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Meet the Teachers

Cissy Abernathy

Director of Admission

University of Texas B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2002

Evan Carpenter

Head of Middle & Upper School and

Technology Integration Specialist

Baylor University B.S.

Michigan State University M.A.

Year Started at TST – 2019

Ranjit Kodali

Director of College Advising/ 

AP Capstone Teacher
Southern Methodist University B.A.
University of Texas at Dallas B.S.
University of Houston Law Center J.D.
Year Started at TST – 2017

Mellissa McCreary

Interim Head of School

and AP English Teacher

Texas A&M University B.B.A., B.S.

Louisiana State University – Shreveport, M.Ed.
Year Started at TST – 2001

Julianna Bruyere McDaniel

Director of Marketing
Baylor University, B.B.A.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Brett Reeves

Athletic Director 

University of Alabama B.A.
University of Houston M.A
Year Started at TST – 2018

Valerie Toney

Director of Finance

University of Houston – Downtown, B.B.A

Year Started at TST – 2022

Jessica Wilkinson

Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
University of Oklahoma B.A. & M.S.
Year Started at TST – 2012

Anna Gage

2-Year-Old Teacher

University of Texas at Tyler B.F.A.

Year Started at TST – 2018-2019, 2021

Linda Motley

3 Year-Old Teacher 

Kilgore College A.A.

Year Started at TST – 2005

Kelli Rose

Pre-K Teacher

Texas State University B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2019

Kimberly Poore

Kindergarten Teacher
Millsaps College, B.A.
Year Started at TST – 2022

Faith Williams

1st Grade Teacher
LeTourneau University, B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Cheryl Dotson

2nd Grade Teacher
Southwest Texas State University B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2009

Grace LeGrand

2nd Grade Teacher
Year Started at TST – 2022

Rachel Darwin

3rd Grade Teacher
University of Texas at Dallas B.A.

Year Started at TST – 2019

Blair Parmeter

4th Grade Teacher

Centenary College of Louisiana B.S.

Stephen F. Austin State University B.S.

Sam Houston State University M.S.

Year Started at TST – 2021

Bobbie Tatum

4th Grade Teacher
Stephen F. Austin State University B.S.
Year Started at TST – 2018

Blair Nix

5th Grade Teacher 

University of North Texas, B.S.

University of Texas at Tyler, M.Ed.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Emma Hernandez

EC/LS Spanish Teacher 

ITSM, B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Sunni Cates

Early Childhood Assistant
Year Started at TST – 2021

Diana Evenson

Early Childhood Teacher Assistant
Year Started at TST – 2022

Rachel Alexander

Lower School Assistant
Year Started at TST – 2021

Rachael Weinstein

Lower School Assistant
Year Started at TST – 2022

Edward Allen

Upper School English
Texas Tech University B.S.
University of Texas at Tyler
G/T Certification
Year Started at TST – 2003-2005, 2012

Stefani Baxter

Middle School Social Studies Teacher /

Upper School Math Teacher
University of Houston B.S.

Texas A&M University Commerce M.S.
Year Started at TST – 2021

 

Mark Horner

Upper School Science Teacher
McMurry University B.A.

Asbury Theological Seminary M.Div.
Year Started at TST – 2021

Marietta Liebengood

Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher
Texas Christian University B.S.
Year Started at TST – 2010

Kacey McWilliams

Middle School Language Arts Teacher
University of Alaska Anchorage B.A.
University of Alaska Anchorage M.Ed.
Year Started at TST – 2019

Mike Meredith

Upper School Math, Science, and Religion Teacher 

Middle School Science Teacher
East Texas Baptist University B.A.
University of Texas at Tyler M.S.
Year Started at TST – 2011 

Brandi Pittinger

Middle School Science Teacher

LeTourneau University, M.Ed

Stephen F. Austin, B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Bridgette Ponder

Upper School Math Teacher
LeTourneau University B.S.

LeTourneau University M.B.Ed
Year Started at TST – 1999

Tovah Robertson

Upper School Social Studies Teacher
Howard Payne University B.A.

