School Team

Aleksandr Slobodyanik

Alex Slobodyanik, “Mr. Aleksandr” – Principal

Mr Aleksandr has joined TCA 11 years ago in the role of the principal and secondary teacher. He holds a B.A.E. from Pacific Lutheran University, TH.M. from Slavic Washington University, and M.S. in Education Leadership from Pensacola Christian College. Mr Aleksandr has a passion for children’s education and firmly believes that our children must “know the God of our fathers, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind.” He has been married to his wonderful wife, Olga, for eleven years and has three children. Mr Aleksandr, together with his family, loves reading books, playing volleyball, and working in his backyard.

Lyudmila Svyntsov

Vice principal/9th Grade Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Lyudmila Svyntsov is a vice-principal at TCA and teaches 7th grade Math as well as Science in the 8th and 9th grades. She has a B.A. of Social Welfare from UW and a Master’s of Education Leadership from PCC. Mrs. Lyudmila enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She has a passion for ministry with children, teens, and young adults.

Olga Slobodyanik

Biology and Art Teacher/Librarian

Mrs Olga has been with TCA since 2008 and currently teaches 10th grade biology, art, oversees the library and international students. She has a bachelor’s degree from UW Tacoma in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Mrs Olga’s interests include gardening, nature walks, and fellowship with other Christians. She gets inspired by listening to audio books of biographies of great people.

Polina Chubari


Mrs Chubari has been an office administrator at TCA for the past 4 years. She is passionate about helping all TCA parents, students, and staff to be successful in all that they do. Mrs Chubari has worked in customer service for the past 15 years. She is married and has 2 children at TCA. Mrs Chubari loves nature, flowers, nature walks and good coffee with dark chocolate.

Lyudmila Dzyubak

Auction Coordinator/Programs Manager

Mrs Dzyubak is in her sixth year at TCA as an auction coordinator. She has worked in Christian schools for the past 10 years. Mrs Dzyubak is married and has 4 kids – who all attend TCA. She loves serving others and spending time with her family.

Tatyana Khomchuk

Financial Controller

 Mrs. Khomchuk has joined TCA in 2019 but has worked in the finance/management field for over 15 years. Mrs Khomchuk has been married for 22 years and has one daughter. She loves to spend time with her family and enjoys outdoor activities and beautiful nature that God has created. She loves serving God and people!

Tatyana Romanenko

Event Coordination, Substitute

Mrs. Romanenko is new to TCA. She has been serving in Kids ministry for the past 8 years. Teaching, organizing, scheduling, organizing events and coming up with new ideas to serve kids better. She is very passionate about serving students and making learning interesting and memorable. She is very excited to start a new chapter in life at TCA. She also has 4 kids that attend TCA and 1 child that works at TCA.

Julia Dzyubak

Music Teacher

Ms. Julia is in her third year of teaching music at TCA. She teaches KG through 6th grade. Ms. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Central Washington University. She has taught private piano for over 10 years. Ms. Julia has a love for teaching, passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates them.

Natalya Golub

Russian Teacher

This is Mrs Golub’s second year at TCA, teaching 1st-4th grades traditional Russian classes. Over the past 10 years she has been teaching Russian in the local Russian/Ukrainian school. Mrs Golub holds a nursing diploma in Russia. She enjoys preparing Russian lessons, singing, swimming, and spend time with family and friends.

Andrey Dragonchuk

PE Teacher/Facilities Manager

Mr D is in his third year teaching PE and coaching here at TCA. He has been happily married for 16 years and has six kids. Physical education is his passion and he loves teaching it. Mr D has done multiple Marathon races, triathlons, and other cycling events. He especially loves playing and coaching volleyball and basketball.

Larisa Kundilovski (Lora)

PreK and Kindergarten Music Teacher

It’s Mrs.Lora’s first year with TCA as a music teacher and teacher assistant. She is passion about teaching children and help them serve our God. She believes each and everyone is talented and should serve God from early childhood. Mrs. Lora is happy in her marriage for 17 years, serving her family and her 4 awesome children 24/7, homeschooling for many years. She loves to learn new things, explore new places, and take challenges!!!

Nadezhda Slobodyanik

Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Nadezhda has been with TCA for the past 8 years as a preschool teacher. She has been working with children of various ages for over 35 years. Mrs Nadezhda received her degree in early childhood education from Bates. She is married and has 4 children. Mrs. Nadezhda has been with TCA for the past 9 years as a preschool teacher. She has been working with children of various ages for over thirty years. Mrs Nadezhda received her degree in early childhood education from Bates. She is married and has 4 children.

Taisa Kondratyuk

Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Taisa is a preschool teacher and helps in enrichment program. This is her 2nd year at TCA. She loves to travel and spend time with family.

Tamar Wendland

Kindergarten Teacher

This will be Mrs. Wendland’s 9th year in the TCA Kindergarten program. She has
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Toccoa Falls Bible College, Georgia, USA. She likes to play with her cats everyday and cheer on the Seahawks in football on the weekends.

Nila Rudenko

Kindergarten Teacher

Miss Nila is a first year kindergarten teacher at TCA and has history of teaching preschool and serving in children’s ministry. Miss Nila loves exploring new coffee shops and baking desserts.

Rita Tabunscic

Kindergarten Teacher

Annya Rusev

Kindergarten Assistant

Ms. Annya has been working at TCA for 6 years, this year she is a TA for k4 with Ms. Taisa. Ms. Annya was homeschooled and loves to be outdoors.

Irina Ostapets

Kindergarten Assistant

This is Mrs. Irina’s 7th year working at TCA, she received her Associate degree in early childhood. She always loves working with Mrs. Nadezda.

Vicky Romanenko

Kindergarten Assistant

Kristi Hannan

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Hannan is a first grade teacher. This is her first year with Tacoma Christian Academy. She has a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in elementary education. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, and reading.

