Board / Faculty

Board of Trustees

  • Robert Lough (Micro Visions Inc.)
  • Doug Poortenga (Progressive Technologies)
  • Tom Seven (Seven’s Paint & Wallpaper Company)
  • John Weeber (Facilities Resource Group)

“I like all my subjects and all the teachers that go with them!” –5th grade Trinitas student

Kindergarten Teacher

Jill_Hultink_Gr_K_DSC_8948_300x400Jill Hultink

Mrs. Hultink studied elementary education at Cornerstone College and has worked in a variety of educational and administrative settings aiding in preschool, developing a catechesis curriculum and program for school-age children, and managing the office of her family’s business. She also previously assisted with office responsibilities and was a classroom aide at Trinitas. We are pleased to have her as our kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Hultink is well-suited for this position and is a warm and welcoming presence for all who come to the school, including our youngest students.


1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Susie_Mehari_Gr_1-2_300x400Susan Mehari (B.A., Hillsdale College; M. Ed., Cornerstone University)

Both a National Merit Scholar and honors student at Hillsdale, Miss Mehari majored in history and minored in Spanish. Classically educated herself, she is a teacher who has both an excellent rapport with children and extensive knowledge of classical education. Miss Mehari is an invaluable member of the Trinitas community, as she brings a wealth of ideas, energy, and educational expertise to our school.  In the two years our students are in her classroom, Miss Mehari does a masterful job of transitioning them from kindergarten to the responsibilities of third grade.


3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Samantha_Bodine_Gr_3-4DSC_9027_300x400Samantha Bodine (B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M. Ed., Gratz College)

Mrs. Bodine taught 7th and 8th grade history/geography for eight years in a suburban Philadelphia public school and spent summers teaching English in China, Romania and Bolivia. She helped launch a new Classical Conversations home school program in her area and served as Children’s Ministry Director, K-12, at her church in Pennsylvania. She has received ongoing training in classical philosophy and methodology and has a passion for classical education. With her sixteen years of experience in education, Mrs. Bodine brings maturity, creativity, and energy to the classroom and the Trinitas community.


5th/6th Grade Teacher

Brigid Lennon (B.A., Ave Maria University)

Miss Lennon received a classical education and went on to study Biology and Classical languages at Ave Maria University and has a love for classical education and teaching children. While pursuing her own studies, she tutored students in Latin, biology, math, grammar, reading, and history. Miss Lennon loves motivating and encouraging students in their work and has a passion for getting them excited about topics that are difficult and challenging. She has a deep desire to bring others closer to God through various subjects, helping them to appreciate God’s gifts of beauty and knowledge. In addition to teaching, she loves to dance, play sports, and be outside all day. Her own love of learning makes Miss Lennon a wonderful teacher for our students.


Bible/Greek/History and Headmaster

Marth_300x400Peter Marth (B.A., Concordia College; M. Div., Concordia Theological Seminary)

Before joining Trinitas for its inaugural year in 2006, Mr. Marth was senior pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hilbert, Wisconsin. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he taught 5th and 6th grade at St. Peter’s Lutheran school, where he designed and implemented a classically-based religion curriculum. Mr. Marth also taught Greek at Concordia College and courses in 7th and 8th grade at Zion Lutheran Academy, a classical school. A 2011 graduate of the St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology, he serves as a subdeacon in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Mr. Marth brings to Trinitas a rare blend of administrative, pastoral, and academic experience in a classical setting. He has an excellent rapport with students, teachers, and parents alike. We are delighted to have a man of so many talents with us.


Art

Gabriella Kalis (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History, University of Fine Arts, Palermo, Sicily)

Mrs. Kalis was born and raised in Italy and received what she describes as a “traditional, classical education based on the Bible.” Mrs. Kalis believes being a teacher is a mission and a call from God to help others. Her firsthand knowledge of European cultures, fluency in Italian, Spanish, and English, and fifteen years of experience teaching art have contributed to her robust and student-engaging lessons that not only help students succeed in art but also cultivate skills for life. Mrs. Kalis enjoys traveling in the United States and Europe. She appreciates different cultures and local art, and she enjoys visiting beautiful natural parks, walking, painting, boating, and she loves dogs. Mrs. Kalis is excited to be part of the Trinitas community and we are excited to have her join us.


