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Founder / Head of School / 12th grade Government class 1999Administration
With God’s grace and the help of many family members and friends, I founded Trinity Classical Academy in 2001.
While completing my Masters degree in education from the University of Southern California, I began to entertain the idea of someday starting a school.
Upon graduation, I embarked on a teaching career at the junior high level. Despite the best of intentions, I saw firsthand that the public schools were just not providing the kind of education or environment that I would someday want for my own children. There of course is an outright hostility toward Christianity in the government schools and I believe it resulted in a hopelessness and lack of passion in many of my students.
By the time I became a mother, I was convinced that there must be a better way to educate my own children. Beginning a school was occupying more and more of my thoughts until one day while listening to Focus on the Family, I heard Dr. Dobson interview Douglas Wilson, who had begun a classical, Christian school in Idaho. Mr. Wilson’s passion for his endeavor, coupled with his persuasive contention that a return to classical, Christian education is essential for producing exceptional, Godly young students hit me like a lightning bolt. I believe God gave me a big nudge that day and in the weeks and months to come, I read everything I could on classical, Christian education. It soon became clear to me that this method, used for centuries but abandoned at the advent of ‘modern’ education, was the best method to integrate deep faith and an incredible academic experience in students.
My husband and I wondered if perhaps others might have the same feelings about modern, government education – that it was sorely inadequate, lacking real challenge and certainly any spiritual aspect. We surveyed some people at our church, asking if they would be interested in a school that offered a challenging education grounded in the Christian faith and the classical tradition, and we were amazed at the overwhelming response. We were on to something and a dream soon became reality.
From those humble beginnings, with God’s guidance and a handful of passionate and steadfast families, Trinity Classical Academy was born.
After two years of intense planning and prayer, we opened our doors in 2001 with 28 students in grades K-2. We soon became a fixture on the Santa Clarita education landscape and before long we were one of the fastest growing classical, Christian schools in the country. We now educate over 500 students, grades K-12 and are one of the largest classical, Christian schools in the country.
Our students are cultivating a love for God and a love of learning. They are learning how to think well, write well and speak well and their entire experience is wrapped around a Christian worldview.
I believe that God has blessed our efforts and I feel that we are indeed fulfilling our mission, which states:
The Mission of Trinity Classical Academy is to offer a
challenging education grounded in the Christian faith and the Classical tradition
to produce young men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose, and courage.
I am as passionate now as I have ever been about Trinity Classical Academy. Our brightest days are certainly ahead of us and I can’t wait to see what incredible things God has in store for us in the years to come.
– BA, Business, Arizona State University
– MA, Education and Curriculum, USC
– Secondary History Credential
Teacher’s Assistant, Imago Dei Grammar School 2015
BA, Teacher Education, Master’s University
MA, Special Education, University of LaVerne (in process)
CA Multiple Subject Credential, University of LaVerne (in process)
Grammar School Music / Imago Dei Music Therapy / Choir / Bells / Chimes 2008
Besides teaching at Trinity, Jennifer owns and runs her own business here is the Santa Clarita Valley called Music & Movin’. It is an early childhood music program serving children 0-5 and offers Mommy & Me classes, birthday parties, piano lessons and music services for preschools. You can visit http://www.musicandmovin.com for more information.
Jennifer directs the children’s choirs at her church as well as the Santa Clarita Children’s Choir. This is an auditioned choir for students in 4th-9th grade throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and is an umbrella group of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. Please visit http://www.scchildrenschoir.org for more information.
Jennifer is married to Tom Brown (Trinity’s Fine Arts Director) and they have 3 children attending Trinity.
– BA, Music Therapy, California State University, Northridge
– CBMT, Board Certified Music Therapist
Teacher’s Assistant, IDS 2016
- BS, Pre-Physical Therapy from The Masters University with a minor in Biblical Studies
- Special Needs Youth Ministry- 6 years
- Special Needs respite volunteer- 2 years
- CPR and First Aid Certified
Imago Dei Grammar School Teacher 2013
BS, Therapeutic Recreation, Arizona State University
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE), Slingerland Reading/Spelling, Michelle Garcia Winner – Social Thinking
Imago Dei – Upper School 2011
– BA, Psychology, California State University, Northridge
– MA, Marriage, Family & Child Counseling (MFCC), Hope International University
Applied Behavioral Analysis, Lindamood-Bell On Cloud Nine, Barton Reading, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment
Principal of Imago Dei School / Director of Supplemental Services 2009
Megan Howell helped launch Trinity’s Success Center in 2008, which is an academic program for students with learning difficulties. In 2011, under Mrs. Howell’s leadership, Trinity opened the Imago Dei School for students with more significant learning or developmental challenges. Creating a new model for classical, Christian schools, the Imago Dei School blends academic and therapeutic support with cognitive modifiability strategies. Mrs. Howell has a passion to help all students reach their God-given potential. She currently lives in Valencia with her husband and six children, three of whom are currently attending Trinity.
– BS, Management, Purdue University
– Educational Therapist, National Institute of Learning Development (NILD)
– MS in progress, Special Education Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities, Univ. of North Dakota
– MS in progress, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Univ. of North Dakota
Specialized Training: Applied Behavioral Analysis, Barton Reading and Spelling, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist / Academic & Therapy Services Coordinator 2007
BS, Child Development, CSUN
MA, Education with an emphasis in Exceptional Student Education (in progress), Southeastern University
– Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, National Institute for Learning Development
Applied Behavior Analysis, Barton Reading and Spelling, Lindamood-Bell Talkies, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment Certification (Basic Level 2 and Standard Level 2)
Imago Dei Math, Bible, Vocational Technology, Conditioning and Science / NILD and FIE Educational Therapy 2013
NFIS Coaching and First Aid