Trinity welcomes new faculty and staff for the 2016-17 school year. Below is a brief bio on each new member of the Trinity family.
Back Row: Ken Berry, Russell Greene, Carol Jackson, Debbie Taylor, Michele Moore, Jeremy O’Clair, Elizabeth Vaughn. Front Row: Jordan Sullivan, Catherine Winn
Ken comes to Trinity after serving since 2009 at North Forsyth High School in Georgia as a Chemistry, Physical Science, and Agriculture instructor, while also teaching Chemistry as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College in Gainesville. Ken has extensive experience in independent schools as well, having served previously at both Riverside Military Academy and Holy Innocents in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Additionally, he is a distinguished coach. Ken was named a five-time “Assistant Coach of the Year” for his region in Georgia as a wrestling coach. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry at prestigious Furman University in South Carolina, where he attended on a full-ride athletic scholarship, lettering for four years in both football and wrestling. After pursuing Phd work at the University of Georgia in the sciences, Ken started his current 19 year secondary school career. Ken will be teaching Trinity’s Honors Chemistry courses, shadowing Mrs. Tyus in her AP Chemistry courses, and will also be assisting with the football team. Ken and his wife, Penny, have two children—Rebekah, who will be attending Trinity’s K4 program this year, and Jeremiah, who is 11 months old. With family members in Deatsville and Cullman, the Berry family is thrilled to be coming home to “Sweet Home Alabama.”
The addition of Russell Greene to the Trinity faculty assures that the band program (ably grown in recent years by Gene Butler) will not skip a beat (pun intended!). Mr. Greene came highly recommended by both Mr. Butler and the incredibly successful Troy University Music Department. Mr. Greene has been at Oak Grove High School for the last two years as the Assistant Band Director and an instructor for multiple middle school band courses. Prior to Oak Grove, Russell was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band while earning his master’s degree. He also was a member of the famous Sound of the South marching band at Troy University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Mr. Greene recently married Meredith Reaves Greene, a fellow a band director at Thompson Middle School. They reside in Clanton, Alabama with their two cats, Jack and Sally.
Another new face around Trinity is Lewis Holmes who will be working with our Maintenance Department. Lewis is originally from the Selma area but has lived in Montgomery for the past 21 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown children (Tiffany & Brandon) as well as Lewis Jr. (16) and a granddaughter, Melody (6).
Author Thomas Wolfe famously wrote “You can’t go home again.” Mrs. Jackson will prove him wrong this year as she returns to Trinity. If the kind-hearted woman with deep intellect and an adventurous spirit looks familiar, it is because Mrs. Jackson ably served on the Trinity faculty for nine years up through 2013 before answering God’s call to return to the mission field in Africa to serve with her husband Bill. After a brief stint of serving, they returned to the Montgomery, and Carol began teaching 6th grade Math at Eastwood when no opportunities directly opened at Trinity. This year she will share sections of Trinity’s 6th grade Math with her friend and former colleague, Elisa Bowden, and also teach our popular Design Thinking elective in concert with Alice Hill. Carol brings with her an astute knowledge of the Trinity culture, a deep heart for the integration of a biblical worldview with strong academics, and a wonderful ability to relate to students. Carol is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Biology) and previously taught Bio, Life Science (7), Chemistry, and led the Middle School Science Olympiad teams. Carol and Bill raised three sons. Their oldest son graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kenya, and their two others sons graduated from Trinity. The Jacksons are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Michele joins the Trinity faculty on a part-time basis as an Associate College Counselor. She will be assisting Elizabeth Mosley with the various details of our extensive College Guidance. Mrs. Moore comes to us with over a decade of college admissions experience at the University of Alabama and AUM. She also knows our culture well as the mother to Meredith (class of 2016) and Katherine (2019). Michele and her husband Steve attend St. James UMC with their daughters.
