Mrs. Kathy Pluff
Lead Preschool Teacher
Kathy began working at Hope Lutheran Preschool in January of 2000. Kathy has taught both at the 3 year old and 4 year old levels, Music and Movement and has led the Summer Preschool Program. Kathy is currently serving as the Lead Teacher. Kathy has taken Early Childhood Education hours through Johnson County Community College and attended Kansas State University for two years. She is currently taking coursework through KCCTO a division of Kansas State University as well as many other continuing education opportunities. She is CPR/First Aid certified. She was also employed part time with a Nanny/Sitter service. Kathy has done in home daycare, worked at childcare settings and was a full time nanny for several families prior to her time at Hope Lutheran Preschool.
She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church and is married to her husband Joe. Together they have 3 grown children who all attended Hope Lutheran School from Preschool through 8th grade, all 3 of her children are married and she has 3 wonderful inlaws. She recently became a grandma in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Kathy has been involved with many activities over the years including PTL Officer, Book Fair Coordinator, Auction Worker, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor Search Committee and the Professional Church Worker’s Committee/Early Childhood. Kathy’s love has always been with children and it is her privilege and joy to work with them and to be able to share the love of Jesus with them every day!
Mrs. Kim Johnston
Kim received her Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in 1975. After graduation she joined the U.S. Army in 1976 and met her husband. They began their family in 1978. Unfortunately for them the Lord called her husband Jim home in 2009. They have three grown children—one son and two daughters. She also has 3 beautiful grand daughters who have attended Hope Lutheran School. She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church.
Kim spent her teaching career teaching Kindergarten and First grade in Texas for twenty years. In May of 2009 she received her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. She is currently taking course work through KCCTO a division of Kansas State University and many other continuing education opportunities. She is CPR/First Aid certified.
Kim joined the Hope Lutheran staff in the fall of 2012. She felt the Lord guided her here to share the love of Jesus with her students.
Mrs. Karen Jaime
Karen joined the Hope Lutheran Preschool staff in August 2017 after 2 years of being a stay-at-home mom. Prior to that, she worked in the education field for 19 years. She was an elementary special education teacher for 12 years in the Kansas City, Kansas School District. She then worked in educational research/behavior interventions for both the KCK School District and Juniper Gardens Children’s Project for 5 years. In 2013, Karen returned to the special education classroom as a resource teacher for the Shawnee Mission District. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University in 1995 and her Masters of Science in Special Education Behavioral Disorders from Kansas University in 2005. She is currently taking coursework through KCCTO a division of Kansas State University as well as many other continuing education opportunities. She is CPR/First Aid certified.
Karen is a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, where she is an active member of Children’s Ministry. She and her husband Tony have 2 boys, who both attended Hope Lutheran Preschool when they were younger. Their family spends most of their free time at Boy Scout events, baseball games, and choir and band concerts. Karen has always loved being surrounded by children of all ages and is thrilled to be a part of the Hope Preschool staff, where she can share God’s love with students!
Mrs. Rebecca Palermo
Rebecca joined the Hope Lutheran Preschool staff in August of 2019. Rebecca has worked with children ages infant-school age since 2005. Rebecca has taken classes in Early Childhood Education and has completed the CDA coursework through Rasmussen College. She is currently taking coursework through KCCTO a division of Kansas State University as well as many other continuing education opportunities. She is CPR/First Aid certified.
Rebecca worked as the kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant at Hope Lutheran School during the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to that, Rebecca has been a Lead teacher in a child care setting, led an afternoon preschool art program, taught school age art, volunteered in the nursery at Grace Children Fellowship as well as becoming the director of the Sunday School Preschool program at Grace.
Rebecca has three wonderful children who have attended Hope Lutheran School and Preschool and volunteers her time and efforts along with her husband at various school events. She and her family attend The Foundry Church.
Rebecca enjoys working with children in an environment that fosters a love of God.
Mrs. Annette Burgoon
Annette joined the Hope Lutheran Preschool Staff at the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year. Annette received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University in 1995. She has worked with children ages infant through school age since 1990.
Annette has worked as a nanny to a former Hope Lutheran preschool family since 2018 and has been a family nanny since 2013. Prior to that, Annette has been a Lead Teacher and a Director/ Assistant Director in a childcare setting, a peer trainer for other directors for the child care company, and has volunteered many years as a youth rec and competitive softball coach.
Annette is married with three beautiful children. Her children attended Prince of Peace Catholic School through 8th grade, and are currently attending Olathe East High School and Johnson County Community College. Annette enjoys working with children of all ages and is looking forward to sharing God’s graces with the children.