Faculty, Staff and Board
Trinity School changes the lives of the students we teach.
Our multi-sensory curriculum, purpose-built for students with learning differences, is delivered and supported by our devoted faculty and staff. Our team speaks with one voice to the student body, teaching lessons with patience and love. You can learn more about joining our awesome team of educators here.
Our Leadership Team never sleeps! We’re all-in for Trinity kids!
Chief Executive Officer
About Lisa Schade
Lisa Schade is leading Trinity toward its future — one where we are a school and a center of excellence for teaching students with learning differences, able to give back to Central Oklahoma all the amazing things we learn while working with our remarkable students.
Lisa’s skills as a seasoned executive align perfectly with Trinity’s mission. Within our school, Lisa builds and leads highly functioning teams to develop, optimize and implement the many facets of making our school shine. She has deep experience in organizational management, implementation of growth strategies, marketing, legislative affairs, and financial modeling, all of which result in the tangible impact Trinity has on the people we serve.
In her career, Lisa has worked in corporate, state, and not-for-profit roles. In corporate leadership, she was an entrepreneur who led teams of scientists, clinicians, and thought leaders to develop programs and policies for the medical betterment and safety of whole human populations. In her state role, she held a senior leadership position that enabled a team of scientists in Oklahoma to become global contributors to the completion of the human genome project. In charitable work, she has devoted her efforts to provide practical help for people in need.
This confluence of entrepreneurial skill and charity suits Trinity perfectly — providing a tremendous benefit to students, families, and coworkers.
When she’s not roaming the halls at Trinity School, you can see Lisa’s heart in action in many places. She’s deeply involved in political advocacy in Central Oklahoma on behalf of health and safety initiatives. She also serves the Vestry at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman, Oklahoma. She’s previously led the creation and expansion of several non-profit entities and has served on multiple industry boards throughout her career, including DNA Saves, DNA-Prokids, and St. John’s Outreach Center, all devoted to addressing health and safety issues and improving the lives of people.
Lisa’s favorite role to date is the one she plays with her husband Michael, their daughter Genevieve, and the family dogs Atticus and Lil’ Bit.
We’re blessed and lucky that she serves our school.
Upper Division Head
About Deana Huff
Deana Huff, Trinity’s Upper Division Head, teaches high school level English and Language Arts. Teaching for over 30 years in Oklahoma public schools, Deana has worked at the elementary level with third and fourth graders, in middle school English and Social Studies, and at the high school level in English and Social Studies.
At the beginning of her teaching career, Deana helped teach an inclusive class, which combined students who learn differently with conventional learners in one setting. The objective was for them to learn to appreciate differences while learning from one another. In addition to teaching, Deana has been working as a study coach with The Study Company, where she works with individualized teaching plans for students and assists with organization, time management and study habits. These teaching experiences, combined with the different types of learners she has met throughout her career, have fostered a passion for meeting every child’s unique needs, so Trinity School is the perfect place for Deana to land!
A life-long Oklahoman, Deana graduated from Edmond Memorial High School then attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a degree in education. Her husband, Darren, also a career teacher, teaches physical education at Trinity School. The couple has two sons, Riley, 27 and Denton, 23 years, who both graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and Deana enjoyed having each of them as students in her classroom at Memorial.
Outside of the classroom, Deana enjoys time outdoors at the Lake and spending time with family and friends.
Middle Division Head
About Becky Edmonds
Becky Edmonds is the Middle Division Head at Trinity School. She has taught at Trinity for thirty years now and in that time she’s helped provide personalized education plans for hundreds- if not thousands- of students.
She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She began her lengthy career at Trinity in 1990. She started at Trinity in early childhood education, and spent nearly 20 years working with Trinity’s youngest students as the school’s Early Learning Director.