Adriana Zhukova

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Adriana Zhukova is the lower elementary lead teacher and this is her sixth year with Tacoma Christian Academy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Together with her husband she enjoys exploring the outdoors with their three boys. She enjoys reading, cooking and baking.

Natalie Jaeger

2nd Grade Teacher

This is Ms. Natalie’s third year at TCA. She earned her Bachelors at Central Washington University. She loves good coffee, doing puzzles, spending time with her brother and sister, baking, and reading. She can’t wait to see how God works in her life and her students’ lives this year.

Julia Iyall

3rd grade Teacher

This is Ms. Iyall’s 3rd year at TCA. She is a 3rd grade homeroom teacher. Ms. Iyall holds a BA in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Washington. Ms. Iyall has done many long term and short term mission trips all over Eastern Europe. She has a lot of experience working with English Language Learners from the US to Eastern Europe. She loves teaching children, swimming, going to the gym, reading and being in fellowship with Christian peers. She is looking forward to see how God impacts everyone at TCA this year.

Terri Hamilton

3rd Grade Teacher

This is Mrs Hamilton’s 8th year at TCA. She is a 3rd grade homeroom teacher. Mrs Hamilton holds a B.A. in Christian Education from Jackson College of Ministries and a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Western Governors University. She has been married for 11 years and has 4 kids- all who attend TCA. In Mrs Hamilton’s very rare spare time she enjoys reading and going to visit family in the south.

Olena Mukomol

4th Grade Teacher

This is Mrs. Mukomol’s 7th year at TCA. She is the 4th grade homeroom teacher. Mrs Mukomol holds a B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood education from Central Washington University. She also holds a diploma in Christian Education and has been serving in Children’s ministry over the 25 years. She has been married for 20 years and has three children. She enjoys singing, reading, traveling, and hiking.

Innessa Deshkin

5th Grade Homeroom

Ms. Deshkin occasionally substituted before being hired as a 5th grade homeroom teacher; she has now been with TCA full time for 3 years. Teaching is Miss Deshkin’s passion in ministry. Her knowledge from her B.A. in Healthcare Leadership from UW and a B.A. in Theology from Slavic Bible College help her strategically serve the students and families at TCA. Outside of school, you will find Miss Deshkin always singing, serving on mission trips, and organizing family events.

Oksana Linnik

5th Grade Teacher

This is Ms. Linnik’s 5th year being at TCA. She started out as a teacher’s assistant and substitute; which led her to taking a 5th grade position. Ms. Linnik enjoys serving at her church and mission trips. She would choose spending time outdoors any day!

Artem Svyntsov

5th Grade Teacher/P.E

Mr. Svyntsov first year teaching P.E and coaching here at TCA. He loves to travel, hike and play different sports.

Tatyana Romanov

6th Grade Homeroom/Russian Teacher

This is Mrs. Romanov’s 14th year at TCA. She is the homeroom teacher for 6th grade. Mrs. Romanov has a Masters Degree in philology and a Masters in theology. She oversees the Russian program here at TCA and will teach Traditional Russian for the elementary and secondary departments. Some of her hobbies include reading, singing, and traveling; yet most of all, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. One of her favorite verses is Psalms 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”

Michael Bradburn

6th grade Homeroom/ History teacher

This is Michael’s first year at Tacoma Christian Academy. Graduated from St. Martin’s University with a Bachelors’ degree in History and a Teaching Certificate in December 2015. Three years, the Lord has blessed Michael, as a substitute teacher in the North Thurston School District, where he was trained in classroom management, and how to deliver a meaningful lesson that meets the students’ needs.

Adriel Robitaille

7th Grade Teacher

Mr. Robitaille joined the TCA team in January of 2019.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Masters’ degrees in Secondary Education and Ministry.  He has worked at various farms, schools, churches, and run his own small business. He loves spending time outdoors with his wife and kids.  His greatest goal is to lead people to Jesus.

Claire Teague

7th Grade Homeroom/English Teacher

Ms. Claire has returned to TCA for her 8th year, 41st year altogether. She earned her B.A. in English literature and secondary education from the College of Idaho and has taught grades 1-12 in three other Christian schools before coming here. Ms. Claire loves her good friends, music, reading and dark chocolate.  In addition to seeing all of her students develop a life-long love of reading and learning, Ms. Claire hopes to see them grow in lives of service to Christ.

Megan Powers

8th Grade Homeroom/Math Teacher

Mrs. Powers is the 8th grade homeroom teacher and this is her second year teaching mathematics and science. She enjoys helping students discover that math can be both fun and practical, and that science is a gateway into understanding God’s amazing creativity. Mrs Powers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University. She has been happily married to her husband, Matt, for four years. In her free time, Mrs. Powers likes to read, run, and play tennis.

Joyce Jones

9th Grade Teacher

Joyce Jones is a Washington State native, born and raised in Ephrata Washington. She has an undergraduate degree in vocal performance in music and a master’s degree in secondary education. In her spare time she loves to hike, garden, bike ride, and swim laps. She always has a pair of binoculars close at hand (to look at birds). Joyce has four married children and 15 grandchildren. Her favorite Bible verse is II Corinthians 5:21.

Valeriy Levchenko

10th Grade Homeroom/Bible Teacher

This is Mr. Levchenko’s 10th year at TCA as a 10th grade homeroom teacher and secondary Bible and Russian teacher. Mr Levchenko is the school Pastor and holds a TH.M. from Slavic Washington University . He also holds a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture.He has been married to his wonderful wife, Valentina, and has four children, Sergey, Aleksandr, Nataly and Olga. Mr Levchenko likes reading books to his granddaughters Katherine and Sashenka, photography and traveling.