TRINITY CHRISTIAN Grammar School
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
Ms. CAROLINE SACHS
4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. AMY WALTERS
4th Grade Teacher
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. ANDREA ELSTON
5th Grade Teacher
Andrea is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She was born and raised in Portland, OR and attended Northwest University in Kirkland, WA where she received her Elementary Education degree with an endorsement in English. She taught at a private Christian school in Bothell, WA for 20 years before she and her husband, Chris, moved to Prescott. Andrea began subbing at Trinity and instantly felt at home. She is honored to be serving the wonderful families of this area alongside an amazing staff.
Mr. DANIEL (D.J.) JOHNS
Physical Education Teacher
D.J. along with his wife Christi, daughters Avery and Kenzie (attending Trinity High School) have returned "home" to Prescott after being away for several years. D.J. has a background in Education including PE teacher for Elementary, Jr. High and High School, Elementary/Jr.High Intervention Specialist, High School Athletic Director and basketball coach. He has worked in Christian ministry through Christian Camping for 12 years, including locally at Emmanuel Pines Camp, as well as years of sports missions in the United States and overseas. He and his family are looking forward to being part of the Trinity school family.
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. LINDSAY STATLER
5th Grade Teacher
Lindsay is an Arizona native. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis in Secondary Education and her Masters in Educational Leadership. Lindsay has over 15 years of experience in teaching combined with administrative roles. She is married to Walt, and they have two children, Kodee and Bo, who both attend Trinity. They reside in Dewey and enjoy camping, hunting, baseball, and softball.
Mrs. ANNI MAESTRI
Choir Teacher & Curriculum Writer
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. LISA RUDI
Instrumental 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.
Mrs. HOLLY WEISEL
Holly has taught art at Trinity since 2014. She takes great joy in opening the minds of her students to the world of art and developing their abilities to create, enjoy and appreciate art.