Academics
Upper School

English

The Trinity English Department believes students learn best when actively engaged with each other as well as with the material. Further, an ideal learning environment necessarily includes and encourages differentiation in both abilities and in perspectives. Student-generated and centered discussions about literature, student writing, and themes of social and moral significance are at the heart of each classroom. All courses seek to enhance speaking, listening, reading, writing, and thinking skills—the core domains across every discipline.
    • English Dept Flowchart

      English Dept Flowchart

Faculty spotlight: Mrs. Chali Patterson

High School English Teacher
Mrs. Patterson has 19 years' teaching experience and has been teaching English/Language Arts at Trinity School since 2014.  She grew up all over the United States - living in 15 different states and 22 different cities by the time she graduated from Lamar High School in Rosenberg, Texas.  Although she never went to high school in Midland, when she relocated here with her mother after graduation, she felt like Midland was home and has lived here ever since.  She played the trumpet and French Horn in high school and was a soloist singer in her high school Stage Band.   Chali Patterson met her husband Monty Patterson here in Midland, and they have twins (Abby and Logan) who attend Trinity School.  And even though there is no spare time between the kids, the pets (2 dogs and 3 cats), and grading research papers, Mrs. Patterson continues to appreciate the arts and anything that is creative.  She enjoys painting, live theater, concerts, gardening, and loves to discuss her favorite movies and TV shows.   

Upper School English Faculty

List of 3 members.

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    David Kleinbeck 

    9th Grade English Teacher
    432-697-3281 x 334
    University of Illinois - B.A.
    University of Illinois - M. Education
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    Nancy Pannell 

    11th & 12th Grade English Teacher; Department Chair
    432-697-3281 x 340
    University of Texas - Austin - B.A.
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    Chali Patterson 

    10th & 11th Grade English Teacher
    432-697-3281 x 353
    UT-Permian Basin - B.A.
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