Logic & Rhetoric Faculty

Julie Kauntiz

Math – Julie Kaunitz

 B.S. Secondary Education, May 2015 Pensacola Christian College (with teaching fields focused on music and science); M.S.E.  Music Education, May 2017, Pensacola Christian College

Joined Trinitas Staff in 2017

Julie and her electrical engineer husband are newlywed and enjoy working on their new house and spending time in the garden.  You may even run into them at Lowes one afternoon!  Julie will be teaching math and science to the logic and rhetoric students this year and doing some piano instruction as well. 





Traditio & Writing – Joshua Butcher

PhD in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M, pending dissertation
M.A. in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Texas A&M University
B.S. in Speech Communication, Liberty University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2010

Mr. Butcher has four sons, two who are current Trinitas students. He is known as one of the most genuinely nice men you will ever meet. He was a collegiate athlete and lover of all things manly like shooting guns and collecting knives, which endears him to all of our young men. With the students, he is beloved for being the king of analogies and corny puns. Mr. Butcher is the author of several articles including “Plato on Rhetoric: The Gorgias and The Phaedrus” in Classis and blog posts on the CiRCE Institute.


Science – Lockett DeGraaf

B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Troy University
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015

The mother of two Trinitas students, Mrs. DeGraaf has directed and tutored homeschool groups, worked as a biologist as a watershed coordinator and hydrologist, and even worked in a nuclear power plant. She presented her graduate research findings at the annual meeting of the World Aquaculture Society in Honolulu, Hawaii, and continues her graduate studies in Biology at the University of West Florida. Mrs. DeGraaf is quite the daredevil, enjoying hang gliding, trail running, running 5Ks to ultra-marathons, and has taught paddleboard, yoga, and pilates.


Traditio & Writing – Sean Hadley

Ph.D. Humanities, Faulkner University (In Progress)
M.Div. Christian Thought, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2017)
M.A. Theological Studies, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (2011)
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of West Florida (2008)

Joined the Trinitas staff in 2014.

Rhetoric Book Club Advisor, Thesis Director

Mr. Hadley has a love of learning best exemplified by his continual personal academic career. While he is pursuing his doctoral degree through the Great Books Honor College at Faulkner University, he has published book reviews and essays in journals such as the Journal of Faith and the Academy and the Journal of Baptist Theology & Ministry. Additionally, he has given talks on topics related to American Literature and Christian Education. Mr. Hadley revels in analyzing the paradigms and underlying assumptions of the cultural currency surrounding us, both in media and conversational forms. Mr. Hadley and his wife have three young sons and a daughter.


Rebecca Smith

Teaching Assistant and After-care – Rebecca Smith

B.A. in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College.  Graduated  May 2017
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2017

Miss Smith has been a lifelong resident of Pensacola and has been in Christian schools her entire life.  She enjoys sports and playing soccer.  Her musical talents include playing piano and the violin. She loves the outdoors and is always up for the adventure of trying new things.  Being with children in an educational setting has given her great joy and purpose and she is looking forward to joining our staff here at Trinitas.

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Private Music  – Yoana Hilt

M.A. in Choral Conducting, Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Music, flute performance, Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2010

Mrs. Hilt enjoys playing piano and flute for weddings and churches, in addition to being a part of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Niceville, FL. She loves to take long walks on the beach and swim. She and her husband have their first child due in November of  2016.  She will continue to teach private music lessons because she loves to encourage and inspire young artists to increase their talents for God’s glory!


Traditio, Latin – Sean Johnson

M.A. in English, University of Dallas
B.A. in Liberal Arts & Culture with a minor in History, Theology & Rhetoric, New Saint Andrews College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013
National Honor Society Advisor, Classic Film Society Advisor

Originally from Oregon, Mr. Johnson is a talented chef (he almost went to culinary school instead of college), married a Trinitas alum, and is expecting their second child in November, 2015. Mr. Johnson is the resident Chesterton expert, and is editing a G. K. Chesterton compilation as well as other projects for MudHouse Press. His moonlighting as a movie reviewer for FilmFisher.com makes him most qualified for his position as the Classic Film Society advisor. He is also most qualified on staff to teach the boys to tie a bowtie.


Art & Physical Education- Stephen Kivisalu

M.A. in Studio Art & Illustration, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. in Visual Communication with a minor in advertising, Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2012
Athletic Director

Mr. Kivisalu, Coach K as he is most often addressed, is originally from New York and makes at least an annual visit there with his Husky, Denali. A skilled graphic designer, Coach K applied his skill by designing the new Trinitas logo. He also enjoys oil painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, playing the violin, and all things sports. He won an Award of Merit as well as the Bobe’s Hobby House Merchandise Award in the First City Juried Art Show at Quayside Gallery.

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Greek – Dennis Louis

M.Div. in Biblical Exegesis, Reformed Theological Seminary
M.A. Pensacola Theological Seminary
B.A. Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2015

Pastor Louis serves as the Assistant Pastor of Discipleship at McIlwain Presbyterian Church and is the Executive Theological Editor for the RAANetwork. Pastor Louis has a passion for teaching biblical languages and theology to God’s people. His family and friends describe him as a Bibliophile, a label that he accepts unashamedly. Beyond his enjoyment of books, Pastor Louis is a self-styled Iron Chef with a penchant for grilled cuisine. Pastor Louis has a wife and three small children – they keep him active and adventurous!


Math – Mary Stout

B.A. in Business Administration, Belmont College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2003

Mrs. Stout has been at Trinitas long enough to work alongside her son-in-law! She is a grandma, or Deedee, times four, and the mom of four Trinitas alums. She makes delicious fried chicken and biscuits, claims bread baking (from the wheat berries, now that’s from scratch) and enjoys thread crafts (she’s won several Pensacola State Fair blue ribbons). An avid reader, she maintains her prowess in math and science by reading scientific journals and books and also likes reading Jane Austin, C.S. Lewis, and Ravi Zacharias. Mrs. Stout is a true math and science geek; she loves to watch college classes online from MIT to expand her subject knowledge for teaching.


Music & Chorus – Ed Varela

M.A. in Music (Choral Conducting), Pensacola Christian College
B.A. in Church Music (piano), Pensacola Christian College
Joined the Trinitas staff in 2013

Mr. Varela has three children, two of whom are enrolled at Trinitas. He enjoys impressionistic art, dressing like a surfer dude, and playing basketball. A leader of various music programs at his church, he produces plays and musicals for varying age groups each summer which are quite impressive. Mr. Varela, a concert pianist, is highly sought after, often traveling great distances to share his talents with large groups. He has participated in several productions that included seventeen pianists moving around on greater than ten pianos.