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Talented faculty celebrating 10 years at Trinity Prep

It is said that good employees are like four-leaf clovers--hard to find and lucky to have. Sometimes they're even harder to keep fresh. While teaching is now America's largest occupation, the turnover rate for teachers is as high as 16% a year, according to a study by NPR--higher than in any other profession.

Trinity Prep is very proud of its faculty and staff, and that pride is reflected in the school's employee retention rate. Of its 142 full-time employees, 68 have remained at the school for over ten years, and 17 have tenure of over 20 years, either as teachers, administration, or staff. It is clear that in addition to being a top-rated school, Trinity Prep is an ideal place to work.

Recently, three new members have joined that illustrious group of long-time employees: Scott Sukup, Pascaline Geva-Straube, and Lester Johnson. Their ten-year anniversary was appreciated and recognized at an all-school assembly on October 16.

Scott Sukup teaches physical education in the middle school and personal fitness in upper school and coaches the middle school football team. Before coming to Trinity Prep, he taught for five years in Charlotte, North Carolina and for seven years in Orange County public schools, coaching football at Trinity Prep as an adjunct coach at the same time before becoming a full-time member of the Trinity faculty. Scott's daughter became a 6th grade Saint this year.

Pascaline Geva-Straube is a native of Belgium who worked for the Orange County public school system for 15 years, where she was honored as a team leader and department chair, before joining the Trinity Prep faculty as a middle school math teacher. She also worked as an associate professor at Valencia College for 12 years. Her husband is the son of retired Trinity Prep teacher Mary-Ann Tartaglia Straube; they have two beautiful children and take advantage of the world-class recreational opportunities in Central Florida every chance they get.

Lester Johnson is co-director of college counseling. He coordinates the 11th grade college program, PSAT administration, the College Book Awards, and the College Night program, and visits numerous college campuses each year. Before Trinity Prep, he worked at Yale University as senior admissions officer, at Columbia University as financial aid officer, and in various media outlets, including Fox News and the NYTimes. Lester remembers going through the college process with his two sons in the 70s. He and his wife enjoy, among other things, adopting special-needs dogs.

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