Staff

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Steve Haag

Principal, Grades 7-8

Teaching Experience:
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 students of New Hope the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as their friend and Savior.

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Phil Ewerdt

Athletic Director, Grades 5-6

Teaching Experience:

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!

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Nate Hablewitz

Grades 3-4

Teaching Experience:

New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2018- Present)

Mr. Nate Hablewitz was born and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin. 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 and graduated in 2018. Nate's parents still live in Milwaukee and his two sisters live in Wisconsin, as well.

Nate 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. Nate is privileged to share the Gospel with New Hope's third and fourth graders.

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Marilee Nolte

Grades 1-2

Teaching Experience:
New Hope - West Melbourne, FL (2021-present)
Grace Lutheran - Yakima, Washington (2015-2020)
Our Savior’s - Longmont, CO (1999-2013)

Mrs. Marilee Nolte grew up in Iowa but has spent most of her adult life in Colorado. She received a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Reading Disabilities from the University of Iowa and Early Childhood Certification from Martin Luther College. She has taught Preschool through 4th grade. She became a member of the Lutheran Church in her late 20’s after taking instruction in the doctrine. The truth of by grace alone, through faith alone, learned from Scripture alone continues to be a source of great assurance and peace.


She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with their adult children and their families, and listening to audiobooks. She feels so humbled and privileged to teach children of the abounding love of their Savior, recognizing that each individual child is a precious blood-bought soul. As far as teaching academics, she loves the task of laying the foundations of reading and math.


A favorite passage is from Deuteronomy 33:27: "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
 

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Hannah Compton

Kindergarten

Teaching Experience:
New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2020-present)

Miss Hannah Compton grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Lutheran grade school through eighth grade and Michigan Lutheran Seminary for high school, and then she continued to Martin Luther College for college. She graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Her first call from Martin Luther College is to serve at New Hope teaching Kindergarten.

Hannah loves baking, watching movies, going to the beach and swimming, and bees, and she enjoys crafting and decorating. She is excited to create a welcoming classroom for her kiddos that allows them to grow and learn to the fullest. 

Hannah grew up in Lutheran schools and understands the value of a Christian education for children. She is looking forward to growing as a teacher and helping her students grow academically, emotionally, physically, mentally, and most importantly, spiritually as God’s precious children. 

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Nancy Bersing

Office Administrator

Teaching and Administration Assistant Experience:

New Hope- West Melbourne, FL (2005- Present)

Eastside Christian Academy

Covenant Christian Academy

Brevard Christian Academy

Franklin Group

First National Bank of Broward County