B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science, University of West Florida
Joined Trinitas staff in 2018
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.
B.S. in General Studies, Clearwater Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013
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.
Undergraduate Studies, Southeast Missouri State
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2016
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.
B.A. in Christian Education, Bethany Divinity College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2018
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.
B.A. in Music Studies, Wayland Baptist University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2005
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 - Michael Murphy
B.A. in Humanities, Pensacola Christian College (expected May 2020)
Joined Trinitas Staff in 2019
Michael Murphy teaches the fourth grade as well as Bible class for sixth graders. He has five years of professional experience in classical Christian education in Virginia—mostly teaching Latin, Logic, and language classes—and seven summers of volunteer experience teaching English in China.
Mr. Murphy and his wife, who is pursuing an M.A. in choral directing, attend Campus Church.
B.A. English Literature, University of West Florida
Joined the Trinitas Staff in 2016
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.
M.S.E. in Music Education, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College
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.
PhD in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M, pending dissertation
M.A. in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M University
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.
B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Troy University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015
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.
B.A. in Business Administration, Belmont College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2003.
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.
Ph.D. Humanities with Literature Emphasis, Faulkner University (In Progress)
M.Div. Christian Thought, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2017)
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.
M.A. in English, University of Dallas
B.A. in Liberal Arts & Culture, New Saint Andrews College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013.
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.
B.A. in Music, University of West Florida
Joined Trinitas faculty in 2017
Mrs. Berube has studied Latin for the past seven years and currently teaches sixth and eighth graders. She and her husband Nathan have five children, four of whom are Trinitas students. The Berubes have been actively committed to classical Christian education for eleven years and are members of Christ Church in Pace, Florida.
B.A. Humanities. Thomas Edison State College and Kennesaw State University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2017
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.
Mandy Fuller teaches logic- and rhetoric- stage math courses at Trinitas. She has been alternating between teaching high school math classes and staying at home as a mom since 2002 and has taught in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. In her spare time, Mrs. Fuller enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends, especially when the games come out and hilarity ensues. Mrs. Fuller has two children attending Trinitas and her husband is a web developer.
M.A. in Studio Art & Illustration, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Graphic Design, Pensacola Christian College
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.
M.A. in Music (Choral Conducting), Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Church Music (piano), Pensacola Christian College
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.
M.A. in Choral Conducting, Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Music, flute performance, Pensacola Christian College
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.
Jennifer Shuler is a teacher at Trinitas Christian School.