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Elementary Principal, Middle School , English

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Laura holds a BA from Washington Baptist College of Biblical Education, a Principal Certificate from ACSI, and has worked on an M.A. in Educational Administration. Laura served as a teacher and supervisor at Resurrection Christian Academy in Sterling, Alaska, for ten years prior to moving to Washington. She taught in the middle school at Tacoma Baptist Schools for twelve years before moving into administration in the fall of 2003.   As elementary principal Laura loves the opportunity to nurture the teachers as well as disciple the elementary students in an environment that upholds biblical principles and practice.  In addition to her educational experience, Laura has served in a number of church ministries as well as assisting her husband in his role as camp director at Resurrection Bible Camp. Paul and Laura have three grown children and six grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, writing, painting, and reading as time allows.  

Laura would enjoy talking with you about how TBS can meet your child’s educational needs.  Please call the school office for an appointment. 


4th Grade, Elementary

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Marcie Kazarovich has over 15 years of experience teaching and ministering to children of all ages, both in professional and volunteer positions. She earned her Bible degree from Word of Life Bible Institute and her bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She completed her elementary education credential at Western State College, in Gunnison, CO, and is currently working toward a master's degree in education. Marcie has been actively serving the Lord, first, as a chaplain's wife and mother of five, and second, in the Good News Clubs, AWANAS, and various other ministries within the Army chapel. God has put a desire in her heart to teach children and bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.


Kindergarten, Elementary

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Lorna Kearns joyfully served the Lord as a Children's Leader in Bible Study Fellowship International for six years before earning her bachelor's degree in education with an endorsement in biology at Pacific Lutheran University in 2003. She gleaned valuable teaching techniques while working as a substitute teacher for three years before she began teaching kindergartners at TBS in September 2006. Lorna is continuing her education in the Professional Certification program at Seattle Pacific University. Equipping children to grow cognitively, physically, socially, and most of all, in their walk with God, is Lorna's mission as a teacher, modeled on Luke 2:52, which states that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." Lorna and Stephen, her husband of 40 years, live with their cat, Rainier, and are the proud parents of three adult children, all married. They especially enjoy their six grandchildren.


First/Second Grade, Elementary

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Trisha Thornton came to Tacoma Baptist in 2007, after working in youth ministry and children's ministry for four years. She earned her bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Eugene Bible College in 2002.  When asked what she loves about teaching, Trisha answered, "I love teaching young people God's Word and helping them to look at the world around them based on God's truth. It is a privilege to partner with parents to help their children grow academically, spiritually, and emotionally." Trisha enjoys reading, playing board games, and spending time with husband and three children.


Third Grade, Elementary

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Cheryl Koskovich has served 24 years in Christian education, first in San Diego, CA, and then in the Northwest. She completed her BA in Behavioral Science at National University in San Diego and then completed her teaching credential program at United States International University, also in San Diego. God called her to Tacoma Baptist Elementary in 2003, where she has taught third grade ever since.  Cheryl says, "I love teaching this age, when they are so open to the message of God's love to them, the Gospel." Cheryl enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, which includes five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Fifth Grade, Elementary

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Julie Peterson is no new face to Tacoma Baptist Schools. She started as a kindergarten student and continued at TBS through graduation. After graduation she attended Western Baptist College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Education, and immediately returned to TBS and began her 14 year (and counting) teaching career. When asked what led her back to teach at Tacoma Baptist she replied, "Tacoma Baptist feels like home to me, and had such a powerful influence on me as a student both spiritually and academically that I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else." Julie enjoys spending time baking, reading, and hanging out with her husband (also a TBS graduate) and three children.


Sixth Grade, Elementary

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Donna Brooks began serving at TBS in the art room in 2001. She began teaching in 2004 after earning her Masters in Teaching from City University. Her bachelor 's degree was earned through Western Washington University in 1993. Donna appreciates the opportunity she has had to watch students grow in Jesus throughout their years at TBS. Outside of school, Donna enjoys family vacations with her husband, Mike, and three daughters, Sarah, Ashley, and Jennifer.


Instructional Support Center

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Lynn Hamlin graduated from Western Oregon State University with a BA in Education and an endorsement in Special Education. She worked for two years as a Resource Room Teacher in the Bethel School District before starting her family with her husband of 20 years. After five years of homeschooling their three children, Lynn returned to the classroom. This is her seventh year at Tacoma Baptist. Lynn writes, "I love working with the students in the Instructional Support Center (ISC). They are a daily source of inspiration to me. Working with all grade levels makes this teaching opportunity both unique and satisfying." Along with being a pastor's wife, her three children keep her "enjoyably busy." Lynn also enjoys gardening, canning, and baking.



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Amanda Hinz is the instrumental and general music teacher at Tacoma Baptist Schools and New Hope Christian School. This is her fourth year teaching in South Sound Christian Schools. Amanda received her degree in music education at Pacific Lutheran University in 2004, and is currently working toward a master's degree in education at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA. Miss Hinz loves to show her students the enjoyment of participative music making. In her spare time, Miss Hinz enjoys camping, hiking, and reading.



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Bill Jackson came to SSCS after serving 18 years as a Missionary/Church Planter with Mission to the World. Many of those years were spent serving in Japan. He earned his bachelorʼs degree in education from eastern Washington University in 1979 and his Masterʼs degree in Missions from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1988. Bill state, “It is a great privilege to guide young people to see that all truth, goodness and beauty is found in Christ and His Creation.” Bill enjoys playing games with his family of eight boys, one girl, and one wife of 29 years.


2nd Grade, Elementary

Renita Howat is beginning her eighteenth year with South South Christian Schools and counts it a real privilege and responsibility to teach and minister to children.  "Permit the children to come to Me.... for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such these. '" Mark 10:14  Renita graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI, with a major in English and minor in French. She has spent a total of 22 years thus far in Christian education and also has taught Sunday School for many years. She has four children, all of whom are married and live locally. She enjoys spending time with them and her seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, classical music, poetry and hiking.


Pre-K Teacher, Elementary

Melody Atwood joined the TBS staff in 2012.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas in 1988.  She enjoys teaching children of all ages and has experience teaching in a variety of grades from Pre-K thru 5th.  She took a break from full time teaching for many years to homeschool her children before deciding to put the younger two in TBS.  "As parents, our greatest desire is to develop in our kids a heart that loves and serves Jesus.  We were so happy to find a school that shared a heart that was similar to ours."  Melody also serves as the children's director at the church where her husband serves as pastor.  They have 4 children, two here at TBS and two in college.  She enjoys hiking, camping, cooking,  sitting by warm fires, and time with family.  She considers teaching at TBS a unique privilege and says, "I love being able to teach in a place where I can help children grasp God's great love for them and where I can lead them to the 'Throne of Grace so that they may find help in their time of need.'  What a privilege!"