Mr. Fitzgerald enjoys golf, spending time with his family and more golf. “Trinity Christian allows me to live out my two passions - working with kids and my faith in Jesus Christ. As the Principal, I am challenged to continue to grow in my walk with the Lord as I try to lead humbly, but with conviction.” He received his BA in Economics from Stanford University, and his MA Ed in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. He is certified as an Athletic Administrator through NIAAA and holds ACSI Teacher Certification. Prior to joining TCHS in 2011, he had 16 years in education as a Teacher, Principal and Athletic Director.
Vice Principal, Business Manager, Admissions Director
Mrs. Lares reads just about anything and avidly supports Bay Area sports – especially the SF Giants! “I work at TCHS because I am passionate about Christian education - what it means in the life of a student, in their family and in the Kingdom of God. I love the family of Trinity Christian High School!” She received her BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining TCHS in 2005, she was the Business Manager for the Monterey Bay Charter School for 9 years and the Operations Manager for a Carmel stock brokerage firm for 12 years.
Mrs. Espinoza enjoys hiking, knitting, playing cribbage, gardening, reading a good book as well as a good Bible study! Always on her heart are her children and precious grandchildren. “Working at TCHS is a ministry to me. It gives me the opportunity to serve many people who come through my office - students, parents, teachers and co-workers. I love people! It is an honor for me to be able to listen and love each person with the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.” Mrs. Espinoza holds an AA degree from Pierce College. Prior to joining TCHS in 2006, she served in the Front Office of Monte Vista Christian School for 8 years.
Director - I.T.
Mr. Liebig enjoys photography, playing contemporary jazz and Christian music (keyboards), running, hiking, and is remodeling his house in the Del Monte forest. “I’ve taught for 26 years, 5th grade through high school. I am a middle school youth leader at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey. I was a manager of information systems for a Fortune 500 company in the 80s for eleven years. I have AA, BS, and MBA degrees from CSUS and CSEB (CSUH). I like to work with and hope to help young people as they navigate the world we inhabit. I want Jesus to lead my walk and to share that with youth and everyone I meet.”
Athletic Director, High School Art and P.E., Prep Program Bible and P.E.
Mrs. Lombardi enjoys being outdoors doing various activities with her family, especially swimming, hiking, and walking our dogs. Her personal time is spent readying, drawing/painting and doing various types of works outs, including Cross Fit. “TCHS is a place where teachers and students engage in transformative learning. It lays the foundation for spiritual formation, personal growth, and training in serving others. We have strong academics, talented athletes, but that is not our primary focus. I love that we allow students to discover their purpose, to grow in confidence with the direction God has put on their heart and that we are able to guide them through that process.” Mrs. Lombardi started at TCHS in 2012 as our Softball Coach. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts, Graphic Design from Colorado Mesa University and is CBEST Certified. She is a CFL1 CrossFit Instructor and holds Certificate in Lay Counseling through Shoreline Community Church.
“Jilla” is certified through Therapy Dogs International and has recently gone through a career change – from a Guide Dog for the blind to Therapy Dog. Jilla likes to play with her sister Malaya, chew on bones and go for long walks on the beach. She came to TCHS in 2019 “because I love to comfort students and get my belly rubbed”.
Prep Program Teaching Assistant
“Ms. A” enjoys reading, the beach and going on road trips. She chooses to teach at a Christian school because “Christian education helps to inspire and mold the next generation of leaders, missionaries and world changers and I am excited to play even a small part in such a mission!” Ms. A joined the staff at TCHS in 2019 and is working toward the completion of her BA in English from Regent University.
Prep Program Teacher, Program Administrator
Mrs. Ayers loves to spend time with her family, playing games, taking long rides or sharing a meal together. When given the opportunity, she loves to travel to see the amazing world that God has created. “I count it as a privilege to work in a Christian School. I am honored to spend time with my students and to be able to help them gain knowledge in so many areas. I am so blessed that each day I can share the love of God with my students. When God’ love break through the heart of a student, and they finally see how much God loves, them nothing beats being a part of that!” Prior to joining TCHS in 2017, Mrs. Ayers taught for 8 years in the classroom and 9 years as a homeschool teacher. She hold a BA in Applied Communication from Point Loma Nazarene University and an MAT Education from Liberty University. She is CBEST certified and is completing the work on her teaching credential.
Prep Program Drama
Mrs. Bouwens loves dancing, making jewelry and listening to music. “I chose this school for many reasons, the biggest being the freedom the share my love for God with the students. The school allows the students to be creative and they are able to participate in sports as well as the arts. We are more like a family here and seeing my own sons excel and love this school, shows me, every day, how truly wonderful that is.” Mrs. Bouwens holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance and AEA certification.
Mrs. Britain enjoys the opportunity to travel and explore different cultures. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband, two daughters and her beagle. “The main reason I choose to teach at a Christian school is the freedom to share with my students how much God loves them and has a perfect destiny for their lives. I also choose to teach science from the Biblical world view and working at a Christian school allows me the freedom to show Christ in Science.” Mrs. Britain has a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Fullerton and an MA Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.
Prep Program Bible, PE Teacher
Mr. Collazo loves to read, watch movies and work out. “I love Jesus and love people. The opportunity to invest my life into helping students discover Jesus and to follow Jesus is exciting to me.” He hold an AA in Theology from Calvary Chapel Bible College and a BS in Church Business Administration. His ACSI certification is in process.
