Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School


Day School 2017

Trinity By the Sea Episcopal Day School is an outreach ministry of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church.

We care for children ages 15 months through Pre-Kindergarten.

We provide excellence in child care for toddlers and preschool children in a loving Christian environment.  Our program includes music, art, math, science, language, fine and gross motor activities, social and emotional activities, and cognitive activities. We also offer a morning Pre-Kindergarten program which surpasses State guidelines.

Full or part-time schedules available. Scholarships available for qualified students. We work with Workforce Solutions.

Click HERE to see the latest Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School newsletter! The current School event calendar can be found HERE.

Nana Ward, Director

For more information, please call 361-749-6448 or send an email to: trinitybytheseadayschool@gmail.com

Have we got a job for you!

If you enjoy working with young children, join our family at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School. We are located at 433 Trojan Street, behind the Episcopal Church. We are seeking enthusiastic teachers and assistants! Apply in person or send your resume to trinitybytheseadayschool@gmail.com. Minimum qualifications are 18 years of age and High School Diploma. Training will be provided upon completion of the hiring process that includes a background and fingerprint check.

Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board,

The Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board was established in November 2015 to support the goals and ministry of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church at 433 Trojan Street. Click HERE for minutes from a recent meeting. Following is a list of current Board members and a brief biography.

Danna Alcorn, Chair, alcornd93@gmail.com
Leon Bayless, leonbayless@hotmail.com
Genoa J. Black, Treasurer, genoa.black@gmail.com
James Derkits, Rector, Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, derkitsbythesea@gmail.com
Selena Gargano, Special Events Committee Chair, michies_storage@hotmail.com
Jennifer Kalke, Secretary, jkashter@yahoo.com
Karen Kleine, kkleine@stx.rr.com
Cathryn Castor Morrison, cathryn@castorcollection.com
Nana Ward, Director, Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School, trinitybytheseadayschool@gmail.com
Del Welborn, Directors Advocate Committee Chair, delwelborn@yahoo.com

Danna Alcorn

Danna Alcorn moved to Port Aransas, Texas, in 2010 with her husband and two children. She and her family are active members of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church. She is a middle school teacher at Brundrett Middle School and has over twenty years of experience in educating children. Danna was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015 and currently serves as Directors Advocate Committee Chair.

Leon Bayless

Leon Bayless likes to think of himself as now retired, although, at times, he thinks about going back to work just so he can get some rest.  Leon served in the Army for three years.  He is a graduate of the University of Houston and attended South Texas College of Law for several years.  As a result of his military education and training, Leon worked in the Mission Control Center at Houston NASA during all the Gemini space launches, served as a Law Enforcement Officer in the Houston-Galveston area, traveled extensively as a Transformer Service Salesman for all eleven States in the Southeast.  Leon retired after sixteen years at a treatment facility for emotionally disturbed adolescents where he worked as a counselor, caseworker, supervisor and where he was also in charge of an equine program.  Leon has four sons, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  He retired to Port Aransas five years ago.  Leon is an artist with his work having been displayed in several galleries, and he has just finished writing his first novel.  Leon is a member of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church and was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015 where he hopes to contribute to the reputation of the School for its stability, safety and excellence of program.

Genoa Black

Genoa Black moved to Port Aransas, Texas, from Newport, Oregon in October 2012 with her husband, Bryan, her young son, Henry, and their spirited mini Australian Shepherd, Ochoco, She has been a homemaker since Henry was born but prior to that had been working in the financial services industry. Presently, she is working part-time for a professor at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Genoa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1995. Her son, Henry, was a student of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School from age 15 months and has since moved on to Olsen Elementary. Genoa was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015 and serves as Chairman.

The Reverend James Derkits

The Rev. James Derkits is the Vicar (priest) of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church and School. He moved to Port Aransas in 2012 to serve and live in this wonderful community, and his son Eli attended Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School for three years. His wife Laura is a critical care nurse (ICU) in Corpus Christi, and a triathlete (it’s like a second job.) Before moving to Port Aransas, they lived in Houston for several years; there James served at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School where, among other things, he served as chaplain to the Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade day school. When not preaching, or leading “Jesus loves me, this I know” in our chapel service, he enjoys playing guitar, surfing, sailing, and building sand castles with Eli.