Throughout that time Becky helped Trinity acquire and maintain the school’s National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation for the Early Learning Center. She was trained in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR), from Shelton School in Dallas in alphabetic phonics and structured language basics. Upon completing a training in New York at Columbia University Teachers College, Becky started a reading and writing workshop for students. Most recently, she has been trained and charged with Aimsweb Test monitoring for students and teaching middle school age children. She thoroughly enjoys every bit of it.
She believes Trinity is a very special place to teach and she looks forward to the continued growth and development of the school programs to help students attain the necessary tools for success.
Becky and her husband Todd live in Edmond, Oklahoma. They are both graduates of Oklahoma State University and her husband Todd, is an architect. Their son, Cody, is also a graduate of OSU and is in construction management. Their daughter, Emma, is still attending OSU for interior design. In her spare time, Becky likes to paint, read, and travel.
Shelli Thomas | CALT, CDT
Lower Division Head, Reading Therapy Programs Director
About Shelli Thomas
Shelli Thomas is Trinity School’s Lower Division Head. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT) and Certified Dyslexia Therapist. She is very experienced at remediating students who have dyslexia. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and she has been with Trinity School since 2007.
Shelli has taught various subjects and grade levels, and the majority of her teaching career has been devoted to helping students improve their reading skills. Teaching children to read has always been her passion! Shelli is always the first to jump in with field trips, activities, and just about anything that helps Trinity students grow. She serves as a mentor for new teachers at Trinity and a resource to organizations and families dealing with learning differences.
Shelli has three sons and four grandchildren. Her youngest son is a graduate of Trinity School and has a bachelor of fine arts from Oklahoma Christian University. She credits the teachers he had at Trinity for giving him the tools he needed to be successful. Shelli loves horses, sports, and Peanuts. Trinity students recently assembled a Snoopy puzzle for her that hangs in our reading therapy room.
About Traci Epperson
Traci Epperson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and she joined Trinity as a school counselor in early 2020.
Traci received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Before joining the Trinity team, she administered psychoeducational assessments at the Child Study Center for three and a half years. Traci has worked with children of all ages to determine how best to help them succeed academically. Her specialty is in helping children address problems related to learning and executive function differences due to neurodiversity.
Traci is excited about Trinity’s focus on providing exactly what each student needs to be successful. The opportunity to see her recommendations in action for the betterment of our students is, perhaps, what she looks forward to the most!
Traci has two school aged daughters who attend independent schools, and the appeal of their schools is very much like what draws many students to Trinity! The smaller class sizes and more individualized support have allowed both of her girls to thrive. In her leisure time, Traci enjoys reading good fiction and cooking yummy food for her family.
Director of Academic Services and School Psychometrist
About Cathy Reim
Cathy Reim is Trinity School’s Director of Academic Services and School Psychometrist. She serves Trinity students through standardized testing and also tracks data from formative assessments to identify student progress, inform instruction, and guide individualized learning plans. Cathy strongly believes that every student deserves a quality education that is designed to meet their unique learning differences and develop their cognitive, academic, social-emotional, and spiritual potential to the fullest. For these reasons, Cathy is extremely excited to be part of the Trinity team.
After earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Cathy went on to serve students as a classroom teacher for thirteen years. She soon felt the need to broaden her knowledge and expertise to help the struggling readers she encountered each year. She earned her Master’s degree in Education, with a specialization in reading, from the University of Central Oklahoma and later earned her School Psychometrist certification through East Central University. Cathy has supported teachers and served struggling readers in a variety of roles as a reading specialist, Literacy Coach, and School Psychometrist for seventeen years.
In her free time, Cathy loves to cook, read about reading, and has recently discovered an interest in vegetable gardening. Cathy and her husband reside in Norman. They have 3 children and three adorable grandsons.
