Discipleship and spiritual formation are less about erecting an edifice of knowledge than they are a matter of developing a Christian know-how that intuitively understands the world in light of the Gospel.” ― James K.A. Smith
Diana Lim studied early childhood education at the University of Montana. She taught pre-kindergarten in Bellingham for five years before moving into administration roles within the business sector and at Christ Church Bellingham. Diana is passionate about Classical Christian education and began working as the Head of School of Trinity Classical School in 2016. Diana is a wife to Arthur, mother to Lily and Julianna and Ryder. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, camping in the family's 1960s vintage trailer and playing games with her kids.
Head of School
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
Shannon Walker graduated from Western Washington University with a dual-endorsement in elementary education and special education. She has five children and is married to Pastor Nate Walker of Christ Church Bellingham. Classical education is something that Mrs. Walker is passionate about and is eager to help build a solid foundation in the kindergarten classroom. She loves the enthusiastic, inquisitive, and eager spirit of little children and is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with these little souls. She loves to cook, be with friends, play tennis, and embark on creative endeavors. Through all of life, she has seen the Lord’s faithfulness and always present love
"Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul." - St. Augustine
Julie Smith is a Wyoming native who has fallen in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She has been married to her husband Jimmy for over 18 years. They have two children, Ethan and Ella, and a spoiled Alaskan Malamute. Julie served eight years in the United States Army in both active and reserve components. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Brownsville and has been working towards her MA in Education from Grand Canyon University. In Bellingham, she had the privilege to teach preschool and pre-kindergarten for several years. She has found her passion for sharing the joy of learning with children and exploring God’s beautiful world. Julie has fallen in love with the classical model of education as it allows a foundation where students can lovingly grow and develop spiritually and intellectually. She is thrilled to be part of the TCS family and to be in the Kindergarten classroom. In her free time, she enjoys adventures with her family, epic road trips, reading, and a good cup of coffee.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” - Socrates
Michelle Vander Pol graduated from Trinity Christian College in Illinois, with a B.A. in elementary education. She taught 1st grade in an inner-city school in Chicago for four years before moving to southern California. In California, she taught pre-kindergarten at a Christian School for eight years. She then found a Classical school in the area where she taught kindergarten-prep for three years. It was there that she fell in love with the Classical model of education. Michelle is so blessed to be a part of Trinity Classical. She loves teaching the first grade because they are eager learners and have an excitement for discovering new things. She and her husband Mark have two beautiful children who attend Trinity. Together as a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, bike riding and playing games together.
Michelle Vander Pol
Grammar School Director
First Grade Teacher
Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we are in a book that God's writing? If I were writing the book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right- in the way that's best for us.” - The Railway Children- Edith Nesbit
Sjana MacSwan was born in Bellingham and graduated from Western Baptist College (now called Corban University) in Salem, Oregon with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in a Christian school. Sjana and her husband, Brian, moved back to Bellingham following God’s call to plant Legacy Church. During the formation and throughout the first few years in the life of this new church, God used Sjana’s passion for children’s discipleship and education experience to build a gospel-centered children’s ministry within the church. Sjana and Brian have been blessed with three children, Hunter, Makenna, and Karis, all of whom attend TCS. Having experienced the benefits of classical education first hand in the lives of her children, Sjana has become a strong advocate for classical education. She is inspired and grateful for what it has produced in her own children and is excited about partnering with families to disciple other young lives. She loves reading, baking, being with her family, and spending time on the Oregon Coast.
Second Grade Teacher
The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” - G.K. Chesterton
Linda has been involved in classical education since 1996. Along with her husband, Tim, she was numbered among the charter families that helped establish a classical school in Spokane during the mid-nineties where their three boys flourished in the classroom under the guidance of dedicated teachers in the classical method. Their daughter, MingMei (now at TCS), also attended three years at the school. During these years Linda worked at the school in various roles, both in the office and classroom. In 2013 they relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii where they carried on the classical tradition with homeschooling. Linda had the privilege of serving as the founding director for the Diamond Head Classical Conversations Community on Oahu. God brought their family to Bellingham a couple of years later where we discovered TCS. Currently, she is delighted to be in the third-grade classroom. Linda loves to teach and she finds immense joy in helping children learn in a nurturing environment with a gospel-centered worldview. In her free time, you will find her enjoying outdoor activities, including running and hiking. She also has a passion for reading and cooking.
Third Grade Teacher
For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth." - Plutarch
Kira attended high school at a classical school in Eagan, MN, and is thrilled to be back in the world of classical education. She graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and minors in theater and communication. At Grove City, Kira met her husband Bradley, who grew up in the Skagit Valley - they are thrilled to be back making their home in Washington! In her free time, Kira enjoys socializing with friends and family over interesting foods and spending time exploring God's creation. Kira loves reading, watching, and telling stories of all kinds - from classical theater to new novels and everything in between. She is thrilled to be teaching the fourth-grade class and looks forward to helping each student discover the world's greatest Story.
