The Rev. John Boonzaaijer — Head of School

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Born in Michigan to a Dutch immigrant family, John worked in the family’s European Pastry Bakery, as one of nine children. After eight years in his first pastorate in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (1994-2002), he and his wife Christine moved to Tyler, Texas, to teach and administrate in the parish school of Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church and School, as Assistant Rector. He has served as Rector of The Chapel of the Cross (REC) since 2007, where he and Christine also began The Saint Timothy School in 2008. Driving truck cross country for a year between his curacy and first pastorate provided some of his best training for life “on the docks.” Each of the five Boonzaaijer children fills and nuances their full and colorful home.

Education: Christian Reformed School System (Kalamazoo, MI), and homeschool; B.Th. (1991); curacy (1993); M.Div. (2004); Th.M. (2009). As Head of School, Fr. Boonzaaijer leads daily Morning Prayer, and also teaches Upper School Mathematics and Middle School Bible; his favorite hobbies include working on boats and sailing them, woodworking, karate, piano, reading, and baking bread. His writing and seminars develop and apply parish life as “the good life,” extending from the altar of worship, and on traditional catechesis. He believes a true parish school in the Anglican Tradition develops a capable, knowledgable, virtuous, and devout student in any walk of Christian faith.

The Rev. Jonathan Trebilco — Administrative Principal

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Fr. Jonathan comes from a missionary family: his parents were career missionaries in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the U.S. He lived in Indonesia as a child but was mostly raised in Northern California, where his parents ministered to Southeast Asian immigrants.

Years ago he went on a spiritual journey to discover the meaning of historic Christian worship.  That journey led him to the Book of Common Prayer and the Anglican way.  He was confirmed in the Reformed Episcopal Church by Bishop Dan Morse in 2004.

Fr. Jonathan has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary (Newburg, IN—accredited by the University of Liverpool and Canterbury Christ Church University, UK). He moved to Houston in 2006 to attend Cranmer Theological House. He graduated summa cum laude from Cranmer House, with an M.Div. in 2009, was made a deacon that same year, and was ordained a priest in 2010.  In Houston, he met and married his wife Sommer Bridges in 2008.

Fr. Jonathan served as Associate Rector at St. Francis under Dr. Curtis Crenshaw for four years. After Dr. Crenshaw announced his retirement, Fr. Jonathan received a call from the Vestry of the parish and was installed as Rector by Bishop Royal U. Grote Jr. in 2014. He served as Rector of St. Francis for five years. 

In addition to pastoral ministry, Fr. Jonathan was involved with teaching and curriculum development at two classical Christian schools in the greater Houston area, and served as thesis advisor to seniors completing their senior theses each year.  He also spent six years in prison ministry to young offenders as assistant to the Protestant Chaplain at what was then the largest youth prison in the state of California.

Fr. Jonathan and Sommer Trebilco joined The St. Timothy School faculty in the summer of 2019. They have a three year old daughter, Gabrielle. 

Mrs. Sommer Trebilco — Academic Principal

Sommer Bridges Trebilco grew up on a peach farm in South Carolina nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. She received a B.A. in Christian Missions (with minors in music and history) and an M.A. in Church History from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. She served at the university for three years as a Dormitory Supervisor and Counselor to five hundred female students. After moving to Texas, she taught at Providence Classical School for ten years where she served as the English Department Chair, providing teacher development, curriculum oversight, and senior thesis program direction. She has taught middle and upper school courses in Music History; Grammar and Composition; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Literature; Rhetoric I and II; Logic; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Humanities; Old Testament Survey; French I, II, and III; Greek I, II, and III; Latin; and Etiquette. She has also homeschooled students and served as the General Music Education teacher at the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has appeared two times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has spoken at classical education conferences on a variety of topics, as well as being a guest speaker at the Anglican Way Institute. She is married to Fr. Jonathan Trebilco, former rector of St. Francis Anglican Church in Spring, TX, where she served as the music coordinator, ladies ministry coordinator, and administrative assistant. She loves reading, music, crafting, arranging flowers, and especially spending time with her husband and her three-year old daughter Gabrielle.

Miss Allison Steinberg — Middle School Homeroom Teacher

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Allison Steinberg joined the faculty in 2015, and is the Middle School Homeroom teacher.

Allison grew up just a few hours south of the Canadian border, in the beautiful Seattle area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Culture from New St. Andrew’s College in Moscow, Idaho, with an emphasis in Education. 

After undergrad, Allison moved to northern California to teach at St. Andrew’s Academy, a sister school of St. Timothy’s. It was here she discovered the Anglican Way, and classical western education within the Church context. During her time at St. Andrew's, she taught humanities to almost every grade, focusing on Greek, Latin, and History. She was the boarding house mother to domestic and international students for four years. 

In 2018, Allison completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Amberton University, and is accumulating hours for licensure as a Professional Counselor. Miss Steinberg likes to knit, and even got her students to like it one year; she makes homemade pasta when she gets the chance, enjoys roller skating, and serves as junior warden for The Chapel of the Cross.

Mr. Frank Bridwell — Upper School History

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Mr. Bridwell earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He taught history for over 25 years in the Garland Independent School District, specializing in American and Russian history. In 1987 GISD awarded him High School Teacher of the Year. He was also named the Secondary Level Commended Teacher by the University of Chicago in 1987 and Duke University in 1988. He moved to the Ursuline Academy of Dallas where he taught American history and Advanced Political Thought before retiring in 1998. He was awarded Teacher of the Year at the Ursuline Academy in 1991. Mr. Bridwell has served at the Saint Timothy School for the last six years as a part-time teacher.

