• Karen Sutcliffe

    Program Planner and Executive Director since 2002
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  • Karen Sutcliffe

    Karen Sutcliffe

    Program Planner and Executive Director since 2002

    I began in the creation of New Hope Parent's Day Out & Preschool as a founding board member in the spring of 2002. After the development of our program, we launched our first Parent's Day Out classes in January 2003. In the Fall of 2004, we expanded by adding Preschool classes and I was hired by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director, responsible for overseeing nine classrooms, three with options for extended day or enrichment, and the best preschool staff in Fishers!

    As an outreach ministry of New Hope I am passionate in helping our families connect with each other and with the greater New Hope family. It brings me great joy when families begin to attend New Hope on Sundays; and it is a special blessing to watch their heart for Christ and love for others blossom.

    About Me:

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Education, with an Early Childhood concentration from Eastern Illinois University. My husband Jason and I have just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary and I am blessed to be the mother of two wonderful children, Joshua, 22 and Kayla, 20. Both of my chlidren attend Indiana University and as younger children used to frequent the hallways of New Hope!

    Favorites:

    Scripture:

    Jeremiah 29:11, "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."

    Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

    Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

    Interests:

    I love all types of Christian music and love to read mysteries when I have the opportunity. 

  • Donna Pompei

    Assistant Preschool Director, Pre-K I Co-Teacher & Extended Day
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  • Donna Pompei

    Donna Pompei

    Assistant Preschool Director, Pre-K I Co-Teacher & Extended Day

    As Assistant Preschool Director, I aid in helping the Director, Karen Sutcliffe, with many of the day to day operations throughout the school year. As a PreK I Co-Teacher, I teach children ages 4 and 5. In this age group we focus on teaching and strengthening academic skills along with creative activities to get the children ready for Kindergarten.

    My greatest joy of being part of the New Hope Preschool program is watching the children grow throughout the school year.

    I believe we are all here at New Hope as “teachers” to further a child’s love and understanding of God.

    About Me:

    I have lived in Indiana since 1997 and have two adult children, a son and a daughter. I have been married for 32 years. I love to cook and read.

     

  • Amy Anderson

    Pre-K I Teacher since 2017
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  • Amy Anderson

    Pre-K I Teacher since 2017

    I work with 4 and 5 year olds to teach them the skills they need to be successful in Kindergarten. This is done in a setting that allows them to learn about and explore their relationship with God. My love for children and my passion to serve God is the reason I chose New Hope, not only for myself but for my son.

    About Me:

    My family moved to Fishers about a year ago due to my husband's job with the U.S. Army. We have two sons and one attends New Hope Preschool. I fell in love with the program last year and was very excited to join the team for the 2017-2018 school year. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus on Child Development and Psychology.

     

  • Whitney Bell

    Two Year Old Co-Teacher since 2016
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  • Whitney Bell

    Whitney Bell

    Two Year Old Co-Teacher since 2016

    I love teaching at New Hope Preschool! It is such a joy to be able to teach children who are eager to learn. I not only teach and guide the children throughout the day, but the beauty of teaching at our school is we also learn faith throughout the day. I feel blessed to be here at NHPS, where the students are inspiring and families offer the kindest support!

    About Me:

    I grew up in Texas and attended Texas A&M University with B.S. in Criminal Justice. I have a wonderful husband and three amazing children, two who have attended New Hope Preschool.

     

  • Shannon Coleman

    PE Teacher since 2008
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  • Shannon Coleman

    Shannon Coleman

    PE Teacher since 2008

    My job as the preschool teacher is to teach the joy of fitness and playing to our young students. Who doesn't love to spin in circles and fall to the ground and yell out the shapes we see up in the clouds? I am the lucky one who gets to skip, gallop and hop through my days. The kids I encounter every week love new adventures. They learn how to create new games. Some days, they just dance with me. To hear their laughter and see their smiles reminds me to stay young myself and enjoy the simple joys in our lives.  Being at New Hope reminds me how truly blessed I am, and encourages me to see these kids grow, develop and become more confident. Sometimes, I wonder who is more lucky, my students or me?