Fourth Grade Teacher
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Kate Ellis is married to Brannon, an elder at Christ Church Bellingham, and they have three children, Lily, Callum, and Isaac. Kate graduated from Ball State University (Indiana) with a degree in Sociology. She homeschooled for seven years and was involved in Classical Conversations as a tutor, in the process becoming more and more convinced of the wisdom and effectiveness of classical education. While Kate is from Indiana, she has lived all over the place—including Chicago, the Deep South, Southern California, and the east coast of Scotland. She came to Bellingham four years ago and has found the place her heart loves best. In her free time, Kate loves to sew, look for interesting beach creatures during low tides, hike, read, and spend time with friends.
Fifth Grade Teacher
But courage, child; we are all between the paws of the true Aslan”
Sophia Van Zonneveld graduated from Providence Christian College in 2018, with a Liberal Studies degree, specializing in Education & Humanities. She enjoyed the beautiful beaches, artsy atmosphere, and the warm sunshine in Pasadena, CA. After completing her Student Teaching in 5th grade at Pasadena Christian, she moved back home to Lynden, WA, to substitute teach in public and private schools. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar, reading, and discovering new coffee shops. Sophia is thrilled to join the TCS team, united in the goal of forming young men & women shaped by the Word of God, skilled in the art of logic and eloquence.
Soli deo Gloria!
Sixth Grade Teacher
No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Will Southard is a native of Whidbey Island, WA, and concentrated in English and Biblical and Theological Studies at Providence Christian College. He has done graduate work at Westminster Seminary California and Cascade School of Theology, and is currently pursuing his MA in Theology. Will has worked in public education for several years, with a focus on special education. He is thrilled to join the TCS community and integrate his love of learning with his love for the gospel. In his free time, Will enjoys reading, discovering new music, exploring Bellingham, and drinking too much coffee.
Logic School Teacher
The love of knowledge and truth should invite us to continue learning. The love of others should compel us to teach."
- Augustine of Hippo in Answers to the Eight Questions of Dulcitius, 3
Amy and her husband Mike, an elder at Christ Church Bellingham, have been married 19 years and have 6 children. A veteran of classical education, Amy has experienced every stage of learning while homeschooling her children over the last 12 years prior to joining Trinity. While working as a tutor in Classical Conversations, she was able to lead a group of high school students, allowing her to experience the goal of a classical education: young citizens capable of critical independent thought and the rhetorical skills to glorify God and inspire others as they communicate those ideas. This ignited in her a passion to encourage others in this manner of education. Amy describes herself as the “lead learner” of her classroom. She knows her enthusiasm for discovering all that God has made knowable across all subjects is contagious and hopes to pass on a desire to never stop learning to all those under her care.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
- Anatole France
Jennifer Lasley is married to Micah and they have 4 kids between the ages of 6 and 11. Jen graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and has spent the last 6 years homeschooling their children using the classical model. Jen has participated in Classical Conversations communities in the various cities that they have lived in (mostly Washington) and has had the privilege of tutoring and leading in various roles along the way. She has a strong passion for teaching the tools of learning through a classical model. In her free time she loves spending time with friends, eating good food, and spending time enjoying the outdoors.
Science & Math Director
Secondary Science & Math
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo
Avah Moles studied violin and vocal technique at the Peterson Conservatory of Music and Arts in Skagit County and is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in History through Liberty University. She has performed as a classical vocal soloist with the North Stars Chamber Orchestra for music festivals in the Czech Republic, Italy, and Portugal. In 2015 she began working as a violin coach for the Mount Baker Youth Symphony and discovered the joy of helping children grow in their knowledge and love of music. She has been teaching music privately for several years since then as well as coaching at youth symphonies and music camps. Avah is excited to pass her love of music and glorifying the Lord through song on to the students at Trinity Classical School. When she isn't singing, Avah enjoys hiking, reading, and working as a youth leader for Christ Church Bellingham.
Without the gospel, a Christian school is nothing, and without a proper understanding of justification, the gospel is nothing.”
- Douglas Wilson
Carol has been the Trinity Classical School secretary since 2017. Before that, she owned a commercial fishing business for 28 years. She is an active member of Christ Church Bellingham. She is the mother to two girls and grandmother to seven grandchildren. In her free time, she loves to walk with her friends, care for her grandchildren and be outside.
For now treat the Scripture of God as the face of God. Melt in its presence." - Saint Augustine
Nate has been the pastor of Christ Church Bellingham since 2009 when the church began. He studied Mathematics at Western Washington University (BS, MS) and the University of Washington. He received a MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and has been ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America since 2009. Nate and his wife Shannon have four children at TCS, and are passionate about assisting Christian parents in discipling their children. Nate likes any sport with a ball, reading, running, backpacking, and he loves the Lord Jesus who has never failed him.
Pastor Nate Walker
The object of education is to love what is beautiful.” - Plato
Laura attended Western Washington University and received a BA in Communications. During her time at WWU, she met Gabe and they married in 2002. After working in various marketing and public relations roles, she now enjoys being a mom to their three boys. When it was time to decide where their boys would attend school, it was the Christian, classical model presented by Trinity Classical School in 2013 that made sense. And so began their family’s Christian, classical education journey.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. - Augustine
Heather brings over 20 years of teaching experience, including teaching her own 5 children. She has consulted with and started multiple schools and programs including classical schools, colleges, and performing arts programs. She has also helped develop a special needs program that can be adapted to fit existing school models.