Wendy Stacy | M.S., CCC-SLP, LDT, CALT-QI, SLDS
Reading Therapy Advisor
About Wendy Stacy
In addition to serving as Trinity’s Reading Therapy advisor, Wendy is the owner/director of the ReadWrite Center providing assessment and intervention services for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties. Wendy, a popular public speaker/educational trainer, regularly provides professional development training to educators and therapists across the Midwest, and has presented numerous times at the annual conferences of the International Dyslexia Association and the Learning Disabilities Association of America
In 2018, Wendy was appointed to the Oklahoma Dyslexia and Education Task Force by the Oklahoma Legislature where she served as Chair of the Assessment Committee and wrote the assessment and identification portions of the Oklahoma Dyslexia Handbook.
Wendy received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and earned her M.S. in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of Oklahoma.
Wendy has two children, Tyler (26) and Hannah (22) and has a passion for art, music and musicals. Wendy enjoys spending time volunteering with KidsAlive!, an OKC-based theatre company offering a musical theater experience for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. A member of the KidsAlive! Creative Team, Wendy serves as Props Master, teaches classes, paints sets, and, occasionally, performs onstage! She is particularly proud of the KidsAlive! Kaleidoscope program where experienced young performers are paired with children with disabilities to develop and perform roles together in mainstage musical theater productions.
When Wendy isn’t working or volunteering you can often find her watching her favorite movie, “The One and Only Ivan” with her partner James, her golden doodle puppy Ellie and their cat, Boots. Wendy also enjoys listening to Andy Grammar, Jessie J and the Canadian cover band, Walk Off the Earth.
Head of Operations
About Mike Smith
Mike Smith joined Trinity School in February as our Head of Operations. In his role, he will work closely with our facilities and security teams to keep our building safe and sound. He will also head up our student services efforts, building out meaningful enrichment programs for our students.
Mike joins Trinity with extensive experience. He began his education career in 1996 as a high school social studies teacher and football coach. Most recently, he served as a school administrator in Oklahoma, both as an Assistant High School Principal and as a Middle School Principal.
Mike is a certified administrator, principal, and 7th- through 12th-grade teacher. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and his Masters’s degree in Educational Administration from SWOSU.
Mike’s wife Ann is a State Farm agent in Edmond and together they have two children, Samantha (14) and Terry (22). In his free time, Mike enjoys taking trips to the mountains with family and spending time building hand-crafted wood furniture and decor in his shop. “I’m eager to join the Trinity family and make a positive impact for the students we serve,” Mike said.
Smile! Our office staff loves you!
School Receptionist and Student Services
About Kim Byers
Kim Byers has been a part of Trinity School since 2016. She came to Trinity after a 16-year stint in television.
Kim began at Trinity School as an Administrative Assistant but was soon promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant. She Received her BS in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She received the Dean’s and President’s honor roll throughout her time in college.
Kim has always loved working with children and Trinity has provided the ideal opportunity. She is so thankful for her Trinity family and their support over the years.
Kim has one brother and 4 nieces and nephews. They have been the greatest gift she has ever received. Kim has a pet cat and she has always had a love for animals. Her hobbies include dance, reading, baking and going to the movies. She has been dancing at the same studio since she was a child. Dance has taught her perseverance, time management, organization, dedication, discipline and most of all life long friendships.
Marketing, Communication, and Programs
About Emory Hood
Emory Hood joined the Trinity team as the Marketing, Communication and Programs Manager in September 2020 after working for a Public Relations firm in Austin, TX.
Emory graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he studied Public Relations and Communication. At OU, Emory was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, was involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and never missed a home football game during his time as a student.
Emory is excited to join the Trinity team and help Trinity tell the world the profound impact it has on its students and the Oklahoma City community.
Emory was born and raised in Oklahoma City and is an avid Sooner and Thunder fan. Emory’s hobbies include playing pickleball, singing karaoke and dancing really badly wherever there is a live band.
Billing & Finance Director
About Teresa Sullivan
Teresa is the definition of a hard worker with over 25 years of self-taught accounting experience.
Teresa enjoys her role with Trinity and has a rich appreciation for Trinity’s commitment to helping children find their potential and academic excellence.
