Sally Brenton &
Our beloved teachers are the
heart and soul of Building Blocks!
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 multiple 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 — including a 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 understands, 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!
Building Blocks Assistant Director
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 has also volunteered as 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 one of her daughters across the street in middle school and one daughter at Los Gatos High School, Nicole looked 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 or in the theater. She also enjoys roller skating, music, reading, and spending time with her two yellow labs, two chihuahuas and two cats.