ADMINISTRATION & STAFF
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.
Mrs. Diana Lim
Head of School
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. ― Plato
Angela Strotz has been a lifelong Whatcom County resident. She spent 13 years working in business administration for a family-owned contracting business and has spent many years in real estate as an investor, property manager, and most recently as a broker. Angela is passionate about theology and discipling women and has served as the Women's Discipleship Coordinator at Legacy Church since 2018. She and her husband Rich have two daughters who have been attending Trinity Classical School since kindergarten. In her free time, Angela loves to go camping or hiking with her family, complete DIY projects, or read from an eclectic array of books.
Mrs. Angela Strotz
Grammar school FACULTY
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.
― C.S. Lewis
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 she 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.
Mrs. Shannon Walker
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. ― Augustine
Julie Smith is a Wyoming native who loves 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 creation. 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. In her free time, she enjoys adventures with her family, epic road trips, reading, and a good cup of coffee.
Mrs. Julie Smith
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. ― Socrates
Michelle Vander Pol graduated from Trinity Christian College in Illinois, with a BA 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.
Mrs. Michelle Vander Pol
Grammar School Dean
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. — Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children
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 firsthand 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.
Mrs. Sjana MacSwan
Second Grade Teacher
Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence. — St. Augustine
Judy Buiter was raised in Colorado, where she attended a small Christian school from first through eighth grades. After a short time in Michigan, God brought her family to Washington state. Judy graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham with a B.A. in Elementary Education, which includes a K–12 endorsement for Language Arts. She has taught third through fifth grade for 25 years and especially enjoys the way that children at this age are so excited about reading and learning as they discover God’s world around them! Judy and her husband Henry have been blessed in God’s great love with four children and ten grandchildren. She is thankful for time spent with her family, reading, hiking, skiing, gardening, and of course, teaching!
Mrs. Judy Buiter
Third Grade Teacher
Not only is God the supreme source of satisfaction for the human soul, but God himself is glorified by our being satisfied in him. Therefore, our pursuit of joy in him is essential.
— John Piper
Kathy Sturm has been married to Craig for 32 years. She is parent to 6 children, and 4 grandchildren. She has her B.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and teaching certification also from the University of Nebraska. She has taught public high school science in Nebraska, Texas and Illinois. She has homeschooled 5 of her children K-12 and has most recently been teaching 2nd grade at Seattle Classical Christian School for the past 5 years. “My prayer is that we would learn to glorify God in all we do as we understand more about His world, how it works, how it impacts our worldview, and how we interact with each other.”
Mrs. Kathy Sturm
Fourth Grade Teacher
You can never be overdressed or overeducated — Oscar Wilde
Jamie Nichols graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Human Services and a minor in education. She spent the last 15 years of her career working in administration with senior citizens in health care. Jamie has been married to Matt Nichols, a financial advisor (and great husband and father). They have three children; twin boys, Liam and Gage, and a daughter, Genevieve. Jamie has volunteered at TCS while her children have been enrolled and remain completely enamored by the true beauty of classical education. The Christ-centered philosophy and deep traditions of the learning environment provide an inspirational, challenging, and wholly unique worldview. Jamie has substitute taught at TCS and loved every minute of it! She is thrilled to have her own classroom this year. In her free time, Jamie enjoys not killing her plants (whenever possible), cooking meals outside in her cast-iron Dutch oven, camping, playing with her kids, reading, challenging her husband to games of Skip-Bo, and wearing animal prints.
Mrs. Jamie Nichols
Fifth Grade Teacher
But courage, child; we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.
― C.S. Lewis
Sophia Southard 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, California. After completing her Student Teaching in 5th grade at Pasadena Christian, she moved back home to Lynden, Washington, 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!
Mrs. Sophia Southard
Sixth Grade Teacher
SECONDARY SCHOOL FACULTY
"Now, this is exactly the claim which I have since come to propound for Christianity. Not merely that it deduces logical truths, but that when it suddenly becomes illogical, it has found, so to speak, an illogical truth." ― G. K. Chesterton
David hails from Northern California, but he has also spent time in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, where he studied math at Amherst College. Whether in the form of obscure riddles or that of math research, he always enjoys making sense out of confusing puzzles. He also cherishes the grace of God that is evident in our ability to even think about such puzzles. Over the years, he has had the privilege of sharing that enjoyment with others in tutoring and summer program contexts, and he is grateful to be able to do the same at TCS. In his free time, David is always up for a good board game or a nice walk on a rainy evening. He also wants to learn to avoid overcooking soup, but he's been putting that on the back burner for a while now...
Mr. David Shuster
The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted ― Jonathan Edwards
Craig Sturm is a follower of Jesus, husband of 32 years to Kathy, dad to five amazing adult children, and grandpa to four precious little ones! He holds a BA in Anthropology from Indiana University and a MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. Craig has over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience both domestic and international. He is passionate about discipling the next generation, and counts it a tremendous privilege to be investing this season of his life in partnership with parents to nurture the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development of young men and women — that their joy and hope would be in God. He is an avid reader, who loves teaching, especially teaching an integrated, Gospel;-centered approach to theology, history, and literature.
Mr. Craig Sturm
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. — Victor Hugo
Avah Vroom 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.
Mrs. Avah Vroom
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, Missouri, 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.
Mrs. Laura Martin
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.