meet our
High School teachers

Advanced Math and Worship Arts

Mr. Stephen Abeshima

Bachelor of Arts in Music
University of Puget Sound

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American Sign Language

Mr. Jonathan Arbeen

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
West Coast Baptist College 

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Mrs. Rachel Arbogast '92

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English and Drama, Arts Department Chair

Mrs. Calice Black '89

Ms. Jennings is a TBS Alumna and has been teaching drama for 17+ years, five at Tacoma Baptist. She enjoys spending time with her  4 children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and  2 grandchildren. 

Personal Finance

Mrs. Donna Brooks

Master in Teaching, K-8 Education; City University
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Finance Concentration; Western Washington University
20 Years of Teaching Experience at TBS

Mrs. Brooks and her husband, Mike, have been married for 26 years and have three adult daughters.  Her daughters are all alumni of Tacoma Baptist.


Mrs. Su Cozart

Bachelor of Science in Individual Studies, Japanese; Central Washington University
Bachelor of Arts in Math Education; Central Washington University

Mrs. Cozart has several years of experience in private Christian education and in the homeschooling community.  She and her husband have two daughters, one who is currently a student at TBS.  


Mr. Matthew Davis

Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages; Corban University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion; Liberty University

Mr. Davis likes scary stories, big books, weird ideas, ska music and being as much of a beach bum as his responsibilities will permit. In his words, he also "can’t seem to stop learning new circus skills". He is excited to start teaching Bible, particularly the Old Testament. While a lot of folks find it odd and intimidating, Mr. Davis is attracted to the strangeness of it and fascinated by the God who gave that specific book to His people.

Instructional Support Center

Mrs. Lynn Hamlin

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Special Education Endorsement
Western Oregon State University 

Mrs. Hamlin has lived in Tacoma for 33 years, moving here from Oregon after graduating from college.  She is married to Rich Hamlin (TBS boy's basketball coach).  They have three children whom all attended Tacoma Baptist. They also have a wonderful daughter in law and son in law as well as three grandchildren.  She also loves to be up early and enjoys running and working out. 


Mr. Kyle Hofstetter

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics; Northwest University
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education; Northwest University 

Mr. Hofstetter is a life long, rain loving Washingtonian.  After growing up in Bellingham and spending time living in Kirkland, he has moved south to Tacoma.  He is an enneagram type four who has great appreciation for stories and songs; seeking whimsy and wonder turned to worship.  You'll often find him walking through life with a mathematical perspective asking quality questions about parabolas and paradoxes.  He has an affinity for infinity and is also an avid athlete and coach.

Drawing, Graphic Design, and Sculpture

Ms. Leah Keller

Master of Arts in Studio Art and Illustration; Pensacola Christian College 
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Illustration; Pensacola Christian College

Ms. Keller has a full background in digital art, and is a gifted in the fine arts including oil painting, drawing, and photography.  

Spanish & International Student Support

Mrs. Lisa Mesler

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Minor in ESL
Western Washington University

More information coming soon!

PE, Girl's Health, & Digital Photography

Mrs. Myra Norman

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Pacific Lutheran University

Mrs. Norman has been teaching for 12 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.

English, Humanities Department Chair

Mr. Tom Omli

Master of Arts in Education; Oregon State University
Bachelor of Arts in Ed; Central Washington University
37+ years of Teaching Experience

Mr. Omli has been passionately teaching his students not only how to write, but to expand their depth of thought for 37+ years. He has been part of the TBS family for 5 years.   He and his wife, Diane, have adult twin daughters.

Bible, Bible Department Chair

Mr. Matthew Richey

Master of Divinity; Northwest Baptist Seminary
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Religion; Liberty University

Mr. Richey and his wife, Lisa, have three young children. One of his favorite activities is having conversations on Theology.


Ms. Stephanie Rosenthal

Master of Science in Forensic Science; National University
Bachelor of Science in Biology; Central Washington University
Teaching Certification, Endorsements in Biology and Science; Central Washington University

Ms. Rosenthal loves animals and has two miniature schnauzers, Samuel and Dexter, and one cat, Luke.  Some of her hobbies include working in her garden and growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.  She also loves outdoor activities such as walking her dogs, bike riding, and kayaking.  She has always loved reading all types of books, especially mystery and historical fiction genres.

Computer Science & Robotics; STEM Department Chair

Mr. Mike Sandefur

Master of Divinity; Golden Gate Baptist Theological
Bachelor of Arts in Biology; Pacific Lutheran University

Mr. Sandefur has been at TBS for 5 years.  He enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.  He and his wife have 3 children; only one of whom is still at home.


Ms. Ji Hea Shin

Master of Arts in Teaching; Secondary Ed; University of Washington
Bachelor of Science in Biology; University of Washington

More information coming soon!


Ms. Abigail Welch

Master of Arts in Education; Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts in History and English; Pacific Lutheran University

Ms. Welch received a Benson Summer Research Fellowship Program Grant while at PLU to work on an extensive research project with the Puyallup Historical Society at the Meeker Mansion.  When she is not teaching, Ms. Welch enjoys serving in her church’s youth group, reading, long walks, and spending time with her golden retriever.