I have always loved learning. I often spent my childhood days playing school and dreaming of what it would be like to have that come true. It wasn’t surprising that upon graduating Riverside High School that I decided to pursue a career in Education. I attended Liberty University and received my Bachelor’s degree.
I began my teaching career teaching preschool at Painesville Christian Academy and later taught 1st grade. In 2005 I took a break from teaching and was blessed with my first son named Addison. Two years later we welcomed our daughter Abbi to the family. The days my children were little were wonderful and I was able to work at the Lake County YMCA in the Childwatch program and they came along with me. In 2010 we welcomed our youngest son Noah to the family. Watching him grow and as my older children started school, I got more involved in the YMCA and coordinated several programs there.
When it was time for Noah to go to Pre-Kindergarten, I decided it was time for me to slowly get back into the classroom. It was a great pleasure for me to be an Assistant in the 3’s class at Hope Ridge while Noah was across the hall attending Pre-K. I was also the assistant in the 4’s class at Hope Ridge. An opportunity for a Lead Teacher position in a 4’s class became available at another preschool and I decided to advance my career and accept it.
I have had wonderful leadership over me the past several years and have gained valuable information and experience from them. I am very excited to serve the families, staff and members of Hope Ridge as the Preschool Director. I look forward, in the weeks and months to come in providing quality education and a love for learning for all who are part of the Hope Ridge Preschool family.
Kathy has worked in the early childhood setting for over 10 years. She lives in Painesville Township with her husband of over 20 years and their 4 sons. Outside of teaching, Kathy loves to read books, go on hikes with her family, and participate in scouting events with her two youngest boys.
Stacey grew up here in Painesville Township and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's of Education. She and her husband Chris are the parents of two boys, Reece and Owen. Both boys are Hope Ridge Alumni and attend Madison Avenue Elementary School. Stacey is an active volunteer here at Hope Ridge United Methodist Church, cub scout activities and her boys PTA. She also enjoys hiking and crafting in her free time.
Christie received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lakeland Community College where she was recognized as Lakeland’s Outstanding Early Childhood Education student. During her schooling there, she student taught at Hope Ridge Preschool. She lives in Painesville Township with her family, including two daughters, Avalyn and AnnaMarie. The eldest, Avalyn, is a recent alumni of Hope Ridge Preschool. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and traveling to their favorite vacation spot, Kelley’s Island. Christie is especially grateful to be able to share the wonderful beginnings of a child’s educational experience with both the children themselves and their families!
Carrie loves seeing the world through the eyes of a child! She has spent 15+ years in the Early Childhood field, and feels preschool teachers have one of the most important and absolute best jobs. Carrie, her husband and their two boys, ages 8 and 10, live in Kirtland and keep busy with Scouts, family adventures and school activities.
Sarah is entering her 6th year at Hope Ridge Preschool! Sarah has been married for almost four years. She is a huge Cleveland sports fan and enjoys going to Cavaliers games, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Sarah loves helping children grow in every way possible!
Sharyce has worked in childcare and early childhood education for 15 years. She recently moved with her family to Mentor from Houston, Texas in September 2017 and is quickly adapting to Ohio life. Outside of work her family remains busy caring for three children (Ashton (13), Natalie (12), Logan (8)), two dogs (Banner & Ricky), one cat (Zoey) and two lizards (Sprinkles and Skittles). When there is spare time between activities, Sharyce enjoys being outdoors and reading new books.
Patti has worked for Hope Ridge Preschool for over 15 years. She has worked in many capacities including assisting with both the 3’s and 4’s classes, teaching the Mom and Me enrichment classes, and presently she is the administrative assistant in the preschool office. Patty has been a Painesville resident her whole life, and has two grown children. Outside of work, she enjoys walking her Welsh Corgi, and gardening. She is also a very active participant in her church!
Kathy has been part of the preschool staff at Hope Ridge Preschool for over 24 years. She has enjoyed working with all age groups of the preschool over the years! Kathy lives in Concord with her husband, Ed, and dogs Casey and Ellie. Their daughter, Courtney, currently lives in Kent and attends Kent State University. Kathy’s interests outside of school include a passion for creating paper crafts (mostly cards) and cheering on all Cleveland sports teams– Go Cavs!!! She is also a member of Hope Ridge UMC and involved in many church activities including singing in the choir and playing hand bells.
Jean Marie Serago
Jean Marie and her family moved to Concord Twp, from Euclid, over 14 years ago. She and her husband Mike have been married for 27 years and have four children. Jeanmarie’s hobbies include, date nights with her husband, hiking, biking, camping, gardening, watching sunsets with her youngest, and pretty much anything outdoors with the family!
Stacey has been teaching at the preschool level for the over 19 years! She maintains a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Stacey is passionate about learning what is new in the field and has attended numerous conferences to remain up to date in early childhood education. Stacey and her husband Mark have been married for over 13 years and live in Middlefield with their niece. She enjoys walking their dog, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Jenna previously student taught at Hope Ridge and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in May of 2017. Jenna has over 7 years’ experience working with children and they remind her daily of why she loves the field of early child education! Jenna and her husband Zach have been married for five years and have four wonderful children. As a family, they love adventuring through the awesome Lake Metroparks. Additionally, Jenna enjoys crocheting and bargain shopping with coupons!
Ann Russell is in her 6th year at Hope Ridge Preschool. Prior to working at Hope Ridge she was a case worker for the Lake County Council on Aging for 15 years. She also worked at Hospice in Erie, PA as a social worker. She has three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren. Her oldest son Scott lives in Erie, PA, and her other two sons, Paul and Mike, both live in NYC. Her interests include hiking, biking, yoga, piano, and crewing for my friends who fly hot air balloons!