TRINITY CHRISTIAN Grammar School
Trinity Christian School uses the classical teaching model. Student learning follows three stages, called trivium, based on the development of the mind as students grow.
CLASSICAL TRIVIUM MODEL
The Grammar Stage
Trinity Christian School uses the classical teaching model. Student learning follows three stages, called trivium, based on the development of the mind as students grow. “Grammar School” is named for the first stage. In this foundational stage, students acquire knowledge through memorization, experience, and language.
On a daily basis, in most subject areas, you will see some type of memory work happening in the classroom.
MEET OUR GRAMMAR SCHOOL TEAM
Ms. Peggy Long
Peggy has lived almost her entire life in Arizona. She moved to the Prescott area five years ago to be closer to her grandchildren. Peggy began her teaching career in Cottonwood, Arizona 26 years ago. She has taught 6th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, kindergarten, and was a reading specialist. Peggy graduated from Northern Arizona University. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, her master’s degree in Elementary Education, an Early Childhood endorsement, and a Reading Endorsement. This is her third year here at Trinity, and she loves being a part of the Trinity Christian School family.
Mrs. Melanie Shelabarger
Although not a native Prescottonian, Melanie has been in the Prescott area for over 30 years and considers it home. She graduated from Prescott High School and went on to Southwestern Bible College (now Arizona Christian University) where she graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. After college, Melanie married Chad, who also teaches here at Trinity. Chad and Melanie enjoy coaching the High School Girl’s Volleyball team together. Melanie stayed home with their two children and homeschooled them both for kindergarten and first grade before re-entering the workplace teaching preschool. After teaching, she moved on to be the administrator of a successful preschool here in town. Melanie is blessed to be a part of the Trinity family, teaching and ministering in Kindergarten for over 9 years now.
Mrs. Christine Molyneux
1st Grade Teacher
Originally from Michigan, Christine moved to Arizona in 2011. She graduated from Siena Heights University in Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development Education with a concentration in Psychology. She has been teaching for over fifteen years and is excited to be at Trinity! Christine is married to her husband, Paul, and has three grown daughters, Sarah, Abby and Ellie and two granddaughters, Aurora and Blair.
Ms. Mandy Peña
1st Grade Teacher
Mandy is a fourth-generation Prescottonian. She grew up all over the state and graduated from Mayer High School in 1994. In college, Mandy attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City and studied Elementary Education. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a teacher and even received “teacher supplies” for birthdays and Christmas. She began teaching in southern California and later moved to Ohio to teach. Mandy went on to get her Master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. She is enjoying being back in the classroom after nine years of being a stay at home mom and homeschool teacher to her two beautiful children. Mandy has a passion for teaching children about Jesus and His lifesaving power! She’s excited for the opportunity to be at Trinity and looks forward to serving!
Mrs. Mindy Collins
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Mindy Collins graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys the outdoors and spends her summers with her husband, James, and two kids, Lanie and Cooper, at their family farm in Missouri. Mindy’s faith is her stronghold. She has a deep love and curiosity for the numerous ways God continues to grow her and show Himself faithful in her life.
Mrs. Cheyenne Morrow
2nd Grade Teacher
Cheyenne Morrow grew up in a Christian home and attended Christian schools from fourth grade through college. She graduated from William Jessup University with a Bachelors of Arts in Multiple Subject Education and a Minor in Bible and Theology. She taught kindergarten for two years at a public school on Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. This past summer, she felt the Lord calling her to return to her Christian school roots. Wanting to be closer to her family, Cheyenne and her husband Cameron moved to Prescott. She loves all things outdoors and spending time with her family and puppy Koda.
Ms. Charlene Hoglund
3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Hoglund has been teaching at Trinity since 2017. She loves to teach and to help students become lifelong learners. She is a graduate of Judson College with a major in Mathematics. She later added classes in Elementary Education, realizing that teaching younger students was her passion. She taught second and third grade classes at Bethel Christian School in Lancaster, California for twelve years before coming to Trinity. Ms. Hoglund became a believer at a church camp in high school, and the Lord has continued to be her refuge and strength. Before settling in Arizona, she enjoyed the many adventures that accompanied traveling all over the world to support and raise her Air Force family. She has four children and is now the proud grandma of thirteen grandchildren. With two of her children living overseas, one of her favorite activities is traveling to Japan and Vietnam.
Mrs. Jan Schafer
3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Schafer is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a bachelor's degree in special education. She taught in public schools as well as homeschooled. Before coming to Prescott, Mrs. Schafer lived in the midwest for 11 years, helping her husband of 38 years with pastoral duties such as organizing children's worship and Christian education programs in each of their pastorates. She has a passion for teaching and has taught swimming and coached soccer. She has also been a foster parent to many children and has been a court-appointed special advocate for foster children. On her days off, you can find her enjoying time with any of her four grown children and six grandchildren.
Ms. Caroline Sachs
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Sachs graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her career began in Kingman, AZ where she taught 6th grade in public school for several years. Building off that great experience, she received a teaching position at a private Christian school in Ohio. With a desire to serve the Lord on the mission field, Ms. Sachs left Ohio after several years to teach school in Ukraine with Campus Crusade for Christ. She then moved on to Israel, where she started her family, continued her teaching career, and became an Israeli citizen. After 15 years in Israel, Ms. Sachs and her five children came to live in the States and are delighted to be a part of the Trinity family.