Teresa enjoys spending time with her three children and 10 grandchildren and her “spoiled rotten” Yorkie-Poo, Rascal. Her hobbies include camping, boating a reading a good murder mystery book, especially if writeen by Stephen King or James Patterson.
About Brett Hodges
Brett Hodges joined the Trinity team as the IT Manager in February 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is proud to have worked as an IT Technician for a multitude of projects and companies around the state of Oklahoma.
Brett is excited to work with Trinity School to help keep our students, teachers and families connected.
In Brett’s free time you can find him enjoying ESports, camping with his family and friends, and cheering on the Sooners on Saturdays!
We are so excited to have Brett on our Trinity team!
A hero in every classroom!
About Norma Morton
Teaching isn’t a job, it’s a calling, and Norma Morton heard that call her freshman year of college. Now after 39 years of teaching experience, in an array of capacities, Norma joined Trinity School to lead the kindergarten and first-grade programs.
Norma’s teaching career began in 1981 on a reservation in Montana where she worked with early elementary students. She has experience in both public and private schools, having taught in a Minnesota private Christian school, as well as Oklahoma City Public Schools. Outside of traditional classrooms, Norma has helped kids who experienced trauma with reading intervention at a Houston drug and alcohol treatment center.
It was the difficulty of seeing children with needs that can not easily be met in conventional schools that drew Norma to institutions with a focus on specialized tracks. With her years of varied and diverse experience, she has come to value the importance of individualized education so Trinity School was a wonderful fit.
Norma earned her associate’s degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest State University in Minnesota.
Norma grew up in the northern central US, living in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana. She has been married to her husband for 37 years and the two have three children and two grandsons together.
If she isn’t teaching, Norma is probably baking. Her favorite recipe is cherry turnovers, but she regularly scouts for new recipes and unique methods of baking her old favorites. She has a lot of vegans in her life and her vegan baked goods have become good enough that you’d never know the difference. Finally, spending time with her family, watching movies, and crafting keep her busy in her downtime.
About Rachel Young
Rachel Young comes to Trinity School after 20 years of working with youth in many different avenues. She earned her Bachelors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and this is her first year at Trinity teaching kindergarten, first and second grades.
She started her career at a YMCA in her hometown of Ponca City. She worked for 10 years with elementary students after school and worked as the director and assistant director of the after school programs and summer day camps. It was there that Rachel met families who had children with learning differences and her passion for working with them grew even more. Over the past 10 years she has spent most of her career working as a Director of child care centers large and small, as well as Head Start programs.
Rachel’s passion for helping people and especially people with learning differences started very young. She met her step-dad at age 10 and he was a Polio survivor. She learned so much from watching him go through life with many physical, intellectual, and emotional struggles. When she came to Trinity School she felt that same passion from the administration and staff. Rachel knew this was exactly where she wanted to be. Trinity School puts students educational needs first and with small class sizes and they take the time to individualize students learning for children to thrive.
Outside teaching life, Rachel is married, has 2 children Roman 13, Hadley, 10. She also has a stepdaughter Skylar, 17. She spends a lot of time with her family going to sporting events. She lives for football. If you ask her what her favorite season is, it’s football season. “Boomer Sooner!” She loves the beach, a good cup of coffee and to travel anywhere new.
Rachel Hall | CALT
Middle Division and Reading Therapist
About Rachel Hall
Rachel Hall is a newly certified reading therapist. She started at Trinity School in the Fall of 2019. Rachel teaches Elementary and Middle School Literature as well as reading therapy using Alphabetic Phonics. She has loved her first year at Trinity and can’t wait for many more. She graduated with a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas in 2017 and went on train to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) shortly after.
In her senior year of college she began working at a reading therapy clinic using the Barton Reading and Spelling System which is where her passion for reading therapy began. Working at the clinic opened her eyes to the lack of training provided for teachers on how to work with children with learning disabilities and the lack of intervention options at most conventional schools. She was so excited to find a school like Trinity that provides the intervention that so many students are not able to access.
