on faculty since 2005
Ed.D., Argosy University, Schaumburg, Illinois, 2012
M.A., Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
B.A., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 1974
Pete Post has a way of detecting God’s hand in his life. The special education teacher says it is pure providence that God placed him as a student at Trinity.
“As God would have it, when I came to Trinity I got a work-study job at Elim that led to my spending three of my four college years living at Elim as a dorm father. After graduating, Elim contacted me about teaching and enticed me with the fact that they had just built a gym that would be mine to use as I saw fit.”
After working at Elim for 30 years, the 1974 Trinity graduate saw that his alma mater was advertising for a position in special education.
“I felt that this was an opportunity for me shape future teachers who could later work at Elim as well as a means of enhancing Trinity’s continued relationship with Elim.
Post earned his master’s degree in special education at Chicago State University. He received his doctorate from Argosy University with a dissertation titled in part “Docere est Discere”, which means “to teach is to learn”. This research is based upon a class that Post teaches at Elim during which Trinity students tutor a student with special needs for the last portion of each class.
Decades of teaching have not diminished the delight he takes in his classroom. “I get the greatest satisfaction out of teaching a child that is challenged in some way to do something that other people thought he or she was incapable of doing, and I want my Trinity students to experience the joy of this mutual accomplishment.”
Post has shared in the joy of a Special Olympian who broke a five-minute mile and of having a former student visit his class wearing the uniform of a paramedic and declaring, “You told me I could do more than sweep floors.”
Post likes to garden and hike when he is not teaching. He and his wife, Caryl, have four children and one grandchild. The Posts live in Palos Heights, Illinois, and attend Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois.