meet our teachers & staff

Welcome back!

Mr. Karel Norman
Elementary & Middle School PE
Mr. Norman will be joining us this year as a full-time staff member.  He comes to us with a Master's Degree from Trinity University in Pastoral Ministry.  He and his family previously spent 9 years as missionaries in Nicaragua.  Mr. Norman is also a TBS alum.   
Mrs. Lisa Mesler
Spanish & ELL Assistant
Mrs. Mesler will be returning to TBS this fall to teach in our high school.  She has a Bachelors and a Masters in Spanish from Western Washington University as well as a minor in teaching English as a Second Language.  She joins us with several years of teaching experience.   

Welcome to TBS!

Mrs. Toni Couture

Adv Human Biology,  Girl’s Health & Middle School PE
Mrs. Couture has a Master’s in Nutrition and her certification as a personal trainer. She and her family are returning to Washington State as her husband is now set to be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Ms. Ji Hea Shin

High School Sciences
Ms. Shin comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington.  She is excited to integrate her faith into her science classes after teaching in public schools.

Mrs. Su Cozart

Algebra 1 and Geometry
Mrs. Cozart will be a valuable addition to our math program with several years of experience in private Christian education and in the homeschooling community.  Her family is excited to be part of the TBS family.

Elementary Faculty

Elementary Teacher 

Preschool 3's 

Mrs. Weaver  has a Bachelors in Education from Central College in Pella, IA.  She has been teaching for 8 years with 4 of those being at TBS.  She is also an alumna of TBS and  loves teaching  where her two children attend.  She and her husband, Tim, enjoy traveling to new places. 
Email: [email protected]

Elementary Teacher

Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Thompson has been teaching for 20 years.  This is her second year at TBS.  She has been married to her husband, Jon, for 25 years.  They have three older children and two fur babies. 
Email: [email protected] 

Elementary Teacher

Kindergarten

Mrs. Brey has a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been teaching for 20 years with  fourteen of those years at Tacoma Baptist. She and her husband, Bob, have two children who attend TBS. 
Email: [email protected]

Elementary Teacher

First Grade

Mrs. Andrews has a Bachelors of Arts in Bible and Elementary Education from Bible Baptist College.  She has been part of the TBS family since 2002.  She and her husband have two young children.
Email: 
[email protected] 

Elementary Teacher

Second Grade

Mrs. Gornushenko  has a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University.  She taught 2nd grade and 4th grade at TBS before she and her husband started their family. Their three children are now school age, and she is thrilled to be back at TBS!
Email: [email protected]

Elementary Teacher

Third Grade

Mr. Kretschmer  has a BS in Elementary Education from Liberty University. He and his wife have 3 children, the youngest just finishing up high school.  He has been active in the Tacoma area in both his church and as a para educator in local schools.  This is his first year at TBS.
Email: [email protected]

Elementary Teacher

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Thornton has a BS in Christian Education from Eugene Bible College and has been teaching at Tacoma Baptist for 12 years.  She, her husband of 20 years, and their 3 children enjoy watching Marvel movies together.
Email: [email protected]

Elementary Teacher

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Downey has a Masters in Teaching from Walden University.  She has been teaching for 21 years with 5 of those at TBS.  She is also an alumna of TBS.  She and her husband have one son who attends TBS. She loves beaches, river rafting, hiking, snow skiing, and kayaking.
Email: [email protected]

Middle School Faculty

Secondary Teacher

Middle School Math & 6th Bible

Mrs. Brooks has a Masters in K-8 Education from City University and is in her 19th year of teaching at Tacoma Baptist.  She and her husband, Mike, have been married for 26 years and have three adult daughters.  Her daughters are all alumni of Tacoma Baptist.
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Teacher

Middle School Science

Coming Soon!
Email: 

Secondary Teacher

Middle School PE

Mrs. Couture has a Master's in Nutrition from George Mason University.  This is her first year teaching at TBS.  She and her husband, as well as their four children, have recently reloacted to Tacoma area and are excited to be at Tacoma Baptist. 
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Teacher

7th & 8th Bible

Mr. Lundy has a Masters of Arts in Theological Student from Faith International University.  He is in his 5th year teaching at TBS.  He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children, two currently attending TBS.  He loves to spend time with his kids as well as participate in Judo and weightlifting.
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Teacher

Middle School English

Mrs. Madadi has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Moody Bible Institute.  She has been teaching for 11 years with four of those at TBS.  She is also a TBS alumna.  She and her new husband enjoy biking and attending concerts. 
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Teacher 