Arizona State University M.A.
Year Started at TST – 2016

Sandra Villate

Lower and Middle School Spanish Teacher

Jorge Tadeo University

Palm Beach State College
Year Started at TST – 2007-2014, 2020

Jay Brooks

Middle and Upper School Math Teacher
Year Started at TST – 2022

Taylor Brown

Early Childhood and Lower School 

Music Teacher
Texas Tech University B.A.
Year Started at TST – 2020

Carol Hummel

Lower and Middle School Computers

STEAM

Year Started at TST – 2005

Kimmie Everett

PE / Coach

Louisiana Tech University, B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Carolyn Jagers

Early Childhood and Lower School Art Teacher
Millsaps College B.A.
National University M.A.
Year Started at TST – 2000

Ranjit Kodali

Director of College Advising/ 

AP Capstone Teacher
Southern Methodist University B.A.
University of Texas at Dallas B.S.
University of Houston Law Center J.D.
Year Started at TST – 2017

Paula Martin

Photography/ Publications Teacher

Librarian
Texas A&M University B.S.
Year Started at TST – 2007

Annie Miller

Band Director

Stephen F. Austin State University, B.M.

Stephen F. Austin State University, M.A.
Year Started at TST – 2022

Clint McMullen

Lower and Middle School

Music Teacher
Stephen F. Austin State University B.A.
Year Started at TST – 2015

Lizzie Smith

PE/ Coach
Western Governor’s University B.S.
Year Started at TST – 2020

Amanda Tilley

Middle and Upper Schools Art Teacher/ 

Graphic Design Teacher
Texas Christian University B.A.
Year Started at TST – 2017

Jennifer Jackson

School Nurse

Texas Christian University B.S. Nursing 
Year Started at TST – 2018

Sandra Miller

Administrative Staff
University of North Texas B.S. Accounting 
Year Started at TST – 2019

Leonardo Penaloza

Custodian
Year Started at TST – 2013

Patricia Rodriguez

Food Services Staff
Year Started at TST – 2004-2005, 2017

Maria Serrano

Custodian / Food Services Staff
Year Started at TST – 2011

Stacia Shoults

Marketing Coordinator
Stephen F. Austin State University B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2021

Courtney Stern

Administrative Assistant to Head of School / Registrar
University of Miami B.S.

Year Started at TST – 2022

Julie Roberts

Director of Student Learning and Instructional Support
Texas A&M University B.B.A.

Year Started at TST – 2021

Francisco Vasquez

Food Services Staff / Campus Maintenance / Head Soccer Coach
Year Started at TST – 1991

Paula Vasquez

Director of Food Services
Year Started at TST – 2000

Jordan Wood

Development and Communications

Coordinator

LeTourneau University B.S.
Year Started at TST – 2021

Sherri Nussbaum

Guidance Counselor 

Texas A & M University, B.B.A.
University of Texas at Tyler, M.S.
Northcentral University, EdD
Year Started at TST – 2022

Leann Hettinger

Director of Child Licensing and Extended Support
Year Started at TST – 1985

Brandi Waxman

Extended Enrichment Support
Year Started at TST – 2021

Cissy Abernathy

After graduating from The University of Texas, I began my career in education at The Hockaday School in Dallas as the Assistant Director of Admission. Once married and home in Longview, I received my teaching certification from LeTourneau University and began teaching early childhood students at Trinity.

Eleven years later, I returned to the admission office as Director of Admission for Trinity. I enjoy meeting and introducing prospective families to TST and assisting them as they get to know the school and complete the application process.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking, traveling, and visiting my three children, all TST graduates, at college and graduate school.

Evan Carpenter

I began my teaching career on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, after graduating from Baylor University. After teaching in Fort Hood, I was a gifted and talented specialist near Waco before moving to Longview when my wife was hired at East Texas Baptist University. The time I spent teaching in Waco demonstrated just how much fun learning and teaching can be, and my Master’s program taught me to more effectively integrate technology into my teaching. I thoroughly enjoy challenging my students to do something new with everything they are learning through projects in the classroom.

Outside of school, I enjoy watching sports (especially college football), board games, and escape rooms. My wife and I love hiking when we are able to travel to Colorado to visit her family, and I look forward to playing with my German shepherd, Kiaya, after I get home from work each day.

Ranjit Kodali

I became a member of the TST family in 1988 when I became a student in the 6th grade here upon moving to Longview. I graduated from TST in 1995 as a member of the 5th graduating class. After TST, I attended Southern Methodist University. I graduated from SMU with Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and History. Upon graduation, I went to Washington, D.C. to work for Congressman Ralph Hall whom I first met when he came and spoke to our class in seventh grade at TST. Working on Capitol Hill was one of the most immensely rewarding and valuable experiences of my life. Next, I attended law school at the University of Houston. I graduated in 2003, and I was sworn in to the Texas Bar later that year. I lived and worked in Dallas following law school. I specialized in writing health care policy. I continued my education at the University of Texas at Dallas and received a B.S. in Health Care Studies in order to augment my law degree. During this time, I started to become involved with TST as an alumnus. I became President of the TST Alumni Association. I was extremely excited to be back at the school that had given so much to me. After I moved back to Longview in 2015, I became even more involved in the school as a volunteer. I have always been grateful to TST for its influence on my life. I will never be able to pay back all those who helped to make my TST experience great, but I hope that I can help to keep the TST experience great for future generations of TST students.

