Trinity Academy Faculty
My husband, Pastor Mike Burdick, and I have 4 grown children, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law, 3 grandsons and 1 more grandchild on the way. I was a full time mom for many years before stepping back into the classroom. In Macomb schools I was a substitute teacher for a few years and then taught Kindergarten until leaving because of a family health issue. A year later I was approached about teaching at Trinity and was very excited to “go back to Kindergarten.” For the last 5 years Mike and I have cared for foster children, but have recently decided to take a break so we can spend more time with our birth children and grandchildren. Besides God and my family, teaching Kindergarten is my love. It is a joy and privilege to teach at Trinity Academy. I am blessed!
1st Grade Teacher
Kim and her husband Ben live in rural Blandinsville. Kim earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Illinois College. She has been a substitute teacher on and off for many years, served as the Program Director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of McDonough County, and most recently served as the Director of Christian Education at Wesley United Methodist Church. Kim has two children, and five grandchildren. Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and traveling with her husband.
Kim feels very blessed to be part of the Trinity family, and looks forward to seeing each child grow academically as well as in their love of the Lord their God.
2nd Grade Teacher
Analisa recently got married to her husband Jared, and is living in the country just outside of Bowen, Illinois after moving from Minneapolis, Minnesota in January of 2018. She graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a BS in Elementary Education. Analisa has always had a deep love for children, and has already taught in a variety of places to hundreds of students. As a classically trained violinist, she taught private and group violin instruction for over 10 years. She also traveled to Oklahoma City to complete a two-semester missionary internship, teaching character to students in the public schools and leading after school Bible Clubs through the In the Gap program. Analisa delights in helping children reach their potential, both in academics and in their walk with God, and is thrilled that God led her to Trinity.
Outside of teaching and being a wife, Analisa enjoys traveling, serving in her church and community, learning about other cultures, and taking in the small joys that God brings her way each day.
3rd Grade Teacher
Currently residing in Virginia, IL, Sarah Helmich obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois College in 2014 and spent the two years following as the Daycare Director at Beardstown Christian Academy. She is active in her church both as a choir member and Bible study teacher for 4th-6th grade girls.
Sarah’s greatest passions are for art, literature, and volunteering. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find her busy with her latest craft or painting project, sitting with her nose buried in a book, walking outdoors enjoying God’s beautiful earth, or volunteering at Beardstown Christian Academy, her church, or Lincoln’s New Salem.
4th Grade Teacher
I’m so honored to introduce myself as the new 4th grade teacher at Trinity Academy. I live with my husband Jim and our three sons in rural Littleton. For the past five years, I have been home educating our boys, with our oldest son Sam graduating this past spring (2018). Prior to that time, my own education in early childhood has led to experience working with children in a variety of settings including school, church and daycare. I am passionate about Christ-centered education and about instilling Biblical values in the hearts and minds of children. Not only am I excited about the opportunity to join Trinity as a staff member, but our family is also looking forward to becoming part of the Trinity family as a whole, with our two younger sons, Eli and Mark, attending as students.
5th-7th Grade Humanities Teacher
I am excited to be returning as the humanities teacher for fifth through eighth grades at Trinity Academy. I graduated cum laude from Waynesburg University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History Secondary Education in 2000. I have previously taught middle school in Wisconsin and Illinois. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for eighteen years. Joe is a Major in the Illinois Army National Guard and we have lived in Macomb for four years. We have three children: Noah (17), Rachel (15) and Matthew (13). Our family is actively involved in parish life at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb, and in my free time you can find me walking our family dogs, reading a book, or riding my bike.
5th-8th Math and Science Teacher
John Griffith joins us after completing seven years teaching at Great River Christian School in Burlington. John and Karen’s grandchildren attend Trinity and John is eager to join them and the entire school family. He will teach science and math and integrate a Biblical faith into each course.
John graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and from Phillips Graduate Seminary. “Ministry comes in many forms. I have felt God’s call to serve in military chaplaincy, local church ministry, and in Christian school teaching.”
John and Karen have three adult sons (two are married) and enjoy time with family, gardening, hiking, and friends in several churches. They worship with congregations in Stronghurst Christian Church and West Avenue Baptist Church, and John is an occasional pulpit supply preacher.
Bible and Science Teacher
I am very honored to have the opportunity to teach a Bible and Science class, for 4th-7th grade, at Trinity Academy. I graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelors in Christian Ministry in both Preaching and Church Planting in 2010, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Preaching in 2011. From 2005-2014, I served at the Christian Church of Carl Junction in many different capacities, with the latter 5 of those years as the Preaching Minister. I have currently had the humble honor of serving as Sr. Pastor at the Vermont Christian Church, in Vermont, IL, since 2015. My wife, Dianne, and I have been married for 9 years and have been extremely grateful for the opportunities God has given to us to serve Christ together. We have 2 wonderful daughters who remind us of God’s beauty everyday: Brielle (7), and Elsie (1). In my free time I enjoy family, fishing, and digging in the dirt. I always find serving the Lord a blessing, and it is truly a blessing to serve Him at Trinity Academy.
Latin/Logic Teacher, Upper School Development
Louise was born and raised in northeastern Illinois. She enjoys learning new things and working with children, which led to teaching as her career of choice. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Masters of Science in Education degrees from Illinois State University. She taught for thirty-eight years in the public schools in the area of special education . Her hobbies include reading, hiking, gardening, traveling, and crafting.
Teaching at Trinity Academy gives her the privilege of teaching the whole child. It is a joyful, cooperative journey of learning together. Besides just teaching facts, she gets to teach the “how” and “why” tools of learning so that her students become lifelong learners. Louise recognizes that teaching is a huge responsibility, knowing that how she teaches impacts students now and in their future. She wants her students to be the “Did” who did not hide like “Wouda, Coulda, Shouldas” in Shel Siverstein’s poem.
Physical Education Teacher
My passion is for sports. I started playing field hockey at the age of 7 and pursued professional field hockey for a career. Additionally, I became involved with teaching physical education and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and coaching in multiple settings. This love led me to teach physical education in two K-12 International Christian Schools. I have also taught in the University setting. I obtained certification to teach Physical Education from Iowa and maintain my IHSA ( Illinois High School Association)coaching licensure in Illinois.I am still involved with the USA field hockey association for regional and national coaching and selecting teams assignments. My wife Abha and I moved to Macomb from Iowa City, IA in 2008 for Abha’s job at Western Illinois University.
I believe students develop the understanding of perseverance, dedication, self control, and application of Biblical values through physical literacy. Physical Education develops attributes of good sportsmanship skills through activities. I continue to voluntarily contribute to American Red Cross, and have CPR certification through them.
I am thrilled to be part of Trinity Academy.