Faculty

​Kindergarten – Patty Sarrell
​Kindergarten – Patty Sarrell

B.S. in General Studies, Clearwater Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013

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​Patty Sarrell has ten years of experience in classical and Christian schools in North Carolina, Hawai’i, and Florida and eighteen years of experience homeschooling her own children. Mrs. Sarrell has been the Kindergarten teacher at Trinitas for six years. She brings expertise as a reading specialist to her Trinitas classroom. In her free time, Mrs. Sarrell enjoys her nine grandchildren.

1st Grade – Ashleigh Wark
1st Grade – Ashleigh Wark

B.S. in Elementary Education, Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2017

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​Ashleigh Wark has four years of teaching experience including two years as the first-grade teacher at Trinitas. Originally from South Carolina, Mrs. Wark has lived in Pensacola eight years, now with her husband who is an Escambia county sheriff’s deputy.

2nd Grade – Mrs. Sharon Robson
2nd Grade – Mrs. Sharon Robson

B.A. in Christian Education, Bethany Divinity College

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2018

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Sharon Robson has thirty-two years of experience in classical and Christian education in Georgia and Florida and eight years of experience homeschooling her own children. She has experience teaching all subjects at grammar school and logic school levels, and she has taught music to students of all ages. Mrs. Robson has also directed dramatic productions and prepared students for fine arts competitions. As the wife of a retired minister, she has been deeply involved in church ministry for over thirty years. In addition to second grade, Mrs. Robson also teaches Kindergarten music at Trinitas. Mrs. Robson and her husband remain actively involved in the lives of their four married children and soon-to-be nine grandchildren.

3rd Grade – Wendy Phillips
3rd Grade – Wendy Phillips

B.A. in Music Studies, Wayland Baptist University

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2005

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Mrs. Phillips has been teaching children for almost thirty-five years. After homeschooling her four children for fifteen years, she taught in a classical school in Georgia before coming to Trinitas. She has served Trinitas as lead grammar school teacher, and she continues to mentor new teachers. She has presented workshops at ACCS national and regional conferences, and is called upon frequently to present teacher training modules for Trinitas and other regional classical schools. Mrs. Phillips is an accomplished musician who accompanies Morning Meeting and Trinitas choral performances. Her love for music fills her classroom and overflows into her students’ hearts.

4th Grade – George Reed
4th Grade – George Reed

B.A. Humanities. Thomas Edison State College and Kennesaw State University

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2017

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​George Reed is a humanities major who has a passion for literature and language. He served as a linguist in the US Navy and lived overseas for years, traveling and working in many different countries. In the intervening years, Mr. Reed has continued to educate himself in literature, languages, international affairs, and theology. Mr. Reed's work as the fourth-grade teacher at Trinitas marks a return to the classroom, as he was a full-time substitute teacher while still in college. Mr. Reed and his wife Cinnamon were classically homeschooling their five children before coming to Trinitas five years ago. ​

5th Grade – Bobby McGee
5th Grade – Bobby McGee

B.A. English Literature, University of West Florida

Joined the Trinitas Staff in 2016

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Bobby McGee graduated as the Valedictorian of the Trinitas class of 2009. He is, therefore, intimately familiar with classical and Christian education and with Trinitas as an institution. After completing his university education, he returned to Trinitas to teach the fifth-grade class. He has also taught Latin and Bible to third and fourth graders. Mr. McGee supports other teachers as chair of the upper grammar school. The eldest of his five children attends Trinitas.

6th Grade – Charity Usita
6th Grade – Charity Usita

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015.

Charity Usita has almost ten years of experience in Christian and classical education. She has taught in schools in Georgia, Florida, and Hawai’i. Mrs. Usita has experience teaching every subject area at the grammar stage and music to all ages.  She teaches the sixth-grade class at Trinitas. She also directs the drama production, teaches first- and second-grade music, and teaches private piano. Charity and her husband look forward to welcoming their first-born in the summer of 2019.

