Northwest Christian
High School

4710 Park Center Ave NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 491-2966

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8:30am - 3:30pm

Summer Office:
9am - 1pm


Staff - Northwest Christian High School

NCHS Administrative Staff

Dr. Terry Ketchum



Mrs. Christina McNair

Administrative Assistant; Registrar; Guidance Counselor


Mrs. Diana Downey

International Student Program Director


Mrs. Jeanette Lindstrom

Athletic Director; Student Events Coordinator


Mrs. Ann-Charisse Koukal

Family Liaison; Receptionist, Volunteer Coordinator


NCHS Teaching Staff

Mr. Tony Brooks

Bible 9, Algebra 2, Statistics


Tony Brooks (Bible 9; Algebra 2; Statistics) – Mr. Brooks graduated from the School of Business at Washington State University in 1995. He has worked as a business analyst, a business owner, and been in executive management since 1996. Mr. Brooks has leadership experience in manufacturing, medical sales and marketing and has been involved in ministry as a bible teacher for Calvary Chapel and Conservative Baptist Northwest since 1984. He has taught mathematics since 2001, both as a tutor and in classroom settings. He joined the NCHS teaching staff in 2013.

Mr. Brooks enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, hiking, climbing and fly-fishing and enjoys any time he can get with his wife and children.

Mr. Josh Burdick

Bible 10, Public Speaking

Website: Mr. Josh Burdick


Josh Burdick (Bible 10; Public Speaking) – Mr. Burdick served in church youth ministry and completed a one-year discipleship program known as Master’s Commission. He graduated from NCHS in 2001 and then earned his B.A. in Organizational Communication from Northwest University. He served as a teaching pastor for a church plant and also substitute taught at NCHS. He continued his graduate studies at Liberty University and earned an M.A. in Theological Studies and an M.A. in Communication. While attending Liberty, Mr. Burdick served as a Graduate Student Assistant and taught public speaking.

When not studying church history, apologetics and communication theory, Mr. Burdick enjoys snowboarding with his family and cheering for the Seahawks.

Mrs. Dawn Carrillo

Biology, Chemistry


Dawn Carrillo (Biology, Chemistry) - Mrs. Carrillo is passionate about education and helping students discover new ways to solve problems using imagination and creative thinking. As a pastor's wife, she is used to filling a variety of roles when necessary. Mrs. Carrillo earned her B.A. in education in 1991 from the University of West Floriday in Pensacola, Fl. She continued her educational pursuits with a Masters of Education in School Administration from Western Washington University. Mrs. Carrillo has shared her love of learning in the classroom, serving as teacher since 1991. She was recently called upon to serve as STEM coordinator for Northwest Christian Private Schools.

When not in an educational environment, Mrs. Carrillo is happy serving alongside her husband in church ministry.

  Mrs. Caressa Fennell



Caressa Fennell (Choir) – Mrs. Fennell has a passion for music that began as a child in a tiny town at the “end of the road” in Alaska. Her self-confidence grew and an awareness of God’s plan for her life began to emerge when she joined the high school choir. While a junior, she auditioned for several prestigious choirs and was chosen by several touring youth ensembles. She had the opportunity to tour Europe with America’s Youth in Concert and considers that as a formative year for musical education. She sang under a variety of outstanding directors in places that included the U.S. capitol building in Washington D.C. , Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, London’s Barbican Centre (home to the London Symphony Orchestra), Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and many other locations across England, France, Switzerland and Italy. Mrs. Fennell has taught piano for 23 years, private vocal instruction for 17 years, and served as worship leader, mentor, and choir director for 20 years. She is passionate about passing on the gift of music.

Mrs. Judy Hadley

Creative Writing, English 10

Website: Mrs. Judy Hadley


Judy Hadley (Creative Writing; English 10) – Mrs. Hadley earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from William Woods University with a minor in Secondary Education. She taught English and Spanish for grades 7-9 in Ohio and home-schooled four children for twenty years. She has been teaching at NCHS for the past 12 years.

Mrs. Hadley grew up on an Arabian horse ranch in Colorado. Showing horses was her “sport” during high school.

Mrs. Lauren Hendrickson

English 9, Christianity, Academic Proficiency, English Enhancement and Composition

Website: Mrs. Lauren Hendrickson


Lauren Zammit Hendrickson (English 9; English Enhancement and Composition; Academic Proficiency; Christianity) – Mrs. Hendrickson graduated from NCHS in the class of 2006. She continued her education at Seattle Pacific University where she graduated with honors in 2010 with a B.A. major in History and minor in English Literature. Mrs. Hendrickson began teaching at NCHS as an extended substitute in the spring of 2013, two weeks after her wedding. She joined the full-time staff in the fall of 2014.

