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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

Jill 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. Jill previously assisted with office responsibilities and was a classroom aide at Trinitas. We are pleased to have her as our kindergarten teacher. She 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

Susan Mehari (B.A., Hillsdale College; M. Ed., Cornerstone University)

Both a National Merit Scholar and honors student at Hillsdale, Susie majored in history and minored in Spanish. Classically educated herself, Susie is a teacher who has both an excellent rapport with children and extensive knowledge of classical education. Susie 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, Susie does a masterful job of transitioning them from kindergarten to the responsibilities of third grade.

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Samantha Bodine (B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M. Ed., Gratz College )

Samantha 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 recently 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, Sam brings maturity, creativity, and energy to the classroom and the Trinitas community.

Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher and Headmaster

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

Before joining Trinitas for its inaugural year in 2006, Peter was senior pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hilbert, Wisconsin. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Peter taught 5th and 6th grade at St. Peter's Lutheran school, where he designed and implemented a classically-based religion curriculum. Peter 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, Peter serves as a subdeacon in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Peter 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.

Music

Elizabeth Hamm (B.M.E., Cedarville University)

Elizabeth has seven years of teaching experience in vocal music grades K-8. She previously taught both general music and choir at Pinewood Middle School in Kentwood and Vanguard Charter Academy in Wyoming . Elizabeth has performed with Opera Grand Rapids as a member of the chorus and with the Evangelical Choral Society. Her strong background in vocal training and choral education will serve the students of Trinitas well.

Art

Karen Plas (Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University)

Karen has twelve years of experience teaching art in a variety of settings, including various middle schools and home school associations, working with children of all ages.  For her personal fine art endeavors, she enjoys working with oil paint, watercolor, graphite pencil, charcoal, Prismacolor pencils, and collage.  She also homeschooled her grown children, and she developed and directed the Teach Your Child Art At Home workshop for home schooling parents.  Karen is an arts advocate in the community and will continue to instill a passion for art in the students at Trinitas .

Grammar/Literature/Writing

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

Maureen 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. Maureen 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. Maureen 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, Susan brings a wealth of experience to Trinitas. Throughout her teaching career, Susan 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. Susan 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/Logic/Physical Education

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

Robb 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. Robb 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, Robb 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 Robb 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, Jilliane became interested in both the Classical and Great Books curricula.  That interest brought her to Trinitas where she now serves as our administrative assistant and aide in our first and second grade classrooms.  Jilliane’s 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. Her fondness for children and passion for classical education make her a natural in the classroom. We are delighted to have Jilliane play these important roles in the Trinitas community. 

 


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