Our Story

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:

  • Grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually;
  • Develop moral values, discipline, and courtesy;
  • Learn respect for themselves, for others, and core human values.
  • Achieve success and joy in life as productive citizens.

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.

Come by and see the many exciting things going on at TLS!

Letter from the Head of School

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!

Best regards,

Kevin Goetz
Head of School

Accreditations, Affiliations, & Accolades

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

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.

2015 Blue Ribbon School

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

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Social Services licenses Trinity Lutheran’s Preschool and Extended Care programs.

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.

Building Foundations for Life

School Leadership

Kevin Goetz


Kevin Goetz

Kevin Goetz earned his BA in History and Sociology from the University of Richmond; his Masters and Ed.S. in School Psychology from William & Mary; and his K-12 Administrative endorsement from William & Mary. He has served as Trinity Lutheran School’s Head of School since August 2015. Mr. Goetz is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and has previously served in Principal and Assistant Principal positions in Isle of Wight County Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, and the York County School Division. He serves on the TLS Board of Directors (ex officio) and its Executive, Finance, and Strategic Planning committees.

Mr. Goetz enjoys watching his kids participate in sports. He actively plays soccer, runs, and competes in triathlons in his free time.

Reverend Tina Melusky


Reverend Tina Melusky

Pastor Tina completed her studies as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Gettysburg College in 2008 with a BA degree in Psychology and an MS of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in May 2012. Pastor Tina was pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and associate pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania before being called to Trinity Lutheran Church in December of 2016. She currently serves as pastor and oversees chapel and all worship services as well as teaches middle school religion classes. She serves on the TLS Board of Directors (ex officio) and its Executive, Finance, Strategic Planning, and Trustee committees.

Pastor Tina is a member of the Hilton Area Clergy Group. She enjoys reading, hiking, kickboxing, and spending time with her husband Ben and dog Scully.

Board of Directors

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.

Debbie Budlong


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…

Finance Committee

Robin Smith Cooke


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…

Finance Committee (Chair), Executive Committee (Treasurer)

Patricia Fielding


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…

Strategic Planning (Chair) , Executive Committee (Secretary), Finance

Barbara T. Hanna


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…

Strategic Planning, Finance

Connie Hoover


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…

Development, Strategic Planning, Executive (President)

Edward Matz


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. 

Child Development Committee (Co-Chair), Strategic Planning

Jihan Minson


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…

Strategic Planning, Development (Chair)

Charles A. Neff


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…

Executive (Vice President), Strategic Planning

Donna Owens


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…


Carolyn Pittman


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…


Bob Self


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)

Faculty / Staff