Upper School

Science and Technology

An experienced faculty present courses in basic and advanced life and physical sciences. Trinity School of Midland Upper School students are required to take three years of college-preparatory science, but the majority of Trinity students pursue four years of science. Many successfully sit each year for AP exams in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, and AP Physics C. Electives offered to Upper School students include a dual-credit Introduction to Engineering, Biophysics, Physics for Engineers, Ecology of the Chihuahuan Desert, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, Advanced Topics in Chemistry, Forensic Science, Advanced Topics in Biology, Astronomy, and Petroleum Technology. Small class sizes, great lab facilities, and the Bring Your Own Device technology program make science at Trinity spectacular.
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Faculty spotlight: Dr. Melissa McHale

Dr. McHale, US Physics and Engineering
Dr. Melissa McHale joined the Trinity Upper/Middle School Science Faculty in 2016. She comes to Trinity via Midland College and Rice University, where she taught engineering, bioengineering and physical science courses. Dr. McHale's thesis research involved cartilage and cardiovascular tissue engineering and she has a keen interest in biomaterials, especially "smart" materials and hydrogels. As a former science editor, Dr. McHale strives to help her students appreciate the importance of accurate and skilled science communication. Most of all, engaging in science research and discussion is a passion for this teacher and she hopes her excitement is catching. Dr. McHale is co- chair of the Trinity Science Department, a member of the Upper School Leadership Team, an Upper School Advisor, and sponsor for the Trinity Robotics Teams.

The McHales were welcomed to the Trinity community in 2012 with the enrollment of their two children. In her time away from school, Dr. McHale enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family and their three rescue dogs, Lucy, Raider, and Bella. The McHales live close-by and often walk to Trinity for sporting events and other activities.

Upper School Science Faculty

List of 4 members.

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    Melissa McHale 

    US Biology Teacher/Department Chair
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    Joined Trinity 2016
    Mississippi State University - BS
    Duke University - MS
    Rice University - PhD
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    Thomas LaFarelle 

    US Science and Technology Teacher/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
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    Joined Trinity 2009
    UT Permian Basin - B.S.
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    Thomas Mueller 

    Assistant Head of School for Academics/US Science Teacher
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    Joined Trinity 2013
    University of New Mexico - B.S.
    The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK - M.A. Ed
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  • Photo of Rachel  Merryman

    Rachel  Merryman 

    US Chemistry Teacher/Debate Coach
    Joined Trinity August 2021
    Kutztown University - B.S. Chemistry
    UNC - Wilmington - M.S. Chemistry

Curtis Wong '19

My experience at Trinity has been quite an adventure. It’s been wholesome and fulfilling, and the best aspect of Trinity School is definitely the people. The people have made my experience at this school enjoyable; they are available to help and they make everyone feel welcome.
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