Faculty and Staff

Headmaster – Ron Gilley
Headmaster – Ron Gilley

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

​Joined the 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 the 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 the 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.

Academic Dean/Chaplain – Justin Hughes
Academic Dean/Chaplain – Justin Hughes

M.T.S. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School, thesis pending; M.A. in Trinitarian Theology and Culture, New Saint Andrews College; B.A. in Religion, University of Mobile

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2017.

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The Rev. Justin Hughes has more than ten years’ experience in classical and Christian education, having worked as both teacher and administrator at schools in Florida, Idaho, and North Carolina.  Justin has taught subjects as diverse as Algebra, history, literature, theology, Latin, and music to students of all ages.  Now, in his role as Academic Dean, Justin works to ensure excellence in K-12 curriculum and instruction, and he supports the faculty’s work in the classroom.  As Chaplain, Justin cares for the spiritual well-being of the Trinitas community, and he helps teachers bring the Christian tradition to bear on their classrooms and subject matters.  Justin and his wife Allison have four children, all of whom are Trinitas students.  Justin is a deacon ordained in the Anglican Church of North America.

​Bookkeeper – Theresa Howell
​Bookkeeper – Theresa Howell
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Mrs. Howell works tirelessly to help the administration and students in countless ways but concentrates on Trinitas income and expenses. Originally from Texas, Mrs. Howell has called Pensacola home for over 20 years. She and her husband Curtis were original Trinitas parents with two children, one of whom is a Trinitas graduate. Mrs. Howell’s granddaughters are our first Trinitas legacies. She whistles while she works and was the proud owner of our Trinitas mascot, Beauregard, a parakeet who used to mimic her whistle, cough, and even her laugh.

​Front Office/School Nurse – Emily Hunter
​Front Office/School Nurse – Emily Hunter

B.S. Nursing-Auburn University 1995

Joined Trinitas Staff 2016

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Mrs. Hunter graduated in nursing from Auburn University in 1995 and has worked in cardiac care and dermatology.  After being a homemaker for 14 years and rearing three children, she came back to work wearing several different hats.  Emily works only part time in the school office and loves passing her son in the hallway who is currently in the 11th grade .  Her two older children graduated from Trinitas in 2016 and 2018.

​Librarian - Mrs. Charity Usita
​Librarian - Mrs. Charity Usita

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

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015

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Charity Usita has over ten 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 welcomed their first child. She is now serving Trinitas as librarian and teaching private piano lessons. 

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After-school Care - Rebecca Peterson
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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 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 – Misty Heifner
1st Grade – Misty Heifner

Undergraduate Studies, Southeast Missouri State
Joined the 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.

2nd Grade – Sharon Robson
2nd Grade – 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 - Michael Murphy
4th Grade - Michael Murphy
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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 – Julie Kaunitz
6th Grade – 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.

Mathematics – Mary Stout
Mathematics – 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.

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.

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.

Humanities – George Reed
Humanities – 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. ​

Mathematics - Mandy Fuller
Mathematics - Mandy Fuller
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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.

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.  

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.

Mr. Bob McGee
Mr. Bob McGee

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

Mr. Robert Barnes
Mr. Robert Barnes

Mr. Robert Barnes has served on the board since 2006. ​​He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board. 

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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.

Rev. Rob Hadding
Rev. Rob Hadding

Pastor Rob Hadding has served on the board since 2008. ​​He  is currently on Sabbatical from 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. John Strickler
Mr. John Strickler

Mr. John Strickler joined the Board of Governors in 2014. ​He currently serves as the President of the Board. 

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He worked in medical sales for over a decade and then became a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. He has been with the firm six years. 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. Steve Traylor
Mr. Steve Traylor

Steve Traylor has served on the board since 2016. ​He currently serves as the Vice-President 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. 

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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 in the 11th grade, and Whitney is currently in K-5.  The Todds have been at Trinitas for over fourteen years.   The Todds are members of Christ Church in Milton where Wesley serves as a deacon. 

Mr. Blake Baker
Mr. Blake Baker

Blake Baker has been an ex-officio member of the board since he joined in 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.

Dr. Ed Noland, ​Emeritus Member
Dr. Ed Noland, ​Emeritus Member

Dr. Noland is a founding member of the Trinitas Board of Governors.  ​

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Now retired from regular board duties, Dr. Noland 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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