Our Faculty Make the Difference

"Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system."Sidney Hook, 20th-century philosopher


 

Keeping Students at the Center

The cornerstone of our teaching philosophy is student-led learning. Our teachers and coaches view themselves as guides and collaborators, not overseers. They are extremely thoughtful and knowledgeable professionals who care deeply about both content and process. They seek to challenge, inspire, encourage and stretch their students. They look for the “teachable moments” and capitalize on the opportunity to make deep connections and teach for understanding.

Trinity faculty continually research and evaluate curriculum and teaching practices to ensure the quality, relevance and effectiveness of all aspects of their work with students. They develop a “growth mindset” — a willingness to work hard, take risks, learn from mistakes and constantly seek improvement.
 

The 'Constructivist' Approach 

Third-grade math teacher Marrisa Brody explains how Trinity makes education more exploratory and student‑centered.


 

Teacher Features

In our Teacher Feature series, we get to know some of our fantastic faculty in just 60 seconds. Teachers answer questions that range from silly to serious. In this example, 8th grade English teacher Jeremy Freitas tells us what types of teachers he gravitated to as a student, his surprising skill, and what drew him to teach 8th grade.

More Features

 

 

Age-Appropriate Instruction

Lower School (grades K–4) is a supportive and nurturing community. We carefully cultivate a sense of belonging so students can master social and emotional skills and find their voice. In Middle School (grades 5–8), teachers combine expert knowledge with a passion for educating young adolescents. They thoughtfully invest in the intellectual, social/emotional, aesthetic/creative, physical, and ethical development of each student as they guide, mentor, and coach.

Learn more about our curriculum.


 

Specialists

A Support Team of Experts

Instructional Support Specialist, Suzi Herrington, talks about our specialists, subject matter experts who support our lead teachers and students. Specialists help us meet each child where they are, teaching to their individual strengths and struggles. We also build in time to address those needs with our Extensions program, an extra period of differentiated and blended learning in grades 1–3. Learn more about Extensions on the Lower School Curriculum Details page.

 

Our Faculty by the Numbers

 

111

Faculty
includes specialists and fellows

45%

Faculty with Post-Grad Degrees
5% with doctorates

7:1

Student-Teacher Ratio
an integral support team keeps the ratio low

13

Specialists
support literacy, math, technology, etc. 

8

Coaches
support daily PE and 11 sports

22

Male Teachers & Coaches
20% of all faculty


 

"The advantageous teacher-to-student ratio makes it seem as if the school was able to customize a learning plan for our children specifically. The collaborative and interactive learning environment at Trinity has helped our kids gain confidence in both academics and social settings."Trinity Parent

 


It Takes a Village

One of our mantras is an African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." Our average class size is about 20 students, but our teacher-student ratio is 7:1. How? A supporting network of teaching fellows, learning specialists, and coaches allow our students to receive the personalized attention they need to thrive.