The Trinity Christian College Alumni of the Year Award for 2000 was presented to Pete Post '74 and Caryl Talen Post '76 at a reception in their honor on campus last November. The award is given every year to a Trinity alumnus or alumna who exemplifies Christian commitment, has made significant contributions to his/her field, is recognized by his/her associates for outstanding achievements, or has made outstanding contributions for the benefit of Trinity Christian College.
After his graduation from Trinity in 1974 with a BA in psychology, Pete Post joined the faculty of Elim Christian School as a special education teacher and boys' athletic director. He received a Master of Special Education degree from Chicago State University. Caryl also worked at Elim, in the dorms. After receiving her BA in education with a minor in psychology, Caryl pursued a Master of Education degree from St. Xavier University. She is a certified teacher in early childhood development and early special education development, and now serves Southwest Chicago Christian Schools as childcare director.
Over the years, the Posts have demonstrated a strong commitment to the work of teaching students with special needs, and reaching out to them in love outside the classroom as well. Pete was recognized as the 1997 Winter Special Olympics Coach of the Year, wrote a guidebook for the International Special Olympics, and developed a nutrition football game with his Elim students that received a federal grant from the Nutrition Education and Training Board. As a coach, Pete's 25-year record stands at 534-193 overall. In 1998, one of his students was awarded the grand prize in a Sun-Times essay contest with the publication of his essay, "What It Means to Be a Team Player."
Along with teaching and coaching, Bible study is an important component of Pete's work at Elim. Pete's students meet regularly for Bible study with Trinity students, and helping them to "become good Christians" is one of his educational goals.
The Post family attends Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois, where Caryl is active in choir, Coffee Break, and the church school program for young children. They live in Palos Heights and have four children, one of whom is a member of the Trinity Christian College class of '04.