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A Quarter In, New Faculty and Staff Rocks Settling In

Tim Rivette and Dominick DelSignore, Staff Reporters

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Ms. Shannon Barr

A 10-year educator, Barr is Trinity’s new freshman and sophomore language arts teacher, and is also a member of Dante House.

Ms. Shannon Barr

Barr, who previously taught at St. Nicholas, said she is getting accustomed to teaching older students and teaching all boys.

She said, “It took some adjustments, but I enjoy being with the guys.” 

Ms. Yinghao (Doreen) Dong     

Ms. Yinghao (Doreen) Dong

Dong, who teaches Chinese, said, “I was a teacher at the First Immersion School in South Carolina before coming to Trinity. I was a Chinese teacher and a Chinese dance teacher in South Carolina.”

Dong, who enjoys the school’s diversity and works with the Chinese Club, said, “I love the world language team here at Trinity. They are all very hard working and helpful.”

Mr. Steve Hammer  

Mr. Steve Hammer

Hammer teaches aerospace science and engineering and design. In the spring, he will teach a computer design class. Hammer previously taught at Mercy for eight years, and for five of those years, he taught engineering.

He said, “I feel very welcomed at Trinity despite it being a big school. The sense of community is fantastic.”

Having 20 years of climbing experience, Hammer will help with the Rock Climbing Club and will also be the moderator of the STEM Club.

Hammer said he also enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures around the world, including Europe and China. He even lived in Turkey for a summer.

Ms. Pamela Howard  

Ms. Pamela Howard

Howard, a member of Aquinas House, teaches three different levels of physics.

She said, “I came to Trinity because it was a great opportunity for me.” Prior to coming to Trinity, she taught at Eastern for 18 years.

Howard really enjoys the House system and the students’ personalities. She enjoys volleyball, swimming, running, playing bunco with her friends, and spending time with her daughters outside of school.

Mr. Patrick Koopman  

Mr. Patrick Koopman

Koopman, who teaches theology to sophomores and juniors, is also a house mentor for Merton. A teacher since 2012, Koopman previously taught at Providence in southern Indiana.

He said, “I am especially dedicated to the formation we can have at a Catholic school.”

Some of his favorite things about Trinity are the brotherhood, the support throughout the good times and the bad, and the welcoming atmosphere.

An experienced vocalist, Koopman is a part of the liturgy band. Most recently he was part of the Lexington Chamber Choir.

“Outside of Trinity, I enjoy going on walks with my wife, spending time outdoors, and singing,” Koopman said.

Mrs. Katie Langley  

Mrs. Katie Langley

Langley assists with Trinity’s drug-testing program. Before working at Trinity, Langley was a hair stylist for 20 years.

Langley’s husband, Chas, works with the school’s Operations Team. They have a son, Tanner, who will graduate this spring. 

Ms. Becky McClellan 

Ms. Becky McClellan

McClellan is filling in for Mrs. Melanie Hughes while she is on medical leave.

McClellan works in the Advancement Office. Among the work she does is coordinating Shadow visits.

McClellan’s son Brett is a Trinity junior.

Mr. Geoff Norman

Norman is the head coach of Trinity’s ice hockey team and coach of the freshman lacrosse team.

Mr. Geoff Norman

Norman, who has worked as a sub at Trinity for the past two years, now teaches three computers and technology classes. Norman is a member of Toussaint House and enjoys the atmosphere at Trinity.

He is from Vancouver, Canada, and has spent the past 11 years in Louisville. He worked as the executive director of the Salvation Army.

Mr. Tyler Robertson    

Robertson, who teaches physical education/health, freshman success, and first aid, is also the head freshman basketball coach.

Before teaching here, Robertson was part of the Trinity basketball program for five years and a PE teacher at Nativity for six years.

Mr. Tyler Roberson

He said, “I like how the students and teachers enjoy being at Trinity and how everyone has fun while getting work done.”

Outside of Trinity, he likes to spend time with friends and family and likes to attend various sporting events.

Mr. Ben Sobczyk  

Mr. Ben Sobczyk

A 2006 Trinity graduate, Sobczyk teaches social studies (civics and recent U.S. history). He said, “As soon as I left here, I wanted to come back. Trinity has things down right.”

He taught seventh- and eighth-grade social studies prior to coming to Trinity. Sobczyk is not yet involved in extracurricular activities but is interested in intramural dodgeball and theatre. He also helps with the freshman football team’s study hall.

Outside of Trinity, Sobczyk enjoys watching movies with his fiancé. They also enjoy traveling. He said, “We have been around the world a few times. We went to Japan last spring, and this summer we went to Greece.”

An avid gamer, Sobczyk loves to play a variety of games including Bioshock, Last of Us, Fallout, and Skyrim, although his favorite game is League of Legends.

Mr. Wes Thomas   

Mr. Wes Thomas

Thomas graduated from Trinity in 2004 and is the school’s new sophomore chemistry teacher.

Thomas, who previously taught at Holy Cross, loves the challenges Trinity brings his way. He is also a Becket House mentor.  

 

 

 

 

 

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