Our Staff

  • McKenzie stehura

    Preschool director circleemail

    McKenzie is the new preschool director for Hope Lutheran Preschool. She lives in Hastings with her husband, 3-year-old daughter (Scarlette) and newborn baby girl (Valerie). Her house includes some animals such as 3 dogs, Dexter, Rosy and CJ and 4 cats, Tigger, Lucy, Rue and Felix. To say it is utter Chaos would be an understatement, but her family would not have it any other way. She spends her free time with her family and friends. For her education, she spent a year at Bethany Lutheran College and a semester at River Falls. She has worked in early childhood development since she was 16 years old. It is one of her biggest passions. McKenzie is also a member here at Hope Lutheran Church. She is looking forward to getting to know all the families. She is absolutely thrilled to be here at Hope!

  • Stefanie Johnson

    Pre-K Assistant Teacher

    Stefanie has worked at Hope Christian Preschool since 2017.  She has a degree in Radiology but decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming a teacher.  And Hope is so lucky she did! She lives in Hastings with her husband and 2 daughters. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family watching movies and going for bike rides or walks. She feels very blessed to be apart of such a great group of people at Hope. 

  • Kelli Nichols

    3's Class Assistant Teacher

    Kelli is our Pre-K Assistant Teacher. 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.

  • 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 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!

  • Jamie Hicks

    After School Care Lead 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 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.


    3's Class Lead Teacher

    Becky was born and raised in Wisconsin but made Hastings, Minnesota her home when she married her husband, Mike, in 2017. Becky and Mike have a blended family of 3 girls and 3 boys: Autumn(10), Michael(10), Carter(9), Mitchell(4), Avacyn(3), and Jaina(1 ½).  Becky graduated from Western Technical College in 2015 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Accounting).  In her free time, Becky enjoys doing puzzles, going on motorcycle rides, and playing board and card games with her kids.  She is so happy to have the opportunity to spend time at Hope where she still gets to spend lots of time with her 3 youngest children.