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. Calah Stichler
Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten
Calah Stichler is Hope Lutheran’s kindergarten teacher. She has a passion for teaching and for learning. She loves kindergarten because she is able to watch each student learn and grow so much in a single year. She attended Lutheran schools for her entire education beginning in preschool through high school at Trinity Lutheran School in Bend, Oregon. She then attended Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and graduated there with her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in professional church work in April 2016. She married her husband Taylor Stichler in 2015 and together they moved to Kansas City in June 2016 for Taylor’s DCE (director of Christian education) internship at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Calah was also called to teach Pre-K at Peace Lutheran’s Childcare Center in Raytown, Missouri. In the beginning of 2017, Taylor received a call to be the full time DCE at Our Redeemer and Calah was called to Hope to teach Kindergarten. They have grown to love the greater Kansas City area and love serving the communities here. Calah looks forward to many more years of teaching and seeing where God leads.
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, Julian, Luella, 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
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.
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. 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
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.
Mr. Daniel Gibson
Middle School Teacher
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, & Pre-Algebra
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.
Mrs. Emily Gibson
2018 is Emily’s first year to direct the bands at Hope. She grew up in Colorado and met her husband, Mr. Gibson, at Concordia University Nebraska. She graduated from there with a BA in Music in 2013. She has enjoyed being involved in the music ministry at Hope Lutheran Church and School since 2015 when she and Mr. Gibson moved to the area. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Hope Lions.
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.
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.
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.
Dea joined the staff of Hope in 2016.
Mrs. Tammy Newberry
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.
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.
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.