Mrs. Cara Francl, Administrator & 1st-3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Francl graduated from Sterling College with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent her first year teaching 1st grade in Grand Island and has spent the last 13 years teaching at New Hope. She lives in Dannebrog with her husband, Russ, and three kids, two of which are current students at New Hope!





Mrs. Lisa Wright, 4th-8th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Wright has been teaching for 30 years. She earned her teaching credential from Colorado State University with post graduate work at Concordia University. Her classroom teaching experience includes schools in Colorado, California and Missouri before coming to New Hope. She especially enjoys leading children in Music, Art and Spanish education activities. Mrs. Wright is married to Brian, Pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo. They have two children.





Mrs. Angie Berger, 1st-7th Grade History & Science Teacher

Mrs. Berger graduated from New Hope in 1994 and came back as the science and history teacher in 2017. She is greatly enjoying this new opportunity to teach the 1st-7th graders even though it is a big change from her past experience of teaching high school Physical Science. In between her time at New Hope as a student and now as a teacher, Angie has had many other experiences including: graduating from Sterling College in Kansas with a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry, serving as a missionary for over 12 years in the United States & China, and teaching science in Grand Island. She and her husband, Garret, have 3 children, one is currently attending New Hope.




Mrs. Carolyn Mills, Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Mills teaches New Hope’s Kindergarten class each year two days a week. She grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska and then attended Wichita State University where she received a Masters Degree as a Speech and Language Pathologist in 1974. She had her own business, working with children ages 2-6 years old and stroke patients for hospitals in and around Grand Island. She finally worked in public schools with students from 2-21 years of age for 32 years. She came to work at New Hope after retiring from Grand Island public schools in 2013. Her husband of 39 years passed away in 2013, but God blessed them with three married children. She how has 8 grandchildren. Her oldest granddaughter has attended New Hope since kindergarten and is currently a 5th grader.