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Meet the Ortega Staff


Brigette Gauthier

Program Director

I started working with children in 1989 but took a break to start a family and be a stay at home mom. I volunteered at Ortega school for many years, in 2010 when a position opened up at TTT I jumped at the chance to get back into the field! It was the perfect way to get back to doing something I really enjoy and still be close to my kids who also attended Ortega at the time. I have taken classes at Skyline in Early Childhood Education and am still continuing my education.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my two kids, going to Blackberry Farm, watching football and attending Paint Nite's with my friends. I am CPR and First Aid Certified.

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Janine Almeida

Assistant Director

I first started working with kids in 2016 working as a summer camp coordinator for a campground. I began working at TTT in 2021. Since working here I have found a renewed love for working with kids.


When I’m not working, I am spending time with my three kids hiking, visiting historical sites, museums and volunteering at the Elk’s Lodge. I also enjoy cooking and doing science experiments with my kids. I have 15 ECE units and I'm currently enrolled in more college courses to further my education.

I am CPR/First Aid certified.


Nichole Lancaster

Preschool Lead Teacher 

I started working with kids in 2006 as an aide at Babe’s Preschool. I loved my job so I took classes and became a teacher and later the assistant director. Babe’s closed and I took a break from work to care for my kids just before the pandemic. I really missed working in a preschool and I wanted to get back into the field, I saw TTT was hiring and thought it would be a good match. I started here in 2022.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Disneyland and riding my horse.

I am CPR/First Aid certified.


Kaylee Gauthier

School Age Teacher

I attended TTT when I was in First Grade when my mom first started working here and grew up learning about the program from both sides. I understand the importance & vulnerability of the job. I like that I can help kids develop & be a positive influence for them, I also enjoy being a leader and role model. I started working at TTT in 2022.

When I’m not working I like to hike, bake, read and spend time with friends.

I am CPR/First Aid certified


Daniele Damato

School Age Teacher

I started working with kids in 2016 as an aide at Babe’s Preschool, when they lost their lease I took time off from working. I started with TTT in 2022.

I love working with kids and it feels great knowing I am making a difference in their lives and being a positive influence.   

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews, baking and being with my dogs.

I am CPR/ First Aid certified


Gwen Domingo


I have been with the Pacifica School District as a paraprofessional since 2012 first at Sunset Ridge and now at IBL. I have also coached cheerleading at Alta Lima Middle School as well as El Camino.

With my kids all grown and off to college I wanted to fill my days so I started working with TTT in 2022 as an aide.

Growing up my mom was a foster mom so I have always had kids in my life and I love watching them grow and learn. When I’m not working I love to travel and spend time with my kids and friends.

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South San Francisco

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