Our Staff

The education staff at GTA has over 125 years of combined experience in providing quality education to children. Not only do our teachers have early-childhood-development training, they also receive first-aid and child-safety training. They receive ongoing training in presenting the ABEKA and SRA Direct Instruction curriculum, classroom management and childhood development.

One of the prime ingredients for an effective school to function is a patient and loving staff committed to the care and education of students. Our staff works closely with local school districts as well as classroom teachers and parents to make sure that lessons and values taught during the school day are reinforced at home.

Dr. Paul A. Stoot, Sr., Executive Director:
Has over 30 years of human social service practice and experience. He has worked relentlessly to respond to the needs of high-risk youth and families in the Everett community. He is the founder of the Learning Academy and has tirelessly worked to guide the school through the private school application process, securing speakers for fundraisers and guiding the administrative aspects of the school. He received Doctorate in Ministry from Faith Evangelical Seminary with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership in June of 2015.

Kate West, Director:  Ms. Kate has worked for the Greater Trinity Academy since the school opened in 1999.  She has experience in virtually every aspect of the GTA operation including meal preparation and planning, driving the van, supervising volunteers, program supervision, grant writing, bookkeeping and event planning.  She was an English Major at Central Washington University.  She brings a love of children, reading, Seahawks and Mariners along with a talent for administration and marketing to her role.

Mrs. Jayne Joyner, Educational Consultant:
Has a M.A. in Adult Education and B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She has over 30 hours of ESL Certification, Reading Certification, Business Certification 6 – 12, Computer Science Certification K-12. She has over twenty years of experience in technical, business and educational environments. She has worked with youth from elementary school through community college. She is an instructor at Everett Community College and oversees the Greater Trinity Tutorial Program.

Dr. Terry Metcalf, Curriculum Specialist/Kindergarten Teacher:
He has his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Theology.  In 2015 he received his Doctorate in Ministry. He has served as a Mentor, Coach, Mental Health Supervisor, Teacher and more. During the 12 years he spent at Zion Preparatory Academy, he served as a teacher in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade as well as a Reading Specialist for grades K-8.  He brings his expertise in curriculum and reading to the Greater Trinity Academy.  He is also a retired NFL Fullback and played with the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins.

Rebecca Aquino, Program Supervisor/Pre-K Teacher: She is currently studying at Eastern Washington University at Bellevue College Campus to receive her Bachelor's in Children's Studies and should complete her program in 2016. She truly enjoys making a difference in children's lives and especially enjoys opportunities to spoil her nieces and nephews.  She is also an avid reader and runner completing multiple races every year.  She hopes to encourage a love of reading and healthy lifestyle in her students.  

Shannon Quirk, Pre-School Teacher:  She has worked with children for over ten years.  She earned her CDA in 2013 in infants and toddlers and plans to continue her education as an educator.  She has a passion for working with children  and making a difference in their lives.  She is new to the Greater Trinity Academy family and has enjoyed getting to know the children and their families.  She is excited to be a part of such a wonderful team

Therean Thomas is our Before and After School Program Coordinator. She has over 19 years of experience working with at-risk youth and children with behavioral and emotional challenges.  She started out as a volunteer at Greater Trinity Academy in June, 2014  and was eventually hired  as a Teacher's Assistant. She supervises the Before and After School Program providing students with a safe and nurturing environment and providing homework assistance and where the students take pride in our Accelerated Reading Program. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development. 

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Letter from Executive Director
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Mission - Vision - Values
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