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Jenny Levine, Director

Jenny is beyond thrilled to join the Hope Ridge community after experiencing the other side of Hope Ridge as a Preschool parent during the 2022-2023 school year.


Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin Wallace University and has worked with children in various educational settings for 10 years. She currently lives in Fairport Harbor with her husband of 11 years and her two children.


She is excited to bring her love of children and learning to Hope Ridge. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive, play-based learning environment that encourages children to be creative, social, and confident learners. She truly understands the importance of a strong connection between not only the church and the preschool in this shared ministry, but also between school and family to continue to make Hope Ridge a place “where children love to learn and learn with love”. 

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Michele Blakeslee

Michele has been working in Early Childhood Education for 15 years and received a bachelors degree in Education. She currently lives in Fairport Harbor with her husband of almost 9 years and their 6 year old daughter. She also has a Basset Hound named Norman. Outside of work, Michele loves to spend time with her family, enjoys coffee, and taking family strolls to the local ice cream parlor. This is Michele’s first year teaching at Hope Ridge Preschool and is looking forward to the new school year.

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Rachel Bordonaro

Rachel Bordonaro has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo and has worked in early childhood as an intervention specialist for 9 years. She has been a stay at home mom to two really great kids for the last 8 years. She lives in Concord with her husband, 8 year old son, and 5 year old daughter. She is excited to join the Hope Ridge team as an assistant and looks forward to being back in the preschool classroom!

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Lisa DePretis

Lisa DePretis ia a new member to Hope Ridge Preschool’s teaching staff but not new to Hope Ridge. All four of her kids attended Hope Ridge Preschool, two years each. During those eight years she coordinated our P.O.P.S. program, bringing families together with our events and successfully fundraising for the school. She is very passionate about providing children the experience to learn and grow in a positive environment.  She grew up in Mentor and is currently raising her family here too. Outside of the preschool she enjoys attending her kids sporting events, the outdoors, reading and time working out at the gym. 

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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!

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Emma Hildebrecht

Emma has enjoyed more than 15 years working with preschoolers, and although she has had experience with all age groups, three-year-olds are her absolute favorite!  In 2005 she graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Emma lives in Concord with her husband and their three boys, Connor, Cody and Colton.  Aside from working with children, she loves reading, online shopping, hiking, and camping with her family.  

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Marcia Kubiak

Marcia Kubiak is new to working in preschool. She holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Gannon University in Erie, PA. Marcia and her husband Mark live in Painesville with their daughter Claire and son Evan (a recent Hope Ridge graduate). When she is not at Hope Ridge, Marcia enjoys being a mom, reading, crafting, and spending time outdoors with her family. 


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 serves as a substitute in the classroom as well as 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!


Stacey Shaver

Stacey has been teaching at the preschool level for the over 22 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 live in Middlefield with their niece.  She enjoys walking their dog, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.


Sharon Smith

Sharon lives in Painesville Township,  She enjoys  crafts and taking care of her Koi pond.  She has been involved with the Ohio Department  of Education  for over 40 years . In  August 2020,  she retired as the Transportation Director for Deepwood in Mentor.  She has also worked for Riverside local school district as a certified bus driver and certified onboard instructor for 30 years. She taught children safety and taught adults to become certified bus drivers. Her safety of children paired with hands-on skills with special needs will be beneficial in the classroom.

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Kelly Turner

Kelly Turner has been working in early childhood education for almost 13 years in  just about every age group! She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Lakeland Community College, and her Bachelor's degree in Public Health Administration. Kelly is actually a Hope Ridge alumnus. She lives in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son Dominic. Aside from working with children she enjoys coffee, the holidays (Hallmark movies!), taking vacations, taking walks, and being with friends/family!

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Meg Wolowiecki previously worked as assistant teacher here at Hope Ridge. She will be now be working in the office as the Administrative Assistant.  She resides in Mentor and has two wonderful sons.  She is thrilled to be here and a part of Hope Ridge Preschool!.

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