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
Upper School Science / Girls JV Volleyball Asst Coach 2011
Before joining the Trinity staff Dawn enjoyed teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Integrated Sciences for a high school in the LAUSD. She has also been privileged to work in Women’s Ministry and to help found an Adoption Care Group at her church.
BS, Public Health Administration with Health Education Credential, CSUN
MA, Education, National University, in progress
CBEST and CSET
Educational Therapist 2011
– BA, Psychology, George Fox University
– MA, Education, Azusa Pacific University
– CA Clear Multiple Subject Credential
Specialized Training: Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment
Orchestra Director, Jazz Band Director 2012
Mrs. Hernacki is a 1979 graduate of California State University at Northridge with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Oboe and English Horn. A Los Angeles based professional musician, conductor, soloist, Christian recording artist, music educator for thirty-nine years, clinician and musical contractor. She has also been a member of the Antelope Valley Symphony, Glendale Civic Light Opera, Glendale Music Theater and oboist and co-founder of the Pacifica Woodwind Quintet. Past endeavors have included, the Oakland Ballet, soloist with the Pacifica Palisades Chamber Orchestra, soloist with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (European Tour) and oboist for Chuck Mangione with the San Francisco Touring Orchestra, and oboist with the International Festival Orchestras under Aaron Copland and Gerard Schwartz and the Asian American Symphony under David Benoit.
Currently she is the Director of Instrumental Music/Conductor of the Grace Baptist Praise Symphony Orchestra at Grace Baptist Church in the Santa Clarita Valley where she has been for twenty-four years. She was also the artistic director and creator for the “Celebrate Music” series, an outreach concert series with Instrumental Petting Zoo that offered the Santa Clarita Community in conjunction with the churches’ local food pantry donation program. Lisa is also the Director of Instrumental Music at Trinity Classical Academy where she teaches Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Band and “EXCALIBUR” Trinity’s exclusive Drum Line. She can also be seen performing with the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, LPAC and Palmdale music centers. She continues to teach privately and is still a popular adjudicator and guest clinician in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In 2008 Lisa was awarded the Santa Clarita Valley “Community Hero” Award for her outstanding dedication in bringing her passion of music education to the Santa Clarita Valley. Lisa continues to bring her passion for music education to Trinity Classical Academy where music is now THRIVING! She is married to Stan (a professional trumpeter) for 35 years and has two sons, Matthew (a electrical instructor for Puget Sound JATC) married to artist Casey Asper and two amazing grandchildren Soren, and Elora (Ellie) living in the Seattle area and son Christopher 27 a professional bass trombonist with The New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor in Miami Beach, Florida.
BA, Music, CSUN
Band / Orchestra / Jazz Ensemble 2010
Mrs. Hernacki is a professional musician, conductor, soloist, Christian recording artist, music educator and clinician and has been the conductor/director of Grace Baptist Praise Symphony Orchestra and Director of Kids Praise Choirs for over 18 years. She was honored in 2008 with the “Community Hero Award” for outstanding commitment to music education in our community. She is married to her husband Stan and they have two adult sons, Matthew and Christopher.
BM, Music Performance, California State University Northridge
Grant is a full-time Professor of Renaissance and Reformation Studies at The Master’s College, where he teaches over twenty courses, including Epic, Great Books, Milton, Shakespeare, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Film Studies, Classical Christian Humanism, Comedy, Critical Theory, John Calvin, and Art History, as well as language courses in Latin, French, & Anglo-Saxon.
He is the author of the bestselling book “Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer” (Crossway 2010) and has published on a wide variety of academic and theological topics, from Emily Dickinson to Renaissance Latin poetry. He speaks nationally on theology and humanities as well as Classical education and the Socratic method, teaches Art History in Europe at the college level, has been an invited lecturer at New College, Oxford (established 1379!), has made over 100 appearances on radio and television, and was the regular commentator on Arts and Entertainment for the TV show CrossExamine for a year.
Grant is an experienced alpine mountaineer and rock climber and also loves ocean sailing. He and his wife Joanne have three children; their youngest daughter Rachel was part of Trinity’s first graduating class. Grant helped develop the Rhetoric School Humanities Department from its inception, was the first Humanties Chair, proposed and helped to develop the Senior Thesis program, designed and leads the Senior Trip to Italy every Spring, and continues to serve with both part-time teaching and encouraging our fabulous younger teachers! Grant loves Trinity and is so thankful to be a part of the excitement and excellence!
– BA, York College, York, PA
– MA, University of Alabama
– PhD/ABD, English Renaissance; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Additional Doctoral work Duke & Claremont
3rd grade teacher 2002
– BS, Psychology, Kutztown University
– Licensed Educational Therapist, National Institute for Learning Development, Level 3
– Post-graduate studies in Biblical counseling
Specialized Training: Barton Reading and Spelling, Applied Behavioral Analysis
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