“The teachers at Trinity have a true love for the subjects that they teach, and really want you to excel at school. It’s so refreshing to have teachers who want you to learn, not memorize or know on a surface level”Trinity Student
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What I most enjoy about teaching at Trinity is the authentic community that exists between the faculty, students, and parents. It was true insight by the founders to have common faculty spaces and not have teachers siloed in their own rooms. This makes for great discussions throughout the day. Although my own background is in physics, I love listening to colleagues discuss the texts from their humane letters courses, and during my tenure, I have audited Humane Letters 11 and Scripture I. Additionally, my colleagues are profoundly good Christians and great people to work with. I frequently get together with them outside of school. Indeed, they have become godparents to my children, prayed for me during times of trial, and come over for dinners and game nights.
The best moments in the classroom are generated by the students. I love their surprise at the material. This is especially frequent in the last semester of senior physics while we are studying special relativity. A week into the unit, after we have seen time dilation and length contraction, we begin asking about the amount of work required to accelerate a mass to any speed. As the students and I discuss how to proceed and we work through the problem on the board at one point I will always hear gasps when the attentive students realize where this is leading. By the end of the period we have, as a class, derived the world’s most famous equation: E = mc². That is a day when nearly everyone leaves class with a smile.
What I love about Trinity is that I have the freedom to spend the time to derive the equation. Other places would simply want me to write the equation on the board, do some examples, and then let the students memorize the procedure. Our philosophy is different. It is designed to foster delight in discovery. The Trinity approach makes for a richer classroom for the students and a more pleasant work environment for the faculty.