Jeremy joins us to teach Latin and Humanities. A distinguished man of letters, Jeremy has undergraduate degrees in the Classics (FSU) and Art (Freed-Hardeman), as well as Masters degrees in New Testament Study (Freed-Hardeman) and Divinity (Harding University). During his academic teaching career, Jeremy has taught Latin through level IV, History, Photography, and Bible courses and has taught at notable Christian schools in Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Most recently, Mr. O’Clair was the chief instructor of Latin at San Antonio Christian School, a 1,175 student Pre-K-12th grade Christian School, in San Antonio, Texas. He served there until last year when he returned to his home state of Alabama to be nearer family and to start a photography business. We are excited about the rich ways Mr. O’Clair will blend his artistic, classical and technological training with foundational biblical worldview.
Angie Stallings joined Trinity's staff this past November as our Accounts Payable Administrator. Angie and her husband, Johnny have two sons, Thomas ('13) and Wesley (6th grade). They attend Eastwood Presbyterian Church. Angie leads Moms in Prayer at Trinity and looks forward to joining Trinity moms in praying for our school.
The Arts department has another distinguished addition in Jordan Ratliff Sullivan who will be joining Trinity as the Choral Director and teaching in the Arts Department. Jordan is another part of the distinguished Troy University Music pipeline to Trinity, joining our own Wendy Cho and Russell Greene as graduates from that program. For the past year Mrs. Sullivan has been leading the theatre and choral program at Hooper Academy in Hope Hull. She also serves as the Worship Director at Ramer United Methodist Church. Jordan is widely regarded for her dedication to excellence in her students and the firm command she has of the music classroom. She looks forward to the opportunity to grow and develop the Choir program with the goal of making it the very best in the city. Jordan and her husband, Todd Sullivan, are newlyweds and they live in the Ramer area.
Debbie Taylor falls under the category of a new faculty hire, but is a familiar face. She ably served as the sophomore English teacher for the better part of the spring semester this past school year. During that time, Mrs. Taylor earned high praise from her students for her ability to take the complexities of writing and make them easy to understand. Her teaching style and ability to relate to her students earned her a full time opportunity here at Trinity. Debbie is currently earning her master’s degree in education at AUM concentrating on the Social Sciences, Humanities and English fields of study. She also holds undergraduate degrees in Music (Ball State University) and Business Administration (Indiana Wesleyan). In addition to her deep interest in the arts, humanities and education, Mrs. Taylor is an extremely accomplished businesswoman. For nearly ten years she managed a commercial real estate portfolio of over $450 million in assets. Debbie will teach freshman English and Government courses. She is married to Scott and has three sons and one daughter. Victoria is 21 and will be a senior at Alabama majoring in Marketing, Zach (20) is a junior at Ball State University majoring in Musical Theatre, Jackson (17) has special needs and works full-time at Sommer's Place in Montgomery, and McKay (16), who will be an 11th grader at Trinity this year. They attend First Baptist of Montgomery.
Elizabeth joins Trinity on a part-time basis as the Alumni Affairs Coordinator. She is a 1999 graduate of Trinity as well as a current parent. Elizabeth and her husband, Max, have three children, Adeline (5th grade), Max (3rd grade), and Crawford (5). Max works for Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, and they attend First Baptist Church.
Dr. Catherine Winn
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Winn who will be teaching 10th grade Honors English on a part-time basis while adjuncting also at AUM. A Prattville native, Miss Winn recently earned her PhD from the University of Alabama and has been a graduate teaching instructor at the Capstone since 2008. She has taught both levels of freshman writing as well as several British Literature courses. Catherine is also an example of the Holy Spirit working at Trinity in ways unseen by those of us focused on the school. She came to know the Lord, was baptized and became a member of the Catalyst Church that meets each Sunday on our campus in Willett Hall. Catherine has a son, Dresden, who is five.
And last but not least, we would like to announce that Tammy Butts is now our Director of Southern Foodservice. Tammy is a very familiar face in the lunchroom as she has worked in our dining services for the past seven years. She and her husband, Ronnie, have two daughters—Nicole and Sarah. They also have started a ministry called “House of Hope” and their mission is to go out & feed the homeless in the River Region. Tammy looks forward to serving the Trinity family this year and is excited about her team that will serve alongside her.