Teachers & Staff

Say Hello to the New Hope Christian School Team

Laurie Prewitt - School Administrator & Preschool Teacher

Laurie started serving New Hope Ministries in 1988. She and her husband Jeff have three children. Laurie loves working with all ages of children, young to older! She loves flowers and gardening, and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

Lose not things eternal.

Angela Cartwright - Business Manager & Covid Response Coordinator

Angie joined the New Hope staff in 2015. She is married to her husband Brett, and they have three children. Angie loves spending time with her family, watching movies, and playing games.

Thankful, grateful, and content.

Kristine Kapp - Preschool Too Teacher

Kris joined the NHCS staff in 2003. She and her husband Mike have three grown children. Kris enjoys camping, reading, gardening, biking, and traveling with her husband and family.

Choose joy.

Emily Urban - Kindergarten Teacher

Emily joined the New Hope staff in 2003. She is married to her husband Chad, and they have three children. She enjoys reading and time with her family - being on the lake, going for walks, watching movies, and playing games!

God is for you!

Rissa Pierce - Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Rissa joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband Matt have three children. Rissa loves spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, and going on new adventures.

God is in control.

Marcie Kramer - 1st Grade Teacher

Marcie joined the NHCS staff in 2000. She and her husband Kurt have one daughter. Marcie enjoys spending time with her family - biking, being on the lake, and going to sporting events. She is honored each and every day to teach and learn with the first graders at New Hope!

What a blessing children are!

Krista Wise - 1st Grade Paraprofessional

Krista joined the NHCS staff in 2010. She and her husband Chris have four children, all alumni of NHCS. In her free time, Krista can be found gardening, reading, enjoying a great meal around the dinner table, or hanging out in her back yard.

Grit & Grace

Sarah Vogel - 2nd Grade Teacher

Sarah joined the New Hope staff in 2010. She is married to her husband Ken, and they have a labradoodle named Toby. She enjoys sending greeting cards and seeing Needtobreathe in concert.

Love wins!

Camala Bedroske - 2nd Grade Paraprofessional

Cam joined the NHCS staff in 2014. She and her husband love spending time with their adult children and two grandchildren. Cam enjoys making music, being outside, and going to live concerts!

Each day... a Gift!

Kerry Doyle - 2nd Grade Paraprofessional

Kerry joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband Keith have three adult daughters. Kerry enjoys a good walk, a good book, and a hot cup of tea.

God is able.

Katie Vechart - 3rd Grade Teacher

Katie joined the NHCS staff in 2016. She and her husband Josh have one busy toddler, Henry, and a loving lapdog, Lucy. Katie enjoys spending time with family, going on adventures, relaxing up North, taking pictures, and playing musical instruments and board games.

Bloom where you are planted.

Brittany DeSantos - Elementary School Paraprofessional

Brittany joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband Jeramie have two children and one rambunctious golden doodle. Brittany enjoys traveling, baking, playing board games, and spending time with her family.

Hakuna Matata

Nicole Prentice - 4th Grade Teacher

Nicole joined the NHCS staff in 2018. She and her husband Scott have three children. Nicole loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing games, being outside, and taking their lively golden retriever, Piper, for walks!

Cherish every moment!

Barb Bergner - 4th Grade Paraprofessional

Barb joined the NHCS staff in 1999. She and her husband Pat have four children. Barb enjoys hiking, baking, attending Christian concerts, reading, and watching a good movie. Barb also loves to travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren!

Christ wants to be your best friend!

Kim Dieck - 5th Grade Science & 3rd-8th Grade Math Teacher

Kim joined the NHCS staff in 2011. She enjoys reading the Bible, traveling, hiking, and being outside.

Trust in the Lord.

Jeremy Hanson - 5th-8th Grade Social Studies & K-8th Grade PE Teacher

Jeremy joined the NHCS staff in 2021. He is married to his wife Leah, and they have two sons. Jeremy enjoys reading, camping, fishing, hiking, and anything else outside.

Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.

Sam Diemel - 5th-8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Sam is a New Hope Christian School alumnus, who started teaching at the school in 2021. She likes to hang out with her family, spend time outside, and read.

"I try all things, I achieve what I can." -Herman Melville

Kami Kersten - 6th-8th Grade Science & Math Teacher

Kami joined the NHCS staff in 2009. She and her husband have two daughters, and as a family they love to play games, watch movies, and cheer on their favorite sports teams!

We are each unique image-bearers of Christ.

Amanda Bergner - 1st-8th Grade Spanish & Spiritual Wellness Teacher

Amanda joined the NHCS staff in 2017. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling and trying new things! Amanda has a growing passion for exploring, seeking God, and raising awareness of social justice both locally and internationally.

Show God's love and kindness every day.

Nichole Arnoldussen - Middle School Paraprofessional

Nichole joined the NHCS staff in 2008. She and her husband Josh have two sons. Nichole enjoys spending time with her friends and going on adventures with her family in God's beautiful world!

Live life to the fullest!

Julie Handwerker - Music Teacher

Julie has been teaching music at NHCS since 2021. She enjoys family time with her husband and three children, camping, running, knitting, reading, and making music.

Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.

Carri Jankowski - Art Teacher

Carri joined the NHCS staff in 1999. She and her husband have two adult children. Carri's passion is helping children demonstrate the love of Jesus through creativity and the expression of art.

God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was good.

Julie Stoltz - Computer Lab Teacher & Librarian

Julie joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband have one son. Julie enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family!

Never a day without thanking.

Nicole Claffey - Occupational Therapist

Nicole joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband Mike have two children. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and cooking.

Don't just count your blessings. Be the blessing people count on.

Liz Besset - Reading Specialist

Liz joined the NHCS staff in 2021. She and her husband Ryan have three children and two mischievous cats. Liz enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and taking road trip adventures to explore new places!

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglas

Chad Urban - Athletic Director

Chad joined the NHCS staff in 2004. He and his wife Emily have three children. Chad enjoys hanging out with his family and playing sports. Their favorite family getaway is at the zoo!

Every child is a child of God.

Deb Bernhardt - Staff Child Care

Deb, lovingly called Oma by the children, joined the NHCS staff in 2008. She and her husband Ken have four children and seven grandchildren. Deb enjoys taking pictures of NHCS events, and spending time with her grandchildren!

God's blessings to you and yours.

Jennifer Charles - Staff Child Care

Jen joined the NHCS staff in 2013. She and her husband Faulkner have four boys who have attended NHCS since preschool. Jen loves spending time together with her family watching and playing sports, and attending various sports events.

Trust God.

EmilyAnn Runnoe - Staff Child Care & Extended Care

Emily joined the NHCS staff in 2019. She and her husband Blake have a dog named Tabbers. Emily loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys watching a good movie!

God isn't a religion, it's a relationship.

Ken Bernhardt - Custodian

Ken joined the NHCS staff in 2014. He and his wife Deb have four children and seven grandchildren. Ken and Deb worship at New Hope Church, and enjoy watching their grandchildren as they are involved in many activities. He also loves fixing things around the house!

God's not done with me yet!



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