    About Me:

    I have been married for 18 years to Johnathan and we have 3 kids, Reece (16), Nash (14) and Tatum (12) and an awesome dog named Lorenzo Cain Coleman (Cain).

    Favorites:

    Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

     

  • Courtney Dunn

    Parent's Day Out Teacher since 2016
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  • Courtney Dunn

    Courtney Dunn

    Parent's Day Out Teacher since 2016

    I teach the youngest of the New Hope Preschoolers. I am passionate about creating a nurturing and engaging classroom for our students and giving their families a positive introduction to our program and the greater New Hope church community. I am continually inspired by the New Hope Family and its various outreach / missions to focus on praying for and serving those in my community.

    About Me:

    I am married and have two young children. As a family we love traveling in our RV, camping, and hiking. I have a bachelors degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education with six years of elementary teaching experience. I also have a masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I love learning and trying new things!

    Favorites:

    Scripture: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Hobbies/Interests: I love to read, garden, and make food from scratch. I enjoy crafting and sewing as well.

     

  • Kara Haven

    Preschool Teacher - Bunnies Class - since 2017
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  • Kara Haven

    Preschool Teacher - Bunnies Class - since 2017

    My role here as a Preschool Teacher at New Hope is multi-faceted, as I feel I am here to serve children, their parents, and the greater community. I strive to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for the children I get to work with each day. Also, I believe it is important to be a part of their parents' support system, as we are a team working to enrich the lives of these children. Together, we build the foundation for each child to find his/her way in the world.

    About Me:

    I earned a degree from IU in Early Childhood Education and taught public school for many years. My husband Mike and I have three children, Sophie (13), Bradley (9), and Ethan (5). Ethan attends preschool here at New Hope in the Lions class. We have lived in Fishers for 7 years.

    Favorites:

    I am an avid reader and especially enjoy historical fiction and mystery books. I also enjoy running, being outdoors, cooking and baking, and spending time with friends and family.

     

  • Anna Haviza

    Two Year Olds Co-Teacher since 2016
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  • Anna Haviza

    Anna Haviza

    Two Year Olds Co-Teacher since 2016

    I work alongside the other fantastic teachers to create a nurturing and fun environment for the two year olds as part of New Hope Preschool. I love being able to facilitate an activity and watch the children discover something new, create a cute craft, or explore and adjust to time away from their parents - making new friends. Each day in our classroom is different, a challenge and a blessing.

    About Me:

    I have been married since 2007 to Matthew and we have two children, Noah and Kate. Before moving to Fishers to start our family, we lived in Chicago. I worked at Shedd Aquarium in the Education Department, coordinating and facilitating programs for the youth and family audience, including summer camps, weekend programs, and large group overnights. I also served as an interpretive naturalist at Shades State Park and Turkey Run State Park. I have a biology degree from Butler University, and a passion for nature and animals. I try to incorporate my experience and knowledge in my teaching as often as possible.

     

  • Dawn Hoffman

    Preschool Teacher since 2010
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  • Dawn Hoffman

    Dawn Hoffman

    Preschool Teacher since 2010

    I am a three year olds teacher for New Hope Preschool. My role is to provide a loving and safe environment for the children. We focus on increasing positive relationships between the children through playtime and reading books. We also focus on letter recognition, numbers, shapes, and colors. We are a Christian based preschool so we provide our students with a religious background through our Faith Friends and Chapel Programs.

    I am very passionate about serving the church family and the surrounding area by trying to encourage our preschoolers to be good citizens and give back to the church and community.

    About Me:

    I have been married to my husband, John, for 24 years. We are both from Fort Wayne Indiana and are graduates of Purdue University. We have currently lived in Fishers for 17 years.

    I am blessed to have two wonderful children. My daughter is a Sophomore at Ball State University majoring in Elementary Education. My son is a Junior at Fishers High School. He enjoys playing baseball and hanging out with friends. As a family we enjoy vacationing, spending time at the lake and playing games.