Mellissa McCreary

Teaching is my second career. At Texas A & M, I majored in business administration and then worked in banking in the Dallas/Fort Worth area after graduation. Three daughters and a move to East Texas later, I decided to return to school to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in teaching. Upon completion of the program, I began teaching 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts at Trinity School of Texas. Over the years I have also taught middle school ELA and World Geography, STEAM classes for EC-7th grade, and AP Literature and Composition.  I have also served as Curriculum Director, Executive Director of Instruction and Student Engagement, and Interim Head of School. In May of 2022, I graduated from LSUS with a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. I spend my free time traveling with my husband and visiting my daughters (all graduates of TST) and my three grandsons.  

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Brett Reeves

I grew up in Longview and attended Trinity when it was Trinity Day School. After graduating from Spring Hill High School, I attended college and began a career at the Houston Police Department. I retired from Houston PD in 2006 after sustaining an injury on the job. I stayed in the criminal justice field working with socio-economically disadvantaged children. In 2011 – 2016, I coached varsity football at Trinity. I decided to take the next year off so that I could watch my son Marlin play Varsity Football. When I was offered the opportunity to become a part of the TST family full time and Marlin wanting to attend Trinity, I couldn’t say no. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my children compete in their various academic and athletic events, and, of course, watching the Crimson Tide in anything. Roll Tide!

Jessica Wilkinson

I have the honor of serving as Trinity’s Head of Early Childhood and Lower School. I attribute my smooth transition to East Texas and calling Longview home all to the loving family we call Trinity. After graduating from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, I crossed the Red River for nine years attending the University of Oklahoma. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education and Master Degree in Curriculum, Supervision and Administration in the School of Education. I taught first grade for four years in Norman Public Schools. After completing my master’s, I returned to Texas where I taught second grade for seven years at Plano ISD and All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth. My time at All Saints was a gift in which I had the opportunity to experience faith-based education, just like I did while growing up attending Parochial School for twelve years. I was reminded about the important balance of academic excellence and a nurturing environment that I believe Trinity exemplifies. I am proud to say my husband is a graduate of TST, and with much joy, we will have the privilege to watch our two daughters experience Trinity from Early Childhood through Upper School. In addition to enjoying family time with these three Titans, I also love to read, cook, and travel.

Anna Gage

I am a teacher by day and an artist by night. I like to view the world in a unique and beautiful way, just the way I teach the kids to view the world. Children have always been dear to my heart and if they can take anything away from what I teach them is that it is important to love themselves. “I like Me.”- Laura Pelaia

 

Linda Motley

I am an early childhood teacher. I have an associates of arts degree in teaching. I teach three-year-olds. I have been teaching in early childhood for over ten years and I love it. I love pre-school age children – it is a brand new day-every day! I love experiencing the world through their eyes. I enjoy spending time with my family. I love animals; I have two dogs and three cats. I love to sing and listen to Christian contemporary music. I enjoy playing tennis, cooking and working in the yard.

Kelli Rose

I am so excited to be a part of the TST faculty. I began my teaching career in 1999 in Duncanville ISD, where I taught first and second grade. In 2007, I was ready for a change and began teaching in Highland Park ISD. In the summer of 2015, my husband accepted a position with his company in Northern California. I resigned from my job, we packed everything and moved to Sacramento for two years. We loved it, but we also missed Texas and our family. So we packed again and moved back to Texas. This time, instead of Dallas, we chose Longview. I grew up in Marshall and have always loved East Texas. I have two precious kids who also attend TST- Claudia Ann and Wyatt.

Cheryl Dotson

I started my teaching career in Houston, Texas, where I taught first and second grade for 18 ½ years. My husband and I then moved to California where I was a Reading and Math Enrichment teacher for 3 years. Upon returning to Texas in 2009, I was fortunate to join the TST family. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs, George and Sadie.

Rachel Darwin

I grew up in Carrollton, Texas (near Dallas), and I went to college at the University of Texas at Dallas. In my free time I like to read, play the piano, and spend time with my family. My husband, Logan, and I have two children: Caleb and Emily. We also have a cat, Lucky, and three dogs: Sherlock, Junior, and Kuma.

