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Brittney Grimshaw

Preschool Director

Brittney Grimshaw joins the Coastal Family team with close to two decades of school leadership experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Human Service: Executive Leadership.  Not only are we blessed to have her as the Head of our School, but she also serves as the Director of Children's Ministry at our church.  We are thankful for how the Lord is using her to encourage and growth the families of our community!


David Pennington

Executive Director/Associate Pastor

David Pennington is the Pastor of Youth and Children at Family Baptist and has the joy of being an overseer of Coastal Family School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westmont College and is currently working towards a MDIV in Christian Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has a wife named Katherine and four wonderfully wild boys!


Coastal Family Preschool



Tina Medel

Preschool Teacher

Tina Medel joins our Coastal Family team with years of experience and education as a master teacher in child development. Her warm presence and bright smile create an environment of comfort and joy for her students. The Medel family are long time Carpinterian's and they have raised three wonderful boys. We  are blessed to have her in our Coastal Family!


Jaime Richter

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Jaime is one of our preschool teachers who brings four years experience working with toddlers and preschool age children as well as 3 years working in a special needs classroom. Her and her husband Tim have four children they are raising together in our Carpinteria community. Ms. Jaime brings not only the education and experience of a preschool teacher but also wisdom from parenting her own children. 

Maggie McCourt

Toddler Teacher

Ms. Maggie is our 2-3 year old teacher at Coastal Family School! Maggie’s bright smile and warm demeanor bring delight to her students. Her playful and energetic personality engages her students and encourages their zest for learning. We are so thankful for her and what she brings to our Coastal Family!


Dora Escobedo

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Dora joins the Coastal Family team with 20+ year of experience working with young children.  She is a certified Outdoor Classroom Specialist and site supervisor with a heart for supporting children and their families.  Dora's calm presence paired with her creativity and love of nature creates a classroom environment where our preschool students thrive!


Natalie Durtche

Pre-K and TK Teacher

Ms. Natalie is our Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten teacher.  Natalie received her teaching credential from CSU Channel Islands and spent two years teaching second grade at a local private school.  Natalie's bright smile and enthusiasm for learning creates joy and excitement in her classroom . 


Kat Pennington

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Kat has been a part of Coastal Family since its birth playing a variety of roles but is now joining our team as a preschool teacher! She has a degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College and has worked with children in a wide range of settings.  She is a mom of 4 boys and the Lord has given her a great love for children. She is excited to serve the community in this way!

Preschool Support Staff

Claire Carroll

Substitute Teacher

Ms. Claire joins the Coastal Family team after being a part of our church for the last 5 years. Claire just graduated nursing school and is currently taking early childhood education classes. Ms. Claire connect with her students through her gentle spirit and bright smile!  She has a heart to serve families in our community and we are very thankful to have her join our team!


Ashley Martin

Substitute Teacher

Ms. Ashley initially joined Coastal Family as a mom of one of our students.  Ashley is kind, patient, and engaging, making her the ideal preschool teacher.  With over ten years of experience working with young children in school settings, we are thrilled that Ashley is officially joining our team. 


Tracy Nemetz

Substitute Teacher

Ms Tracy joins has over a decade of experience wowrking with preschool age children and their families.  Tracy and her husband Connor are raising their three kids (Lily, Arlo and Parker) here in Carpinteria.  Tracy connects with her students and their parents in a way that ensures they feel known, heard and cherished.  Her presence is a joy!

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