    Favorites:

    Scripture:

    Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another; tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."

    Leisure Activities:

    Reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy reading suspense novels and many different kinds of literary fiction. Some of my favorite books include: The Help, Sarah's Key and Small Great Things.

    I also enjoy going to the theatre to watch romantic comedies. Some of my favorite movies include: The Blindside, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Trouble with the Curve.

     

  • Jane Hueber

    Parent’s Day Out Co-Teacher 2017
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  • Jane Hueber

    Parent’s Day Out Co-Teacher 2017

    I have the privilege of loving, teaching and playing with the young toddlers of New Hope every week. Being a parent is a wonderful, sanctifying and exhausting gift from God, especially tiring in those early faith years. In our Parent’s Day Out class, we give parents an opportunity to recharge, rest, and have a few hours to get things done knowing their children are safe and loved. We are able to pray for our children and their families and marvel at the reminders we see in them of the child-like love & faith.

    About Me:

    My husband of ten years, Steve, and I have three children: Jillian & Olivia are twin 3-year olds and Jeremiah is 18 months old.

    I’ve worked with children and families for the past six years and my passion is seeing healthy families thriving in their communities. I love to visit my in-laws hobby farm, spend time with family and read just about anything.

  • Stephanie Kleinbub

    Two Year Old Bears Class Co-Teacher since 2016
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  • Stephanie Kleinbub

    Stephanie Kleinbub

    Two Year Old Bears Class Co-Teacher since 2016

    My name is Stephanie and I was previously on the Board of Directors for the preschool before joining the Staff at New Hope. My husband, Kris and I moved to Fishers eleven years ago. All three of my children have either attended or currently attend New Hope. We have two sons and a daughter. Max is 8, Pete is 6 and Ellie is 3 and in the Kangaroos & Tigers classes. We also have a Yorkie, named Chuck.

    Much of my free time revolves around my kids and all of their activities! In the spare time I do have, I enjoy spending time with friends, volunteering in church activities, investing time, talents in treasure in helping others, reading and watching Notre Dame and Colts football.

  • Mindy Medalen

    Preschool Co-Teacher since September 2013
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  • Mindy Medalen

    Mindy Medalen

    Preschool Co-Teacher since September 2013

    I currently teach in the 3’s classroom. I enjoy these kiddos; their smilies, giggles and never-ending stories! They are so full of energy and are excited to learn and explore new things. Every day is an adventure. It is my pleasure to get to share in these adventures and use the gifts God has given me to enrich their lives.

    About Me:

    I am a mother to 4 amazing kids who keep me on my toes. They are the source of many blessings and bring such joy to my life. My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We enjoy traveling and exploring new (and old) cities. I love to read, craft and explore photography and be outdoors.

    Favorite Scripture:

    Joshua 1:9, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

    Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  • Lisa Noble

    Pre-K II Co-Teacher since October 2006
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  • Lisa Noble

    Lisa Noble

     

    PreK II Co-Teacher since October 2006

    I teach children that have either just missed the cutoff for Kindergarten or that another year of preschool may be appropriate.

    I am passionate about teaching children a love for learning.

    I see on a daily basis what a difference all of us in the preschool make in the lives of the hundred plus children by sharing our love and passion with them.

    About Me:

    I graduated with a business degree and worked in the business world for many years before becoming a stay at home mom of two. I then transitioned into the field of education where I was a kindergarten literacy aide before becoming a Pre-K teacher. I have two grown children, 18 & 22. I have a husband of 23 years and three dogs.

    Favorites:

    Scripture: John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this; to lay downs one’s life for one’s friend. 

    Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy reading and traveling.

     

  • Nancy Patton

    Pre-K Co-Teacher since September 2012
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  • Nancy Patton

    Nancy Patton

    Pre-K Co-Teacher since September 2012

    I teach Pre-K and my family and I have been members of New Hope since 1998! I began teaching here at New Hope Preschool in September 2012 after a two year stint as an office assistant for the church. My background is in education and I enjoy teaching and nurturing my 4 and 5 year old friends. Transforming the lives of preschoolers is a passion of mine that makes coming to school a joy. This preschool is my happy place filled with happy children and teachers!

