to returning to Building Blocks as the Lead Teacher of the T/Th class and having the opportunity to touch the lives of so many young mountain children. Outside of school, Nicole can usually be found with her family at the softball field, watching gymnastics, or children’s theater. She also enjoys roller skating, music, reading, and spending time with her two yellow labs and two cats. 

Sarah Brandt

Assistant Teacher Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class

Sarah was born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She attended CTEnglish Middle School, graduated from Los Gatos High in 2000, and received her BA in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University. She spent many summers in third world countries - Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, and Niger - serving those in need. When she wasn't overseas, she filled in as the assistant junior high youth director at her church and was able to make positive strides in the lives of many teens and preteens.  After working in the health and fitness field as a personal trainer, she was given an opportunity to teach preschool at Mountain Bible Church. Over the next six years as the 3-4's teacher, she truly discovered and embraced her love for little ones. Her two daughters, ages 2 and 4, are the heartbeat of her days. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, riding her dirt bike, and spoiling her dog, Lucy, with lots of treats. She is excited about her new role as assistant teacher for the M/W/F class, and is very eager to get started!    

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