Trinity Lutheran School is a co-educational, independent school offering the finest educational environment for students beginning in preschool and continuing through the eighth grade.
Trinity Lutheran School is a socially, economically, racially diverse and accredited co-educational day school in Newport News, Virginia, that serves students ages 3 through grade 8.
Trinity Lutheran School was established by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for the purpose of providing the highest quality education within a Christian environment. The school seeks to enable students, with the support of family, to:
Founded on February 1, 1960, by Pastor and Mrs. Elmer Bosserman of Trinity Lutheran Church, the school has grown from the original kindergarten and first grade classrooms into its present-day campus. Our facilities include a three-story building for preschool through eighth grade, a beautiful library, a technology lab, a science lab, and a social hall/cafeteria. Expansions in recent years have included a renovated gymnasium and technology lab, an outdoor classroom, an updated playground, and the addition of spacious and modern classrooms and resource rooms.
Today’s TLS students use traditional and digital textbooks as well as Chromebooks™ (grades 4 through 8) in class and at home for research and assignments. They also have beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities, such as oyster gardening, and outdoor education (hiking, biking, kayaking, and more).
A Trinity education emphasizes the lifelong learning process, the development of the whole child, and the growth of worldwide intercultural awareness and understanding, all within the framework provided by a values-based moral compass. Today’s TLS students learn about God’s love and about loving and serving others. They attend Chapel weekly and regularly participate in school and community service projects.
Our dedicated, talented educators are committed to each child’s learning and success. In 2015, TLS was one of 50 private schools from across the country to win the prestigious Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. This award indicates academic achievement levels at or above the 85th percentile in both reading and math.
Greetings and welcome to Trinity Lutheran School!
At Trinity, we celebrate the unique characteristics of each child. Our Pre-K – 8 structure has many advantages that take students from center-based learning in preschool to leadership and student-centered learning in middle school.
Our internationally focused academic program challenges students while preparing them for success in the most rigorous secondary school programs. Our recent Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education is an indicator of the academic rigor at TLS. At the same time, our full resource offerings allow students to explore their potential in athletics and the arts. There are many opportunities for children to excel at Trinity!
I encourage you to schedule a visit to TLS. Our strength is our people—people who are dedicated to our children and our families. There is no better way to experience TLS than to see firsthand our students and teachers working with each other in a respectful and engaging manner.
As we approach our 60th anniversary in 2020, we’re very proud of our emphasis on academic excellence and focus on nurturing the whole child in a Christian environment. Family and friends are always welcome to join us in Chapel with Pastor Tina!
Head of School
Trinity Lutheran School is affiliated with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Newport News. For more information, visit http://trinitylutheran-nn.com.
Trinity Lutheran School is accredited by AdvancED, the world’s largest community of education professionals. AdvancED is “a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.” For more information, visit https://www.advanc-ed.org.
Trinity Lutheran School is a 2015 United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. We are one of 50 private schools across the country to win the award, which is based upon our student’s high academic achievement in both reading and math.
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U.S. Depart of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
Building Foundations for Life
Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Trinity Lutheran School operates under the auspices of a Board of Directors and a Head of School. The Board of Directors—composed of 11 members who represent the school community, active members of Trininty Lutheran Church, and the community at large, plus the Trinity Lutheran Church’s senior pastor (ex officio)—is responsible for the direction of the school by establishing policies, creating a long-range plan, and maintaining Trinity’s mission. The Head of School’s responsibilities include supervising daily operations, implementing policies, and upholding Trinity’s academic standards.
Board members are appointed for three-year terms, serving no more than six consecutive years. Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Directors is encouraged to contact the head of school or a current board member.
Ms. Budlong received a B.S. in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University. She is a Diamond Level QuickBooks ProAdvisor and the owner of Spinnaker…
Ms. Budlong received a B.S. in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University. She is a Diamond Level QuickBooks ProAdvisor and the owner of Spinnaker Bookkeeping Services, Inc..
Ms. Budlong is on the board of the CNU Board of Visitors and a member of the CNU Foundations Board. Her son attended Trinity Lutheran School and she is the grandmother of current student, Kayla.
Ms. Budlong enjoys sailing, gardening, and spending time at the beach.
Mrs. Cooke holds a B.S. in Business Management from Old Dominion University. Her professional career is well established in the banking industry; as one of the founding…
Mrs. Cooke holds a B.S. in Business Management from Old Dominion University. Her professional career is well established in the banking industry; as one of the founding employees of TowneBank, she is currently an Executive Vice President and the Director of Retail Banking. She has been recognized by Inside Business as one of its “Top 40 Under 40” as well as by Girls’ Inc. as “Strong, Smart, and Bold.”
Mrs. Cooke was on four NCAA championship field hockey teams at ODU; among several honors, she was named “ODU Female Athlete of the Year” and inducted into the “ODU Hall of Fame.” She subsequently served as a volunteer coach at ODU for 12 years.
She and her husband, Michael, have two children who attend Trinity Lutheran School; Brady is in the 1st grade while Drew is in Kindergarten.
Finance Committee (Chair), Executive Committee (Treasurer)
Mrs. Fielding graduated with B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis) from Christopher Newport University and as a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Mrs. Fielding is employed as a Senior…
Mrs. Fielding graduated with B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis) from Christopher Newport University and as a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Mrs. Fielding is employed as a Senior Instructional Systems Designer with Chitra Productions. She has extensive experience in supporting organizations with curriculum design and development, editing, and technical writing skills.
