Northwest Christian High School

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Staff - Northwest Christian High School

NCHS Administrative Staff

  Mr. Kevin Schwoch



Mrs. Heather Livingston

 School Counselor



International Student Program Director


Mr. Mark Smith

Athletic Director


Mrs. Jeanette Lindstrom

Activities Director


Mrs. Holly Cline

Family Liaison; Receptionist, Volunteer Coordinator


Mrs. Laura Chase


NCHS Teaching Staff

Mrs. Jennifer Hanson

English 9




    Mr. Scott Hollis

AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

Website: Mr. Scott Hollis


Scott Hollis (AP Biology; Anatomy & Physiology) - 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.

  Miss Amy Johnson

Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry


Amy Johnson (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry) - Miss Johnson received an AA from Centralia College and a B.S. in biochemistry from Washington State University. At both schools, she was employed in tutoring subjects such as pre-calculus, biology, chemistry, oceanography, and organic chemistry. She has also been involved in research at both schools. Her focus has been on green chemistry and organic chemistry synthesis.

Learning about God's creation is Miss Johnson's favorite way to worship the Creator. She has found that a deep understanding of both God's Word and science allows for the opportunity to have respectful and productive conversations with people who need to know about God's love.


Mrs. Kim O'Hara

Pre-Cal, Calculus, Discrete Math, Publication


Kim O’Hara (Pre-Calculus; 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, Vocal Ensemble, Band


Tommy Shinn (Beginning Guitar; Advanced Guitar-Songwriting; Vocal Ensemble; Band) – 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, John & Romans, Christianity, U.S. History


Tad Sowers (Living Life God’s Way; Understanding the Times; John & Romans; Christianity; U.S. History) – 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. Barb Thomas

 Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Math Fundamentals


Mrs. Thomas ( Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry; Math Fundamentals) - 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,
AP US History

Website: Mrs. Sonya Trosper


Sonya Trosper (U.S. History; 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. Lisa Warren

American Literature; Honors American Literature; British Literature; Public Speaking; Bible 9


Mrs. Warren (American Literature; Honors American Literature; British Literature; Public Speaking; Bible 9) – Mrs. Warren earned her B.A. in Mass Media with a minor in English from Angelo State University in Texas in 2013. After teaching as a missionary in Tanzania for a semester in 2015, she returned to obtain her teaching certificate through Texas Teachers. Mrs. Warren has taught both American Literature and American Literature Honors, as well as Speech Communication. She has a strong love for literature and is excited to add British Literature to the mix this school year. 

Mrs. Warren and her husband, Benton, are a military family and have loved living in the Olympia area for over a year now. They have been married five years in August. Besides teaching, Mrs. Warren is also passionate about writing and is working to finish her first novel. On days off or on long summer afternoons, the Warrens love traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

    Mrs. Katy Wilson

Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4


Katy Wilson (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, photography, music, and playing soccer. She plays six different instruments, writes music, and has recorded four CDs with Spanish Christian music.

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