Our Teachers

Holly Slaughter (EC3 Teacher)

Hello, my name is Holly Slaughter; I am one of the EC3 teachers here at St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. I am married with one daughter who attended STAECC for two years. I have been with St. Thomas Aquinas ECC for sixteen years and I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful school family.

I first heard about St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center from some acquaintances that had their children enrolled at this wonderful preschool, so I decided to enroll my daughter at the age of three. My daughter was so shy, but all the staff made her feel safe and loved. I do believe that the teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas ECC brought my daughter out of her shell.

In 2003, I was offered a teacher assistant position helping with the three year old class.  I worked as an assistant for a year and a half, and then I was blessed with a teaching position instructing the two and three year olds. At that time I pursued classes to get my certification for a national CDA. Then I decided to accomplish a life goal by attending a college and getting a degree in education. As of 2010, I graduated with an Associates degree from Tallahassee Community College in Early Childhood.

The Lord has led me to where I am today and has given me the opportunity to help mold the children of our future. God Bless!

Janine Penland (EC2 Teacher)

Hi! My name is Janine Penland and I am an EC2 teacher. I am looking forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventures.

I am a graduate of the University of South Florida. I began my career as a social worker and after seven years I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I earned my teaching certificate while working as a Special Education Teacher in a middle school. In 2002, I switched gears and began teaching preschool at St.Thomas Aquinas ECC. I earned my National Child Development Associate as well as my Director’s Credential while working here. In 2008 I decided to open up my own school in Spring Hill, Florida. I opened with 25 children and it grew with great success to serving 250 children, annually. Recently, I sold my business to go back to what I love, which is being a teacher in the classroom.

I have been married for almost 22 years and have two children that are graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas ECC.  My son is a sophomore at the University of South Florida and his major is Engineering and my daughter is a sophomore at JW Mitchell High School. You may see my daughter volunteering here from time to time, as she still remembers wonderful things about being a student here!

I am so thankful for my return to St. Thomas and look forward teaching your children to love learning!


Pam Stein (VPK Teacher)

My name is Miss Pam .  I have been married for 28 years and have two sons.  We moved to Florida from New York 26 years ago.   One of my sons attended St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center.  Unfortunately we moved so my other son did not have this great opportunity. I began working at St. Thomas in February 2000.  I worked alongside Miss Carolyn from the beginning. (We have been close friends since high school).  I have worked with the EC3’s and the EC4’s.  I received my National Child Development Associate in October 2007 and renew it every five years through continuing education. I really did not expect to make this my career but it only took one day at St. Thomas to realize this is where I want to be.  What’s better than working with children and watch them grow each day.

Adrianne Wilson (VPK Teacher)

My name is Mrs. Adrianne and I am very honored to be a part of St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center. I would like to take this time to share with you some information about myself so you can get to know me a little better. I am married with two boys.

Zachary is 14 years old and Blake is 11 years old. Blake attended St. Thomas for two years and I can not express in words how much my husband and I appreciated what this school has done for him. I hold a B.A. degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida and a A.A. degree from St. Petersburg College in General Education. I have worked for Pasco County School District as a Speech Therapist in elementary education. I am very excited about my position and I am looking forward to each day that I get to share with all the Children. I hope I will be able to give to the children a great learning/nurturing foundation as St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center gave to my son.

Kristin McGrail (VPK Assistant)


Annette Marchant (EC2 Teacher)

Hello! I am Annette Marchant, I have been married to my husband Rob for 23 years. We have two wonderful sons. Spencer is a senior and Parker is a freshman. Both are very active in band.
I have a background in Christian Education and Library work before coming to STAECC. This will be my second year on staff.  I am so excited to have an opportunity to be part of a team that works with you and your child.

Amanda Brandenburg (EC3 Assistant)

Lauren Alaimo (VPK Teacher)

Kim Reed (VPK Teacher)

Katie Dolatowski (EC3 Teacher)