I initially started a career in business management and was quite successful for about six years, but I left the business world to raise my own two children when they were young. I taught both of my children how to read while they were in preschool and there discovered my passion for teaching. So, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I been in the classroom in several different schools as a substitute, aide, and eventually lead teacher for the last eleven years (four years as a lead) prior to starting at Trinity. While I have been in many grade levels in various positions, the majority of my experience ranges with pre-k through first grade. I truly enjoy this age group because I get a chance to teach them how much fun learning can be! Becoming a teacher has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

Blair Parmeter

I consider myself so incredibly blessed to become a member of the TST family.  I have been teaching for the past 22 years in various capacities, including Reading Intervention, Reading Recovery, First Grade classroom teaching, and Librarian.  I am happily married to my husband Joseph, and I have two sons, Clark and Evan.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to teach and serve your children!

Bobbie Tatum

Teaching is a passion of mine. I love children! I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and began my teaching career with Tatum ISD. While at Tatum, I taught grades 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. I have been in education for over 30 years. I am married and our four children have blessed us with 13 wonderful grandchildren. When not teaching, my favorite activity is spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy game nights and beach vacations. I am blessed to be a part of the Trinity family and excited to teach your children.

Sunni Cates

My name is Sunni Cates and I was born and raised in Kilgore, Texas. At a young age I felt the calling to work with children. At age12, I began serving in church. Through my teen and young adult years, I was a high level volunteer. I taught, built lessons and led worship every Sunday.

This led to my acceptance into the internship at the largest church in America, where I learned the nuts and bolts of what it truly takes to run a ministry. After graduating, I pastored a children’s ministry in Arizona as well as in Dallas.

I was instrumental with the launching of HopeKids, Inc. in Dallas. HopeKids is a non-profit Christian ministry similar to Make-A-Wish, but serves locally and on a smaller scale. My heart’s desire is for children to reach their full potential and grasp their uniqueness and importance as individuals.
I have an incredible husband who is my best friend and two amazing kids, Clark and Hadley, who light up my world. We recently relocated to Longview to be closer to our family. We are thrilled to be back and excited to grow roots here. I am honored to work for Trinity and with this amazing team. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your family!

Rachel Alexander

My name is Rachel Alexander and I am a Lower School Assistant. I was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Longview, Texas. I graduated from LeTourneau University with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in education and theology, in 2020. I have a son, named Josiah, who is in the 2nd grade and attends TST. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with my Mom and my awesome son!

Edward Allen

The 2022-23 school year marks year #46 in my teaching career. I am teaching Upper School English and will return as a basketball coach this year (I previously served as TST Head Coach for both the Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball teams) as an assistant to my former student, Coach Lizzie Smith.

I began my career in the fall of 1976 teaching 7th grade grammar in the Arlington ISD. My teaching journey has led me to the Longview ISD, the Pflugerville ISD, the Gilmer ISD, and to Trinity; this is my 10th year at Trinity. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1976 and earned my certification to teach secondary English/Language Arts, civics, and gifted/talented. Along with the late LISD icon Beth Bassett, I founded the LISD Foster Magnet School for the Middle School Gifted in 1991.

I have two sons, Ben and Josh. Ben and his wife Kim are architects in New Orleans and they have one son, three-year-old Henry. Josh is a computer software specialist and he and his wife Tamara are relocating at this writing to Ft. Worth; they have one son Weston (3) and a daughter Camille (1).

In my spare time, I love playing pickleball with my TST pickleball cronies, Jay Brooks, Evan Carpenter, Gary Whitwell, Ranjit Kodali, Steve Lindsey, and Kacey McWilliams. I also enjoy biking.

I am looking forward to another memorable year here at TST.

Stefani Baxter

I am so excited and thrilled to be a part of the TST family! I grew up all over the place as my father was in the Navy. We were stationed in many places across the U.S. The best place we lived would have been Hawaii. It was beautiful. It had sunshine every day and all the pineapples you could eat! When my dad left the Navy, we moved to Deer Park, Texas, where my family is from. I graduated from there, and I went to college at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. In my free time, I like to read, spend time with my family, and travel; also, my husband and I are avid CrossFit attendees. My husband Adam and I have two sons, Brandon and Colin who also attend TST. They absolutely LOVE it here. 

I initially went to school to become an analyst for NASA. My internship was pulled due to funding so I ended up dabbling in accounting and finance for a while. I never felt satisfied with the job I held. It was never fulfilling to me, so I decided to go back and get my teaching certification, and I began teaching here in East Texas. I found that teaching is definitely what I needed! I love to relate to the students and help them when they need it. I make classrooms as fun as I can but also educational.