Mr. Spencer Amaral — Rhetoric, Debate, and PE Teacher

A native of Atwater, CA, Spencer received his BA in Political Economy from Hillsdale College, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Spencer has been married to his lovely wife Bailey for four years, and together they serve as directors of The Windrose Project, a Christian leadership development organization. Spencer is also a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Reformed Episcopal Church.

Ms. Becky Elliston — 3rd-5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Becky Elliston is joining the staff of St. Timothy’s as the 3rd-5th grade Homeroom teacher. She is teaching Math, Latin, Grammar/Writing, Literature/Reading, Bible, and History/Geography.  Becky earned a B.A. degree in History and English from University of Texas at Arlington, as well  as a Texas Teacher’s Certificate. She is accredited as a Gifted/Talented educator and an  Advanced Placement teacher in World History and European Studies, She has spent 22 years  in public education. At South Garland High School, Becky taught with Frank Bridwell and at  Rockwall High School, she was named “Most Inspirational Teacher” for several years by the  student body. Currently, she is pursuing a Deaconess Certificate at Cranmer Theological House and is a founding member of St. Benedict’s Anglican Church in Rockwall. In addition, Ms. Elliston has travelled extensively participating in mission work in Russia, Egypt, and Romania.  Ms. Elliston is a strong advocate of classical education and has spent the past eight years in the homeschool community, especially the Classical Conversations program, as her daughters’ families homeschool their children. The benefits of the traditional tools of learning such as memorization, rhetoric, logic and Latin are immeasurable. For Becky, the joy of teaching is found in a parish school which uses the Trivium and Quadrivium models for learning in order to “equip the training of the mind, body and soul of a child.” She treasures spending time with friends and family, especially beach time with her six grandchildren. Becky is an enthusiastic life long learner and gravitates toward great books in pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.

Mrs. Christine Boonzaaijer — Lower Elementary Homeroom Teacher

Christine graduated Magna Cum Lauda from Northeastern State University, where she majored in English and minored in French. She worked for the Tulsa City/County Library system for several years before moving to Texas. She has taught pre-school through 6th grade subjects at the Saint Timothy School since 2009 and enjoys working with students to help them achieve mastery of their studies.

Mrs. Kathy Smith — Academic Kindergartens: Teacher and Director

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Mrs. Smith has over thirty-five years of teaching experience in a wide variety of grade levels and locations. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 1974 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Fr. and Mrs. Smith have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Kathy home schooled her own children for a period of time. She worked in the public school system in grades K through 3rd, spending some of that time working with special needs children. Kathy came to The Saint Timothy School in 2011. Her hobbies include reading, needlework, weaving, and gardening. She also enjoys playing the organ in her spare time.

Mrs. Lilian Archbold — Grammar School Math, Motor Skills, and Bible

Mrs. Archbold graduated with Honors from the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. She worked as a transfusion medicine specialist, chemist and microbiologist at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso for four years. In 2007, Mrs. Archbold moved to Dallas to teach in the Dallas Independent School District as a certified bilingual elementary teacher. She also worked in the Lewisville Independent School District. In both of these school districts, Mrs. Archbold taught kindergarten through fourth grade. She is entering her second year as a teacher at The St. Timothy School.

In 2009, Mrs. Archbold married at Chapel of the Cross. She is a mother of six of which four are students with The St. Timothy School. She and her family are active members of the Chapel of the Cross in several different ministries.

Mrs. Archbold was born in Mexico City and lived throughout Mexico before coming to the United States.  She enjoys camping, hiking, dancing and sewing (not all at the same time).

The Rev. Thomas Smith — Manual and Fine Arts

Thom has spent nearly fifty years in Christian ministry.  After pastoring three churches over a forty year period, he came to the Chapel of the Cross and the St. Timothy School in 2011.  A working and teaching artist, Thom has work in public and private collections in the US, Canada and the UK.  He teaches Rhetoric and the manual and fine arts and infuses the parish with his irrepressible humor.  He is a Presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church. He is also currently Chaplain of the Edgemere Community, Dallas.

Mr. Andrew Dittman — Choir & Orchestra Teacher

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Mr. Andrew Dittman began teaching at Saint Timothy back in 2013.  He directs the choirs and orchestras, and teaches Computer Science.  He also has taught math, physics, and motor skills.  He serves as choirmaster for The Chapel of the Cross and artistic director for the Denton Bach Society. 

Praised by the Dallas Morning News as “a handsome new baritone voice,” Andrew has sung professionally as a soloist and chorister with Orpheus Chamber Singers, Denton Bach Society, Dallas Bach Society, and Orchestra of New Spain.  Andrew frequently composes and arranges music, which has been performed by choral and instrumental groups of all levels.  He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting and bachelor’s degrees in music and computer science, all from the University of North Texas. 

In his free time, Andrew also enjoys hiking, camping, indoor soccer, mountain biking, snow skiing, card/board games (which must require intellect), eating good food, and spending time with his lovely, ever patient wife, Ashley; their three children, John, James, and Catherine; and family and friends.