Meet Our Faculty

The dedicated members of our Faculty and Staff are here to guide, inspire and support students.

This makes each of us a Teacher.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 

Psalm 32:8

Kyle Klemp

Principal/Athletics Director

Mr. Klemp began his teaching ministry in 1999. He loves building relationships with his students and families through the many educational and extra-curricular activities he participates in.  He has earned a BA in Secondary Education with a major in Broadfield Social Sciences and a minor in History.  He has also earned an MA in Educational Leadership from Concordia University - Portland.  As Principal, Mr. Klemp hopes to inspire his staff to be great educators and instill a love of learning in their students! And of course, being from Wisconsin, Mr. Klemp is a huge Green Bay Packer fan!

Richard Davis

Church & School Pastor

Rev. Dr. Richard Davis, (Pastor Rich) has been an ordained minister for 40 years.  He first served as a congregational pastor. From there he went into the active duty Air Force Chaplaincy. He retired from the Chaplaincy 22 years ago. He then served invidious roles including congregational pastor, an Advisor on Personal Growth and Leadership at Concordia Theological Lutheran Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, vacancy pastor, and Hospice Chaplain, before retiring. He then became an Intentional Interim Pastor, and moved to Idaho, where his family lives. He has served as an LCMS Intentional Interim Pastor in Washington state, North Dakota, and now here in Hawaii. He looks forward to ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church and School.

Carol Flores

Office Manager

Mrs. Carol Flores works as our Office Manager. Her favorite part of being in the office is getting to know each of our families; it is the sweetest blessing!  On her free time, she enjoys making memories with her family and trying to catalog them through digital scrapbooking. Mrs. Flores believes TLS is special because of its warm ʻohana culture and is thankful to be part of this amazing school.

Marcia Peterson

Business Manager

Bio coming soon.

Maureen Tengbergen

Beehive (Preschool)

Mrs.Tengbergen (Mrs. Maureen) loves teaching Preschool because she enjoys seeing the children discover the world around them. She has earned a BA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. This is her 23rd year in education; Ms. Maureen has taught Preschool at TLS for the last 18 years. She loves Trinity Lutheran because of our Ohana feeling and most importantly sharing the love of Jesus with her students and their families.

Lani Carson

Honu Room (Prekindergarten)

Dr. Carson has been teaching Prekindergarten at Trinity Lutheran for 16 years. Prior to that she taught with the Hawaii DOE for 11 years in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades, as well as for the University of Hawaii. She has earned a BA in Italian, PD in Elementary Education, MA in Elementary Ed Science, Colloquy in Lutheran Theology, and her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Learning. She loves the excitement the Prekindergarten children have for learning and enjoys learning new things too! She is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Trinity Lutheran Ohana!

Elizabeth Brose


Ms. Brose became a teacher because it is the Calling that's been on her heart from a very young age. She has earned a BA and Lutheran Teaching Credential from Concordia College, NY and has 10 years of experience teaching in early childhood, including Prekindergarten through 2nd grades. She loves to share Christ, make crafts, and bake treats, and takes special requests for uniquely decorated cupcakes.  This will be Ms. Brose's 3rd year at Trinity. She's excited about the adventures that await her at Trinity Lutheran and on the islands! Ms. Brose is also our Early Learning Program Director at Trinity.

Morgan Clifford

First Grade

Mrs. Clifford decided to become a teacher because she loves being inspired by the energy, creativity, and imagination of children. She has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and received her Lutheran Teaching Diploma from Concordia University Texas. As a Called church worker, her goal is that every student that walks into her classroom would know and experience the love of Jesus Christ. This is her sixth year of teaching, and her fourth year at Trinity. Mrs. Clifford loves Trinity because of the amazing Ohana and the support in Christ from the administration, staff, and school families that she receives daily!

Blythe Harlan

Second Grade

Mrs. Harlan has over ten years of experience working with children. She decided to become a teacher because she absolutely loves to witness and foster learning and growth in her students academically, as individuals, and in their faith collectively. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University. In her free time she loves reading books, doing arts and crafts, photography, and graphic design.  We are thrilled to welcome her into our Trinity 'Ohana.

