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
6th Grade Teacher 2016
I am a Trinity alum. I was part of the first graduating class in 2012. I went to NCU and played softball while I was there. I wanted to return to Trinity because I believe in their mission and the classical education they provide. I am starting my first year teaching in a 6th grade classroom. I will also help coach the Jr. High and High School softball teams.
BA, Elementary Education, Northwest Christian University
ESOL (English speaker of other languages) endorsement
Upper School Principal 2005
Wendy Massetto taught Junior High level math for 14 years in the public school system before arriving at Trinity Classical Academy.
She came to Trinity when the Logic School was newly instituted in 2006 with the addition of 7th grade, and transitioned into her role of Upper School Principal with the opening of the Rhetoric School.
Wendy and her husband, Craig, coach the girls’ varsity softball team and they have two daughters, Kaeli and Jacey, who are both softball players. Kaeli was a member of Trinity’s first graduating class in 2012 and went on to attend Northwest Christian University with an athletic scholarship for softball. Jacey will graduate in 2014.
The Massetto family attends Bouquet Canyon Church in Santa Clarita. A favorite pastime of Wendy’s is attending and supporting Trinity Sports; she has a passion for the logic and rhetoric school students and helping them to become the men and women God is calling them to be.
– BA, Liberal Studies, California State University Northridge
– Multiple subject credential, supplementary math credential
Upper School Bible/History 2006
As an educator, it is a true joy to teach at Trinity. Interacting with students who want to be successful learners and observing them demonstrate wisdom, virtue, purpose and courage is a powerful reward. Our mission statement coupled with the apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 3:23 exemplify what we are all about. For more information about my role at Trinity check out my website: http://mrmehringer.weebly.com/
– BA, History, The Master’s College
– CA Clear Single Subject Credential
Grammar & Upper School Art Teacher 2013
My favorite verse in the Bible is Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God CREATED…the heavens and the earth.”
My desire is to get children excited about Art by drawing inspiration from the most amazing artist I know, God.
Minor in Biblical Studies – Life Pacific College & Biola University