7th & 8th History

Mrs. Soyring has a Bachelors in Education from NW Nazarene University and has been teaching for 16 years, 5 at TBS.  She and her husband, Courtney, have one son who is a student at Tacoma Baptist. In her spare time she enjoys being a member of the Sonoro Choral Society.
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Teacher

6th History

Mrs. Tiginyanu has a Masters of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University and is in her 9th year of teaching, 2nd at TBS.  She enjoys reading with her kids, playing board games with her family, as well as going hiking.  She is married with two children who are currently attending TBS.  She also enjoys listening to a good joke!
Email: [email protected]

High School Faculty

High School Bible
Mr. Richey has a BS in Philosophy from Liberty University and a Masters of Divinity from NW Baptist Seminary.  He has been teaching at Tacoma Baptist for 6 years.  He and his wife, Lisa, have three young children. One of his favorite activities is having conversations on Theology.
Email: [email protected]
High School Sciences
Mrs. Shin Coming Soon! 
Email: jshin@tacomabaptist.org
High School English & Drama
Ms. Jennings is a TBS Alumna and has been teaching drama for 16+ years, four at Tacoma Baptist. She enjoys spending time with her  4 children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and  2 grandchildren.
Email: [email protected]
High School History
Mr. Andersen has been teaching at Tacoma Baptist  for over 43 years. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children who graduated from TBS.  Playing golf, gardening, and reading are what he does  in his spare time. 
Email: [email protected]
MS & HS Computer Sciences; IT Director
Mr. Sandefur has a BA in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological.  He has been at TBS for 4 years.  He enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.  He and his wife have 3 children; only one of whom is still at home.
Email: [email protected]
High School Math
Mrs. Cozart Coming Soon! 
Email: [email protected]
High School English
Mr. Omli has a Masters in Education from Oregon State University and has been passionately teaching his students not only how to write, but to expand their depth of thought for 36+ years. He has been part of the TBS family for 5 years.   He and his wife, Diane, have adult twin daughters.  
Email: [email protected]
HS Spanish 
Mrs. Mesler - Coming Soon!
Email: [email protected]
HS Advanced math
Mr. Hong has been teaching at TBS for 5 years.  He and his wife have two daughters.  In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and running.
Email: [email protected]
9th Grade Boys Health & PE
Mr. Lundy has a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Faith International University.  He is in his 5th year teaching at TBS.  He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children, two currently attending TBS.  He loves to spend time with his kids as well as participate in Judo and weightlifting.
Email: [email protected]
High School American Sign Language
Mrs. Van Liew has a BA in Education from Western Washington University and a MS in Education from Western Oregon State.  She has been teaching for over 16 years, six at TBS.  She and her husband, Chris, have 4 children, two are alumni of TBS and two are currently attending. Their family enjoys spending time together hiking outdoors.
Email: [email protected]
High School Spanish
Mrs. Norman has a Bachelors degree in Spanish from Pacific Lutheran University.  She has been teaching for 11 years.  She loves to spend time with her husband, Karel, and their three children who currently attend TBS. She also has a passion for playing and coaching volleyball.
Email: [email protected]

Educational Specialists

PreK through 12th Grade Art
Mr. Jackson has a BA in PE and Art from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been teaching for 34 years with 13 years at TBS. In his spare time he enjoys trap shooting, book club, and spending time with family.
Email: [email protected]
Instructional Support Center (1st-12th)
Mrs. Atwood - Coming Soon!
Email: [email protected]
5th through 12th Grade Band
Mr. Abeshima Coming Soon!
Email: sabeshima@tacomabaptist.org
PreK through Middle School PE
Mr. Norman - Coming Soon!
Email: knorman@tacomabaptist.org

"I love TBS because the teachers truly care about how we succeed, both in our classes and in our lives."

- Current TBS High School Student

"The teachers at TBS make learning fun!"

- Current TBS 3rd Grader

"The teachers and staff at TBS make me feel like we are a team in raising our children to love the Lord."

