amberAmber Hostkoetter- Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (4-5 years old)

My name is Amber Hostkoetter. I graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I attended Immanuel Lutheran School from Preschool through 8th grade and then attended St. Charles High School. I have two brothers and a sister. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 2 years and we are expecting our first baby, a BOY in December. In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, and play with my dog Ozzie.




Jackie Kuchta- Preschool Teacher and Pre-K Assistant for After care

I am Jackie Kuchta and this is my 3rd year teaching at Hope. For the past 2 years I was an assistant teacher for preschool so this is my first year as an assistant for pre-k and a lead teacher for pre- k aftercare! I have loved working here for the past 3 years and I am very excited to get to know the children and their families more as the year goes on and look forward to teaching them many new things. I am currently going to school for my degree in early childhood education. I graduated from Francis Howell Central in 2012 and I have been dating my boyfriend Jesse for almost 6 years. I have 1 younger brother, Kyle who is 18. I love to spend my free time traveling, going to the lake, spending time with my friends and family, and watching and going to Blues games!


Paula Wagner – Pre-K Teacher 

I’m very excited to be an assistant Pre-K teacher here at Hope Lutheran Church Preschool. My bachelors degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where I also started my graduate work in Educational Psychology. I hope to finish my masters once my 16 year old daughter Liz goes off to college. I’ve been married to Jason, also a Husker, for 26 years. In those 26 years I’ve taught elementary school, been a preschool/daycare teacher and director, and for the past 5 years I’ve lead the Youth St. Vincent de Paul group at St. Charles Burromeo School. I feel very blessed to be a part of the lives of our special students at HLCP.



 chelseaChelsea Gilmore  (Like HAPPY GILMORE) -Preschool Co-Teacher & Pre-K Aftercare Lead 

My name is Chelsea Gilmore and I am in my 5th year at Hope Lutheran Church Preschool. I am the Lead Aftercare teacher on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I received an Associates of Arts in Teaching from SCC. I am currently attending UMSL and will graduate this spring! I am doing my first Practicum this semester and student teaching next semester. I just had my second wedding anniversary with my husband, Tyler! We are very involved in our church and bible study group. Together we volunteer at a ministry called Sparrow’s Nest. We love spending time with family and friends. I love the Cardinals, painting & drawing, and going shopping!


Andrea Ragsdale- Preschool Lead Teacher After care

Hi my name is Andrea Ragsdale. I am Lead Teacher  in Preschool in aftercare! I am so excited about this school year. I have been teaching for 6 years. I have been a member of Hope for 13 years. I am attending St. Charles Community College. I have been married for 3 years and we just bought our house last spring. In my free time, I love to spend time with my niece Ava. I love to camp, boat and shop! I am also a twin and the youngest of 4 in my family! I am excited to be apart of your child’s life. God bless!