Announcing Our New Executive Director!

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for an Executive Director. We are excited to welcome John Kurdelak to this new position at Trinity Academy. In this role, John will provide leadership in all aspects of the school pertaining to advancement and business affairs.

John Kurdelak

John, an Indiana native, completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Notre Dame. Since 2000, he has worked at Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend, Indiana. John has been a faculty member, teaching humanities, religion, and drama classes; he has worked in master teaching and curricular development; and he built the school's college guidance program. He currently serves as Senior Director of Advancement.

Since 2011, John has led the Trinity School at Greenlawn's fundraising efforts, securing nearly $3 million to support scholarships, capital projects, and operational needs. He has also done extensive work in communications, community relations, and government relations for the school.

John and his wife Claire have seven children, three of whom will attend Trinity Academy in the upcoming school year. Claire devotes much of her time and energy to homeschooling the kids until they're old enough to attend Trinity. John and Claire are both avid singers who have appeared regularly at Notre Dame and throughout the South Bend region.

The Kurdelak family will relocate to Portland in August and look forward to meeting the Trinity Academy community and jumping in to life here.

This is a big and exciting step for Trinity Academy, to gain leadership and expertise in the areas of advancement and development as we continue to grow and flourish.

Trinity Academy announces new administrative position of Executive Director

Trinity Academy is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help fund a new position of Executive Director. The position of Executive Director has its primary purpose in providing leadership in all aspects of the school pertaining to advancement and business affairs. The Executive Director, working collaboratively with the Head of School under the direction of the Trinity Academy Board, will focus on administration, funding, budgeting, fundraising, fiscal management and public relations. 

Trinity Academy is an ecumenical Christian Junior High and High School located in North Portland. Trinity Academy follows a rigorous classical curriculum designed to encourage the discovery of truth, the practice of goodness, and the creation of beauty. The educational foundation of Trinity Academy is characterized by the cultivation of the full intellect: both true knowledge and sound habits of mind. At Trinity Academy, the design of the educational structure enables students to gain ordered basic knowledge about the world and to develop tools of learning, moral seriousness, breadth and depth of imagination, artistic ability and sensitivity, and a sense of wonder. Students appropriate these essentials of education through analysis, evaluation, and use of the imagination. Every aspect of a Trinity Academy education aims at encouraging the active involvement of the student in the learning process. Rather than receiving knowledge passively, each student must actively take in concepts and relationships. This education is both disciplined and demanding, and is effective in unlocking the potential of each student and developing young men and women who are able to think and express themselves as they engage the world.

Trinity Academy wishes to thank the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust for their support. M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington – that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Grants are awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including those that serve the arts, public affairs, education, scientific research, health and medicine, human services, and people with disabilities.

Trinity Academy accepting applications for new position of Executive Director

Update: Application Process Closed. Executive Director Hired.

Job Title: Executive Director
Trinity Academy invites applications for the position of Executive Director.

Job Description: The Executive Director provides leadership in all aspects of the school pertaining to advancement and business affairs.  Reporting to the Trinity Academy Board and working closely with the Head of School, the Executive Director is responsible for administrative leadership, funding, budgeting, fundraising, fiscal management and public relations.

Full Job Description

Application Process: The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least three references), or expressions of interest to be submitted. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to May 18, 2018. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Committee.

Please send materials to:
Dr. Joannah Clark
7424 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Phone: 503-567-9559

Speech Team Secures Many Awards at the Valley Catholic Speech Tournament

On March 3rd, thirteen members of the Trinity middle school speech team competed at the annual speech tournament hosted by Valley Catholic school. This event gathered over 400 middle school contestants from around the Portland/Vancouver region. The students have 3 rounds in which they compete: Round 1: elocution (a memorized, prepared speech), Round 2: extemporaneous (reading a selection of literature out loud with only a few minutes to prepare), and Round 3: impromptu (writing and presenting a speech on a topic with only 10 minutes to prepare). We are proud of all our participants who spent hours preparing, memorizing and perfecting their skills in these areas. The team brought home 6 trophies in recognition of the excellence in which they performed. It was a grand day for Trinity Academy!

Trinity Academy Speech Club Team Picture
Camille, 8th Grade 1st Place, Humorous

Camille, 8th Grade
1st Place, Humorous

William, 6th Grade Honorable Mention

William, 6th Grade
Honorable Mention

Tovi, 8th Grade 1st Place, Patriotic

Tovi, 8th Grade
1st Place, Patriotic

Ella, 8th Grade Honorable Mention

Ella, 8th Grade
Honorable Mention

Nico, 7th Grade 1st Place, Patriotic

Nico, 7th Grade
1st Place, Patriotic

James, 8th Grade Honorable Mention

James, 8th Grade
Honorable Mention

Field Day - Tree to Tree

On September 25, Trinity Academy headed out for a day's adventure to Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park in Gaston, Oregon! Students, teachers, and parents challenged themselves on six courses of varying difficulty consisting of balance beams, tight ropes, zip lines, wobbly bridges, and more. We all enjoyed cheering for everyone and watching each other conquer the courses. Check out our photos from Tree to Tree!