New Hope Christian School Faculty
Principal, New Hope Elementary
Jo Cooksley holds an MA in School Administration, a BA in Elementary and Special Education, and is Washington State and ACSI certified. Mrs. Cooksley has served in the public and private school sectors as a summer camp director, elementary and special education teacher, and assistant principal. She has been actively teaching and serving children for over 20 years. She has also served on an accreditation team for Association of Christian Schools International. Mrs. Cooksley is happily married to Mark, a high school counselor, and she has two children who both graduated from New Hope and now go to TBS. Mrs. Cooksley loves working with children and women in Bible studies and church retreats. Her entire family enjoys being part of South Sound Christian Schools.
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Amanda Hinz is the instrumental and general music teacher at Tacoma Baptist Schools and New Hope Christian School. This is her fourth year teaching in South Sound Christian Schools. Amanda received her degree in music education at Pacific Lutheran University in 2004, and is currently working toward a master's degree in education at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA. Miss Hinz loves to show her students the enjoyment of participative music making. In her spare time, Miss Hinz enjoys camping, hiking, and reading.
Judy has been a part of New Hope since 1986 when her first of three children started Kindergarten. All three of Mrs. Sherman's children attended New Hope through sixth grade and then went onto graduate from Tacoma Baptist Schools. Mrs. Sherman joined the New Hope team in 1993 and served as Office Manager for many years. In 2005 she became School Manager and has served in that capacity to present. She has received most of her Christian Education through ACSI. Judy and her husband, Mike have been very active in children and youth ministries for over 30 years. Judy loves the Lord and serving Him in whatever capacity He has for her, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading Christian biographies, Bible Studies, gardening, and serving her community through her church and South Sound Christian Schools.
Cindy Beauchamp has taught at New Hope Christian School for 14 years, teaching both Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. She has her Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a two-year Bible College degree. Cindy and her husband moved to the Pacific Northwest from California 16 years ago to help start a church in the Puyallup area. She is very involved with her church, serving on the Ladies Ministries Team. She has four children, all who have attended both New Hope and Tacoma Baptist. Two of her children are now in college and two of them are in high school at the Tacoma campus. Cindy loves teaching and has a passion not only for training children academically, but also in the love and knowledge of Jesus.
Kiersten Stimets has been called to the ministry of teaching Kindergarten at New Hope Christian school since 2000. Kiersten has a B.A. in Psychology and is ACSI certified. Kiersten enjoys training up young ones in the Lord so that they may grow in faith, knowledge and have skills to think of others before themselves. Kiersten enjoys crafts, coffee and traveling. She is married and has one son. As a family, they enjoy soccer, outdoor activities and attend Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Illeane Taylor has served at New Hope Christian School since opening day, September 1982. She earned her bachelors degree in Education from Greenville College, Greenville Illinois in 1979. Illeane has taught Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade. She has been blessed to watch New Hope grow over the years and see former students return to bring their children to our school. Illeane has two grown children, a beautiful daughter in-law, wonderful son in-law and three darling grandchildren.
Kim Carroll began her teaching career at New Hope in 1987. She taught for three years and then worked as a special education teacher for three additional years. She was then blessed to be home with her growing family for the next eight years. Kim returned to New Hope in 2000 as a pre-K teacher. She has taught 1st-4th grade. She has a Bachelors of Art from Seattle Pacific University in Elementary and Special Education. She also received a Master's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University. Kim is blessed with three children who have all attended New Hope and Tacoma Baptist Schools. Kim and her husband, Howard, have been married for 25 years.
Stephanie earned a BA degree in education while attending Pacific Lutheran University. During her senior year of college, she married her sweetheart and husband, Ralph Cook. After graduating, she began her teaching career by becoming a substitute teacher for the Puyallup and Bethel School Districts. A few months later, she was hired to co-teach a large first grade class. She continued to teach primary grades until her first child, Melissa, was born. (In time, Ralph and Stephanie would have three children, Melissa, Daniel, and Stephen. All three are now alumni of New Hope Christian School and of Tacoma Baptist High School.) Stephanie joined the New Hope teaching staff in 1996. During her years at New Hope, she has instructed third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Stephanie shares,"It is exciting to explore the Scriptures with young children and see their lives transformed by it."
Andrea Brazile has taught at New Hope Christian School for 6 years. She has been an educator for over 25 years. She graduated from Northwest Christian University in Eugene Oregon with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Educational Ministries. Mrs. Brazile's joy is teaching young hearts and minds to discover God's love and plan for each of their lives. God has blessed Andi and her husband Ken with two sons, one who has recently graduated from Tacoma Baptist and is pursuing a youth and family ministry degree, the other a junior at Tacoma Baptist. Her family attends Rainier View Christian Church in Graham, where she teaches kindergarten sunday school.
Fifth and Sixth Grade
Diana Moberly has been teaching and working at the New Hope Campus for more than a decade. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College in 1989, and her Master's Degree in Education from The University of Washington, Tacoma, in 2009. Diana believes that she is blessed to be able to serve the families of New Hope both as a teacher and fellow parent. She has two children that both graduated from New Hope. Diana enjoys reading and spending time with her husband Steve. They attend Real Life Family Center.
Wendy Boettcher received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Elementary Ed and Fine & Applied Arts. She is both Washington State and ACSI certified. She came to New Hope in 2004, and has taught Kindergarten through 2nd grade. She is currently working on her Early Childhood degree and has a passion for preschool! She and her husband Seth (of 27 years) attend Rainier View Christian Church where Wendy teaches the 3 & 4 year old class. Together they have 3 children (New Hope & TBS graduates) and a new son-in-law! Her youngest is a Senior at Tacoma Baptist this year.
Petrona Kasemeier has served the South Hill/Graham community for over 19 years. She received a BA in Education at Pacific Lutheran Universtity and a MA in Special Education at University of Washington. She has taught in both the private and public school sectors for 5 years. Mrs. Kasemeier frequently volunteered as a parent at New Hope Elementary where her children have attended the last 8 years. In addition, she has been actively working with children for the last 5 years as the Director of Children's Ministries at the church she attends with her family. Mrs. Kasemeier is happily married to Steve, an engineer at Boeing, for over 19 years and has three amazing daughters who are currently enrolled at New Hope and TBS. She has learned through times of struggles and joy, nothing will be able to separate us from the love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Her desire for the children and youth in our community is to grasp this key understanding and become discerning learners who will impact our world.