Board of Trustees
- Marcy Benedict
- Jeff Kirkpatrick
- Robert Lough
- Doug Poortenga
- Tom Seven
- Julie Tatko
“I like all my subjects and all the teachers that go with them!”—5th grade Trinitas student
Head of School
Mr. Wagner began his career at DuPont as a research chemist and has held various senior leadership positions with the company throughout the United States and Japan. Most recently, he has served as President of Coastal Training Technologies and Regional President of Sustainable Solutions. In addition to his experience in business and development, Mr. Wagner served for ten years as School Board Chairman and President at Wilmington Christian School in Hockessin, Delaware, working closely with their head of school; he also served as interim head of school for one year. Mr. Wagner has a deep passion for the ministry of classical Christian education, and we’re eager to welcome him as our new head of school. Mr. Wagner is a certified Six Sigma/Lean Blackbelt and Six Sigma Champion.
Director of Classical Christian Education
David Ritter (B.S, Northern Illinois University; B.S., Elmhurst College; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., American University of Biblical Studies)
Dr. Ritter is the Senior and Lead Consultant with Imago Dei Group and works with Christian Schools International (CSI) as an Accreditation Regional Coordinator specializing in classical Christian schools. Dr. Ritter has served on the Virginia and Florida councils for Christian education. He has experience as a teacher and as both a transitional and permanent head of school in Christian and classical Christian schools in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Mississippi. Dr. Ritter lives in Guyton, Georgia, and will be serving Trinitas remotely and in-person, coordinating and advising in the areas of marketing and growth, curriculum and professional development, and student support. We’re grateful to be able to work with him in all of these areas. Dr. Ritter enjoys apologetics, Biblical worldview development, travel, sports, and gardening/landscaping.
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
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 3rd grade.
3rd/4th Grade Teacher
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 16 years of experience in education, Mrs. Bodine brings maturity, creativity, and energy to the classroom and the Trinitas community.
Bible/Greek/History/Logic/Dean of Academics and Admissions
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.
Liana Williams is a graduate of Hillsdale College where she studied English Literature and classical education and was involved in ballet, piano, and community leadership. Growing up in a homeschooled family of ten, Ms. Williams enjoyed assisting her mother in the education of her younger siblings. She continued to grow in her love of working with children through her time as a camp counselor, and her passion for education was increased by her education classes at Hillsdale. Ms. Williams believes it is the intentional focus on student character that sets the classical approach apart from other forms of education, and she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in classical education in the future. We are glad to have Ms. Williams guide our 5th through 8th grade students in the reading of great works of literature and in the discipline and art of writing.
Mrs. Tellinghuisen teaches 5th-8th grade Latin. A lover of language study from her middle school years, she studied Greek and Latin while pursuing a master’s degree in Bible and theology with a focus on early church history and theology of baptism. She served as a classroom aide in our Latin classes for many years while her children were attending Trinitas as homeschool partners. In addition to part-time homeschooling, she held various church positions in the areas of early childhood, youth educational ministries, and worship leadership. A co-founder of the Reader’s Theater program at Trinitas, she looks forward to helping our students enhance their knowledge and love of Latin through skits and plays. She also serves the school as the Communications and Marketing Assistant. We are grateful for the combination of insight, creativity, and love of education that shines in all Mrs. Tellinghuisen does for Trinitas.
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 are pleased to have Mr. Fynewever-Muyskens share his gifts and experience with our students.
Carrie Steenwyk (B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Grand Valley State University; M.T.S., Calvin Theological Seminary)
Although Mrs. Steenwyk has lived in West Michigan her whole life, she has been passionate about exploring the world and experiencing history through books and travel for as long as she can remember. Having worked as a children’s ministry curriculum writer, a theological editor, and an English composition and literature professor, her own educational and occupational history fits wonderfully with our goal of helping students learn to write and communicate well. She has also published children’s books on baptism and communion. Mrs. Steenwyk is drawn to classical education because it encourages discernment and invites students and teachers to join in meaningful, ongoing, and transformative conversations.