“I love being a student at Trinity because of the wonderful faculty members. Each individual and unique class I take is paired with an equally individual and unique teacher. The passion they have for their subjects influences me every day. They inspire me to work harder and show me the beauty in all areas of study. Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious, and I am grateful for every single one of them!”

Trinity Student

Beth Schmitz '01

Head of School

B.A. Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2005. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2005-present. Head of School 2017-present. Ms. Schmitz has been on the faculty of Trinity School at River Ridge for twelve years. She has a wide range of experience within Trinity Schools including significant work in teacher training, curriculum development and the admissions process. She is an alumna of Trinity School at River Ridge.

Patrick Murphy

Associate Head of School and Academic Dean

Ed.S. Educational Administration, University of St. Thomas, 1992; M.A. Educational Administration, University of St. Thomas, 1985; B.A. Education, Central Florida University, 1975; Faculty: St. Raphael School, 1979-1983; Principal; St. Bridget's School, 1984-1990. National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study Machiavelli, 1993. Trinity School at River Ridge, 1990-present.

Steve Hendrickson

Dean of Boys

B.A. Mathematics, Indiana University at South Bend, 1992. Trinity School at River Ridge, 1993-1996,1998-present.

Anne Spinharney

Dean of Girls

M.A. Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2016; B.A. History, Hillsdale College, 2012. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Christopher Adderley

B.A. Classics and Drama, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2013. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, 2013-2015; Aspen Academy, 2015-2016; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Matthew Axvig

B.A. Philosophy, Calvin College, 2001. Blacksburg New School, 2001-2002; Peace Corp Moldova, 2002-2004; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2006-2011; St. John’s Orthodox Academy, San Francisco, 2011-2012; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2013-present.

Linda Baisch

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1979. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2003-present.

Jon Beane

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1993; B.A. Philosophy, Roosevelt Universtiy, 1986. Trinity School at River Ridge 1997-2007, Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria, Ave Maria, FL, 2007-2015, Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family, Downers Grove, IL, 2015-2017, Kingswood Academy, Darien IL, 2017-2018; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2018-present.

Henry Brink '16

B.A. English, Hillsdale College, 2020. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2020-present.

Andrew Carr '10

B.A. Philosophy, English, University of St. Thomas, 2014. The Art Academy, 2006-2016; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Caleb Dahl '13

B.S. Mathematics, Union University, 2016. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2017-present.

Sarah Ennis '04

M.Ed. University of Notre Dame, 2016; B.A. Catholic Studies, Literature and Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, 2014. Incarnate Word Academy, 2014-2016; Saint Agnes School, 2016-2020; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2020-present.

Nicholas Fox '01

M.A. Humanities, University of Chicago, 2011; B.A. Philosophy, Studio Art, Boston College, 2005. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2011-present.

Andrew Gaylord '98

M.A. Systematic Theology, St. John’s University, 2008; A.B. Fundamentals: Issues and Texts, University of Chicago, 2002. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2002-2013; Taktse International School, Sikkim, India, 2013; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2017-present.

Beth Gothmann

 B.A. Music Education, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, 1984. Richfield Public Schools, 1987-1988; Morristown Public Schools, 1985-1987; Trinity School at River Ridge 2017-present.

Mikaela Herndon

B.A. English, Hillsdale College, 2020. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2020-present.

Tyler Herndon

M.T.S. History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame, 2020; B.A. English, Hillsdale College, 2014. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2015-2018 and 2020-present.

Bradley Lindberg

B.A. Latin, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2006. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2010-present.

Leslie Nelson-Abell

Faculty and Associate Director of Admissions

M.A. Teaching, Relay Graduate School of Education, 2017; B.A. English, St. Olaf College, 2008. New Orleans College Prep, 2014-2017; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2018-Present.

Jakob Olson '04

B.A. Mathematics, Secondary Education, Carthage College, 2008. Burnsville Alternative High School, 2008-2011; Trinity School at River Ridge 2011-present.

Graham Pardun

 B.A. Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005. Northwest Passage, 2013-2015; Metro Schools, 2015-2016, Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Jayne Pasternak

Graduate studies, Theology, The Augustine Institute, 2016-2019; B.A. Geology, Carleton College, 2015. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2019-present.

Anna Payne '16

B.A. English, Hillsdale College, 2020. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2020-present.

Jonathan Peasley

B.A. Classics, English, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2008. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2010-present.

Ellen Peters

B.A. Political Science, Davidson College, 2014. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Kevin Peters

M.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014; B.S. Chemistry, Davidson College, 2012. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2015-present

Suzanne Peyrebrune

B.A. Latin, Hillsdale College, 2019. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2019-present.

Jennifer Pintozzi

B.A. Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1989. Trinity School at Greenlawn, 1990-1996; Trinity School River Ridge, 1996-present.

J. Wesley Rohrer

B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College, 2012. Grand Lake School, 2000-2004; Stirling School, 2004-2006; Central School, 2012-2014; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2015-present.

Claire Rubio (Trinity School at Meadow View '16)

B.A. Applied Mathematics, University of St. Thomas, 2020. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2020-present.

Molly Rumpza '09

B.A. Latin & Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2014. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2014-present.

John Seipp

Faculty and Director of College Guidance

M.A. Curriculum & Instruction with Certificate in Learning Technology, University of St. Thomas, 2014; B.A. German, History, Theater, Concordia College-Moorhead, 1989. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2012-Present.

John Stauble '98

 B.A. Catholic Studies and Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, 2002. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2002-present.

Abbey von Gohren

M.A. in French Studies with a concentration in Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2006; B.A. French Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2003. Graduate Instructor in French, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2004-2005. English Language Instructor and Coordinator, Charles V, Department of English, University of Paris VII, 2006-2009; Graduate Instructor in French, Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2009-2011; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2011-present.