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Headmaster – Ron Gilley

B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing, University of West Florida

​Joined Trinitas staff in 2011

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Mr. Gilley has served on the board since 2007 (in an ex-officio capacity since joining the staff in 2011). He was an entrepreneur prior to becoming an educator. He and his wife Janice are parents to two Trinitas alumni, Colby and Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Gilley worship at Providence Church in Pensacola, where he serves as an elder.

Director of Development – James Cowart
Director of Development – James Cowart

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
B.S. in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2014

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Before coming to Trinitas, Mr. Cowart served as Head of School at a classical Christian school in Tennessee. Mr. Cowart and his wife Joy have five children, four of whom attend Trinitas. The Cowarts are active members of Christ Church in Pace, where James serves as a deacon.

​Director of Admissions – Kristie Johnson
​Director of Admissions – Kristie Johnson

B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida

Joined Trinitas staff in 2006

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Ms. Johnson brings a wealth of business management and organization skills to Trinitas where she manages the administrative office and oversees admissions. Ms. Johnson has one daughter who graduated from Trinitas with the class of 2019. They are active members of Providence Church in Pensacola.

​Bookkeeper – Theresa Howell
​Bookkeeper – Theresa Howell

 

Joined Trinitas staff in 1999

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Mrs. Howell has worked at Trinitas since the school’s first year. She works tirelessly to help the administration and students in countless ways but concentrates on bookkeeping.  She and her husband Curtis were original Trinitas parents with two children, one of whom was an early Trinitas graduate. Now the Howells also have nine grandchildren.  Mrs. Howell is a faithful and longstanding member of East Brent Baptist Church.  

 

Rebecca Peterson
After-school Care - Rebecca Peterson

Joined Trinitas staff in 2012

 

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Rebecca and her husband, Sam, joined the Trinitas family in 2008 as parents with three small boys. Rebecca joined the faculty in 2012 and has served over the years in several capacities as a teacher assistant, substitute, tutor, after-school care coordinator, and office assistant. After the birth of their first daughter in 2017, Rebecca returned as the after-school care coordinator.

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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.

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​Kindergarten – Patty Sarrell

B.S. in General Studies, Clearwater Christian College


Joined Trinitas staff in 2013

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​Patty Sarrell has eleven 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 seven years. She brings expertise as a reading specialist to her Trinitas classroom. In her free time, Mrs. Sarrell enjoys her nine grandchildren.

1st Grade – Misty Heifner
1st Grade – Misty Heifner

Undergraduate Studies, Southeast Missouri State


Joined Trinitas staff in 2016

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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.

Grammar School – Sharon Robson
Grammar School – Sharon Robson

B.A. in Christian Education, Bethany Divinity College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2018

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Sharon Robson has thirty-three 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.

Mrs. Robson and her husband remain actively involved in the lives of their four married children and nine grandchildren.

2nd/3rd Grades – Wendy Phillips
2nd/3rd Grades – Wendy Phillips

B.A. in Music Studies, Wayland Baptist University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2005

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Mrs. Phillips has been teaching children for 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.

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4th Grade - Collin McGee

B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2020

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Collin McGee graduated from Trinitas as Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. He continued his classical education at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID where he achieved a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture. While in Idaho, he met and married his wife, Elizabeth, with whom he raises their infant son, Murray. After finishing his college education Collin worked as a carpenter for two years, but has returned to Florida and to Trinitas to teach the fourth-grade class. The McGees worship at Christ Church in Pace.

5th/6th Grades – Bobby McGee
5th/6th Grades – Bobby McGee

B.A. English Literature, University of West Florida

Joined 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.

Traditio and Rhetoric  – Joshua Butcher
Traditio and Rhetoric – Joshua Butcher

M.A. in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M University; B.S. in Speech Communication, Liberty University; Completed Ph.D. coursework at Texas A&M

​Joined Trinitas staff in 2010

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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 Trinitas staff in 2015

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​​In addition to her Bachelor of Science from Troy, Mrs. DeGraaf also completed graduate studies at the 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. This year Mrs. DeGraaf will be teaching Marine Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science.

Mary Stout
Mathematics – Mary Stout

B.A. in Business Administration, Belmont College; Pursuing M.A. in Mathematics, University of West Florida

Joined 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. 

Traditio, Writing, and Thesis – Sean Hadley
Traditio, Writing, and Thesis – Sean Hadley

M.Div. Christian Thought, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; B.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, University of West Florida; Pursuing Ph.D. Humanities with Literature Emphasis, Faulkner University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2014

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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 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.

Christie Berube
Latin – Christie Berube

B.A. Music University of West Florida

Joined Trinitas staff in 2017

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Mrs. Berube has studied Latin for the past eight years and currently teaches fourth and sixth-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 twelve years and are members of Christ Church in Pace, Florida.

Mathematics - Mandy Fuller
Mathematics - Mandy Fuller
B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education, Florida State University
 
Joined Trinitas staff in 2019
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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.

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Traditio – George Reed

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

Joined 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 and his wife Cinnamon were classically homeschooling their five children before coming to Trinitas six years ago. ​

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Art & Physical Education- Stephen Kivisalu

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

Joined Trinitas staff in 2012

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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.