Selena Gargano

Selena Gargano moved to Port Aransas five and a half years ago from West Haven, CT. She has over 11 years of experience in healthcare insurance and billing. She was a licensed massage therapist for 5 years in Connecticut before she moved to Texas and now has over 8 years of management experience. Currently, she manages Michie’s Self-Storage in Port Aransas. Her son Mason is now three and has attended Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School since 2016. She enjoys being a mom and also likes to camp and fish. She is also very interested in photography. Selena became a Board member in 2017. Selena looks forward to being part of the Trinity by the Sea Day School Board as she has a great interest in not only her son’s education, but in helping any way she can to see the day school grow, expand and be utilized to its fullest potential.

Jennifer Kalke

Jennifer Kalke is a South Texas native, born and raised in Rockport, Texas. After high school, she moved to Waco, TX, attending Baylor University to study abnormal psychology, although her true love is English. She returned home to Rockport in 2007, and upon meeting her husband in the same year, decided to make her life in Port Aransas. She and Chris Kalke married in 2010 and now have a six year old daughter and three year old son. Her daughter attended Trinity from age 15 months to age 4, when she started at Olsen Elementary. Her son, Finn, started his journey at Trinity at age 18 months and is still enrolled. She and her family became Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church members in 2015. Jennifer serves as Parliamentarian on the PTO at OES, and was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015. She currently serves as Secretary.

Karen Kleine

After retiring as Director of Special Programs from Lamar Consolidated ISD in Rosenberg, Texas, Karen Kleine moved with her husband, Walt, to North Padre Island in January, 2004. They have 9 children, 25 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren (with 4 on-the-way). Karen spent 38 years in education as a classroom teacher, campus and central office administrator. She has earned degrees and certifications (BSEd, MEd, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Education Administration) from Central Methodist University, Hardin-Simmons University, and Texas A & M University. The Kleines have been active members of Trinity by the Sea for over 12 years, serving the Lord in numerous capacities. Karen was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015 and currently serves as Interim Treasurer.

Cathryn Castor Morrison

Cathryn Castor Morrisonwas born and raised in Port Aransas, TX and in the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church where she was baptized, confirmed, gone through Sunday school and was married. She moved back to Port Aransas after graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. Cathryn has been working at Susan Castor Collection since 2007, as retail manager, office manager, design assistant, and buyer. She and her husband, Raleigh Morrison, married in 2013. They have 2 boys, Raleigh, Jr aka “Dos”, who currently attends Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School, and Reagan, who will attend Trinity Day School when he is of age. Cathryn was elected to the board in Summer 2017 and is looking forward to be a contributing part of the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School growth, longevity and success.

Nana Ward

Nana Ward is the mother of three children and two grandchildren as well as Director of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School.  She was a competitive swimmer holding several Texas swimming records.  She attended Northern Michigan University on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education in 1988. Nana has been the coach of the Port Aransas Swim Team since its inception in 1998.  She has been a member of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church since 1995. After working in several preschools in different cities, Nana began Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School in 1999. The School started as a “Parent’s Day Out” program two mornings per week and grew into the present day school. She hopes to continue her work at Trinity by the Sea for many years to come.

Del Welborn

Del Welborn has lived in Port Aransas since 1986 except for a couple of years to travel by RV in Mexico in 1990. She is a native of Laurel, Mississippi. Del attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received a BS in Education from Louisiana State University. She lived in Baton Rouge for 10 years then moved to Port Aransas after visiting her uncle in Corpus Christi. Del loves the Mustang Island life style; little traffic, peace, quiet, in a beautiful environment. She is a Realtor at Port Aransas Realty and has practiced real estate since 1992. In her job she meets great people from all over the United States.  Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church is a big part of her life; she has served as Bishops Warden, lector, and usher. Her goal as a member of the school board for Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School is for a new school building to be built in the next couple of years and to add a retirement program for the Director and teachers. Our mission at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School is to serve our community by providing a safe, loving, wholesome, Christian learning environment for the children of Port Aransas. Del was elected to the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School Board in 2015.