As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mrs. Fielding has served as Nursery Supervisor, Music Leader for Vacation Bible School, and Choir Member. Community involvement includes Virginia Choral Society, community theatre, the Governor’s School for the Arts, Boy Scouts of America, and Peninsula Bicycling Association. She is married, and all three sons attended Trinity Lutheran School. In her spare time, Mrs. Fielding enjoyings singing and playing the flute, cycling, reading, gardening, and crafting.
Strategic Planning (Chair) , Executive Committee (Secretary), Finance
Ms. Hanna is a 24-year veteran with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, focusing her practice on family law, bankruptcy, and veteran’s affairs/military law. She is a graduate of the University of…
Ms. Hanna is a 24-year veteran with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, focusing her practice on family law, bankruptcy, and veteran’s affairs/military law. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware (’91) and The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University (’94). Ms. Hanna is licensed to practice in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Advisory Council and previously served as President of the Board of Trustees for Hampton Roads International Montessori School.
Strategic Planning, Finance
Ms. Hoover holds a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Communication from Norfolk State University. Ms. Hoover worked as a teacher for Hampton…
Ms. Hoover holds a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and a MA in Communication from Norfolk State University. Ms. Hoover worked as a teacher for Hampton City Schools, a Global Leadership and Development Corporation trainer for Symantec and an adjunct professor for Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson University. Ms. Hoover travels around the world consulting in the public and private sectors as well as the United Nations as CEO of Thrive Consulting Services.
Ms. Hoover is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Transitions Women’s Shelter, Trinity Lutheran Church Council, Peninsula Women’s Network
Association for Talent Development and the National Speakers Association.
She is a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and both of her girls went to Trinity Lutheran School. In her spare time, Ms. Hoover enjoys travel, fishing, cruise the Chesapeake Bay, and gardening.
Development, Strategic Planning, Executive (President)
Ed Matz is a retired lawyer from the state of Illinois. He now lives in Newport News, is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and serves as the congregation’s Chair of the Property Committee.
Ed Matz is a retired lawyer from the state of Illinois. He now lives in Newport News, is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and serves as the congregation’s Chair of the Property Committee. Mr. Matz’s interests include historic preservation. He has extensively restored his century old house and is the current president of the North End Huntington Heights Preservation Association and president of The One City Historical Foundation. He also enjoys fine music and regularly attends opera performances.
Child Development Committee (Co-Chair), Strategic Planning
Jihan Minson holds a B.S. in Marine Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked for Mystic Aquarium as a marine mammal stranding rescuer and at…
Jihan Minson holds a B.S. in Marine Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked for Mystic Aquarium as a marine mammal stranding rescuer and at the Virginia Marine Science Museum as an educator. Mrs. Minson is a former NCAA Division 1 swimmer and is also the former Head Development Coach for Coast Guard Blue Dolphins Swim Team.
She and her husband, Craig, have two children attending Trinity Lutheran School: Alivia and Jameson. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Pugs U Gotta Save and is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Hampton Chapter). In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with her shetland sheepdog, Kona, and pug, Rocky.
Strategic Planning, Development (Chair)
Mr. Neff earned a B.A. in Political Science from Centenary University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. He served nearly six years in the United States Navy as a combat…
Mr. Neff earned a B.A. in Political Science from Centenary University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. He served nearly six years in the United States Navy as a combat camera photographer and public affairs specialist. While at the University of Virginia School of Law, Chuck served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and was a member of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He served nearly six years in the United States Navy as a combat camera photographer and public affairs specialist. Mr. Neff worked for two law firms in Northern Virginia before becoming Director and Assistant General Counsel for Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. In 2015, he co-authored “The Difference between Ethics and Compliance – and Why Understanding the Difference is Critical to Successful Leaders,” which appeared in The Compliance and Ethics Professional, December, 2015.
Executive (Vice President), Strategic Planning
Donna Owens holds a B.A. in Childhood Education (Pre K – 5) from Christopher Newport College and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Owens is MOM, wife, nurse, counselor, wedding…
Donna Owens holds a B.A. in Childhood Education (Pre K - 5) from Christopher Newport College and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Owens is MOM, wife, nurse, counselor, wedding planner, poet, pet keeper, chief cook and bottle washer.
Mrs. Owens was in the first Trinity Lutheran School kindergarten class and is also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and with the PORT program. Mrs. Owens enjoys writing, crafting and watching movies with her husband, Grant.
Mrs. Pittman has a B.A. in Accounting/Data processing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and an MBA in Finance from Dallas Baptist University. Mrs. Pittman has worked as a financial…
Mrs. Pittman has a B.A. in Accounting/Data processing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and an MBA in Finance from Dallas Baptist University. Mrs. Pittman has worked as a financial executive for Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Ernst & Young LLC. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a licensed Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Mrs. Pittman serves on the Board of Directors of Minerals Technologies, Inc., Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, Women Corporate Directors (Washington D.C. Chapter), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Daughters of the American Revolution (Comte de Grasse Chapter of Yorktown), Impact 100 of the Greater Peninsula, Junior League of Hampton Roads, Women United of the Peninsula, and is a 2018 graduate of the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women (Richmond). She is married to her husband, Brad, and has three children, Connor, Carson,and Claire.
Mr. Self received his B.S./B.A. in Accounting from Campbell University. He worked at Altmeyer Funeral Home as a Crematory Manager and with the U.S. Government Accountability Office as a Senior Defense Analyst. Mr. Self is a member of the association of Government Accountants (Peninsula Chapter).
Trustee, Child Development Committee (Co-Chair)