  • Lori Smallwood

    Preschool Co-Teacher since 2005
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  • Lori Smallwood

    Lori Smallwood

    Preschool Co-Teacher since 2005

    I currently teach the PreK I Elephant class. This is my 12th year at New Hope. In my free time I enjoy all things Disney, going to the movies and spending time with my family including Boo Boo & Ace, my two sweet dogs.

    New Hope is my happy place I am blessed to call it home!

  • Annemarie Varga

    Faith and Values Teacher, New Hope Preschool since September 2015
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  • Annemarie Varga

    Annemarie Varga

    Faith and Values Teacher, New Hope Preschool since September 2015

    As the faith and values teacher, I teach our monthly chapel and “faith friends” classes at New Hope preschool. I am passionate about sharing the love of God with children, giving them a firm foundation on which their faith can grow as they get older. I use engaging stories, music, object lessons, crafts and games to get kids excited to learn about God and His immense love for His children.

    About Me:

    I am a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and have been active in the children’s ministry at the church for many years. I am married with two girls, one in elementary school and one in intermediate school. I left my career as an urban planner in 2007 to stay home with my girls. When I first started leading children’s messages in church, people would often ask if I was a teacher, to which I would respond “no, I’m just a mom”. I was serving on the preschool board when the faith and values position became available, and it was the perfect fit! I am also a part time portrait and wedding photographer.

    Favorites:

    Ephesians 3:20-21

    Joshua 24:15

    Matthew 19:14

  • Delene Weaver

    Preschool Teacher since 2003
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  • Delene Weaver

    Delene Weaver

    Preschool Teacher since 2003

    I am a co-teacher in the preschool, teaching 3 year olds two days a week.

    I believe we should be a warm and welcoming place for people moving into the community and for families who are sending their children off to preschool for the first time.

    In creating a safe and loving environment in the preschool, I believe we represent the Arms of Love.

    About Me:

    I have been with the preschool since its inception beginning in Parents Day Out and then moving to the three year old class.  I have been married for 35 years to my husband, Tab.  We have four grown children and two grandsons. 

    Favorites:

                    Scripture verses:  Philippians 4:13

                    Movies / Books / Music:  Harry Potter movies/ Historical Fiction Books/All types of music

                    Hobbies / Interests / Leisure Activities: Crocheting and Reading

  • Jennifer White

    Preschool Teacher for two 3's classes and Enrichment
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  • Jennifer White

    Jennifer White

    Preschool Teacher for two 3's classes and Enrichment

    I am very excited to inspire happy, engaged little minds while watching the children grow in both academic knowledge and their understanding of Christ.   

    About Me:

    I am in my third year of teaching at New Hope. Previously, I taught K-3 regular and special education in the public school system.  I have been married for 9 years to my husband Aaron.  We have 2 children – Emily (8) and Kailey (6) who both attended New Hope Preschool.  My daughters keep me busy with cheer, scouting, and dance. I attended St. Jude Grade School and Roncalli High School, growing up in a faith based education.  Outside of teaching at New Hope, I am an active member and religious education teacher at Holy Spirit at Geist Parish.  

    Favorites:

    Reading and creating craft projects are my favorite hobbies. 

  • Connie Wikle

    Preschool Teacher since 2005
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  • Connie Wikle

    Connie Wikle

    I currently teach Pre-K II. I am passionate about being able to lay a foundation for kids and instilling a love for school in each and every one of them at a young age. I enjoy watching them blossom into successful individuals. Such growth is made at a young age, and I love being a part of fostering independency in each of them.

    About Me:

    My husband and I have a family of four, two daughters and three dogs. I studied Elementary Education at Ball State University and taught third grade in Las Vegas, Nevada for five years. I enjoy a good book and viewing the beautiful mountains in Vail, CO. I also love country music and the holidays. I have been told I have a heart of a child, as I love to build with Legos.

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