Headmaster – James Cowart
Headmaster – 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, all of whom attend Trinitas. The Cowarts are members of Christ Church in Pace, where James serves as a deacon.

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​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 members of Providence Church in Pensacola.

Academic Dean, Humane Letters – Sean Hadley
Academic Dean, Humane Letters – 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 over a decade, teaching in the Dominican Republic and various parts of Florida. In his current role at Trinitas, Mr. Hadley directs the senior thesis program, helps with curriculum development, and aids teachers through their certification process. He also teaches our school's Magna Traditio program, an integrated humanities course that begins in the seventh grade and carries on through the senior year. Mr. Hadley's love of Homer, Hemingway, and everything in-between helps him to draw students into the Great Conversation through close readings, as well as oral and written expressions.

 

Mr. Hadley and his wife Sarah, Trinitas’ Kindergarten teacher, have three young sons and one daughter who attend Trinitas. Mr. Hadley is in the final stages of his doctoral dissertation, connecting the Western Tradition to 20th-century literature.

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​Front Office – 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.  

 

Deborah Kivisalu
Junior Kindergarten - Deborah Kivisalu

A.A. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies, SUNY Empire State College, New York

Joined Trinitas staff in 2018

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Ms. Kivisalu has been involved in childhood education for many years, beginning with service in children’s ministries as a teacher, and also a superintendent, and continuing with the home education of her children for fourteen years. Ms. Kivisalu worked for many years in a public library, an experience that deepened her love and appreciation of children’s literature. Ms. Kivisalu has been involved in preschool education for the last six years, serving as a teaching assistant and a lead teacher.

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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 worked hard building the Jr. Kindergarten curriculum at Trinitas to create a hands-on learning experience and to foster a love of learning and has moved to the kindergarten classroom to foster the same love of learning with those students. She and her husband Sean have four children who attend Trinitas.

 

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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.

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2nd/3rd Grades – Sharon Robson

B.A. in Christian Education, Bethany Divinity College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2018

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Sharon Robson has thirty-seven years of experience in classical and Christian education in Georgia and Florida and several 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 twelve grandchildren. 

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Lead Grammar School Teacher & 4th Grade – 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. In addition to teaching students, Mrs. Phillips is charged with mentoring new grammar school 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 Bible - Pastor Tim Robson

Graduate of Theology- Tennessee Temple University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Pastor Robson has been involved in ministry for over 40 years. His ministries included youth pastor, music director, Christian school administrator, weekly radio broadcast pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor. He served as the Senior Pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Thomasville, GA for over 30 years. He recently retired in 2018 and moved to Pensacola to be closer to his children.

Pastor Robson celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in June 2021 and has been blessed with four children and 12 grandchildren.

Rachel Gasaway
5th Grade - Rachel Gasaway

B.A. in Psychology, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Mrs. Gasaway is a mother of three, two of whom are enrolled at Trinitas.  After retiring as a linguist in the US Navy in 2018, she homeschooled and tutored with a classical Christian co-op.  She and her husband James, a Naval Officer, attend Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church and hope to make Pensacola their place of permanent retirement.

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6th Grade - Branson Sanders

Master of Divinity, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary (anticipated May 2022); B. A. Christian Studies, Truett McConnell University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Branson Sanders served in ministry for the last few years. Most recently, he served as an associate pastor in the Florida Keys where he became acquainted with classical education when he and his wife began homeschooling their son Gad. His love for teaching and the gospel brought him to Trinitas where he can utilize both in the classroom. 

Mr. Sanders and his wife Hannah have two children: Gad will be joining us this year in the 1st grade, and Jane was born in 2020; she will join us as soon as she can! 

Mary Stout
Maths & Sciences – 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, logic, and Algebra I and II. She has also served as testing coordinator, yearbook advisor, and sound and lighting technician. Her husband, Alan, is associate pastor of Providence Church and they have four children (all Trinitas Graduates) and 12 grandchildren.

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Maths & Sciences - 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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Fine Arts & 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.

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Musical Arts – 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 sixteen years and is entering his ninth year at Trinitas. With a bachelor's and master's degree in music, he has taught on the college level all the way to preschoolers.  He serves as the chairman for the Pensacola Music Teachers Association Sonata Contest, serves on the Florida State Music Teacher Association Executive Board, and serves in his local church as a pianist. He and his wife Miranda have three children at Trinitas.

Samuel Sadler
Humane Letters & Classical Languages - Samuel Sadler

B.A. in Philosophy, Union University

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Samuel Sadler attended Paideia Academy, an ACCS school in Knoxville, from K-12th grade. As a son to founding members of the school, Samuel was raised with heavy involvement in the school and a deep appreciation for classical, Christian education. He is excited to be a part of the Trinitas faculty.

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Rhetoric - Kent Langham

 M.A. in English Literature, University of West Florida; B.A. in English Literature, University of West Florida; D.edMin. in Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in progress)

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Kent Langham teaches Rhetoric to sophomores. Before joining the Trinitas faculty, Mr. Langham taught English courses at both the high school and collegiate levels. In addition to teaching, he serves as an elder at the Cross Church in Pensacola. Kent and his wife Molly have three delightful children, the oldest of whom is a student at Trinitas. 