Music

Elia Reif (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Millikin University)

Mrs. Reif is a Kalamazoo native recently returned to West Michigan from teaching in Illinois and Indiana. During her past four years as an educator, she has taught private lessons, general music, instrumental music, and choir to students in grades K-12. Prior to teaching, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University. Mrs. Reif brings a diverse background to music education, having taught in a variety of public, charter and Christian school communities in the mid-west. She is passionate about music and a master at engaging and inspiring her students. Mrs. Reif is accepting students for private lessons through Allegro Music at St. Mark for those interested in voice and piano. She loves to see students explore their potential as musicians and develop their character to glorify God! We’re delighted to welcome her to Trinitas.


Grammar/Literature/Writing

Maureen Richards (B.S., Central Michigan University; M.A., Aquinas College)

Mrs. Richards teaches seventh and eighth grade grammar and fifth through eighth grade literature and composition classes at Trinitas. She retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty four years of service, the last seven as a history and leadership adjunct instructor for the Army’s Command and General Staff College. She spent four years teaching eleventh grade English and twelfth grade Rhetoric at a Christian K-12 school where she developed a love for the classical and a passion for joining “The Great Conversation.” Although her master’s degree is in education and her bachelor’s degree is in English and Psychology, she believes that her real education did not begin until she started studying logic, rhetoric, history, and English through a biblical worldview and discovered God’s thumbprint in literature as man’s restless soul cries out for the rest that is only found in his Creator. Mrs. Richards brings to Trinitas a wealth of knowledge and experience and a tireless commitment to classical education and our students.


Latin

Susan Miller (B.A. Aquinas College; M.A. Grand Valley State University)

Having taught English and Latin to middle school, high school, and college students in Catholic and public school settings for twenty six years, Mrs. Miller brings a wealth of experience to Trinitas. Throughout her teaching career, she has been an active member of a number of classical leagues including the American Classical League, the National Junior Classical League, and the Michigan World Languages Association. She has served as secretary for the Michigan Classical Conference and as chairperson for the Michigan Junior Classical League. Mrs. Miller has also been the recipient of the Walmart Teacher of the Year award and the University of Michigan’s Outstanding Latin Teacher Award. Numerous Latin teachers have benefited from her mentoring and very many students from her inspiration; we are pleased Trinitas students will have the opportunity to benefit from her teaching as well.


Science/Math/Physical Education

Robb Fynewever-Muyskens (B.S. and B.A., Calvin College)

Mr. Fynewever-Muyskens earned degrees in both geology and philosophy and has taught high school math, chemistry, physical science, geophysical science, biology, and honors physics as well as environmental sustainability classes. He has also taught science exploration classes for later elementary and middle school students as well as a rocketry course and prepared 6th-8th grade teams for the Michigan Aerospace Challenge and Davenport University’s Tivitz math game competition. In addition to his science teaching, he has served as a teacher-liaison to the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and coaches baseball and soccer for players ranging in age from 5-14 years old.  We’re pleased to have Mr. Fynewever-Muyskens share his gifts and experience with our students.


Administrative Assistant, Classroom Aide

Jilliane VanderHyde

As a stay-at-home mother researching alternative educational options for her young daughter, Mrs. VanderHyde became interested in both the Classical and Great Books curricula.  That interest brought her to Trinitas where she now serves as our administrative assistant.  Her thirteen years of management experience have given her the excellent organizational and people skills needed to manage the Trinitas office and communicate with Trinitas families with both warmth and professionalism. We are delighted to have Mrs. VanderHyde play this important role in the Trinitas community.