Our Faculty & Staff
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
Principal & Math Teacher
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
Mrs. Meghan Adams
Meghan joined the staff of Hope Lutheran in April of 2019.
Mrs. OrAlia Ochoa
Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten
My name is Oralia Ochoa and I am so excited to become a part of Hope Lutheran School as your new kindergarten teacher this year! I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from University Missouri Kansas City (U.M.K.C) and my Master in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L.) from Kansas University (K.U.). I was born in Donna, Texas to a very large family of seven girls and four boys. I am fluent in Spanish. I have three adult children and five grandchildren and my little dog Teddy. I have been married to Jeff Curry for one year and four months. I enjoy sewing, and spending time in our vegetable garden and tending to all the flower gardens. I have taught kindergarten for 15 years in the public school system. My passion is teaching little minds and watching them grow into confident learners. I am excited to be able to share my love of God with my students and look forward to my new adventure as a Hope Lion!
Miss Katrina Celmer
Elementary School Teacher, 1st Grade
Katrina Celmer is Hope Lutheran’s First Grade teacher. She has a passion for teaching and for learning. She loves first grade because she is able to watch all of her students learn and grow into strong readers. She attended grade school at Trinity Lutheran in Utica, MI. She graduated from Lutheran High School North in 2002. She then attended Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois graduating with a degree in Lutheran Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Psychology. She served two other congregations before coming to Hope. She was a first-grade teacher at Redeemer Lutheran in Oakmont, PA from 2010-2014 and, she served as a second-grade teacher at St. John Lutheran School in Fraser, MI from 2014-2019. She and her dog C.J. live in Shawnee now and are excited to get to know the Kansas City area. Katrina enjoys spending time with her family. Her mom and dad live in Port Huron, Michigan and her brother’s family lives in Durango, Colorado, She loves to read and scrapbook in her free time, and also enjoys spending time outdoors doing things such as kayaking, fishing, and golfing.
Miss Kelsey Adcock
Elementary School, 2nd Grade Teacher
Miss Kelsey Adcock is Hope’s second grade teacher. She attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska receiving her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in music in May 2018. Kelsey was born and raised in Wamego, Kansas and grew up in the Lutheran Church. She is excited to teach the Word of God to her students and looks forward to a wonderful year of growth at Hope Lutheran.
Mrs. Marjorie Krzesinski
Elementary School Teacher, 3rd 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 Pinterest 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
Miss Miranda Mondary
Elementary School Teacher, 4th Grade
Miss Miranda Mondary is Hope’s fourth grade teacher. She has been at Hope since 2017. Miranda previously taught at Christ Lutheran Church and School in Murray, Utah, where she was their third and fourth grade teacher. She attended Concordia University in Portland, Oregon receiving her degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education with a minor in Professional Church Work and graduated in April 2016. Miranda was born into the Lutheran Church and has always had a strong connection with the church. She is excited to teach the Word of God and continue her ministry at Hope Lutheran.
Mrs. Kathy McIntosh
Elementary School Teacher, 5th 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. Shannon Cipolla
Middle School Teacher, 6th Grade
Shannon Cipolla is the new 6th grade teacher at Hope Lutheran. She is a graduate of Emporia State University and has previously taught 6th and 2nd grade in Gardner. She also resides in Gardner with her husband and children. She spent last school year teaching 3rd grade in Kansas City. She looks forward to building relationships with students and parents and is especially excited about being able to share her love of God.
Mrs. Shannon Lewis
Middle School Teacher, Language Arts, Social Studies, & Math
Mr. Daniel Gibson
Middle School Teacher, Math, PE & Religion
Daniel joined Hope’s staff in 2015 teaching middle school math, science, and physical education. He had 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. Daniel earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Portland, OR in 2016. Their son Andrew, born in October 2016, is always full of energy. 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. 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. 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 and Emma both graduated from Hope and are now attending Lutheran High, KC. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
Diana grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL with a B.S. in Mathematics and Education. She taught high school math for several years then received a M.S. in Counseling and Behavioral Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She originally worked as a high school guidance counselor. She then began counseling with families, children and adults at various non-profit mental health agencies as well as self-employment at some private practice behavioral health groups in WI, IL, IN, OH, MO and KS. She is married for over 40 years to John, has four grown children and 10 grandchildren. She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Shawnee, KS. Diana enjoys music (plays piano and likes to sing), reading (fiction, non-fiction and Christian devotional books), Bible studies, socializing with friends/family and playing with grandchildren.
Mrs. Cynthia Bird
Art & Yearbook
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.
Mr. Peter Olson
Señor Selvinth Maldonado
Mr. Maldonado is really excited to become the new Spanish teacher. He graduated from La Salle College and completed studies in Psychology and Education from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. He taught all subjects in Elementary, and Social Studies in Middle and High School. Mr. Maldonado graduated from a Nazarene Seminary in 2003, and completed a degree in Christian Ministries at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita California. In 2014, Mr. Maldonado and his family moved to Kansas with the desire of starting a Spanish ministry in the area, and they are part of a church plant in Kansas City, KS. He has been teaching and preaching in Spanish since 1988.
Mrs. Sandra Rhodes
Choir & Music
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.
Mr. Robert Harrell
Mr. Robert Harrell joined the staff of Hope Lutheran Church & School in the spring of 2019. He has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since his childhood. Robert graduated from Kansas State Univesity in 1982 with a B.A. in Business Marketing. He worked for AT&T for 25 years. He has also worked as a professional landscaper, building maintenance, and car expert.
Robert has three children. The oldest are adults and his youngest is a junior at Shawnee Mission North. Roberts interests/hobbies include: fishing and camping, old/new mustangs and vintage Honda dirt bakes.
Robert is looking forward to serving as facilities manager at Hope.
Mrs. Dea Sorensen
Dea joined the staff of Hope in 2016.
Mrs. Pamela Webb
Mrs. DeeAnn Fugett
Title I Tutor
DeeAnn Fugett is the Title I Tutor for Hope Lutheran School. She works with students in various capacities in small groups and individually in math and language arts activities. DeeAnn finds joy in helping students achieve their goals academically. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, adventuring, visiting National Parks and history & science museums. DeeAnn is actively involved as a volunteer in various areas here at Hope for both the church and the school. She is a life-long member of Hope Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Doris Stava
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. 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. Laura Haverkamp
Webmaster & Technology Assistant
Laura graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. In 2004, she graduated from Johnson County Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology and received her Master Electrical License. Laura has over 15 years of experience as a software developer, tech lead, and consultant. She is a co-inventor for two patents: #7640337 – Framework for application monitoring and management and #8326767 – Customer data privacy implementation.
Laura volunteers and serves at Hope in many capacities: Sunday School Teacher, Bell Choir, Church Choir, Board of Trustees, Board of Youth Ministry, Miriam Circle Bible Study Leader, and President of Hope Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society at Hope. For the school she assists with Math Club and coaching the 5th/6th girls basketball team.
Laura grew up attending Hope Lutheran Preschool and Hope Lutheran School. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Hope Lutheran Church. Hope is simply home.