Local entrepreneur Trina Jespersen is giving back to her community as the owner of Lacey’s Schoolhouse Coffee. Trina, who attended South Bay, Chinook, and North Thurston (class of 1984), never expected to become a business owner. In fact, she attended University of Washington to pursue pre-medicine, but ended up with a teaching certificate. She accredits her inspiration to teach to her favorite NTPS teachers. “Mr. Booth, Mr. Miller, Mr. Olson, and Mrs. Wertz to name a few,” she said. “These teachers really seemed to love their subject and really enjoyed teaching it to young people.”
After college, her career took an unforeseen turn when she met her future husband. “As far as becoming a business owner, I’d say my husband is my biggest inspiration. Being an introvert, I never saw myself running a business. But his example has encouraged me to take a risk and open Schoolhouse Coffee.” Since starting the business, Trina has become a Partner in Education with Salish Middle School. Prompted by the construction of the school nearby, Trina said, “It feels like a great way to give back to something that gave so much to me. Being a Partner in Education was the perfect opportunity to be involved.” As a P.I.E. partner, Trina has donated time and money to the district to teach students about business ownership. “I’d like them to get as much education as they can. Set goals. Work for others in the field they are interested in pursuing,” she said.
When we are younger we dream about what we want to be when we grow up - Aja Dale, 2004 North Thurston High School alumni is lucky enough to be living her dream! “Ever since I was little whenever I would hear music I would just start dancing,” said Dale and her passion followed her through her studies at North Thurston Public Schools, on to college and now in her career.