Posted on July 25, 2018
Our summer campers squealed with delight when, at a recent visit to Barefoot Springs waterpark, a huge bucket dumped water on them. Watch the video and notice the anticipation as the kids wait for the inevitable soaking. The scene provides a great metaphor for how overwhelming the love of God can be at times.
If we’re honest, sometimes we feel we’re in a dry spell and wonder if He hears our prayers. But because we know He is a good Father, we wait and look expectantly for Him to answer. Oftentimes the answers come in droplets – small reassurances and daily graces. Other times, He makes His presence and power known with a great big, undeniable answer.
We recently received a few such answers to prayer. One came in the form of a generous donation of $100,000 given to the glory of God in memory of Barbara A. Snyder! This unexpected gift overwhelmed and refreshed us just like the wave that hit the kids at the water park. Not only will it help us further our mission to educate students for life, it is a great encouragement to our hearts!
God has also answered our prayers through our newest faculty and staff members! They are qualified, passionate, and feel called to serve here at Trinity. While we can’t wait for you to meet them in person, we’ll introduce you to a few of them here. (We’ll include the rest in a future blog.)
We are incredibly humbled and grateful for His goodness and faithfulness!
Meghan Casto – Secondary Art Teacher: Meghan is a graduate of Shepherd College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. While there, she also studied Graphic Design, Printmaking, Sculpture, Welding, and Book-making. Upon graduation, she spent a month of graduate study for Art in Mali, West Africa, which sparked her interest in African cultures. She also has a B.A. in International Studies: Africa and the Middle East, and an M.A. in School Counseling.
Jenny Cunningham – Grade 4: Jenny is excited to join the Trinity family. She and her husband Brandon are both from Louisville, Kentucky, but most recently moved their family from Raleigh, North Carolina to Morgantown. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree from North Carolina State University. She and Brandon have two young boys. Max is their four-year-old and is equally excited to begin PreK at Trinity this year. Their youngest son, Jake, turned two this summer and is keeping their whole family on their toes. Jenny has been a classroom teacher for the past eleven years in first grade and fifth grade. She has enjoyed having some time at home with their boys, but is thankful for this new opportunity at Trinity and looks forward to seeing God’s plan unfold. She is passionate about teaching and can’t wait to meet her new class.
Samantha Loy – Fundraising and Community Relations Coordinator: Samantha is a wife and mother of two girls who will both be attending Trinity this fall. She has her bachelor’s degree in business from Capella University and has been a stay at home mom for the past 3 years. She and her family live in Reedsville, West Virginia, and enjoy spending time outside and in the garden.
Brittney Hostutler – Drama: Brittney attended Lee University and has a B.A. in Theatre. She recently received her M.A. in Theatre from Regent University. Brittney has years of experience acting, directing, and stage managing. She is currently a board member for Our Town Theatre in her hometown of Oakland, Maryland, and loves bringing theatre to her community. She is so excited to work with Trinity Christian School and to engage and inspire its students through theatre.
Sara Parrucci – Grade 3: Sara will be joining Trinity Christian School’s elementary faculty as the third-grade teacher. She holds a Master of the Arts in Elementary Education, with a specialization in English, from West Virginia University. Sara lives in Morgantown with her husband, Zach. She and her husband serve on the worship team at South Ridge Church in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Sara is passionate about education and particularly enjoys teaching writing and using technology in the classroom. During her time at West Virginia University, Sara conducted an action research project studying the effects of Writers’ Workshop on students’ writing and their identities as writers. She has also completed training through NASA IV&V’s Educator Research Center to teach students coding and engineering skills using Lego robotics. Sara is thankful for the opportunity to teach at Trinity Christian School. She looks forward to being able to integrate Biblical principles into all content areas, and encouraging students to work heartily in all that they do as if working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).