Our Staff

  • Stacy Peterson

    Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Stacy is teaching the preschool class. She has her Early Childhood and

    Youth Development Associate Degree as well as Child Life Assistant degree. Stacy has been

    working in preschool for over ten years.

  • Tori Jurgens

    Pre-K Assistant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Tori and I am the Teacher Aide in the Preschool classroom! I have an Associate's Degree and primarily focused on childhood studies. I spent 9 years working in daycare and am thrilled to be working in a preschool setting!  I live in Hastings with my husband, Tyler, and our cat, Frank.  In my spare time I love to read, write, and spend lots of time with my family. 

  • Kelli Nichols

    3's Class Lead Teacher

    Kelli is our 3's Class Lead Teacher. She has previously been a Teacher Assistant and had helped sub in the classrooms prior to that. Her children attended Hope Preschool. Kelli and her family are also members of Hope Lutheran Church. She left the legal world to stay home and raise her children five years ago. Kelli lives in Hastings with her husband and three children.

  • Kellsee Mueller

    3's Class Assistant Teacher

    I'm Ms. Kellsee. This will be my second year as a Teacher's Aide in the 3's classroom and I couldn't be more excited.  Me and my husband grew up in Hastings and have two boys, Bentley and Carson who also attended Hope.  In my free time I enjoy baking, reading and camping with my family and friends.  I know we are going to have a great year together. 

  • Melinda Johnson

    After School Care Teacher

    Hello! I'm Melinda, one of the teachers in the ASC class. 

    My family has lived in Hastings for 13 years.

    I started working here as an aide in 2020 when my little one was a student here, and we have enjoyed it so much, that I decided to stay even after she was finished.

    Between my own children/homeschooling, working in centers, school settings, doing childcare in my home, and teaching Sunday school, I have worked with children for over 25 yrs! 

    I love being at Hope and am thankful to be able to work with such amazing staff, children, and their families. 

  • Jamie Hicks

    After School Care Teacher

    Hi, my name is Jamie Hicks. I was a student at the Saint Paul Community and Technical

    College. I graduated in the spring of 2022. I completed my Early Childhood Education and

    Development AS. I was born and raised in Hastings. I live with my parents and my little brother. I am the first one in my family to go to college. I am a big movie buff. My friend and I have a weekly movie night. We have been doing this since middle school. We go to see at least one movie a week, sometimes even two. I also play a lot of games during my free time. I mostly play on my ps4, and I have been thinking of getting a p.c.

  • Brittani Dunham

    Hi! I'm Brittani and I have been with Hope Christian Preschool in some capacity since 2021.  I have a Bachelor's Degree from UW-LaCrosse.  My husband, David, and I have lived in Hastings since 2020.  We have two girls, Hannah and Abigail, whom both attended preschool at Hope.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, being outside, camping, and spending time up the North Shore.