Mark Horner

I have been involved in ministry and education for over forty years. Here in East Texas, I have taught at Legacy Academy and Christian Heritage Classical School before coming to Trinity. My wife Susan and I moved to Longview in 1997 from West Texas. We have four children and five grandchildren. My spare time interests include spending time with family, photography, film and theater, and music. My faith in God guides me every day and the more I learn, the more amazed I am in God’s love for us and his world. I am thrilled to be at Trinity!

Marietta Liebengood

Prior to teaching, I was a reporter for Dos Mundos bilingual newspaper and served as a campus minister for the University of Kansas. I spent several years abroad where I served as a missionary in Chile and Costa Rica for five years, lived in Scotland for 3 years, and spent summer stints in Argentina and Italy. I have the joy and privilege of traveling with Trinity students to Costa Rica and Spain. I love to take students to Spanish-speaking countries to expose them to different cultures and customs. I’ve had the honor of teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade, and I hope my students are inspired to continue learning Spanish and blessing others through the gift of being bilingual. In my free time, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my husband Kelly and our Trinity Titans Chloe, Caleb, Caedmon, and Campbell. I also enjoy serving with One Hope Presbyterian Church and For the Silent.

Kacey McWilliams

I’m grateful to be part of the TST family as the middle school English teacher. My teaching career began in Anchorage, Alaska, where I received a degree from the University of Alaska in Languages and a Masters in Teaching.  I had spent  most of my career learning and growing as a teacher at a public charter school where I taught both elementary and middle school.

I have three children: Gabrielle, Garren, and Grayson. My hobbies and interests include biking, pickleball, hiking, and traveling to new places.

Mike Meredith

I have been in education over 36 years. I spent twenty-five years teaching middle and high school math in two area schools, Harleton (2 years) and Ore City (23 years). For most of those years, I was a member of the coaching staff. After twenty-five years in the classroom, I decided it was time for a change, and I accepted a position in the Educational Technology department at Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore. While there, I worked as a technology trainer and worked with grant programs that put technology in the schools we served. I spent seven years at Region 7, and then retired from public education. Immediately afterwards, I accepted the job I now have at Trinity, primarily teaching middle school math. This is my fourth year at Trinity.
I have a number of passions. First and foremost is my faith in God. Second is my family. Third is my job. I really like what I do here at Trinity. I love to travel, especially to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Crested Butte, Colorado. I also like cars and motorcycles.
My wife and I live in Longview, and ‘suffer’ from empty nest syndrome.

Brandi Pittinger

I am so excited to be part of the Trinity family. I love the community and sense of belonging that being part of TST brings.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Stephen F. Austin State University. I also hold a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Letourneau University. I have taught math and reading for 9 years. I am excited to learn all about middle school science with the students.

I have been married for 15 years and we have two kids together. They both go to Trinity! As a family, we love to go on adventures together. We especially enjoy camping and doing other outdoor activities. We also have a dog named Toby and a cat named Macy as part of our family.

Teaching is my passion and I am excited for this new journey.

Bridgette Ponder

Trinity School of Texas has been my family for over 20 delightful years. Prior to teaching at TST, I worked in private industry as a manager and taught secondary level mathematics at Longview High School. I have taught many different levels of secondary mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus BC. Currently, as an adjunct professor for LeTourneau University, I am teaching Dual Credit Pre-Calculus (MATH 1303), Dual Credit Calculus I (MATH 1903), Dual Credit Statistics (MATH 1423), and AP Calculus BC. The dual credit offered at Trinity is through the nationally ranked and prestigious LeTourneau University.

In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, researching math topics, riding across the country on the back of a Harley, and exercising. I also love spending time with my family, which includes my twin girls and my son who are Trinity alumni.

Tovah Robertson

As the child of a US Army captain, I had the privilege of living and traveling throughout the United States and Europe. During my father’s service, my family lived in Oklahoma, Texas, New Jersey, and two different regions of Germany. Indeed, I have lived in my home in Longview longer than I have lived anywhere else! My upbringing nurtured in me a deep love and appreciation for history. As a result, I love teaching what I love to the next generation. I try to inject as many of my trips and personal experiences into my instruction as I can because I know that doing so makes history a little more meaningful for the students. History IS and CAN BE fun!