Grammar School Teacher's Aide – Misty Heifner
Grammar School Teacher's Aide – Misty Heifner

Undergraduate Studies, Southeast Missouri State
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2016

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Misty Heifner supports grammar school teachers at Trinitas by creating materials, substitute-teaching, and grading students’ work. Mrs. Heifner is the mother of three Trinitas graduates (‘14, ‘16 and ‘18). She has been involved with classical Christian education for many years, serving as a volunteer, a teacher’s aide, and a substitute teacher at classical schools in Missouri and Florida. Among Mrs. Heifner’s greatest contributions to curriculum and instruction at Trinitas are the chants, songs, and jingles she has composed to help students learn grammar, Bible, and history.

Junior Kindergarten - Sarah Hadley
Junior Kindergarten - Sarah Hadley

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science, University of West Florida

Joined Trinitas staff in 2018

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Sarah Hadley has been teaching for the last fifteen years. She has taught homeschool, preschool, Kindergarten, and Montessori classrooms both in the U.S. and abroad. She has also coached high school basketball. Mrs. Hadley works hard in the Jr. Kindergarten classroom at Trinitas to create a hands-on learning experience and to foster a love of learning, the same love of learning she and her husband Sean cultivate in their own four children.

Math, Science, and Music – Julie Kaunitz
Math, Science, and Music – Julie Kaunitz

M.S.E. in Music Education, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College

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Joined Trinitas Staff in 2017.

In addition to her degrees in Music, Mrs. Kaunitz also completed credit hours for a bachelor’s degree in Science Education.  Upon completing her education, Mrs. Kaunitz taught for two years at Pensacola Christian College in the science and nursing labs.  At Trinitas Mrs. Kaunitz teaches logic- and rhetoric-stage math classes along with second- and fourth-grade science. She shares with her students her love of biology—plants, animals, and humans. Mrs. Kaunitz further serves the Trinitas community by playing piano for Morning Meeting and other events and by teaching private piano lessons.

Logic, Rhetoric, and Writing – Joshua Butcher
Logic, Rhetoric, and Writing – Joshua Butcher

PhD in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M, pending dissertation
M.A. in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M University

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B.S. in Speech Communication, Liberty University

​Joined the Trinitas staff in 2010

Joshua Butcher serves the Trinitas community primarily through teaching the art of Rhetoric and chairing the humanities department.  Mr. Butcher has published articles on classical education in Classis and with the CiRCE Institute.  He has delivered presentations at the annual ACCS and SCL conferences.  With his wife, he works hard at parenting his five children, three of whom are Trinitas students. Joshua and his family are members of Christ Church in Pace.

Science – Lockett DeGraaf
Science – Lockett DeGraaf

B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Troy University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015

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​​In addition to her Bachelor of Science from Troy, Mrs. DeGraaf also completed graduate studies at University of West Florida in the field of agricultural management practices, focusing on water quality. She worked for the Departments of Environmental Protection for the states of Florida and Arizona in water quality. Mrs. DeGraaf has two sons at Trinitas whom she homeschooled with a local Classical Conversations community prior to their attending Trinitas. She also serves as dean of House Valerian in addition to her science teaching responsibilities.

Traditio & Writing – Sean Hadley
Traditio & Writing – Sean Hadley

Ph.D. Humanities with Literature Emphasis, Faulkner University (In Progress)
M.Div. Christian Thought, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2017)

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M.A. Theological Studies, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (2011)

​B.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, University of West Florida (2008)


Joined the Trinitas staff in 2014.

Sean Hadley has taught in the classroom for ten years; though, he has been an educator for more than fifteen years. He has taught in Colorado, the Dominican Republic, and Florida, instructing in a wide range of humanities courses in each location. In his current role, Mr. Hadley directs the senior thesis program, guiding the research focus and skill development for students in Grades 11 and 12.  He also teaches Traditio, the integrated humanities course in the rhetoric school. One important focus in Mr. Hadley’s classroom is teaching students how to read closely. Mr. Hadley advises the Arcadia Club (the rhetoric-level student book club), and he is the Dean of House Augustine. Mr. Hadley and his wife Sarah, Trinitas’ Jr. Kindergarten teacher, have three young sons who attend Trinitas and a daughter who will join them soon. Mr. Hadley plans to complete his doctoral dissertation in 2020.