Outside of school Rachel enjoys camping, biking and backpacking. Her family lives in Portland, Oregon and she loves being able to visit and enjoy all the outdoor activities there.
About Tracy Fields
Tracy Fields teaches elementary social studies and middle school language arts at Trinity School. She attended college at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in reading and language arts in 1985.
Over the past 35 years Tracy has taught elementary and middle school, that time split between Oklahoma and Texas schools. Much of that time was spent serving as a substitute teacher across several schools, and through that time she mastered the skill of quickly changing and adapting lesson plans as needed, on short notice.
Her own son, Colton, brought Tracy to Trinity school, when he enrolled his sophomore year of high school in the fall of 2010 to get the help he needed with his learning differences dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. It was then that she began substitute teaching and working with the students in the after care program with the program’s director, Shelli Thomas. Tracy began teaching at Trinity School full-time in 2015 while continuing to help with the after care program along with various other roles in the school.
Tracy has always had a love of reading and she knows how important it is for children to learn the basics of reading. It is a joy for Tracy to show students the importance of the history of the authors and the timeline of when and why books were written. She believes in the importance of learning how to express oneself in writing. By learning the fundamentals of the English language students can become better writers as they go through school.
With the help her son Colton received while at Trinity he was able to continue his education and graduated from college with a fine arts degree. During his college years he was able to advocate for himself because of the guidance and help he received while he was at Trinity. It’s that wonderful, long term outcome she saw for her son, that Tracy would like to share with all Trinity students!
About Chase Bradfield
Mr. Bradfield is our Middle and Upper Division Science Classroom Instructor.
He received his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, and his MBA from Saint Leo University in Tampa, Florida. Since receiving his Master’s, he has earned considerable graduate credit in Education, Christian Leadership, and Theology. He is currently working on his second Master’s Degree in Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mr. Bradfield has an extensive background in both Special Education and Christian Education. Before joining the Trinity team, he worked in Christian leadership for Fond du Lac Christian School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Prior to that, he was an instructor of Christian Education at University Christian School in Jacksonville, Florida, and worked as a Special Education Instructor for the Webb City School District in Missouri.
Mr. Bradfield is a decorated veteran, as well. He served over 10 years in the United States Navy where he was awarded both the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Submarine League Award for academic persistence, initiative, and motivation in his focus area of Submarine Warfare.
Mr. Bradfield is excited to join Trinity School where he can continue to lead students of all ages and educational backgrounds. He has a true passion for working with young learners — academically, socially, and spiritually — and finds the work of Trinity School to be eternally rewarding. He looks forward to serving Trinity for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.
About Marcus Gonzalez
Marcus Gonzalez is in charge of enrichment at Trinity School, where he takes the student’s fun very seriously.
Marcus is from Lawton, OK. and he graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. During college he was involved in the Beta Theta Pi chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland County, Earth Day Big Event Committee, PR Society of America and the Animal Volunteer Alliance.
Following graduation, Marcus packed his bags and took off on the Oregon Trail to move to Salem, Oregon! In Oregon he worked as the Youth Sports Coordinator for the Stayton YMCA, where he organized youth sports and managed memberships. He enjoyed that time with the YMCA because he got to be a direct contact for parents and more importantly an inspiration to the kids. After a time there, he yearned to go back to Oklahoma, so he made the move back home.
Marcus’s passion has always been helping the community and he did just that in his previous role as an Educational Support Specialist for the Department of Human Services. He helped clients by issuing benefits, organizing cases and enrolling them into programs. Helping individuals from all over the state was very rewarding, but he still felt he could be an influence on a more local level, which led him to Trinity School.
In this spare time Marcus enjoys running and playing video games. He loves his work with the Trinity School at Edgemere community and is proud to call himself a Tiger!
