Staff & Faculty

School Administration

Kristen Okabayashi Principal
Andie Merlino Vice Principal
Tim Caudle Social Studies and AP History and Psychology

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Tim Caudle is a native of Dryden, WA. He has earned his M.A. in History, B.A. in History, B.A. in Psychology and minors in Spanish and E.S.L. Tim is our Humanities Department Chair and teaches World History 10, AP US History, AP Psychology and is our Key Club and Sail Club advisor.  His love for fostering close relationships with students brought him to Seattle Lutheran High School after teaching in Eastern Washington and being a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Central Washington University. He is a husband and father of two young boys. Tim loves traveling, cooking and gardening – and is a fourth generation orchardist, his family discovered and patented the Cameo Apple.

Sally Heit Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communication
Glenn Hoogerhyde Fitness and Athletic Director
Jennifer Lulow Director of Operations

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Jennifer Lulow is a West Seattle native and has been at SLHS since 2006. Before coming to Seattle Lutheran High School, Jennifer worked at West Seattle Christian School teaching P.E. to pre-K to 8th-grade students. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, being in the sun and spending time with her family. Jennifer loves traveling, especially to Disneyland.

Shirley Vradenburgh Registrar & College Counselor

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Shirley Vradenburgh is a native of Seattle, WA. Shirley received her AA from Concordia University in Portland, OR, her B.A. from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, and her M.A. from Indiana State University. Shirley is our Registrar/ College Counselor and has been at Seattle Lutheran High School for 38 years. Before coming to Seattle Lutheran High School, Shirley taught at Lutheran High North and Zion Lutheran Schools in St. Louis, MO. and was an Instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. When she’s not at the school, you might find Shirley volunteering at Mt. St. Vincent in West Seattle or snapping photographs.

Tami Clark Guidance Counselor, Senior Service Projects, and Naviance

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Tami graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Education and a M.Ed in School Counseling from Seattle Pacific University. She has been a high school counselor in the Federal Way School District and a Geometry teacher at Seattle Urban Academy. She has the pleasure of working with students at Seattle Lutheran both one-on-one and in the classroom via College Counseling, Senior Projects, and Naviance. Tami and her husband have one daughter in high school, and two boys in college. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Jeanne Davis Attendance/Main Office


Thomas Faulkner ASL (American Sign Language)
Audrey Figgins Environmental Science
Jen Foster Humanities

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Jen Foster lives in West Seattle with her husband, two children, and pets.  Jen received her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and her Master’s in Education from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois.  Youth sports is a passion of hers as her children run (cross country and track) and play baseball, basketball and premier soccer.  In addition to teaching history and english, Jen coaches cross country and assists with the coaching of the track long distance runners.

Glenn Hoogerhyde Fitness, Athletic Director
Genevieve Kostic Science
Dane Loeliger Math, AP Calculus, Physics
Jeff Norton Art, Wood Shop, CAD, and Robotics

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Jeff Norton has been teaching at Seattle Lutheran since 1989. Jeff received his M.A. in Educational Leadership in 2004. Jeff spent six years as a boat builder prior to coming to Seattle Lutheran High School. He has been at Seattle Lutheran High School for 28 years, as a teacher and administrator. Jeff also works with the Women’s Soccer Team, the Robotics Team, and the Sailing Club. Jeff also teaches in the Engineering Department at Seattle Pacific University. Hands down, his favorite thing about being at Seattle Lutheran is the students, but when he gets a bit of free time he also enjoys fishing, boating, and geology. Something you may not know about Jeff? He used to teach surfing in California.

Stacy Robertson Math
David Sleighter Theology

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Dave Sleighter is a native of Seattle, Washington. He attended Concordia University Irvine in California where he enjoyed playing baseball and received a B.A. in exercise sports science. Mr. Sleighter taught theology and physical education for six years in southern California schools. He has coached baseball and basketball for over seven years and served as the youth director of a Lutheran Church in Dana Point, California.

This is Mr. Sleighter’s fifth year at Seattle Lutheran and is he’s very excited to be here. Developing relationships with students, coaching, and talking with students about their walk with Christ is what he enjoys most about Seattle Lutheran.

Mr. Sleighter is an avid sports fan and enjoys outreach ministry.

Beth Thomas Spanish
Nicole White Learning Specialist

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Nicole White is a native of Seattle, WA.  Nicole received her B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University, and is professionally certified as an Educational Therapist by the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD).  Nicole has used this training and her extensive 1-on-1 work with students with learning differences to create a dynamic Student Support Services Program here at Seattle Lutheran.  This is Nicole’s 12th year in specialized education, and she endeavors to help guide all students on their unique journey towards self-awareness and self-advocacy.  Nicole works directly with students with executive function deficts (ADD/ADHD) within the Task Management Program.  She also oversees the Tier 3 program for students with specific learning disabilities.  Nicole works closely with classroom teachers to coordinate accommodations, assess needs, and monitor each student’s progress.  Nicole is passionate about helping students identify and manage their learning obstacles so they can develop tools to reach their full potential.

Peter Wilson Humanities and Publications

#(206) 531-3612 ext. 613

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I grew up in Bothell, WA, and have been an educator since 1999. I get a thrill from excursions with my wife, being outdoors, and rock n’ roll. I love encouraging students in their writing, thinking, and soul searching–it is a privilege to be part of their story.

B.A. (English), Washington State University; M.A. (Teaching), Seattle Pacific University

Meredith Zandi English and Drama

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Meredith Zandi is a West Seattle native and is thrilled that she gets to teach in her neighborhood. She teaches upperclassmen English, as well as performing arts classes in drama and dance. She also directs the after-school drama program. In her free time, Meredith works with Twelfth Night Productions, a local community theatre group.  Meredith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University.