After-school Care – Hannah Parsley
After-school Care – Hannah Parsley

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2018

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Mrs. Parsley is an alumna of Trinitas and is in her final year of studies in early grammar education at Liberty University.

Private Music  – Yoana Hilt
Private Music – Yoana Hilt

M.A. in Choral Conducting, Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Music, flute performance, Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2010

Mrs. Hilt is a gifted flutist who perform frequently across Northwest Florida, both solo and with other gifted musicians. In addition to flute, Mrs. Hilt also teaches piano at Trinitas.

Traditio, Latin – Sean Johnson
Traditio, Latin – Sean Johnson

M.A. in English, University of Dallas
B.A. in Liberal Arts & Culture, New Saint Andrews College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013.

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Sean Johnson teaches Humanities at Trinitas. He is also advisor to the National Honor Society and Classic Film Society. In his spare time he cooks, reviews movies, and works as Executive Editor for FORMA Journal, a magazine from the CiRCE Institute dedicated to all things classical and Christian. His wife, Heather, is a Trinitas Alumna who spends her days teaching their four children to love poetry.

Art & Physical Education- Stephen Kivisalu
Art & Physical Education- Stephen Kivisalu

M.A. in Studio Art & Illustration, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Graphic Design, Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2012

As a professional artist, Mr. Kivisalu has had several solo and group exhibitions of his work, most recently displaying his work in the Celebration of Light exhibition at Quayside Gallery in downtown Pensacola. Outside the studio, Mr. Kivisalu is an athlete, regularly participating in team and individual sports such as baseball, basketball, tennis, hiking, and kayaking. In addition to his teaching duties at Trinitas, he serves as the athletic director, varsity baseball coach, and graphic designer for the school.

Greek – Dennis Louis
Greek – Dennis Louis

M.Div. in Biblical Exegesis, Reformed Theological Seminary
M.A. Pensacola Theological Seminary
B.A. Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015

In addition to his work at Trinitas, Dennis Louis is the Pastor of Discipleship at McIlwain Presbyterian Church and has sponsored a Bible Study at The University of West Florida. 

Math – Mary Stout
Math – Mary Stout

B.A. in Business Administration, Belmont College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2003.

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​​Mrs. Mary Stout has taught various math and science classes from the fourth to twelfth grades including calculus, physics, chemistry, pre-calculus, geometry, and Algebra I and II. She also serves as math and science department head for the logic and rhetoric school, testing coordinator, yearbook advisor, and sound and lighting technician. Currently, she is working towards her master’s degree in mathematics at the University of West Florida.

Music & Chorus – Ed Varela
Music & Chorus – Ed Varela

M.A. in Music (Choral Conducting), Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Church Music (piano), Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013

Ed Varela has been teaching music for thirteen years, six of those at Trinitas. With a bachelor and master's degree in music, he has taught college music theory, choral pedagogy, choir, and piano to students of all ages. He is involved in the Pensacola Music Teachers Association Executive Board and serves in his local church as a pianist and a deacon. He and his wife Miranda have three children, two at Trinitas and one soon to be.  

Miss Ann Francis
Miss Ann Francis

M.A. in Music, Pensacola Christian College
B.S in Music Education, Pensacola Christian College

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Joined the Trinitas staff in 2016.

Anna Francis began her music training at the age of five and began teaching her own music students as a teenager. She is thankful for the opportunity to have studied violin as her emphasis in her undergrad and masters, and even had Ed Varela and Yoana Hilt as music theory teachers during college. She did a music education internship at Pensacola Christian Academy and then taught there for two years while getting her masters. Currently she plays violin in the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and teaches almost fifty private music students.

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