Sandra Villate

I’m from Bogota Colombia.  I moved to the US in 2001 to West Palm Beach, Florida. I’ve been married for over 20 years to Gabriel Medina. We have a son Daniel, TST Senior, and Brianna, TST 7th grader. I enjoy spending time with my family and my church, One Hope. 

Jay Brooks

I have taught Math for 30 years.  I graduated from ETBU. I enjoy fishing and camping on my time off.

Taylor Brown

This is my very first year as a music teacher! Before I came to TST, I lived in Fort Worth, working at a local school district in its Special Education Department.

I’ve always loved music since I was a little kid and started singing in a choir when I was 11 years old! Since then, I have continued to sing through high school, where I decided to become a music teacher! I went and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2018 with a Bachelors in Music to start my music teaching career. 

If I am not singing, you can usually find me working on computers as I love to tinker with technology and see how things work. I also enjoy playing video games from time to time like Legend of Zelda or the old school Super Mario Brothers games. 

When I was in school, my favorite subject, besides music of course, was math.I love solving problems, and math just made sense to me. 

I am so excited to be here, and begin my music teaching with TST! Go Titans!

Carol Hummel

Prior to working at TST served as a resource aide at Maude Laird Middle School in Kilgore for five great years. With Moberly Baptist Churches CDC: and Sunday School department amongst many other positions for twenty non-consecutive wonderful years with MBC.
I attended Kilgore College.
I support the Armed Forces, and am extremely proud of my family representing all branches of the U.S. Military.
When not at school, I enjoy working and relaxing with my husband at our quiet home in the country raising chickens and cows or traveling to antique or hot rod car shows, and, of course, investigating all things related to technology.
My highlight in life is when we spend time with our married children and grandchildren.

Carolyn Jagers

I graduated from Trinity School of Texas in 1991 with the distinction of “Archain Logos.” I continued my education at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, with a degree in Art with a minor in Theatre. At Millsaps, I was involved in The Campus Ministry Team, Habitat for Humanity, and Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary. In addition, I enjoyed serving as the Social Secretary for Phi Mu Sorority. After graduation, I taught in Pusan, South Korea, as an ESL trained elementary teacher. I returned to Longview, and eventually to Trinity where I am now in my 16th year as the Early Childhood and Lower School art teacher. Along the way, I completed my Masters in Teaching from National University in San Diego. In the community I enjoy volunteering at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Gregg County Historical Museum, City of Longview events, and at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church as a lector and a youth minister. Away from school, I like to cook for my family and friends, refinish furniture, enjoy my children, read mystery novels, and constantly redecorate my home. I am married to my husband, Damian, and together we have two children, Gabriel and Beatrix.

Paula Martin

I began my photographic career as a student at Kilgore College, graduating with honors in 2005. During my studies at Kilgore, I worked in the photography department assisting other students, monitoring photo labs and was a staff photographer for student publications.

During this time, my personal photographic work was awarded Most Outstanding Student in Photography and Who’s Who in American Community Colleges. My photographs have been published in the Photography Forum’s Best of College Photography annual three years consecutively. The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association has recognized my photographic essays and photographer Keith Carter selected my work for a traveling state wide exhibition sponsored by the Texas Photographic Society.

In 2007, I earned a B.S. degree in Photography at Texas A&M- Commerce.
My exhibitions include: The Image Gallery, 2003, 2004, 2005; Matthew Dean Johnson Photograph Gallery, 2008, Kilgore College; and the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Gallery, Fall of 2009 and Fall of 2012, Kilgore College.

The Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools State Competition recently awarded my students at Trinity, First, Second, Third and Fourth places in the categories of black and white self-process, commercial and digital photography, digitally manipulated photography, and creative and experimental photography. Trinity students were also awarded First Place in the annual student exhibition for two years consecutively by the
Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

Annie Miller

I began my teaching career teaching band at Nacogdoches ISD after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University. We then moved to Longview where I was a band director and my husband was a construction coordinator. In 2020, I accepted a position as head band director for San Augustine ISD. Through band, I was able to teach my students about self-discipline, perseverance, team work, and critical thinking skills. Now, my family is very excited to return to the Longview area.

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy sewing, reading, and spending time with my husband, Brett, and daughter, Isabelle. I also enjoy playing with my Australian Shepherd, Jinx, after work.

Clint McMullen

I am originally from Lufkin, Texas. I have lived in Longview for 9 years. My wife’s name is Melody and we’ve been married since 2002. We have two dogs and a cat. I was the choir director at Pine Tree Junior High for 6 years before coming to Trinity. I have also taught voice and guitar lessons for 15 years. I love watching movies, reading, and listening to music. I also love to play with my rock band on the weekends!

