Our Staff


  • Katherine Bonine

    Preschool director circleemail

    Katherine is a California girl! She grew up in Southern California but, moved to Minnesota in 2010. She is married and has two children. A 1 year old daughter and an 9 -year-old son who attends St. John’s Lutheran School in Red Wing. That is where her and her family are church members. She is PTO Secretary for St. John’s, VBS teacher for the preschool age class and she volunteer teaches American Sign Language at St. John's school. She is a bookworm, enjoys hiking the bluffs in Red Wing with her family and going on Pokémon walks with her son. Also, coffee! That’s a hobby, right? Katherine is passionate about the education of preschool age children. She recognizes the importance of a good educational foundation that will put children on the path to success for their elementary education.

  • Stefanie Johnson

    Pre-K Lead Teacher

    Stefanie Johnson is returning this year as our Lead Pre-K Teacher. She has been Assistant Teacher at Hope for the past 4 years. She loves working with kids and also works part time at a pediatric clinic performing x-rays and nursing duties. She lives in Hastings with her husband and two daughters. 

  • Stacy Peterson

    3's Lead Teacher

    A little about me, my name is Miss Stacy and I will be teaching the three-year-old preschool class. I have my Early Childhood and Youth Development Associates degree as well as my Child Life Assistant degree. I have been volunteering/working in preschool within the Hastings and Cottage Grove area for the past ten years. My husband and I have been married almost 18 years now. We have 3 older children. My son has a year left in College and Coaches Football -Offensive Line- for a high school south of Hastings. My daughters are both enrolled at Hastings High School. My dog is named Maggie Moo Moo, and Myro is our Hamster. We all live in Cottage Grove. I am very excited to work alongside everyone at Hope Christian Preschool.

    Fun fact:  Both my daughters went to preschool here at Hope Christian Preschool with Kim Cummings as their teacher. This program is so wonderful and I’m glad I get to be a part of this team, I am so blessed.

  • Kelli Nichols

    3's Classroom Aide

    Kelli will be joining our team as the 3’s Teacher Aide. She has previously helped sub in the classrooms and two of her children currently attend 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.

  • Melinda JOhnson

    Pre-K Classroom Aide

    Hello! I'm Melinda. I will be the aide in the 4's class. Between my own children, doing childcare, Sunday school and working in a preschool, I've worked with children preschool age (and all ages) for 20+ yrs. and, have been homeschooling my children for the past 12 yrs. I have been married 19 yrs., and have 3 boys, 2 still home. One graduated last yr., the other still trucking away and is a Jr this yr., and a 4 yr. old girl, whom will be attending Hope this yr. also. We have 2 dogs, a cat, and 3 geckos. I'm very excited that the Lord led me in this direction for the opportunity to start a new journey with Hope, and I look forward to working with everyone!

  • TRacy Spinks

    After School Care Lead Teacher

    Tracy and her husband Bruce have been married for 20 years and live in Hastings. They have two sons together, one starting college fall of 2020 and the other starting his sophomore year.  They also have two adult sons, from Bruce's previous marriage, and one granddaughter. Tracy and her family enjoy traveling, camping and playing board games.  Tracy is also a group exercise instructor at the YMCA and is licensed to teach many formats, including children's fitness and Yoga classes. Tracy has always had a passion to work with children.  She was a Sunday school teacher for many years, lead children's music at Hope Lutheran church and was an adult volunteer for Young Life in Hastings.  Tracy also worked at the Hastings YMCA childcare center for 8 years and prior to that she had a licensed daycare in her home for 5 years.  Tracy is excited to start this new adventure at Hope Preschool!