• 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 26th wedding anniversary and I am blessed to be the mother of two wonderful children, Joshua, 24 and Kayla, 21. Joshua graduated with honors from Indiana University, and is currently working full time at the Maurer School of Law Library. Kayla is a Senior Nursing major at Indiana University, Bloomington and will graduate this Spring.  

    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, PreK I Co-Teacher Monkeys
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  • Donna Pompei

    Donna Pompei

    On staff since September 2004

    As Assistant Preschool Director, I assist 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 and one granddaughter. I have been married for 34 years. I love to cook and read.

     

  • Michelle Beehler

    Co-Teacher, Three Year Olds
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  • Michelle Beehler

    Michelle Beehler

    On Staff Since 2010

    I've been a  teacher at New Hope since 2010 and have been lucky to teach multiple ages throughout the years. This year I'm excited to be teaching a group of our three-year-old preschoolers for the first time! I truly enjoy working with preschoolers, and my goal is to create a safe, happy and fun learning environment for our little ones. I want my students to be excited to come to school each morning. 

    About Me:

    I spent six summers throughout high school and college working for the YMCA at on of their preschool camps. I also have a B.S. degree from Ball State in Special Education and Elementary Education. After college, I spent seven years teaching elementary school until I decided to tqake a break from teaching for awhile to devote more time to my family. Speaking of family, my husband Chad and I have three children - Clayton (19), Garrett (17) and Emma (13). Clayton is a freshman at Purdue Fort Wayne studying music industry and drum performance. Garrett is a junior at Fishers High School and works at Chick-Fil-A in his spare time. Emma, an eighth grader, enjoys playing tennis and creating art. 

    Favorites:

    In my free time, I love scrapbooking, reading, enjoying nature, and traveling with my family.

  • Shannon Coleman

    PE Teacher
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  • Shannon Coleman

    Shannon Coleman

    On staff 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 20 years to Johnathan and we have 3 kids, Reece (18), Nash (16) and Tatum (15) 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

    Co-Teacher Parent's Day Out & Bears
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  • Courtney Dunn

    Courtney Dunn

    On staff 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.

     

  • Serene Fansa

    Co-Teacher, Two Year Olds
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  • Serene Fansa

    Serene Fansa

    On Staff since 2018

    I am the teacher for two year old children. this is my second year teaching at New Hope Preschool and I enjoy doing so very much. I enjoy seeing the little kids laugh and play and explore their surroundings. My goal for the children is to improve their life skills such as learning to share, listening quietly, and cleaning up after playing. In addition, I work with my class on developing their cognitive skills by introducing letters, shapes, and colors through singing songs and reading stories. My kids also develop their fine motor skills through craft work and other age-appropriate activities.

    About Me:

    I have a wonderful family with my husband of 12 years. We have two children, Dean and Dahlia, both of my kids transitioned from New Hope to Fall Creek Elementary in HSE. 

    Favorite Things:

    In my free time I enjoy walking, reading, traveling and I also love spending time with family and friends. 

  • Mindy Goode

    Co-Teacher PreK I Elephants & Wednesday Extended Day
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  • Mindy Goode

    Mindy Goode

    I will be in the PreK I Elephants class Tuesdays thru Fridays, and teaching Extended Day on Wednesdays. I love all the learning and excitement of a 4-5 year olds. We are going to have a great year learning to play together, explore new things and prepare for Kindergarten.  

    About Me

    I grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and then studied Elementary Education at Ball State University. I moved to Indianapolis and taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools for 14 years prior to staying home. I have been married for 9 years to my husband Dan. We have 3 daughters, Kelsey is in second grade, Kylie is in Kindergarten and Kenzi is 3m and attends the Turtles & Koalas classes this year. 

    Favorites

    We love to travel, go camping, spend time with friends and family and all things sports. 

  • Ana Haviza

    Co-Teacher Three Year Old Kangaroos, Turtles & Tuesday Enrichment
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  • Ana Haviza

    Ana Haviza

    On staff since 2016

    I work alongside the other fantastic teachers to create a nurturing and fun environment of learning as part of New Hope Preschool. I love to facilitate an activity that allows the children to discover, learn and explore new ideas and materials. Guiding children to be creative and brave while adjusting to time away from their parents all while making new friends is fun and always an adventure. 

    About Me:

    I have been married to Matthew since 2007 and we have two children, Noah and Kate. With my biology degree from Butler University I have worked in the environmental education field at state parks and an aquarium. I have a passion for connecting people with nature and animals. I volunteer in many different capacities through my church and my children's elementary school. I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and our sweet dog Kota, and baking.