Mrs. Hendrickson is originally from Canada, then spent a few years in Georgia and California before moving to Washington. She aspires toward traveling internationally, writing novels, and “breaking the world record for the amount of tea consumed in a

lifetime.” She enjoys stories that touch lives through various media: books, movies, drama, music, and even video games.

  Mr. Scott Hollis

AP Biology


Scott Hollis (AP Biology) - Mr. Hollis has over twenty years of experience as a licensed Medical Lab Scientist under the American Society of Clinical Pathologists with specialities in Immunology, Transfusion Medicine, and Microbiology. He holds two Masters degrees and is completing an additional degree in Laboratory Medicine. While teaching at NCHS, he will also be teaching an online course for The University of Maryland at the bachelor's level and serving as an adjunct professor at Clover Park Technical College as a visiting lecturer on Hematology. Mr. Hollis owns the private consulting firm, Hollis Consulting Group LLC, providing technical consulting to physician offices across Washington State.

Mr. Hollis is of the school of thought led by Louis Pasteur that "while a little science may lead you away from God, a deeper understanding of science reveals the miracles of God." Mr. Hollis states: "I bring some rather unique perspectives to AP Biology as well as the fact that I have seen the level of attack that Christians face when they head off to the universities, and they are ill equipped to defend their faith. There is no reason for them to have their faith shaken in the area of science when the greatest scientific minds were all men of profoundly deep faith. If the Lord can use me to help these students prepare for that battle, then that's where I need to be."

In addition to serving as science teacher, Mr. Hollis will continue as volunteer coach for the NCHS Powerlifting team.

  Mrs. Kathie Ketchum

American Literature, Honors American Literature, British Literature, Honors British Literature, Leadership

Website: Mrs. Kathie Ketchum


Kathie Ketchum (American Literature; Honors American Literature; British Literature; Honors British Literature; Leadership) – Mrs. Ketchum received a B.A. in education from Northwest Nazarene University. She continued graduate studies at the University of Kansas City and Seattle Pacific University. She received Professional Teaching Certification from Idaho, Kansas, and Washington. Mrs. Ketchum began her career in teaching 2nd and 3rd grades in Idaho. She continued teaching Pre-school, Kindergarten, 5th and 6th grades in both Kansas and Washington. As an overseas missionary, she taught in an International American school: 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and Bible, 9th grade English, 9th and 10th grade World History, 12th grade Bible, and Writer’s Workshop. After returning to the United States, Mrs. Ketchum continued her career in teaching 7th grade and 8th grade Language Arts and Bible, Writer’s Workshop, high school American Literature, British Literature, Bible. Academic Proficiency, and Leadership.

Thanks to 25 years of overseas ministry and teaching, Mrs. Ketchum is fluent in French and has experience in Haitian Créole.

Mrs. Kirsten Nelsen

Gospel of John & Romans


Kirsten Nelsen (Gospel of John & Romans) Mrs. Nelsen grew up in southern Idaho on a dairy farm and attended college in Spokane. After receiving her B.A. in Theology with a minor in Ministry from Whitworth University, she and her husband moved to Olympia. Mrs. Nelsen has served in various ministries including several youth groups, church camp, juvenile detention centers, overseas mission trips, and discipleship groups.

Apart from her love for Jesus, Mrs. Nelsen enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, camping, and reading classic English literature.

Mrs. Kim O'Hara

Pre-Cal, Discrete Math, Publication


Kim O’Hara (Pre-Calculus; Discrete Math; Publication) - Studied math, physics, and linguistics at the University of Chicago. She taught elementary school computer skills from 1989-2001 and taught high school math, English, history, journalism, and yearbook during various years from 2001 to present. Mrs. O’Hara assumed responsibility for our NCHS Knowledge Bowl team in 2005 and led the team to a state championship and two third-place trophies.

Mrs. O'Hara published her first book, a futuristic science-fiction novel, in 2014.

Mr. Ben Phillips



Ben Phillips (Outreach) – Mr. Phillips has worked with young people in the greater Olympia community for the last 20 years.  Currently he is teaching at NCHS, and on staff at Calvary Chapel of Olympia as pastor of high school and college ministries.  Ben has a passion to help people discover who God is, and who they are.  He loves to spend time with his best friend and wife (Dottie), spend time with his kids, sing and play guitar, venture in the outdoors, design and build custom woodworking and serve the Lord Jesus Christ with his whole life. Ben has been married to Dottie for the last 17 years and has “four of the coolest kids in Oly!”

