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. Amy Edwards
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Amy Edwards grew up in Tucson, AZ, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2016. She taught 5th grade in Tucson for 1 year and married her husband the following summer. She moved to Bremerton, WA, where her husband was stationed at the time (Navy), and taught 1st grade for 2 years. Their 2nd year in WA she had their son, Cole, and later that summer they were stationed in Charleston, SC. While there, she was blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. During this time her faith and relationship with God grew exponentially and continues to grow everyday. After 9 and a half years of being in the military, her husband has decided to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot, which is what brought them back to Arizona. Amy knew that when she stepped back into the classroom she wanted it to be in a Christ-centered environment where she could share the love and knowledge of God. She’s excited for the opportunity to do so at Trinity Christian School.
Mrs. Andrea Elston
3rd Grade Teacher
Andrea Elston grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. She taught at a private school in Bothell, Washington, from 1999-2019, after which she and her husband, Chris, moved to Prescott. They love the area and are thankful the Lord has called them here for such a time as this.
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. Cheyenne Morrow
3rd 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.
Mrs. Lindsay Bacon
4th Grade Teacher
Lindsay Bacon recently moved here with her family from California, where she has been teaching for the past ten years. She grew up in a Christian home where she was able to establish a strong foundation in Jesus. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor's degree in liberal studies; she then continued her education at San Jose State University receiving her multiple subject credential. She has always loved teaching and has a passion for helping students learn to love learning! In her free time Lindsay loves reading, listening to or playing music, and being with her husband, two daughters and her son.
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.
Mrs. Kayla McIntire
5th Grade Teacher
Although not native to Arizona, Kayla has lived in Prescott since 2006. She attended Fresno State, where she was a Division 1 athlete. In her past, she was an air traffic controller, a 911 dispatcher, and an admissions counselor at Embry-Riddle. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors with her husband and two kids, Emma and Levi. She has ridden and shown horses her whole life and has two currently, along with a dog and a large flock of chickens.
Mrs. Sheri White
6th Grade Teacher
Although not a native to Arizona, Sheri White has lived in the Prescott area for 30 years where she and her husband, Dan, raised their 8 children. Sheri is not new to Trinity Christian School. Before she and her husband went into full-time mission work in 2015, she was a teacher of Art, Music, History and different language classes for the various K-12 grade levels. Sheri is a graduate of American Military Academy with two Master of History degrees. Besides her love for teaching and history, Sheri enjoys directing theater and creating art. She is excited to be back in Prescott, close to three of her 13 grandchildren.
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
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
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 Lyons
Originally from Texas, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She also has a Pre-K-12th grade Art Education Certification and has been teaching high school art at a public school for the past 4 years. In children’s ministry, she has 15 years plus experience leading/teaching VBS, Girls in Action (mission studies), and children’s AM Bible study classes. She enjoys finding the perfect mountain lake, eating good BBQ, and admiring a beautiful sunset. Lisa is excited for the opportunity to teach elementary art at Trinity.
Ms. Caroline Sachs
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.