     

  • Dawn Hoffman

    Co-Teacher Three Year Old Tigers & Tuesday Extended Day
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  • Dawn Hoffman

    Dawn Hoffman

    On staff 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 26 years. We are both from Fort Wayne Indiana and are graduates of Purdue University. We have currently lived in Fishers for 19 years.

    I am blessed to have two wonderful children. My daughter is graduating in December 2019 from Ball State University majoring in Elementary Education. My son Drew is a Freshman at Ball State. 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.

     

  • Jenny Hoffman

    Co-Teacher, Parent's Day Out & Bears
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  • Jenny Hoffman

    Jenny Hoffman

    On Staff since 2018

    I teach the youngest kids at New Hope Preschool. I am excited to watch these young preschool minds grow and develop throughout the year. I will create a safe and nurturing learning environment. The children will learn through hands-on activities, music, interacting with others, and free play. I also want to instill a love and understanding for God and for every child to have a positive first experience at New Hope Preschool.

    About Me

    I am married to my husband Chad and we have three boys Grant 6, Mitchell 4 and Brooks 1. All of my children have attended New Hope Preschool or are currently attending. I graduated from Franklin College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I taught for seven years in the public school system in Elementary Education. 

    I enjoy running and traveling with my family. We love the Chicago Cubs, going to the beach and riding bikes. 

    My Favorite Scripture

    "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. i will strengthen you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." 

    Isaiah 41:10

  • Mindy Medalen

    Co-Teacher Three year old Kangaroos, Turtles & Tuesday/Wednesday Enrichment
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  • Mindy Medalen

    Mindy Medalen

    On staff 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

    Co-Teacher PreK II Lions
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  • Lisa Noble

    Lisa Noble

    On staff 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, 20 & 24. I have a husband of 25 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.

     

  • Lori Smallwood

    Co-Teacher PreK I Elephants
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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

    Chapel & Faith Friends Teacher, New Hope Preschool
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  • Annemarie Varga

    Annemarie Varga

    On staff 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

  • Bethany Weaver

    Bethany Weaver Co-Teacher, Two-Year Olds
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  • Bethany Weaver

    Bethany Weaver

    On Staff since September 2019

    I teach the two year old Bunnies class. I love watching their minds work as they learn and experience new things. Children will learn and engage with their peers through free play, music, crafts and fun activities. I want to ease the transition of fostering independence during this time away from their families. I think it's importqant that their first year(s) at school be a positive experience to build on for the rest of their school career.

    About Me:

    I have married to my husband for eleven years. We have two boys, Bryce (5) and Graham (2). Both boys attend New Hope Preschool. My hobbies are knitting, reading, movies and being outdoors. 

    Favorites:

    John 14:27

    "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

    1 Samuel 1:27

    I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 

  • Delene Weaver

    Co-Teacher, 3 Year Old Tigers & Tuesday Extended Day
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  • Delene Weaver

    Delene Weaver

    On Staff 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

  • Connie Wikle

    Co-Teacher, PreK II Lions
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  • Connie Wikle

    Connie Wikle

    On Staff since 2005

    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.

  • Ashley Wisser

    Co-Teacher, 3 Year Olds
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  • Ashley Wisser

    On Staff since September 2019

    I have the privilege of teaching the 3 year olds at New Hope. I strive to create an engaging and stimulating atmosphere for our little minds. It is never too early to instill the act of being kind to ourselves and others. 

    About Me:

    I have been married for ten years to my husband Kevin. Together we have an eight year old son, London, and a five year old daughter, Harlow. Our family loves to include our Bernedoodle dog, Rosie, in all our activities. I am also a Real Estate Agent which provides of lot of weekend fun!

    Favorites:

    I love to walk outside with my family. We enjoy outdoor concerts in he summer. I love watching movies and Sunday pizza night!

     

  • Kelly Wyant

    STEM Teacher Since 2018
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  • Kelly Wyant

    Kelly Wyant

    Hi! My name is Kelly Wyant. This is my second year teaching at New Hope. I am VERY excited to be part of such a wonderful program. I've spent the last ten years teaching Kindergarten and Reading in Wayne Township. I have a true passion for teaching kiddos that are starting off their education. It's so important to instill a love for learning at a young age. I graduated in 2007 from Ball State University with an Elementary Education degree.

    About Me

    I'm about to come up upon my fifth wedding anniversary to my wonderful husband Chris! We recently became new parents to our beautiful daughter Clarie. She is 9 months old! We share our home with Reggie, our yellow labrador retriever. I'm looking forward to a wonderful school year with your child!

    Favorites

    We love to go to the beach as a a family and try to make it there twice a year. 

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