Our teachers are deeply committed to the vision and mission of Hope Lutheran. Part of that mission is to partner with parents in the education of their children. Through guidance and instruction, the teachers of Hope speak and reflect the truth of Jesus Christ. They have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students – not just in the classroom, but also on the playground, in chapel, and at numerous school events. They are chosen not only for their knowledge and teaching skills but also for their ability and willingness to serve as Christian role models.
Mrs. Nancy Jankowski
Mrs. Jankowski attended Inter-American School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Quetzaltenango is a beautiful city nestled between mountains in Guatemala. She learned to speak Italian, Spanish, and English. Of the three languages, she speaks English the best, even though it was the third language she learned. Upon graduating from IAS, Mrs. Jankowski went to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska to pursue a teaching degree. She graduated in 2000 and has been educating children ever since. She started her teaching career at Abiding Savior Lutheran School in Lake Forest, California. In 2007, she was called to serve as an assistant principal and teacher at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School which is located in the western part of North Carolina. In 2012 she received a Masters in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, Portland. In 2013, she began serving at Hope Lutheran and Christian School in Levittown, PA as their principal and teacher. She has been teaching in Lutheran schools since 2000 and in 2015 began her work as principal at Hope Lutheran School Shawnee, KS.
“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Katherine has served Hope Lutheran School as the Administrative Assistant since October, 2005. She loves helping the students, parents, faculty & staff at Hope. She relishes the variety the job entails and the Christian family atmosphere at Hope! Katherine graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and from Missouri State University with an MBA. She worked for a few years before her children were born. She has four children, Thomas (who was recently married), Lucas, Samuel & Sarah. All four children attended Hope Lutheran from preschool thru 8th grade. She and her husband, Mark have been members of Hope Lutheran Church & School since 1992. They spent many years volunteering in the sports programs and the PAHS auction at Hope School as well as volunteering in various capacities for the church. In her free time Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, participating in and watching a variety of sports, and reading.
Mrs. Diane Eichholz
Elementary School Teacher, 1st Grade
Diane M. Eichholz, first grade teacher, has served on staff at Hope since 1980 and has been a member of Hope congregation since 1975. Diane has served a variety of volunteer positions in the congregation, as well as interim principal, and director and teacher of Hope’s early childhood program. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Mary College, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia University, and a Masters of Arts in Education from MidAmerica Nazarene. She has served the Kansas District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as Early Childhood Consultant, Profession Development Council, and Professional Church Workers Conference. Diane enjoys being a life-time learner, that moment when children realize they can read, and sharing Jesus with children. Diane loves to travel-we lived in Europe for two years- and read, but her favorite indulgence is time with family, husband, children, and grandchildren: Doug, Doug ii, Eric, DeeAnn, Cari, Jessica, David, Penelope, Brogan, Chase, Grayson, Nataly, and Ryan. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14b
Mrs. Jena Birt
Elementary School Teacher, 3rd Grade
Jena Birt has been teaching at Hope Lutheran in the third grade classroom since 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education including her Lutheran Teaching Diploma, concentration in Physical Education, and Coaching Endorsement from Concordia University of Nebraska, Seward. Jena enjoys scrapbooking, running, hiking, biking, fishing, reading, traveling, and playing sports. Born and raised as a Nebraska Cornhusker, Jena values God’s beautifully created outdoors. She also enjoys time spent with her husband, Adam, her family, her friends and her students.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
Mrs. Kathy McIntosh
Elementary School Teacher, 4th Grade
Kathy McIntosh has taught at Hope Lutheran School since 1991. She currently serves as fourth grade teacher. She is a graduate of Concordia Teacher’s College, River Forest, Illinois. She received her Masters of Art in Education from St. Mary University, Leavenworth, Kansas. Kathy and her husband, Ted, enjoy traveling and spending as much time as they can with their grandchildren. They also enjoy offering their time and talents to volunteering in a variety of inner-city ministries.