Ed Varela
Music & Chorus – Ed Varela

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

Joined Trinitas staff in 2013

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Ed Varela has been teaching music for fourteen years, seven of those at Trinitas. With a bachelor's 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 at Trinitas.

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Greek, Latin, Art History - Colby Gilley

B.A. in Classics, Samford University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2020

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As a Trinitas alumnus, Colby has returned to his Trinitas family eager to share his love of art, language, and all things ancient with his students. His pursuit of art, architecture, and ancient languages throughout his studies has led him to spend much time in museums and cultural heritage sights in Europe. His research projects have been accepted at national and international academic conferences.

Private Music  – Yoana Hilt
Private Music – Yoana Hilt

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

Joined Trinitas staff in 2010

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

​Private Music - Charity Usita
​Private Music - Charity Usita

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

Joined Trinitas staff in 2015

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Charity Usita has over eleven years of experience in Christian and classical education. She has taught in schools in Georgia, Florida, and Hawaii. Mrs. Usita has experience teaching every subject area at the grammar stage and music to all ages.  After teaching sixth-grade at Trinitas for three years, Charity and her husband Lev have one son. She is now serving Trinitas by teaching private piano lessons. 

Private Music – Julie Kaunitz
Private Music – Julie Kaunitz

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

Joined Trinitas Staff in 2017

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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.

Mrs. Kaunitz serves the Trinitas community by playing piano for events and by teaching private piano lessons.

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Private Music – Jennifer Schuler

B.S. in Music Education, Pensacola Christian College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2019

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Jennifer has four years of teaching experience in private schools and nine years of experience in private strings lessons. She enjoys playing for her local church and for various performances. 

Mr. Bob McGee
Mr. Bob McGee

Mr. Bob McGee joined the Board of Governors in 2002. ​​He currently serves as the President of the Board. 

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After a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, including service as an aviator in the Gulf War, Mr. McGee has worked in several strategic roles for Gulf Power Company. Bob and his wife Terri are parents to four Trinitas alumni, Robert, Chrisann, Collin, and Sean; and are grandparents to one current Trinitas student, Bobby. The McGees are active members of Christ Church in Pace, where Bob serves as an elder.

Rob Hadding
Rev. Rob Hadding

Pastor Rob Hadding has served on the board since 2008. ​​He currently serves as Vice-President of the Board. 

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Rev. Hadding is the Pastor of Christ Church in Pace. Prior to entering the ministry he worked in business management. Rob and his wife Marty are parents to two Trinitas alumnae, Sarah and Emily; two current Trinitas students, Abby and Claire; and they homeschool their son Sam.

Mr. Steve Traylor
Mr. Steve Traylor

Steve Traylor has served on the board since 2016. ​He currently serves as the Secretary of the Board. 

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After more than twenty-five years in banking, he is now an attorney in the Pensacola law firm Borowski & Traylor, P.A. Steve and his wife Amy Jo have three daughters; the youngest, McKinley is a Trinitas alumna. The Traylors are members of Providence Church in Pensacola.

Mr. Wesley Todd
Mr. Wesley Todd

Wesley Todd previously served six years on the board and has recently been re-elected for a third term after an interim of three years. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the board.

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Wesley Todd and his wife Jennifer have three children; Jillian, Emma, and Whitney.  Jillian recently graduated from Trinitas (c/o 2019). Emma is currently a senior, and Whitney is in the grammar school.  The Todds have been at Trinitas for over fifteen years.   The Todds are members of Christ Church in Milton where Wesley serves as a deacon. 

Mr. John Strickler
Mr. John Strickler

Mr. John Strickler joined the Board of Governors in 2014. ​He is currently on sabbatical. 

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Mr. Strickler worked in medical sales for over a decade and then became a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. Mr. Strickler and his wife Jill have four children: Leah and Adam are alumni; Paul and Jack are current Trinitas students. The Stricklers worship at Providence Church.

Mr. Blake Baker
Mr. Blake Baker

Blake Baker has been a member of the board since 2019. 

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Blake is a former golf professional with more than ten years in the golf industry. He is now the owner of J.W. Boot Company. Mr. Baker and his wife Krystin have two children at Trinitas, Delainey and Coleman. The Bakers worship at First United Methodist Church in downtown Pensacola.

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Mr. Nathan Berube

Mr. Berube is an ex-officio member of the board.

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Dr. Ed Noland

Emeritus Member of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Although a member of the founding Board of Governors, Dr. Noland has retired from regular board duties but continues to be an active supporter of the school. He has practiced dentistry in Pensacola for many years and continues to operate a thriving practice. Dr. Noland and his wife Cathy have three children—Rob, Hannah, and Ben—who are all Trinitas alumni. The Nolands are faithful members of Providence Church in Pensacola.

Mr. Robert Barnes
Mr. Robert Barnes

Emeritus Member of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Mr. Robert Barnes began serving on the board in 2006.

He is Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A 9 Mile in Pensacola. Robert and his wife Connie are parents of three Trinitas alumni: Gary, Josh, and Bryce. The Barneses are active members of McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola.

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