Our Staff


  • Tori Jurgens

    Pre-K Assistant Teacher

    Hi, my name is Tori and I am the teacher aide in the preschool room! I have an associates 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.

  • 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.

    Stacy’s family lives in Cottage Grove. Her and her husband Joe have two graduates of

    Hastings High and their youngest is close behind. Stacy enjoys playing softball, art, going for

    walks and being outdoors.

    Fun Fact: Stacy’s two younger children went to Hope Christian Preschool when they were little.

  • Melinda Johnson

    After School Care Teacher

    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!

  • 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. While working and volunteering at the preschool, I also work weekends at the movie theater in town. 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.

  • Kellsee Mueller

    3's Class Assistant Teacher

    I'm Ms. Kellsee. This will be my first year assisting 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. 

  • Brittani Dunham
    Director

    This is my first year as Director but third year with Hope Preschool.  I have worked in ASC, as a sub, and interim director.  My husband, David, and I have lived in Hastings since 2020.  We have two girls, Hannah and Abigail, whom have both attended preschool at Hope.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, being outside, camping, and spending time up the North Shore.