Mrs. Kris Alsin
Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten
Kris Alsin has taught Kindergarten at Hope since 1988, with a few years of afternoon preschool tossed in there as well. She has been involved with Hope’s youth groups, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Booster Club and LWML. Kris has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University and a Lutheran Teachers’ Diploma from Concordia University. Kris and her husband, Tim, are parents of HLS alumni Jason and Corinn and grandparents of Jayden, Mycah, Caelyn, and Caliana. Kris loves being outdoors, the lake, the ocean, boating, walking, reading, watching movies and Bible Study, She cherishes time with family and friends and enjoys a lot of ‘grandma time’ ☺. “Be still, and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10
Mrs. Marjorie Krzesinski
Elementary School Teacher, 2nd Grade
Margie Krzesinski has been at Hope since 1985, teaching first and second grades as combined and single grade classes. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Concordia University, Seward, NE. Margie has been active the youth groups, VBS, Sunday School and Mid-week programs at Hope. She has enjoyed LWML, singing in choir and playing handbells. Margie and her husband, Ed, and their daughters, Bethany and Michaela, have enjoyed the family atmosphere at Hope. Beth and Micki are both Hope alumni and have kept ties with Hope classmates through high school and college. Besides enjoying time with family, Margie also enjoys walking, reading, and finding projects on Pintrest when she has time. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:ll
Mr. Daniel Gibson
Middle School Teacher, Math & Religion
2015 is Daniel Gibson’s first year at Hope teaching middle school math, science, and physical education. He has served the Lutheran School Association in Decatur, IL for the previous two years as the upper level high school math teacher and track coach. Daniel and his wife Emily graduated from Concordia University, Seward, NE in 2013. There, Daniel earned degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and Emily earned her degree in Music. In his free time, Daniel enjoys doing anything outside, especially running, backpacking, and cycling. “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12
Mrs. Lisa Jaeger
Middle School Teacher, Language Arts & Social Studies
Lisa Jaeger is beginning her first year at Hope as 8th grade homeroom teacher. She is responsible for teaching Language Arts and Social Studies to grades 5-8. Lisa holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a teaching certification in secondary English from Carroll University. She completed a teacher colloquy program through Concordia – Mequon in 2013. She has been teaching middle and high school English since 2004, with an intermission for raising her children while working in ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She served there in several roles, including Teaching and Ministry Assistant and Director of Organizational Research. One of her favorite responsibilities at Immanuel was teaching a spiritual gifts course to eighth-grade confirmands, and Lisa is looking forward to connecting with the middle school set in a Lutheran school context once again.
Lisa enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and traveling. Some of the most fascinating places she has visited include England (study abroad), Tijuana, Mexico (mission trip), and California (summer internship in magazine publishing). She and her husband Brian have two children who are starting school at Hope this fall. Helena is beginning fourth grade, while James is starting third grade.
As Lisa seeks to teach children, she is always mindful that she is praying for the Lord to teach her, too. “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).
Mrs. Roberta Schempp
Middle School Teacher, Physical Education & Science
Roberta has been at Hope since 1994, she taught seventh grade, math, science, and PE from 1994 – 2000. In 2001, she transition to part-time and continued her work in establishing the PE program at Hope. Roberta has been the athletic director at Hope since 2006. She received a BS in Kinesiology in 1989 from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Lutheran Teacher Diploma and Certification in 1994 from Concordia, River Forest. In 1998, she completed her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia, River Forest. Roberta and her husband, Dale, are blessed with two children, Caleb and Emma. Caleb graduated from Hope in 2015 and will be a freshman at Lutheran High, KC. Emma will be a 7th grader at Hope this fall. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
Doris Stava has served Hope Lutheran Church and School as Technology Director since November 2007. She enjoys the wide variety of IT challenges at Hope and also coaching the Robotics Club and Math Club. Doris graduated from Emporia State University with a BS in Math and Computer Science and worked in programming and project leadership positions at DST Systems in Kansas City, Missouri. She left DST after 12 years to devote more time to her family before coming to Hope Lutheran to fill the Technology Director position. Doris and her husband Steve joined Hope Lutheran Church in 1994. They have two daughters who both attended Hope Lutheran School from preschool through 8th grade. Doris feels blessed to be a part of the Hope family.
