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

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

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.

Penelope Arndt

Dean of Girls

B.A. Psychology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities,1986. National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study Machiavelli, 1996. Trinity School at River Ridge, 1987-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.

Patrick Buchanan

A.A. Psychology, Kaplan University, 2014. Athletic Director, Trinity School at River Ridge 2014-present, Faculty, 2018-present.

Beth Bulger

M.A. English, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1980; B.A. English, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1975. Diocese of St. George's in Grenada, 1988-1991; Saskatoon Region Community College, 1980-1981; Saskatoon Business College, 1981-1982; Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Church of St. Mary, ESL Program for Hmong, 1982-1986; Trinity School at River Ridge 2018-Present.

Kathleen Buri

Graduate studies, Education, Northwestern University, 1972, 1974; B.A. Elementary Ed./Special Ed., University of Northern Iowa, 1972. Trinity School at River Ridge, 1988-present.

Andrew Carr

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

Colleen Coleman

B. A. English, Hillsdale College, 2017; Trinity School at River Ridge, 2017-present.

Breana Dahl

B.S., General Biology, Union University, 2016. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2016-present.

Caleb Dahl

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

Nicholas Fox

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

Andrew Gaylord

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, Sikkin, 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.

Bradley Lindberg

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

Anne Morath

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

Leslie Nelson-Abell

Faculty and Associate Director of Admissions

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

Jakob Olson

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.

Jonathan Peasley

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

Jennifer Pintozzi

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

Mary Radtke

M.S. Education, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1990; B.S., Education, University of North Dakota, 1976. Faculty: Prescott (WI) Public Schools, 1985-1994; Trinity School at River Ridge, 1994-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.

Molly Rumpza

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

Deborah Salmon

B.A. English, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1977. Trinity School, 2001-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.

Jeffrey Showalter

B.A. English, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1999. Trinity School at River Ridge, 2000-present.

John Stauble

 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.