Mrs. Amy Walters
4th Grade Teacher
Growing up attending a Christian school as a daughter of two teachers allowed Amy to see both the value of a strong Christian education and the impact teachers can make on students' lives. A Wisconsin native who attended a Christian University in South Carolina, she is now actively involved in her church, where her husband is the lead pastor. Amy has served in children's and teen ministry for over 20 years and homeschooled her children for eight years before working as a long term substitute here at TCS. Amy is now excited to be fulfilling her passion to equip the hearts and minds of children here at Trinity. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, hiking, and biking with her family.
Mrs. Ashley Evartt
5th Grade Teacher
Ashley is a third-generation Prescottonian who graduated from Prescott High School. After high school, she moved to Oklahoma and married her husband, who was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. She received her English Associate in Arts with honors at Rose State College, then went to the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership with distinction. Being away from "home" was hard, but military life experiences were a blessing that allowed them to grow and learn as a young family. She stayed home with all three of their children and planned to study law once all of their children were enrolled in elementary school. Proverbs 16:9 reminds, "the heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." God's plans are so much better than anything we could ever accomplish on our own, and she looks forward to seeing God work and move throughout the classroom as a parent and as a teacher.
Mr. Kenneth Gallardo
5th Grade Teacher
As a California native, Kenneth got saved and became a Christian in 1991. After attending Biola University from 1992 to 1994 to complete his post-graduate elementary education coursework, God opened various Christian teaching opportunities for him from 1994 to 2008 in preschool, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. During this time, he received a BA in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. In 2009 God divinely called and sent him to the Philippines to serve in various ministries as a Biblical studies teacher, youth leader, and assistant pastor. Kenneth met his Filipina soul mate, Eva, and the Lord has blessed them with two daughters, Gabby and Cassy. In 2015 he obtained a Master’s in Education from Regent University’s online education program. Kenneth is overjoyed to be chosen and settled in Prescott Valley, Arizona, at Trinity Christian School.
Mr. Jared Shelton
6th Grade Teacher
Jared is a native Arizonan. He grew up down in the Phoenix Metro area, and upon graduation from what was then Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University), he got the opportunity to do Youth Ministry here in Prescott. Having grown up going to summer camp in Prescott, it has always been a second home for him. Since 2005 he has served in many ministry positions here in Prescott including: Children's Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor. Serving here at TCS is a natural continuation of his love of students and ministry here in Prescott.
Mr. Jamie Anderson
6th Grade Teacher
During the fall of 1999, Jamie moved from Idaho to Arizona to answer God’s call by working with children as a Children’s Pastor at a local church. In 2007 God answered multiple prayers by opening a position at Trinity as the 2nd/3rd grade teacher. Since 2007, he has taught classes in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. While teaching 5th and 6th grade from 2008-2010, Jamie earned his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and graduated from Northern Arizona University. After being around him, you will know that he loves Jesus, watching his son play sports, soccer, The Ohio State Buckeye’s, John Deere tractors, and spending time outdoors.
Mr. Dustin Shideler
K-6 P.E. Teacher
Dustin, an Arizona native, has lived in Prescott Valley for over 14 years with his wife Jacque and their three children, who are now all attending Trinity. Mr. Shideler comes to our school with 12 years of public teaching experience in Elementary P.E. and middle school sciences. He is a 2006 graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Mr. Shideler has served in the U.S. Air Force for 19 years and is still serving with 161st AZ Air National Guard. He is excited to be working here with Trinity students to help grow them for God’s glory and their good!
Mrs. Anni Maestri
1st-3rd Art & 4th-6th Choir Teacher
Mrs. Maestri is a native Arizonan and has been involved in Christian education all her life. She attended both Christian school and was home schooled, then graduated from Arizona Christian University with a degree in Christian Ministries and a minor in Bible and Counseling. After college, she started teaching at a small classical school where she met her best friend, Kyle. Anni helped start Trinity the following year, during which time she and Kyle got married. Having been involved with the Trinity community since day one, she has worn every hat possible, from van driver to play director. She taught grades K-8 before she took a hiatus to have a family. She currently teaches Grammar School art and choir and writes curriculum.
Mrs. Lisa Rudi
3rd-6th Music Teacher
Mrs. Rudi was born and raised in Illinois until the age of 19 when she moved with her family to Anaheim, CA. She started playing the flute in 7th grade and fell in love with practicing and performing music. She majored in music at Cal State Fullerton where she earned a B.A. in Music Education and a Teaching Credential for K-12 Music. During her time at Cal State Fullerton, Mrs. Rudi became proficient at the Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Baritone and Guitar. She married Alan in 1986 at Hephatha Lutheran Church in Anaheim, CA where she was the choir director and he was a choir member. Mrs. Rudi moved to Prescott in 2017 when she began to talk with Mrs. Blount about a music program at Trinity Christian School. She has been truly blessed by being a part of Trinity Christian School and is excited to see where God is leading her in this next chapter of her life.