Our Staff

  • Katherine Bonine

    Preschool director circleemail

    Katherine grew up in Southern California but, moved to Minnesota in 2010. She is married and has two children. A 2 year old daughter and a 10 -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 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

    Pre-K 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

    3's Lead Teacher

    Stacy will be teaching the three year old 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

    3's 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!

  • Brittani Dunham

    After School Care Lead Teacher

    Brittani and her family moved to Hastings in the summer of 2020.  She has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and has spent time working with children, adults, and elderly.  Brittani chose to leave her full time career in 2018 to be home with her girls.  Brittani’s oldest attended Hope's 3's class last year and will be in the Pre-K Class this year. In her free time, you can often find Brittani spending time outside, reading, or exercising. Brittani is excited to be a part of the Hope Preschool team.



    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.