Mr. Tommy Shinn

Guitar, Advanced Guitar and Song Writing


Tommy Shinn (Beginning Guitar; Advanced Guitar-Songwriting) – Mr. Shinn has taught privately for several years and in addition to teaching at NCHS, he teaches at Surrendered School of the Arts in Tacoma. Mr. Shinn earned a B.A. in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston while also teaching guitar and voice lessons. He studied guitar with Peter Fosso at Academy of Music for three years followed by three years of vocal study at Susan Carr Vocal Studio in Seattle.

Mr. Shinn works with kids at Journey Church and has taken two trips to Africa to help build churches and work with kids.

Mr. Tad Sowers

Living Life God's Way, Understanding the Times


Tad Sowers (Living Life God’s Way; Understanding the Times) – Mr. Sowers earned a B.A. from Whitman College in 1979 and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1983. He taught for two years at the Olympia Calvary Bible College and eight years at NCHS.

Two favorite quotes of Mr. Sowers: “The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being argued, but the ones that are assumed” (C.S. Lewis); “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of . . . existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry ‘Mine’” (Abraham Kuyper).

  Mrs. Pam Summers

Technolog, Computer Programming

Website: Mrs. Pam Summers


Pam Summers (Technology; Computer Programming) – Mrs. Summers earned an A.A.S. from Fort Steilacoom Community College in 1985 and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business from Humbolt Tate University in 1988. She developed and taught professional training courses for Boeing in Data Modeling and Data Management and was an instructor for Introduction to Data Resource Management at the University of Washington Extension Program. Mrs. Summers has homeschooled her four children, taught English Composition and Washington State History for other homeschool families, and served as classroom assistant for Covington Elementary School.

Mrs. Summers played college basketball and soccer and loves coaching. Her first job out of college was for Boeing working on the classified B-2 bomber program. In the winter she “never saw the light of day 5-6 days a week. It was dark when I arrived at work, the windows were blacked out for secrecy, and it was dark when I left.”

Mrs. Barb Thomas

Algebra 1


Mrs. Thomas (Algebra) - Mrs. Thomas received a B.A. in Secondary Math Education and her initial Professional Education Certificate with endorsements for 4-12 Mathematics in 1988. She followed that up with the Professional Education Certificate for life service as a substitute teacher, P-12, in 1989.

Having substituted for us at NCHS, Mrs. Thomas quickly endeared herself to students and demonstrated an individual, student-centered approach to teaching. She joins the NCHS faculty with teaching experience as a homeschool teacher as well as several years of experience in the school classroom.

Mrs. Sonya Trosper

Government/Economics, World History,
US History 101, AP US History

Website: Mrs. Sonya Trosper


Sonya Trosper (U.S. History 101; AP U.S. History; Government and Economics; World History) – Mrs. Trosper received a B.A. in History Education from Northwest Nazarene University in 2001 and earned a M.Ed in Social Science Education from Eastern Washington University in 2004. She currently holds Washington State Professional Teacher Certification. Mrs. Trosper spent nine years teaching various 7th and 8th grade subjects at Community Christian Academy before joining the teaching staff at NCHS in 2013.

Mrs. Trosper’s 1st grade teacher taught her how to cross stich. Craft projects are something she enjoys doing in her spare time, receiving inspiration from Pinterest.

Mrs. Gloria Walker

Art 1 & 2


Gloria Walker (Art 1 & 2) – Mrs. Walker received a B.A. in Art from Azusa Pacific University, followed by a Masters degree in Teaching/Education. Her teaching credential was accorded from the State of California. She taught elementary art for 13 years in California public schools, 3 years in junior high and served for 6 years as professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to teaching Art at NCHS since 2010, Mrs. Walker is involved in adult art and crafts education at a local Lacey art store.

Mrs. Walker loves learning new art techniques while creating art for her personal art journals. She has also accepted a variety of artwork on commission.

  Mrs. Katy Wilson

Culinary Art, Spanish 1, 2, 3


Katy Wilson (Culinary Arts; Spanish 1-4) – Mrs. Wilson was born and raised in Guatemala and received a Teaching Diploma from her home country. She has taught Spanish for 11 years with experience in every grade level and age group from Kindergarten thru high school. She has tutored Spanish for 3 years and also taught basic ESL.

Mrs. Wilson loves dogs, cooking and photography, plays soccer, and loves music. She plays six different instruments, writes music and has recorded four CDs with Spanish Christian music.

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