Lizzie Smith

I consider myself a Longview native having lived here since the age of 9 when my grandfather Robert Babb took over as the priest of Trinity Episcopal Church in 1999. I was enrolled at TST that spring and graduated with the class of 2008. I attended Kilgore College and completed the Licensed Vocational Nursing program. Shortly after, I met my amazing husband Trey and we put down roots in Longview, not wanting to leave this amazing community. In our free time, we enjoy fly fishing, hunting, camping and kayaking. In 2016, I felt a pull to pursue a higher degree and started my journey to obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from WGU while still being an active nurse in the community. Being able to coach and teach at Trinity, a school that meant so much to me, is a dream come true and feels like coming home.  

Amanda Tilley

I am a graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in Graphic Design. 
My career paths have ranged from the world of advertising to public and private art teacher for middle and high school students. When I am not teaching, creating, or designing, you can often find me training for another half marathon or cooking up something tasty for my boys (my husband Jim and my son Logan). Coffee, indie music, and enjoying the great outdoors keep me balanced. 

Art and design are a part of our everyday lives and I love introducing students to the creative process as well as the power visual communication has to shape ideas and culture. Whether students choose a career path in art and design or would like to strengthen their problem solving skills, it’s my joy to be a part of their journey.

Jennifer Jackson

I am thrilled to be on staff at Trinity School of Texas serving in the RN position. After graduating from Longview High School, I attended Texas Christian University where I received a bachelor of nursing degree in 1996. Shortly thereafter, I moved home to Longview to begin my career at Good Shepherd Medical Center. I spent 13 years at GSMC working in the Emergency Department and Interventional Radiology before making a transition to home care case management until 2014. After taking four years away from my career to stay at home, I realized how much I missed being with and caring for others. I consider it a huge blessing to be able to do the job I love at a place I consider to be like home- TST! My husband Drew and I have one daughter, Ann Katherine who has attended TST since she was two years old in 2006. She is now in high school. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my daughter play volleyball and cheer, traveling, and I especially love watching and attending TCU football games!

Sandra Miller

I graduated from Longview High School in 1992. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting Control Systems from the University of North Texas. After having children, I realized I wanted to pursue my teaching degree and I graduated from the PACT program at LeTourneau University. I taught in the Longview ISD for several years before deciding to go back into the accounting field. I have three children, Hannah, Julia and Matthew who are my ROCK. It seems we are constantly on the go with either tennis, Cheer or college events but I love every minute of it and would not change a thing. When I do get any spare time, I enjoy reading, shopping (of course), fishing/camping and absolutely love spontaneous trips with my children.

Leonardo Penaloza

I was born in Mexico, but I moved to the United States thirty-five years ago. After twenty years, I became a citizen of the United States. The first thirteen years of my career were spent at Trinity, Inc. before I moved to Rescar, Inc. where I remained for eleven years. Eventually I found myself at Trinity. I am married and have two children, a son and a daughter. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, gardening, and watching soccer.

Patricia Rodriguez

I am very happy to be back at TST after staying home to raise my children after working at TST for two years in the past. I love being here each day. Everyone at TST is so friendly. When I am not at TST, I enjoy making balloon decorations for my small family business. I have four kids: Raul, Betsey, Brandon, and Leslie. I have been married for over 20 years.

Maria Serrano

I work in the kitchen and clean the school. I enjoy dancing, soccer, football, and shopping.

Stacia Shoults

I attended Trinity School of Texas for twelve years and have always had a special connection with the school. I am honored to currently serve as the Marketing Coordinator for TST. 

I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.A. in International Business. Soon after graduation, I married the love of my life, Hunter, and have spent the majority of my professional career in Marketing and Design.

My husband and I have two children (daughter Cooper and son Barrett “Bear”) who both attend Trinity. They are third generation Titans as my father attended Trinity as well. 

With two children and busy careers, I do not have much down time but in my spare time, I love to spend time with my family on the lake and go fishing. I also love to travel, read, and watch TV/movies.

Courtney Stern

I grew up in Baltimore, MD before heading to the University of Miami to study journalism. My first job after graduation in 2015 took me to North Iowa where I eventually met my husband Tyler, a middle school teacher and coach. We moved to East Texas in 2020 and love being here! After working at several local newspapers and publications as a journalist, I came to work at Trinity in 2022. I am so blessed to be part of this school and I look forward to getting to know each student. I still continue to write and I am a Dog Mom to our two rescue Great Pyrenees, Pebbles and Bam Bam. I also enjoy participating in community theater, knitting, traveling, watching Disney movies and virtual game nights with our friends across the country. My sports fandoms include: Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Miami Hurricanes, Formula 1 racing.

