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
Kindergarten Teacher 2006
Lori joined the Trinity team in 2006 as a Search & Teach Instructor. In 2009 she transitioned to a full time faculty member as one of our Kindergarten teachers. She has been married to her husband Dan since 1996. They have two daughters, Kate & Ella who attend Trinity. She is an active member of her church and in her free time she enjoys cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, fellowship with friends and playing games.
– BA, Liberal Studies, CSU Chico
– CA Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential, CSU Northridge
Logic School Drama / Teacher’s Asst 2016
Mrs. Gordon graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Theatre Acting. Her training in acting began at the young age of 9 with her first audition and enrollment in commercial, film and television acting classes. At the age of 15 she travelled abroad to India, with an offer to star in her first feature film. She spent 2 months training with several of Mumbai’s top acting coaches, in preparation. When she discovered that she would have to miss a year of school in order to pursue this avenue, she decided to decline the role and continue her education. Despite things not going as planned, she continued to study the art of acting through college, and was blessed to experience one of the country’s top theatre programs at UCSD. After graduating, Mrs. Gordon pursued a professional career in Film, Television and Commercial acting in Hollywood for 5 years, and trained under two of industry’s most prestigious acting coaches, Vincent Chase and Carnetta Jones-Turek. Her professional experience includes starring roles in two independent feature length films, several commercials, print work, and a featured role in a 20th Century Fox television sitcom. Mrs. Gordon decided to put her career on hold to focus on her marriage and motherhood in 2011. She is extremely passionate about the art of acting, and hopes to bring her education/experience in theatre, film and television to our drama program to inspire our drama students to pursue the arts and build confidence, while honoring God through it all.
BA, Communications with minor in Theater, UC San Diego
Rhetoric Media Elective 2013
Mr. Gould graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). After CalArts, Mark began producing music videos for DORO Productions, one of Europe’s top video production companies. He oversaw and produced music videos for numerous European and American Artists including SNAP’S “I’ve Got the Power.” Success as a producer led Mark to the directing chair, where he has collaborated and directed a series of music videos for the international market. He then decided to work with youth in the streets of LA and directed the documentary, “Banging for the Calle.” After working in the streets with Latin rap artists for nearly six years, with three videos going directly to Netflix, Mark was compelled to write STREET STORIES, a theatrical film that explores the gang lives of both troubled youth and the LA Police department. In between writing and directing music videos for the past six years, he has directed Infomercials for the prestigious company Cort Howell Productions. He has also edited, directed and produced over a hundred episodes of “Education: A Higher Calling,” which appears on TBN.
In 2007, Mark co-founded Directional Ent, LLC with business partner Richard Hocutt to create content for both theater and television. To date, their production company’s work has been distributed through Netflix and Thomas Nelson. Currently, they are in pre-production for GONE ARE THE DAYS, starring Lance Henriksen and Tom Berenger. Their other current project is STREET PROJECT which is in development.
Mark is an active alumnus for CalArts. He has served on The Executive Board and held the position of Vice President of the Alumni Association at Cal Arts. Mark Gould has donated his time for the past nine years working with kids at risk in Los Angeles, developing music videos, scripts and shooting short stories.