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Humane Letters - Dr. Jonny White

Ph.D. Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Beeson Divinity School; B.Th., Baptist College of Florida

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021 

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A native of Pensacola, Dr. White has pastored Redeeming Grace Church in Milton since 2012. In addition to his educational training and ministry experience, he and his wife, Marseilles, educated their three adult children at home. 

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Librarian - Cathy Noland

 

Helped found Trinitas in 1999.

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 Mrs. Noland’s three children graduated from Trinitas. Their eldest, Rob, attended New Saint Andrews College after graduation and is now an attorney. Hannah is married and lives in Pensacola with three adorable children. Ben is in graduate school completing his doctorate in economics.

Cathy has been the librarian since 2000 when she went from room to room with a cart of books. She served in that role until 2016 when her first granddaughter was born and has been involved in the Trinitas library in various capacities ever since. 

 

Emily Hazewinkle
Physical Education - Emily Hazewinkel

B.S in Exercise Science, University of West Florida

Joined Trinitas staff in 2018

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Emily has taught Physical Education for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten as well as 7-10th grade girls. She has been teaching group fitness classes for 26 years and has a passion for helping others on their fitness and wellness journeys.  Emily is an avid reader and is a member of two book clubs. She and her husband Rob have four children who all attend Trinitas.

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​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 now stays at home with her husband, Lev, and their two children. 

Jennifer Schuler
Private Music – Jennifer Schuler

B.S. in Music Education, Pensacola Christian College

Joined Trinitas staff in 2019

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

Anna Pora
Private Music - Anna Pora

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

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Anna began playing piano at age 5 and violin at age 12.  In college, she joined an ensemble for four tours around the United States playing piano and singing in many schools and churches. Since graduation, Anna has taught private strings and piano both in Florida and New York City. She also plays violin with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Anna's desire is to help her students get excited about music while being trained with excellent technique and a classical foundation so they can use their music to bring glory to God and to be a blessing to other people with their musical gifts.

Catherine Zepp
Teachers' Aide - Catherine Zepp

 

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021.

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Catherine graduated from Trinitas in 2021 and is pursuing a B.S. in Nursing from the University of West Florida. The Zepp family is one of the original founding Trinitas families, and Catherine attended Trinitas since Junior Kindergarten.

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Teachers' Aide - Hannah McNeill

 

Joined Trinitas staff in 2021

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Hannah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trinitas in 2020. She is an active member of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of West Florida. She has 6 younger siblings (one of which has graduated and five of which currently attend Trinitas).

 

Mr. Wesley Todd
Mr. Wesley Todd

President of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Wesley Todd previously served six years on the board and was re-elected for a third term after an interim of three years. He is currently serving his fourth term as the President of the Board of Governors.

Wesley Todd and his wife Jennifer have three children; Jillian (c/o '19), Emma (c/o '21), and Whitney (2nd grade). The Todds have been at Trinitas for nearly twenty years and are members of Christ Church in Milton where Wesley serves as a deacon. 

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Mr. John Strickler

Vice President of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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During his 18 years at the school, John has served in various roles at Trinitas including soccer and volleyball coach, PE teacher, Director of Development, and board member.

John Strickler and his wife, Jill, have four children. Leah (c/o '17), Adam (c/o '19), Paul and Jack are currently in 12th and 10th grades, respectively. The Stricklers have been involved with the school since Leah was in Ms. Theresa Raus’ first-grade class. The Stricklers attend Providence Church of Pensacola (CREC). 

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Mr. Robert Barnes

Member of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Robert Barnes has served on the Trinitas Board of Governors since 2006. 

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

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Mr. Dave DeBlander

Treasurer of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Dave DeBlander has been the owner of ProClean Restoration and MarbleLife of NW Florida for over years. 

Dave has been an ardent supporter of Trinitas for a very long time and has followed the growth of the school while loving and supporting Trinitas.  He now has two grandchildren Braeden and Maddie in 7th and 5th grades, respectively. Dave is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and regularly teaches Sunday School at Midway Baptist Church.  

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Mr. Ken McNeill

Member of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Ken McNeill retired from the US Navy in 2017 and is a pilot for American Airlines.

Ken and his family have been a part of Trinitas Christian School since 2016. He and his wife, Jenny, have 7 children. Their oldest two daughters have graduated from Trinitas and their youngest 5 children are currently enrolled, ranging from 1st to 11th grade. The McNeills are members of Providence Church in Pensacola and are actively involved in foster care ministry.

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Pastor Jon Mark Olesky

Secretary of the Trinitas Board of Governors

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Pastor Olesky is an Elder at The Cross Church, a Reformed Baptist congregation of which he is the founding and lead pastor since 2008. 

Jon Mark and his wife Priscila have three children; Noah, Cora, and Judah all in Grammar school at Trinitas Christian School. They have been at the school for seven years.

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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.

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