Kristen Hutchings

Third Grade

Mrs. Hutchings has been in the education field for 10 years. She received her BA in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, and her MA in Literacy Education from Niagara University in New York. She decided to become a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in students' lives and show them that they can achieve any goal. Mrs. Hutchings loves that Trinity Lutheran has a strong family-oriented environment and is excited to share her love for Jesus with her students and families. 

Fourth Grade

Erica Harbison

Mrs. Erica Harbison became a teacher because of the wonderful blessing it is to help mold young minds and the excitement of their new discoveries. She has her BS in Psychology and her MA in Education from Virginia Tech. She loves praising God through music. She is a proud Navy wife and loves all the opportunities it has brought her family to grow in God's word. She is very excited to join the Trinity Lutheran ‘Ohana.

Heather Klemp

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Klemp has been teaching for 12 years. She is passionate about teaching because she loves learning and hopes to share that love with others.  She especially enjoys teaching 5th grade because of their enthusiasm for school. Wednesday chapel is her favorite at TLS because she loves hearing the promises of God's Word. Mrs. Klemp holds a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Adaptive Education, and has also earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Biblical Literacy. Trinity Lutheran is a special place to her because everyone looks out for one another.

Katherine Baquero

6th Grade Homeroom

Middle School Language Arts

Mrs. Baquero earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University where she majored in English Education. She has spent the last twelve years in education and completed her Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. Her passion for education and love for Christ has led her to fulfill God's calling through the Christian school mission field. She has served in the Pinellas County School System as a teacher, adviser, coach, and has served on various educational and philanthropic committees. She and her husband have been married since 2007 and have two children and two Golden Retrievers.  

Joanna Rio

7th Grade Homeroom

Middle School Social Studies

Mrs. Rio holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University  of Southern  Indiana and currently holds three teaching licenses. A level two license from New Mexico, a license in Maryland, and a provisional license in Hawaii. She says she knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher and loves helping students get to their "light bulb" moments. Mrs. Rio loves helping students find confidence and success and wants to help them learn to work as a team and strive for a feeling of family or ‘ohana in her classroom. She says, once a student is in her classroom they are always "one of my kids". 

Mrs. Rio loves chapel at TLS. Singing praise songs always puts a smile on her face. This will be her third year teaching at TLS and she is so happy that she and her 10 year-old son, Owen, get to be with their Trinity ‘ohana.

Elizabeth Hoffman

8th Grade Homeroom

Middle School Science

Ms. Hoffman is very excited to join the middle school team at Trinity this year. She is a graduate of Concordia University Texas with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, and she joined the Crusader family last year as a long-term sub for 1st grade. Ms. Hoffman loves working with kids and watching them discover the many joys of life. She is very passionate about learning, adventure, and living in the joy of Jesus. Above all, Miss Hoffman wants every child to leave the classroom knowing and believing in how exceptionally loved they are by Jesus Christ! She is ready to see what God does in and through her and her students at Trinity Lutheran School!  

Jeff James

Music Director

Mr. Jeff James will be joining our Trinity ‘Ohana as our Music Director.  Mr. James is an award winning musician and has a rich musical background as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is a professional musician and also teaches private music classes. Mr. James has also taught education classes in Hawaii and overseas..  We are excited to see his experience enrich our students' growth and appreciation for music.  

Ana Giron 

ELP Aide

Bio coming soon.

Raejean Kimura

ELP Aide

Bio coming soon.

Renae Hopkins

Lower School PE Teacher


As the physical education teacher, Mrs. Hopkins fuses social-emotional learning with physical activity with the goal to increase student self-efficacy. Mrs. Hopkins is a Licensed Professional School Counselor. She holds a BA in Social Work and Human Services with a concentration in Crisis Intervention from Lewis University and a Masters in Education, Guidance and Counseling from American Military University. In her spare time, Mrs. Hopkins loves exercising, going on adventures with her family, preferably adventures that end with eating Shave Ice, and baking custom cakes for her family, friends and community. She is a military spouse, mother of 2 Crusaders and loves the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Mrs. Hopkins loves being a part of the Trinity community. She believes TLS has provided her family with a place to call home.

Destiny Acosta

After School Care

ELP Aide

Bio coming soon.

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