Trident University Professor Receives Award for Public Education Excellence

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Dr. Michael Trimmell Receives Administrator of the Year Award from the California Association of School Administrators.

“Whether it’s as an administrator, course developer, professor, or dissertation committee member, Dr. Trimmell has always been dedicated to his students,” stated Dr. Heidi Linn Smith, Dean, Trident's College of Education.

Trident University International (Trident) today announced that the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) has named Trident faculty member Dr. Michael Trimmell Administrator of the Year in Region XV in the Professor of Education category.

The ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. ACSA's top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. ASCA’s mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond.

In addition to his faculty role at Trident, Dr. Trimmell serves as principal of Little Lake City School District in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The Administrator of the Year Award honors Dr. Trimmell for his achievements and dedication to public education.

“Whether it’s as an administrator, course developer, professor, or dissertation committee member, Dr. Trimmell has always been dedicated to his students,” stated Dr. Heidi Linn Smith, Dean, Trident’s College of Education. “We’re happy he’s part of our team here at Trident.”

An adjunct professor in Trident’s College of Education (COE), Dr. Trimmell teaches Leadership Theory and Practice, as well as all K-12 concentration courses in the COE. He has also completed course development for elementary/secondary leadership, as well as administration courses in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Master of Arts in Education (MAED) programs.

Dr. Trimmell is an experienced educator and administrator, having previously held positions as a biology teacher and middle school assistant principal. His areas of expertise include educational administrator, pedagogical content knowledge, science specific professional development, and STEM education.
Dr. Trimmell holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach, a Master of Arts in Education from National University, and a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology from California State University, Fullerton.

About Trident University
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and careers of students. Trident offers high-quality bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has over 30,000 alumni, including more than 22,000 with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Military Times, Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to military-affiliated students. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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