Julie Roberts

As a Longview native, I am very excited to be joining the TST family! A graduate of Texas A&M University, I worked in Dallas as a CPA in public accounting and then corporate accounting before staying home to raise my four children, Madison, Joe, Jenna, and Drew, in Tyler. We discovered my daughters were dyslexic, which led me to find my passion for teaching students with learning differences. I volunteered at my children’s school, All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, for many years before going back to UT Tyler to obtain my teaching certificate. After graduation, I helped start Bridgemark Center for Learning in Tyler, a school for children with learning differences. As a Certified Academic Language Practitioner through my education at the Shelton School in Dallas, I enjoy working with students who struggle with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and dysgraphia. It is incredibly satisfying to help them discover how they learn best, find strategies to succeed, and reveal their strengths.

I recently returned to Longview to marry Murray Roberts and now have three wonderful bonus
children, Laura Cate, Cameron, and Wythe. Laura Cate graduated from TST in 2016! Murray and I have two cats and a puppy. When I am not working or chasing our puppy, Tucker, I love to read, travel, cook, and check in on my kids. Madison is in graduate school, Joe and Jenna are in college, and Drew is in the Navy. Laura Cate works as an interior designer in Dallas, while Cameron and Wythe prepare to start college.

Francisco Vasquez

I work in the kitchen, snack bar, serve food, cook, and do whatever is needed. I also drive the TST bus. I coach middle and upper school soccer. I am married with three kids one boy, Alex, and two girls, Jaquelyn, and Marissa. In my spare time, I love to dance.

Paula Vasquez

I am a 1991 graduate of Gladewater High. I open the cafeteria and snack bar during breakfast, lunch and after school. I prepare and decorate birthday cakes to order. In my spare time, I love to dance and go to the lake.

Jordan Wood

I graduated from LeTourneau University in the Spring of 2021 with a B.S. degree in Communications and Integrated Media Management. I’m excited to start my career at TST and to be staying here in East Texas! I have two wonderful rescue pets, a dog Luna, and a cat Memphis. In my spare time I enjoy being with my friends and family, trying new recipes, bowling in a league, and traveling.

Dr. Sherri Nussbaum

Dr. Sherri Nussbaum LSSP, LPC
Texas A&M BBA, Accounting
University of Texas at Tyler MS, Clinical Psychology
Northcentral University EdD, Exceptional Student Education
 

I have the honor of serving as Trinity School of Texas’ Guidance Counselor. To tell you a little bit about myself, I moved to Longview after graduating from Texas A&M with my husband, Rob. We have four children and have lived most of our lives in Longview, with the exception of a few years overseas in Singapore.

While living in Singapore, I became very involved in the Overseas Family International School, where our children attended school. Students at the Overseas Family School represented nearly 70 countries! Naturally, this posed significant challenges with educating each child with all their diverse needs, languages, and backgrounds. This experience opened my eyes to unique ways to enrich, educate, and support children.

Upon moving back to the USA, I decided to go back to school to further my education in hopes of contributing to and promoting development of children. I attended University of Texas at Tyler to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology and later obtained a doctoral (EdD) in education. After graduation, I obtained licensing as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

and Professional Counselor (LPC). I also hold clinician specialist certifications in the areas of Autism Spectrum and Childhood Anxiety Disorders.

Outside of work, I enjoy time with my family, dogs, and grand dogs. I look forward to the upcoming school year and having an opportunity to get to know each of your children along their journey into adulthood.

Leann Hettinger

I have worked over 30 years at TST. During my early years at Trinity, I worked in a few different areas, including serving as the Director of Extended Day. Those times were so different than it is now. When I first started teaching at Trinity, the school only went to 5th grade. It has been exciting to see all the changes take place and see this school grow into the excellent school that we are today. Each day I am seeing the children of students whom I had in my extended day classes years ago. It makes me feel old, but I know they love Trinity as I do. This is the best place!!

Growing up in Minnesota and coming to Longview in 1982, I have a love for lakes, plants and nature. In my spare time, I decorate and operate a small decorating business. I love to spend time with my husband and two sons and family. I get great joy in watching my three granddaughters in softball and basketball. They are growing up so fast. My dream is to travel more and possibly get back to jewelry making. I plan to stay at TST a while yet to enjoy the children and the school I love.