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
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 and Headmaster
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.
Miss Cook is a graduate of the Aquinas College Fine Arts program, studying fine arts under the direction of ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte and art history under Joseph Becherer (Meijer Garden’s previous Director of Curation). Miss Cook has a passion for art history and art appreciation, especially in accordance with the studio arts. She is a painter and enjoys working primarily with oil paint, ink, and charcoal. She is an art advocate in the community, promoting the necessity of careers in fine arts. Miss Cook’s energy and vision make her an inspiration to children of all ages.
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.
Mrs. Richards teaches 7th and 8th grade grammar and 5th through 8th grade literature and composition classes at Trinitas. She retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel after 24 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 11th grade English and 12th 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.
Mrs. Tellinghuisen teaches 5th through 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.
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.
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.