Advisor, Special Education and Mathematics
About Cindy Marden
After a long career serving kids who need extra help or accommodations, Cindy was thrilled to see a school fully dedicated to meeting the needs of children who may otherwise fall through the cracks in conventional schools. Cindy admired the way Trinity School staff pours their hearts into the school, and she wanted to help.
Cindy’s teaching philosophy is centered around smaller class sizes, and plenty of one-on-one time with her students. After 23 years of teaching she has worked with every grade and development level, and much of her time in the classroom has been spent helping students with physical disabilities or learning differences.
Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in science and education from the University of Kansas. She very quickly realized her passion for teaching lies in supporting those students who are often overlooked in conventional schools, so she returned for her masters degree in science education, with an emphasis on orthopedic disabilities and different learning styles. After a few years as an educator in Kansas, she came to Edmond, Oklahoma.
Early in her career, Cindy forged an inclusion program to help kids with unique needs remain in their classrooms, with the support of specially trained teachers. Cindy would work in a conventional classroom to support the primary teacher, help all the students present, and mainly focused on assisting students who learn differently. It led her to a career fully dedicated to differently abled students.
Cindy and her husband Steve have three children and five grandchildren, most of whom live in Colorado. In her time outside of the classroom, Cindy likes to spend her time cooking up meals from scratch, reading and taking walks with her dog.
About Chad Varney
Chad Varney teaches Life Skills and Religious Education at Trinity School. His favorite part of working with Trinity students is building new relationships with students and their families as they learn and grow.
He is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma in 2005 to attend Oklahoma Baptist University where he earned a B.S in Exercise Science and a minor in Bible. His dream was to coach big time college football, and instead he landed at the Middle-School level, and he feels lucky to have done so!
Chad’s career began teaching science, language arts and elective courses in computers science at the middle-school level within the Mid-Del School District. During this time there, he served as a head coach for the football, basketball and baseball teams. These were some of the best school times outside the classroom!
Chad went on to teach cognitive behavior courses within correctional facilities. The experience was intense and incredibly eye opening. Most recently Chad coordinated a group home for young boys with emotional challenges.
In his spare time Chad enjoys Razorback ANYTHING, sports (his TV permanently tuned to ESPN), as well as reading suspense and mysteries books, watching movies, fishing, and volunteer coaching his son’s sports teams. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two kids, Caitlyn (14) and Seth (12).
Chaplain & Head of Religious Education Programs
About Zac Niles
Before joining the Trinity team, Zac worked as a Director and Chaplain at King’s Gate Christian School in Yukon and also served as the Senior High Minister at the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. He has also served as a House Parent in a group home, a Camp Director at a Christian Summer Camp, and as Pastor at a variety of other churches in both Oklahoma and Texas.
About Alicia Clark
Alicia Marie Clark teaches Art at Trinity School. She is an A.M.S. Montessori Certified Teacher with a Master of Early Education graduating from Oklahoma City University with High Honors. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics and printmaking from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.
Over the past 20 years, Alicia has been involved in many Art endeavors. From a volunteer teacher at the City Arts Center to being in arts festivals like Red Earth. Alicia describes her work as Native American Contemporary. She is a published artist in Studio Artist Magazine, a sister publication of Art in America. Her artwork has been written about in the Oklahoma Gazette, The Daily Oklahoman, Indian Country Media Network, Creative Paper, and The Durango Herald. She is an award-winning artist known for being involved in many art exhibitions. Alicia also owned the A Art Gallery in the Paseo that is sadly closing, due to the worldly events of 2020. She has a great passion for the Arts and is extremely excited to share her skills and knowledge with the children of Trinity School. Alicia believes there is an art in everything, and it should be shared with everyone.
In her spare time, Alicia has fun raising her two children aged 3 and 6. They keep her on her toes and have inspired her to take on the career of teaching. She is extremely excited to bring her passion for art and Montessori training to the Trinity community.
