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
Interim Upper School Writing/Literature/Music, Enrichment Photography
Laurie Sachs has been a Trinity parent since 2010, serving as a room parent, field trip parent, and PTF board member. Her love for Trinity propelled her to become more involved, joining staff in 2016 as a substitute teacher, assistant in the development department writing grant applications for Trinity, and more recently as the instructor of enrichment photography. Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from San Diego State University. Her program included extensive study in the areas of history, art history, literature, philosophy, music appreciation, and comparative religion. Laurie went on to earn a Master’s degree in history and classics from Cal State Northridge. Laurie has been a professional photographer serving the Santa Clarita Valley since 2007. She has won numerous awards including the Fuji Masterpiece Award for the state of California and she was named the 2012 California Family Photographer of the Year, a top 10 photographer in the state of California, and a top 20 photographer nationally by the Professional Photographers of America. Laurie and her husband Jason are the proud parents of four children ages 10-20.
Logic School Music, Assistant to Fine Arts Director 2015
Mrs. Sandifer graduated from Baylor University where she received a Bachelor degree in Music with an emphasis in Trumpet. After graduating, she further studied trumpet with Tom Booth, Trumpet Professor at SMU and member of the Dallas Symphony. Mrs. Sandifer played professionally in the Dallas area where she also had a private trumpet studio. She moved from Texas to Santa Clarita in 2013 and is excited to be teaching the Logic School Music elective, assisting with beginning band, and teaching private trumpet lessons. Her three children attend Trinity.
BA, Baylor University
Economics / Logic School PE / Campus Supervision / Imago Dei Strength & Conditioning 2013
M.Ed., Grand Canyon University
CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning Assoc.
Latin, Grammar and Logic School 2017
Mrs. Seidman, a former homeschool mother of seven, has taught several middle and high school level Classical Conversations programs and was a featured Practicum speaker on the Art of Rhetoric. She continued to develop and teach Classical programs at several local charter groups and co-ops as well. While teaching all of the classical subjects (Latin, logic, debate, literature, science, and math) she fell in love with the Latin language. Her enthusiasm for Latin engages the elementary audience to appreciate grammar, derivatives, and great application of Latin in the real world.
BA, British Studies, UCLA
Upper School Humanities 2014faculty
Dr. Selby is pleased to rejoin the Trinity faculty. He served as a humanities teacher when Trinity had its first 8th grade class in 2007-8. Since that time, he has been pursuing graduate education, first earning an MA in Historical Theology from University of St. Michael’s College, part of the University of Toronto. Next, he began a PhD program at Baylor University focusing on early Christian theology. In 2016 he complete his dissertation, which is about Ambrose of Milan, a prominent 4th century pastor and theologian and his rhetorically powerful and theologically sophisticated arguments that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son.
No stranger to classical education, Dr. Selby’s parents serve as teachers at Whitefield Academy in Kansas City, MO. His father, James Selby, authored the pre-rhetoric curriculum used at Trinity from 5th through 10th grade, the progymnasmata. His wonderful wife, Malea, also taught literature and writing to 5th and 6th grade students at Trinity from 2005-8. He is thrilled that his children attend grammar school at Trinity.
Dr. Selby is eager to put his knowledge of theology, early Christian history, biblical interpretation, Medieval thought, Latin and rhetoric in service to the Trinity community. He appreciates the ability of his students to achieve excellence in learning and communicating that is rare in Jr. High and High School students nationwide. He enjoys discussions with his superb faculty colleagues about big ideas and how to improve pedagogy. He loves that Trinity’s leadership has uncompromisingly made the Christian faith the basis of our decision-making and school culture.
BA, Humanities, Biola University (Torrey Honors Institute)
MA, Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
PhD, Religion in Historical Theology, Baylor University
Human Resources Director 2013
Teresa began her career, receiving hands-on training, while working for a Human Resources Consulting firm. She has comprehensive training in all areas of Employment Law, Employee Relations and Training, Compensation and Benefits Administration, and possesses over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management.
She feels truly blessed to be doing what she loves at Trinity, while her three children, Aaron (12th Grade), Emma (9th Grade) and Elise (5th Grade) receive the gifts of learning, love and inspiration.
Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Catherine College School of Business
Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Member, Cal Chamber of Commerce & HR California since 2002
Imago Dei Math, Bible, Vocational Technology, Conditioning and Science / NILD and FIE Educational Therapy 2013
NFIS Coaching and First Aid
Upper School Art/Teachers Assistant 2015
Sheri Stimson is an independent artist, art instructor, and owner of Artistry By Sheri who specializes in salvaged art, murals and custom oil paintings. As an instructor, her passion is to utilize art as a means to inspire students thru the process of learning to listen to what they are communicating through their own art thereby creating skills to understand their thoughts in light of God’s thoughts and engage in the conversations of our world and culture. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
Mrs. Stimson has a background in local and international missions and currently oversees The Grace Pantry, a year round outreach ministry of Grace Baptist Church, which strives to faithfully serve and encourage local families in financial need. She thrives on opportunities to think purposefully about creativity. It is with this kind of heart that she approaches her work and is excited to engage student’s thinking in their approach to art.
BA, Bible and Humanities, Grace University