“I love being a student at Trinity because of the wonderful faculty members. Each individual and unique class I take is paired with an equally individual and unique teacher. The passion they have for their subjects influences me every day. They inspire me to work harder and show me the beauty in all areas of study. Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious, and I am grateful for every single one of them!”Trinity Student
I teach at Trinity because, as Michelangelo said at age 87, “I am still learning.” I have a ways to go to match him in age, but what stands out to me from my 16 years at Trinity is how much I have been able to learn from constant reading combined with conversations with faculty and conversations with students. When Kerry Koller asked me to teach he said to me, “Think of it as going back to grad school.” That is exactly what Trinity has been for me: a graduate education in philosophy, theology, literature, art, drama, music, science and math- the kind of grad school experience a lover of learning dreams of having, where one can major in everything and learn about everything.
You’ll see what I mean if I tell you about what happened in just one week of school. First, I knew my turn to share at morning prayer was coming up, so I did some delving into Paul’s letter to the Galatians to see what he had to say about right speech. I also did some reading in our faculty manual to see what we say about right speech. Then I had some conversations with my colleagues about what the idea of “right speech” meant to them. Through all of that research, I hoped to “put on the mind of Christ” so I could share it with our students.
Then, to prepare for my junior Humane Letters seminar discussion on the last books of the Odyssey, I read over the famous scene in which Odysseus shows he can bend the bow that none of the suitors can master. I remembered hearing that fellow faculty member Brian Peterson had access to just that type of bow, so I asked Brian if he could bring it in to show the juniors. He did, and the text came alive as we tried to duplicate Odysseus’s feat. We learned it helps if you are sitting down, as he was. I’m not sure when this knowledge will come in handy, but it sure was fun.
In my senior Humane Letters seminar, we had discussed the last cantos of the Inferno and I had asked everyone to write about what had moved them on our journey through hell these past weeks. I read over their short reaction papers, and gosh, did I learn from them. They were full of honesty and insight.
So this is what I love about Trinity: I don’t know any other school where I would be given the encouragement and the flexibility to “drop everything and learn” when opportunities come up. I don’t know anywhere else I would have encountered so many diverse and engaging ideas in one week, and such vigorous conversation. Yes, my coffee table is covered with books still to explore, my bag is stuffed with student papers still to read, and as the old spiritual says, I sometimes feel “I ain’t got time to die”– but what could be a greater way to live than in this community of learners?
B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota, 1996; B.A. German, Santa Clara University, 1992. Trinity School at River Ridge 1996-2010; Trinity School at Greenlawn 2010-present.
B.S. Education, Indiana University at South Bend, 1999. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1999-present.
B.A. Humanities, Saint Mary's College, 1985. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2014-present.
M.M. Vocal Performance, University of Notre Dame, 2004; B.S. Mathematics and Music, University of Notre Dame, 1999. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2012-present.
Ph.D. Theological Ethics, University of Edinburgh, 2012; M.T.S. Historical Theology/Church History, Duke University, 2003; B.A. George Fox University, Christian Ministries, 2001. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2012-present.
B.A. English Literature and French, Redeemer College, 1994; B.Ed. University of Toronto, 1997. Faculty: Sir Robert Borden High-school (Ontario), 1999; Lisgar Collegiate Institute (Ontario), 1998. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2000-present.
B.A. Fine Arts, Indiana University, 2011. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2011-present.
M.N.A. University of Notre Dame, 2008, B.A. English Literature and French, Saint Mary's College, 1995. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2016-present.
M.A. Theology, University of San Francisco, 1974; B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco, 1972. Faculty: Immaculate Conception High School, San Francisco, 1974-5; Shepherd of the Hills School, San Francisco, 1975-77; St. Joseph’s high- school, South Bend, 1977-78; Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2001-02, 2005-present.
B.A. International Studies, Emory University, 2016. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2016-present.
Ph.D. Pharmacology, Rutgers University, 1994; B.S. Biology, University of Notre Dame, 1987. Post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University, ultrastructural neuroanatomy, 1994-1997. Faculty, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2008-2009, 2015-present.
M.A. Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, 1981; B.A. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1979. Faculty: St. Anselm’s College, 1983-1986; Holy Cross College (South Bend) 1995-1996; Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1987-1991; 1997-present.
M.S. Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, 1971; B.S. Mathematics, Xavier University, 1969. Grant from the Council on Basic Education for the study of Newton’s influence on English political theory, 1991. Faculty: St. Joseph's High School, South Bend, IN, 1973-1978; Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame, 1969-1973; Head of School, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1981-1983, 2000-2004; Associate Head of School, 2005-2010. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1981-present.
B.A. Classics, University of Mary Washington, 2010. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2014-present.
B.A. Visual Art and Interior Design, Bethel College, 2013. Ivy Tech Community College adjunct art professor 2016-present. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2016-present.
B.A. History, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2012. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2016-present.
M.S. Elementary Education, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, 1979; B.A. Elementary Education, St. Mary's College, 1976; Faculty: St. Anthony School, South Bend, 1976-1978, 1979-1984, 1988-1990, 1994-1998. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1998-present.
M.A. Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2009, M.A. American History, University of Notre Dame, 1987, B.A. History, University of Notre Dame, 1982. Faculty: Holy Cross School, 1983-1984; Corpus Christi School, 1985-1988, 1999-2000; St. Joseph High School, 2000-2013; Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1988-1999, 2016-present.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2017-present.
Ph.D. Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1986; B.S. Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1978. Postdoctoral associate, Michigan State University, 1986-94; Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes, 1994-1996; Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame, 2007-2012; Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1996-2007, 2012-present.
Ph.D. Theology, University of Dayton, 2012; S.T.M. Theology, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, 1998; M. Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1997; B.A. Philosophy and Religion, St. Olaf College, 1993. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2008-present.
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Yale University, 2005; B.A. Chemistry, Lipscomb University, 1999. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 2011-present.
M.H.A. Health Care Management, University of Minnesota, 1984; B.A. Economics, Wellesley College, 1981. NEH grant studying Skyscrapers in Chicago, 2012. National Gallery of Art grant studying 17th Century Dutch Art, 2006. Grants from National Gallery of Art for the study of American art, 1995, 2000. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1989-2000, 2001-present.
J.D. University of Notre Dame Law School, 1989; M.A. History, University of Notre Dame, 1982; B.A. History, University of Hawaii, 1980. N.E.H. Summer Seminar on Galileo, 1984. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1983-86; 1993-present.
M.T.S. Theology, Boston College, 2014, B.A. Classics, Saint Michael's College, 2010. St. Jude School, South Bend, 2014-2016. Trinity School at Greenlawn 2016-present.
M.A. English, Catholic University of America, 1990; B.A. Great Books Program, University of Notre Dame, 1981. Faculty: Covenant Christian School, Mishawaka, 2015-2016, St. David's Secondary School, Grenada, WI, 1985-1986, Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1982-1985, 1986-1988, 1990-1998, 2016-present.