Academics
Upper School

History and Social Sciences

Generation Z, young men and women born starting in 1995, now make up 25% of population of the United States. To say that this group faces immense challenges in the years ahead understates the situation by several orders of gravity:  economies are undergoing rapid change; social media is fueling political polarization; the climate may be changing, possibly permanently cultural and religious diversity is increasing; and social mores continue to evolve.  These are but
a few of the societal summonses – hard, but also exciting – our young people will have to answer as they very soon assume leadership. With these realities in mind, Trinity’s history and social studies faculty are committed to preparing each graduate to meet these leadership challenges.  To that end, the history and social studies curriculum emphasizes the following: Historical and Cultural Literacy; Critical Thinking; Nonfiction Reading and Writing; and Citizenship 
 
    • History courses flowchart

      History courses flowchart

Faculty spotlight: Mr. John Klassen

John Klassen, US History and Speech and Debate
Mr. Klassen is certified by the TEA to teach Speech and Social Studies 7-12. Before joining Trinity in 2017, he practiced law for 26 years, including 13 years as the Chief of the United States Attorney's Office in Midland. He has tried more than 80 cases to a jury during his career and has served as an instructor at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, on multiple occasions. He began Trinity's award-winning Speech and Debate Team in 2017. Mr. Klassen and his wife Stephanie have two daughters: Katherine, a sophomore at the University of Portland, and Mary, a senior at Midland High School.  In his spare time, he is a passionate fan of the Minnesota Twins and enjoys reading political biographies--the longer the better.    

Upper School History Faculty

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Todd Freese

    Todd Freese 

    MS & US Dean of Students/US History Teacher
    432-697-3281 x 311
    University of Texas of the Permian Basin - B.A.
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    John Klassen 

    Debate Teacher / US Social Studies Teacher
    432-697-3281 x 325
    University of Tulsa - B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science (major), theater (minor) , and economics (minor)
    Columbia Law School - J.D.
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    Terry Little 

    US History Teacher; Department Chair
    432-697-3281 x 344
    UT Austin - B.S.
    UT Permian Basin - M.A.
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  • Photo of Michael Midkiff

    Michael Midkiff 

    US History Teacher; MS Football & Track Coach
    432-697-3281 x 320
    University of Texas of the Permian Basin - B.S.
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