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Stacey Hartman, Director

The Hope Ridge Preschool Council is pleased to announce the selection of Stacey Hartman as our new Preschool Director, effective July 1, 2021. Stacey is well known to many of you, having been involved in Hope Ridge Church and in the Preschool Community since 2011. She has been a preschool parent, a P.O.P.S. leader, and an assistant and lead teacher in our preschool. In addition, as a member of the church, she has served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. As you may know, her loves of crafting and outdoor recreation spill over into her work with children. One person who has watched her work with children called her “a child whisperer.” She is a person who will lead our Preschool Team as they grow in skills and love for our children. Our first objective is that Hope Ridge Preschool is always a place where children “love to learn and learn with love.”


Sue Patterson, Preschool Chairperson



Kathy Burnham

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.

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Christie Golias

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!


Stacey Hartman

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 LaMuth Middle School and Riverview Elementary School. Stacey enjoys voluntering,  hiking and crafting in her free time.

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Emma Hildebrecht

Emma has enjoyed more than 12 years working with preschoolers, and although she has had experience with all age groups. Three year olds are her absolute favorites! In 2005, she graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Emma lives in Concord with her three boys, Connor, Cody  and Colton.  Aside from working with children, she loves reading, online shopping, hiking , and camping with her family.


Carrie Knoop

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.


Sara Marra

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!


Patty Norman

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!


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 Shaver

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.