Mrs. Cynthia Bird
Cynthia has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. She did not begin drawing until she was in college. She took a drawing class to help with her composition for her black and white photography that she had been interested in since high school. When she discovered that she could draw, she left photography behind and began to explore the world of fine art through painting and drawing. Cynthia’s career began with painting murals and everything else in the model homes that the Interior Design firm that she worked for in Denver, Co. Her first degree is in Interior Design, her second is in Visual Arts. She moved back to the Kansas City area in 1997. She has had 3 solo art shows and has illustrated several books. She was approached by Andover eCademy and asked to develop and teach 3 high school art classes including Drawing, Painting, and an Elements of Art class. She is passionate about art and art history. Cynthia is married (25 years this year), has 4 children, who home school virtually from ages 7 to 16 years old, and a teeny tiny dog named Winnie. When she is not teaching art or her own children, she volunteers with Wyandotte County 4-H Shooting Sports as a Coordinator. All 4 of her children are involved in the project, which is year round, because of the many different disciplines available. Cynthia has been sharing her love and passion for art with the Hope Lutheran students since 2012. We explore many different types of art. She also teach a virtual middle school art class, along with 3 virtual high school art classes for Andover eCademy.
Mrs. Miki Mertz
Miki Mertz has been teaching band since 1979. She graduated from Michigan State University and began teaching in Battle Creek, MI for 7 years, then moved to Kearney, MO for 4 years and 2 years working with the band and drill team at Blue Valley North. She has been teaching band at Hope since 1993. Miki starts her day at Hope with the Beginning Band on Monday and Wednesday and Advanced Bandon Tuesday and Thursday and then does her “other” job of inspecting houses in the Kansas City area.
Mrs. Sandra Rhodes
Sandra and her husband Todd moved to Kansas in September of 2015 when Todd took a job with Bayer Animal Health. Sandra and Todd have one son, Jacob, who is a Percussion Performance major at Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio.
Mrs. Rhodes was raised on a farm about 2 hours south of Saint Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Rhodes always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She practiced teaching as a child using her kittens and siblings as students. When she got older she helped with VBS at her church and taught Sunday School Classes.
Mrs. Rhodes has a BS in Elementary Education K-8 with an Area of Specialization in Music and a MA degree in Elementary Education with a focus on individualized learning styles from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Mrs. Rhodes has taught in several grade levels throughout her teaching career including 5th and 1st grade but always seems to find herself back in the music room planning musicals, Christmas programs, and other special activities highlighting the talents of the students she works with. Having programs where children sing songs about their Savior for others is a favorite thing to do for Mrs. Rhodes. She also enjoys watching those of different generations interact together with music.
Mrs. Rhodes looks forward to sharing music with the students of Hope Lutheran School in the coming year.
Señora Lorena Hildago Johnson
Lorena teaches beginning to the intermediate Spanish levels at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Avila University. Currently, she is the Spanish coordinator/lecturer for Spanish 120 at University of Missouri Kansas City and co-instructor for the study abroad program in Spain. Lorena received her M.A. in Romance Language and literature in 2007. She substituted at Blue Springs School District before starting at Hope Lutheran School. She is married with twin boys (Jared & Jordan) age 16 and when she’s not at working she spends time with her family.
Bryan Wallace has served Hope Lutheran Church & School as Facilities Management Director since May 2012. In addition to his custodial duties, as Facility Manager, he schedules the use of all rooms, HVAC system, door lock system and directs a part time custodial staff. Bryan has an A.A. degree from JCCC, a B.S. degree in Biology from UMKC, and a B.S. degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. He has 35+ year experience in the Horticulture Industry. Bryan has been a member of the Church since 1986, serving on the Board of Elders for 22 years. He and his wife Linda, live in Shawnee. They have 2 grown children, Marty and Amanda and 1 grandson, Hurley. Both children attended Hope Lutheran School from K through 8th grade. Bryan is humbled to serve his Lord and Savior, by attending to the needs of Hope Lutheran Church and School.
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Morgan has served Hope Lutheran School as the School Nurse since August 2016. Nursing is her passion because she finds it very rewarding to be able to help others, and she loves being in a career where she is able to continuously learn! Morgan is a Hope alumni from the class of 2006, and the school and it’s families have always and always will hold a special place in her heart. She is a Kansas City native, and can’t imagine a better place to live than in the heart of the Midwest. Morgan graduated from Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse in the state of Kansas, and also works full-time at the University of Kansas Hospital on the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She loves being active and catching sports games in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas with her fiancée, Matthew, whom she will be marrying this coming October. Morgan is very excited to be apart of the Hope staff and feels that her position here is a great opportunity to give back to the school that completely shaped her life when she was a student at Hope.