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 six 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.


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!


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.


Jess Welke

Grades 1-2

Teaching Experience:

New Hope - West Melbourne, FL (2021- Present)

Divine Peace Lutheran School - Largo, MD (2016-2021)

Mrs. Jessica Welke grew up in Winnebago, Illinois. She attended the local public schools for grades K-8 and graduated from Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wisconsin, in 2012. She graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Communication Arts and Literature in 2016 and with a certification for Mentoring and Coaching in 2021. 


Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, Phil, and their daughter (soon to be 2 daughters!) She also enjoys exercising and outdoor activities, going to Disney World with family, and trying new restaurants. 


Jess is excited to join the New Hope family and get to know and serve our school community. She feels blessed to be able to share the Good News of Jesus with her students and is looking forward to creating a fun, safe, and welcoming Christian environment within her classroom.


Hannah Hartmann


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

Mrs. Hannah Hartmann 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. After college, Hannah was called to West Melbourne to teach Kindergarten at New Hope. 


Hannah loves baking, watching movies, going to the beach and swimming, bees, and crafting and decorating. She also has enjoyed coaching sports at New Hope like basketball and volleyball. In the classroom, she works hard 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 continuing to grow this year (and in the future) as a teacher and helping her students grow academically, emotionally, physically, mentally, and most importantly, spiritually as God’s precious children.


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

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