Pastor Combs enjoys all things related to baseball, soccer, tennis, golf and disc golf. He likes funny things and serious things, laughing and philosophy. He is so grateful for knowing Jesus, his cool wife Tiffany and their four rad kids. “ Christian education provides a platform for the training of the next generation of people who will follow Jesus and lead boldly, I love building relationships with students and their families with the awesome opportunity to point kids to Jesus while helping to prepare them for success as they figure out what kind of life God is calling them to.” Pastor Combs hold a BS in Theology from Liberty University and his ACSI Certification in Theology. He is the Lead Pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Seaside has served as Youth Pastor and Worship Leader at Sanctuary Bible Church for 23 years. He has been with TCHS since 2013.
Miss Cruz loves to read, write, play soccer and spend time with her family. “I chose to teach at a Christian School because I believe that education should be conducive to knowing, loving, and serving God.” Her BS in History is from Hillsdale College and her MA Secondary Education is from The University of Michigan. She holds a Michigan State Teaching credential and ACSI certification as a secondary science teacher (pending).
Mrs. Dell delights in venturing into creating different international dishes to cook. She also enjoys Bible readings and discussions in small groups to meditate deeper in God’s ways. “I continue to love teaching at Trinity because we are free to express the love of Christ and pour it into our students. As I daily experience my students’ genuine tenderness, personalities and energy, it inspires me to be a Spanish teacher who also helps them build strong character.” She joined TCHS in 2015 and holds a BA in Geography from the University at Buffalo, NY.
Mr. Leonard enjoys swimming, spending time with family, cooking, following sports and politics. “I find that I can’t teach with any amount of authenticity, unless my faith and values are incorporated in my daily class structure. Trinity Christian allows me that opportunity. This is the most important thing to me, professionally and spiritually.” Prior to joining TCHS in 2013, Mr. Leonard spent 8 years as a coach and teacher. He has a BA History with an English minor from Cal Poly, SLO and ACSI certified as a secondary History teacher.
Mrs. Minnis enjoys going to the beach as much as possible with her two dogs who love the beach as much as she does! She hikes and camps with her husband and enjoys traveling around California. "I love the small, close-knit, Christ inspired community at TCHS. Not only do I get to see students improve their learning, I also get to be a guide for them to improve their relationship with Jesus and grow closer to Him." Prior to joining TCHS in 2018, Mrs. Minnis taught for 6 years in different states through a variety of military moves. She holds her BA in Mathematics with minors in Educational Studies and U.F. Teach from the University of Florida and she is CA State Credentialed in Mathematics.
Mr. Parkins is a self-described “sports nerd”, following the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles (San Diego) Chargers and the Los Angeles Lakers. “I hope to challenge students intellectually as well as spiritually in order to develop leaders for the church of today and tomorrow.” Prior to joining TCHS in 2019, Mr. Parkins served as a pastor at a local church and taught in China. He holds a BA in Behavioral Science from California Baptist University and MA Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Performing Arts, Vocal Jazz
Dogs love Mrs. Perl, and Mrs. Perl loves dogs! “God gave me abilities in the area of music and musical theatre. It's a joy to pass that on to the next generation, and see how their lives are positively affected by expanding their own artistic musical gifts.” She has been a professional singer and instructor for years and has served at TCHS since the school’s inception in 2001.
Mrs. Rios loves spending time with her husband and four children. She loves listening to music and watching her kids dance. “I choose to teach at a Christian school because of the freedom to speak of God’s love for His creation and to assist in growing the Kingdom of Heaven. I love that the school shares my values and love for God.” Mrs. Rios holds a BA in Psychology and an MA Education, Family and Community Services, both from Ashford University. Her Single Subject Teaching Credential is in progress as is her ACSI certification.
Student Life Director, Bible
Mrs. Ryan is a devout Golden State Warrior fan. “Trinity has provided me the opportunity to do the things I am not only passionate about, but feel deeply called by God to do with my life: teaching, mentoring, and building up students, with Christ at the center. This school has empowered me to use my gifts to invest in the next generation through various avenues, including leadership training, counseling, in the classroom, student events, and much more… AND I get to have fun in the process. It is amazing. I have the unique privilege of being an alumnus of TCHS, so I have first-hand experience of the blessing this school brings. I had teachers who genuinely cared for me when I was in high school, and now I get to pass that on to my own students.” Mrs. Ryan joined TCHS in 2011 and holds a BA Counseling/Theology minor from The Masters University and a Certificate of Women’s Ministry. She is ACSI Certified.
Mrs. Vevoda loves to go hiking with her husband and dog. She also enjoys swimming, biking, slacklining and rock climbing. “I previously taught in six different school districts. I found that there was an insurmountable barrier between the students and myself because I could not talk about God with them. I knew I could never be fully happy in a career unless I was able to share the love of Jesus with people.” Mrs. Vevoda joined TCHS in 2016 and holds BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences from CSUMB and a Multiple Subject State Credential from Cal Teach. She is ACSI Certified.
Social Studies, Bible
Mr. Weaver enjoys reading, making his “terrible” dad jokes, playing video games and kayaking. “I enjoy working with a loving Christian community!” Mr. Weaver joined TCHS in 2008, and holds an MA and BA Theology from Fuller Seminary. He is ACSI Certified.