meet our teachers

Secondary Teacher

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. 
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Secondary Teacher

Senior Seminar, CWP, & MS Worship Arts
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 and loves to push kids to ask good questions and then find their answers in the Bible.
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Secondary Teacher

Human Biology & PE/Girls Health
Mrs. Couture Coming Soon!
Email: tcouture@tacomabaptist.org

Secondary Teacher

High School Math
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. 
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Secondary Teacher

Advanced HS 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. 
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Secondary Teacher

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.
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Secondary Teacher

Spanish & International Program Support
Mrs. Mesler  has a Bachelors and a Masters in Spanish from Western Washington University as well as a minor in teaching English as a Second Language.    
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Secondary Teacher

Spanish, Civics, & Personal Finance
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.
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Secondary Teacher

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.  
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Secondary Teacher

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.
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Secondary Teacher

Robotics & Environmental Science
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.
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Secondary Teacher

High School Sciences
Mrs. Shin has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.  She is excited to integrate her faith into her science classes after teaching in public schools. 
Email: jshin@tacomabaptist.org

Secondary Teacher

HS World 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: ksoyring@tacomabaptist.org

Secondary Teacher

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.
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