- Current TBS parent

Administration & Support Staff

Secondary Principal (Middle & High School)
Mrs. Baker has a BA in Psychology from Pacific University and a MA in Learning Disabilities (Diagnostics and remediation) from Northwestern University.  She has been in education for 21 years, Administration for 5 years, and had a private practice for 15 years.  She loves to use creative interactive teaching with using each students unique strengths.  She and her husband, Jeremiah, have been married 16 years and have 3 children that currently attend Tacoma Baptist.
Email: [email protected]
Elementary Principal
Mrs. Peterson has a Bachelors in Elementary Studies from Western Baptist College.  She taught at TBS for 15 years and has been the Elementary Principal since 2014.  She nd her husband are graduates of TBS and have three children, all of whom are TBS graduates. She loves to read, take walks, and play games with her family.  Her passion is for all TBS students to grow in knowledge of who  God is and His love for them, while gaining understanding and appreciation of the world He created.
Email: [email protected] 
Dean of Students
Mr. Barnes has a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been part of education for 18+ years, three of those at TBS.  He and his wife have 5 children, four of them are currently attending TBS.  He enjoys hiking, running, and reading.  He enjoys hiking, running, and reading and loves to push kids to ask good questions and then find their answers in the Bible.
Email: [email protected]
Athletics, Facilities, & Transportation Director
Coach Wing has a BA from Gonzaga University and a MS in Physical Education from Eastern Washington University.  She has been in education for 23 years, 5 of them at TBS.  She spends her spare time working out, reading, enjoying family time, and scrapbooking.  She is married to Tracy, who is retired from the military after 20 years of service.  They have two boys, one a recent TBS graduate and one currently attending. 
Email: [email protected] 
Administrative Director
Mrs. Gass has been part of TBS for 4 years.  Prior to that, she and her husband David were missionaries for 14+ years.  They have two children, one TBS graduate and one who is currently attending. She enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family as well as encouraging all the families she comes in contact with to use God’s Word as their filter for truth. 
Email: [email protected] 
Director of Enrollment Services
Ms. Taylor has a BS in Business Management from Corban University.  She has been part of the TBS family for 15 years and is also a TBS alumna. She has 4 children, 3 of whom are also TBS grads. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her 3 grandchildren. She enjoys helping families discover where God is leading them.
Email: [email protected] 
Development Director
Mrs. Rush has a BA from University of North Carolina and is in her third year at TBS.  She has been married to the love of her life for 13 years, has 3 boys who currently attend TBS. She loves meeting new people and enjoys traveling in her spare time.
Email: [email protected]
Guidance Counselor
Ms. Kitselman has a Bachelors in Psychology from Western Baptist College.   She has been in education for over 13 years, with ten of those at TBS.  She, as well as two of her children, are alumni of TBS. She has one daughter still attending Tacoma Baptist.  In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, attend her kids sporting events, and visit new places. 
Email: [email protected]
Business Office Manager
Mrs. Kelly has been part of TBS for 3 years.  She and her husband have been married since 2010 and have two young boys, both students here at TBS.  She loves to watch movies and spend time with her family in her free time.  
Email: [email protected]
Marketing &  Communications Manager
Mrs. Reinmuth has a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University.  She has been at TBS for 3+ years and is also an alumna.  She and her husband of 21 years, Jeff, have three children currently attending TBS.  She  enjoys knitting, watching sports, and spending time with her family relaxing on the Oregon Coast.
Email: [email protected]
Secondary Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Jones has been a part of the TBS family for 10 years.  She has been married to her husband, Bill, for 24 years.  They have two children, one who is currently attending TBS.  In her spare time, she likes to exercise and spend time with family.
Email: [email protected] 
Elementary Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Foster is in her second year at TBS.  She and her husband, Brian, met at TBS and have been married for 19 years.  They are both TBS Alumni and have two children who are currently attending Tacoma Baptist.  She enjoys reading, drinking coffee and cheering for the Seahawks.
Email: [email protected]
Student Center Supervisor
Mrs. Brotherton has been part of the TBS family for 5 years.  She and her husband have been married for 13 years.  They have two children currently attending TBS.  She enjoys scrapbooking, camping, and reading in her spare time.
Email: [email protected] 
Maintenance & Transportation Supervisor
Mr. Beavers - Coming Soon!
Email: [email protected] 
Before & After School Care Supervisor
Mrs. Menchaca is currently working toward becoming a CNA.  She nd her husband have been married 9 years. They have two small children, both of whom are currently attending TBS. She enjoys baking, cake decorating and cooking as well as spending time with her family. 
Email:  
Athletics Assistant
Mrs. Hayes has been a part of TBS for 3 years.  She and her husband, Todd, have two children who are currently attending TBS.  She loves interacting with the students and helping to make things run smoothly.
Email: [email protected]