About TRCA


Two Rivers Classical Academy partners with Christian parents to train children to love learning truth, to pursue virtue in all of life, and to glorify God in their callings.

Veritas. Virtus. Vocatio.

Name and Logo

Two Rivers has long been a geographic reference to Iowa in general, and to Des Moines in particular — where the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers converge. Playing off that theme, TRCA is a place where our priorities converge: family and community, knowledge and character, learning and service. Our logo illustrates the convergence of these ideals, coming together around a book — signifying knowledge in general and Scripture in particular.


In June of 2018, a pastor, a banker, and a lawyer walked into a coffee shop. It sounds like the beginning of an awful joke, but it was the culmination of years of conversation, research, and prayer about bringing a classical school to Central Iowa. The result of that meeting was the formation of Two Rivers Classical Academy — and a plan to share its vision with Des Moines and surrounding communities. In the months that followed, hundreds of area families provided encouragement, feedback, and support. TRCA officially launched in August of 2019 as a K-7 academy, with plans to implement a full PK-12 program in coming years.

Two Rivers Classical Academy is an Iowa nonprofit corporation with IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) organization. TRCA is governed by an independent board of directors and is not affiliated with an individual church or Christian denomination. It is governed by its Mission and its Statement of Beliefs

Board of Directors

The founding Board of Directors is currently comprised of three fathers, and it is surrounded by many qualified advisers, a team of dedicated parents, and three very wise and patient wives. After the launch of TRCA is completed in the Fall of 2019, the Board will be expanded to take on a stronger strategic role.

Zach Dietrich is an associate pastor at Soteria Church where he oversees theological development, which is a fancy way of saying he loves teaching and books. Zach grew up in eastern Iowa but has spent most of the last twenty years in the Des Moines area. Zach has a Master of Divinity from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been reading about and researching classical education for over ten years, but his other passions are coffee. He and his wife Leah have engaged in classical home education for their five children for several years. 


Andy Fogle has been in the financial services industry for nearly 15 years in a variety of capacities, including CEO of two Des Moines-based credit unions. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is currently a VP/Regional Director of a financial technology company based in Austin, TX. A Des Moines native, he has been involved in several for-profit and non-profit boards, including his local church and Ruth Harbor Homes. He and his wife Jenn live in Des Moines and homeschool four boys.


Andy Karas is an attorney at the Des Moines law firm of Hagenow & Gustoff LLP, where he focuses on creating and implementing strategic plans for families, businesses, and nonprofits. Prior to earning his Juris Doctorate and becoming an attorney, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree and held executive leadership roles in healthcare, banking, and higher education. Andy and his wife Melissa are both originally from southwestern Iowa. They now reside in Clive with their two children.


Nate Oppman is the operations manager of an Iowa public policy organization, as well as an adjunct professor of history. Dr. Oppman received a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in history, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Bob Jones University. He speaks to a wide variety of groups regarding Christian citizenship, history, and public policy. Prior to moving to Des Moines, Dr. Oppman and his wife, Joy, resided in Washington D.C.


Two Rivers Classical Academy is an independent organization, but it benefits from relationships with organizations and similar schools across the United States. TRCA is a member of, and plans to eventually seek accreditation through, the Association of Classical Christian Schools. TRCA has networked with several sister schools, and it has greatly benefited from the wisdom and experiences of Trinity Classical Academy in Omaha, Nebraska, and Trinity Classical School in Houston, Texas.