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Headmaster – Mr. Ron Gilley

B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing, University of West Florida
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2011

Mr. Gilley has been a Trinitas parent since 2002. After retiring from business, he served in various capacities on the Board of Governors for nine years. He is an elder in his church and has been married to his wife, Janice, for over twenty-five years. They have two Trinitas educated sons: the eldest formerly attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and is currently at Samford University in Birmingham.  His younger son is in the Fellows Program at Samford University as well. Mr. Gilley is committed to cultivating at Trinitas both a learning community that is committed to classical content and pedagogy, and a culture that exudes the preeminence of Christ in all things.  

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Director of Development – James Cowart

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
B.S. in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2014

Formerly the administrator at a classical school in Tennessee, Mr. Cowart and his wife Joy (who is a former Trinitas teacher and is currently serving as our assistant volleyball coach) have five children, four of whom attend Trinitas.  Mr. Cowart is our Director of Development, but he is often referred to as “in the clutch Cowart” because of his proficiency on the basketball court.  During his first year at Trinitas, he sank the winning basket for the faculty and staff in the last second of the game.

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Office Manager – Kristie Johnson

B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2006

Ms. Johnson joined Trinitas as a substitute teacher and has since taught kindergarten art, music, fourth and fifth grade science, first grade, Pre-Algebra, and has helped lead the Dutiful Daughters and Lost Arts clubs. She manages Trinitas special events and the office.  Ms. Johnson has one daughter who attends Trinitas and is an ardent volleyball and baseball supporter and fan.

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School Secretary – Rebecca Peterson

A.A. Pensacola State College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2012

Mrs. Peterson returned to Trinitas in 2016 after a brief sabbatical.  She and her husband, Sam, are parents to three sons and one daughter.  Mrs. Peterson loves reading mysteries and thrillers, and with three boys you can imagine she also loves sports and the outdoors. 

Librarian- Mrs. Heather Johnson

Mrs. Johnson is a Trinitas alumna and holds an AA from New Saint Andrews College.

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2018

She is a voracious reader both on her own and also with local book clubs where she discusses great literature with others who share her passion for good books.  As an intellectual and a lover of literature, as well as a mother of young children who also devour good books, Mrs. Johnson is uniquely suited to be the next Trinitas librarian.

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Bookkeeper – Theresa Howell

Mrs. Howell works tirelessly to help the administration and students in countless ways but concentrates on Trinitas income and expenses. Originally from Texas, Mrs. Howell has called Pensacola home for over 20 years. She and her husband Curtis were original Trinitas parents with two children, one of whom is a Trinitas graduate. Mrs. Howell’s granddaughters are our first Trinitas legacies. She whistles while she works and was the proud owner of our Trinitas mascot, Beauregard, a parakeet who used to mimic her whistle, cough, and even her laugh.

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School Nurse – Emily Hunter

B.S. Nursing-Auburn University 1995

Joined Trinitas Staff 2016

Mrs. Hunter graduated in nursing from Auburn University in 1995 and has worked in cardiac care and dermatology.  After being a homemaker for 14 years and rearing three children, she came back to work wearing several different hats.  Emily works only part time in the school office and loves passing her son in the hallway who is currently in the 10th grade .  Her two older children graduated from Trinitas in 2016 and 2018.


Academic Dean/Chaplain – Justin Hughes

M.T.S. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School, thesis pending
M.A. in Trinitarian Theology and Culture, New Saint Andrews College
B.A. in Religion, University of Mobile
Joined the Trinitas staff (again) in 2017
The Rev. Justin Hughes has more than ten years’ experience in classical and Christian education, having worked as both teacher and administrator at schools in Florida, Idaho, and North Carolina.  Justin has taught subjects as diverse as Algebra, history, literature, theology, Latin, and music to students of all ages.  Now, in his role as Academic Dean, Justin works to ensure excellence in K-12 curriculum and instruction, and he supports the faculty’s work in the classroom.  As Chaplain, Justin cares for the spiritual well-being of the Trinitas community, and he helps teachers bring the Christian tradition to bear on their classrooms and subject matters.  Justin and his wife stay busy raising their four children, all of whom are Trinitas students.  Justin is a deacon ordained in the Anglican Church of North America.