About Darren Huff
After working with kids and teens for over three decades as a physical education teacher and a coach, Darren believes their enthusiasm and their high energy is contagious. His philosophy on physical education is to give students the skills they need for a lifetime of fitness and activity. While team sports have an important role in physical education, Darren believes that a combination of individual sports, fitness based learning, and skill based education allow for the most well-rounded development of the student. He uses curriculum from the Department of Wildlife to spark students’ interests in being active outdoors as well as Oklahoma’s standards for PE in order to ensure the students gain a complete understanding of physical education and health studies. Much of his lesson planning is centered around helping his students develop their own interests so they gain a passion for healthy living, even beyond gym class.
Darren graduated from Perry High School, then went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance from the former Central State University, now University of Central Oklahoma. He very quickly found a job out of college as a PE teacher at Cimarron Middle School where he stayed for 33 years before retiring. Out of College he also was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Edmond Memorial High School for six years before becoming the head coach for the next twenty-seven. Along with high school wrestling, he has also coached middle school baseball, golf, football, and archery. In his short 3 years of retired life, he missed physical education and building relationships with his students, so he decided to become a Trinity Tiger alongside his wife, High School Division Head, Deana Huff.
Darren and Deana have two sons, Riley and Denton, that are 27 and 23 years old, respectively. In his time outside of school, Darren can be found doing all things outdoors! He loves to hunt and fish, and he frequently visits the lake to water ski and spend time with his family doing the activities they love the most. He also enjoys a good round of golf and time spent in the garage rebuilding old cars.
Classroom Aide & Graphic Design Specialist
About Jennifer Free
Jennifer joined the Trinity team in January 2021 as a Classroom Aide and Graphic Design Specialist. Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma City University in 1999. She loves working with kids and truly understands the value of individualized education. Jennifer homeschooled her three children for over eight years before coming to Trinity, where her daughter is now a student.
In addition to homeschooling, Jennifer worked part-time as a graphic designer for an events production company based in Nashville. Before that, she worked as a freelance designer, designing children’s products, stationery, and invitations for several online retailers.
When she is away from her computer, she enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, hiking, and playing with her dogs.
About Addie Lewallen
Addie serves as a teacher’s aid in the lower division. She is an Alum, having graduated in 2015. After graduation, Addie completed a four year on campus transition program and graduated from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville in the spring of 2019. She returned home and has just completed a one year internship with Trinity. Addie is so excited to have the opportunity to join the Trinity family this year in a full time position. She loves her family, dogs and , of course, the beach!
Keeping the Tigers clean!
About Richard Ritz
Richard Ritz leads Trinity School’s custodial team, and as he says, he keeps the tigers clean and tidy. It’s no small task, given that Richard is helping keep the whole school healthy and safe!
Richard is originally from southeast Iowa and his family roots there run deep. He moved to Oklahoma City for a job in 1987 and he’s lived here ever since. He worked for 7/11 for over two decades before coming to join the Trinity School staff.
Richard’s wife, Denise, spends most of her days babysitting their grandkids and she works part time as a cook in Western Heights School District. The couple has been married for 40 years and they have three kids, Adam, Austin and Erica. Between them all, Richard has four grandkids.
Richard is a big Nascar fan, outside of school he spends a lot of time cheering on his favorite drivers.
About Dillon Thomas
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Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees is dedicated to expanding Trinity’s legacy. These accomplished, OKC business owners and influencers, many of whom have had children attend Trinity School have demonstrated dedication that is endless. Over the past several years, the Board has facilitated the move of the school from its previous location to our new Edgemere home. Their passion and commitment to the school make the expansion of Trinity’s mission possible and are responsible for ushering in a new era for the school.
President – Jamie Lewallen
Vice-President – Michael Perri
Secretary – Blake Pellow
- Dan Couch
- Denise Howard
- Cindy Rottler
- Jeff Van Hoose