New Hope Lutheran Academy Faculty and Staff
Mr. Steven Haag- Principal and 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
New Hope - West Melbourne, FL (2019-present)
First Lutheran School - Lake Geneva, WI (2015-2019)
Bethel Lutheran School - Sioux Falls, SD (2010-2015)
Mr. Steve Haag grew up mostly in Fond du Lac, WI, where he attended Lutheran grade school and graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2010 and with a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2019. Previously he has served as the upper grades teacher and principal at Bethel Lutheran School in Sioux Falls, SD, and at First Lutheran School in Lake Geneva, WI.
Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Jackie, and their five children. He also enjoys reading, golfing, and watching Wisconsin sports.
Steve is happy to partner with families in Christian education and to share with the student of New Hope the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as friend and Savior.
Mr. Phil Ewerdt- 5th and 6th Grade
New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2016- Present)
St. John- St. Paul, MN (2008- 2016)
Mr. Phil Ewerdt grew up in south-central Wisconsin where he attended a Lutheran K-8 grade school. He graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School and attended Martin Luther College. During his time at MLC he joined the Minnesota Army National Guard. He also met his wife, Hannah, there, and they got married after she graduated. He was deployed to Iraq from 2005 – 2007. After that he continued at MLC and graduated in 2008, receiving his first call to teach grades 3-5 in St. Paul, MN. He taught there for eight years until he came to teach at New Hope.
Phil enjoys many outdoor activities like running, hiking, camping, swimming, gardening, and the like. He especially enjoys these activities with his wife and four children. Phil would love to talk about many parts of the Bible that give him comfort and hope, but one that is dear to him is Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast.”
The opportunities to share his faith in Jesus as his Savior, and his love of teaching make him very excited to be at New Hope!
Mr. Nathan Hablewitz- 3rd and 4th Grade
New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2018- Present)
Mr. Hablewitz is from West Allis, Wisconsin, where he grew up and has lived his entire life. He went to grade school at St. John's in Milwaukee and continued on to high school at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He then went on to Martin Luther College. He recently graduated from there. Mr. Hablewitz's parents still live in Milwaukee and his two sisters live in Wisconsin as well.
Mr. Hablewitz loves all sports and sports teams of Wisconsin. His favorite sport is baseball because he lived ten minutes from Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers stadium. He also enjoys just about anything outside, especially swimming. In his free time you will usually catch him watching sports, walking, swimming, or eating. His favorite food is Italian.
One of the things he is most excited about is being away from the Wisconsin winters. Mr. Hablewitz is looking forward to meeting everyone and having the privilege of sharing the Gospel with New Hope's third and fourth graders.
Mrs. Hannah Ewerdt- Kindergarten and 1st & 2nd Grade
New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2019-present)
St. John- Redwood Falls, MN (2005-2006)
Mrs. Ewerdt grew up mainly in southern Minnesota where she attended a Lutheran grade school through eighth grade. She graduated from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in 2001, and then attended Martin Luther College where she received a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Physical Education. When she graduated in 2005 she received her first call to Redwood Falls, MN. That summer she also was thrilled to marry Phil. She taught 3rd and 4th grade there until their first child was born in 2006. She then was a stay-at-home mom until the present.
Mrs. Ewerdt loves to travel, cook, be outside, and go on adventures with her family. She is excited to be teaching again, as she still loves to learn about so many things, and she loves telling kids about their Savior and His love. She also enjoys reading about history and doing creative projects.
One of her favorite passages right now is 2 Cor. 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." She finds this a wonderful comfort in everything that is challenging, including teaching.
Mrs. Nancy Bersing- Adminstrative Assistant
Teaching and Administration Assistant Experience:
New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2005- Present)
Eastside Christian Academy
Covenant Christian Academy
Brevard Christian Academy
First National Bank of Broward County