OUR Staff

Naomi Woodmansee
Head of School

With more than 20 years of experience in Christian education in New York City, Naomi serves as Head of School and invests her time and expertise in teaching scholars, training teachers, and corresponding with the families of our Hope Academy scholars. Naomi holds a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a faithful member of The Bronx Household of Faith since 1988.

Naomi says: “I believe learning environments like Hope Academy are essential for struggling students to gain the hope, confidence, and skills to close the academic gap and to acquire a love for learning about God’s Word and His world. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this endeavor to hold out hope to students and families in our neighborhood.”

Naomi Woodmansee
Head of School

With more than 20 years of experience in Christian education in New York City, Naomi serves as Head of School and invests her time and expertise in teaching scholars, training teachers, and corresponding with the families of our Hope Academy scholars. Naomi holds a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a faithful member of The Bronx Household of Faith since 1988.

Naomi says: “I believe learning environments like Hope Academy are essential for struggling students to gain the hope, confidence, and skills to close the academic gap and to acquire a love for learning about God’s Word and His world. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this endeavor to hold out hope to students and families in our neighborhood.”

 
Jesse Roberts
Director of School Operations and Part-Time Teacher

Jesse has faithfully served Hope Academy since the opening of the school in 2014. Jesse manages the school building, teaches history classes, disciples and disciplines students, and handles school finances. Jesse’s experience as a coach, a substitute teacher, a ministry coordinator at The Bronx Household of Faith, and an administrator in both ministry and office settings has equipped him to serve Hope Academy in a multitude of ways. Jesse and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of three young daughters, Peyton, Madilyn and Colleen.

 

Jesse says: “Hope Academy seeks to serve the community as a whole by impacting the children and their families alike. The work done at Hope Academy is indispensable not only because it meets the academic needs of our students, but because it works to meet the need that we all have – the need for a new heart in Christ.”

Jesse Roberts
Director of School Operations and Part-Time Teacher

Jesse has faithfully served Hope Academy since the opening of the school in 2014. Jesse manages the school building, teaches history classes, disciples and disciplines students, and handles school finances. Jesse’s experience as a coach, a substitute teacher, a ministry coordinator at The Bronx Household of Faith, and an administrator in both ministry and office settings has equipped him to serve Hope Academy in a multitude of ways. Jesse and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of three young daughters, Peyton, Madilyn and Colleen.

Jesse says: “Hope Academy seeks to serve the community as a whole by impacting the children and their families alike. The work done at Hope Academy is indispensable not only because it meets the academic needs of our students, but because it works to meet the need that we all have – the need for a new heart in Christ.”

 
Jacob Roberts
Full-Time Teacher

Jacob began teaching at Hope Academy in 2015. Jacob was born and raised only a block from the school in the Bronx, only leaving New York City to receive his Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Jacob’s love for literature and years of experience working with children help equip him to teach reading and writing to Hope Academy scholars with passion and perseverance. Jacob has attended The Bronx Household of Faith with his family since birth, becoming a member in 2011.

 

Jacob says: “My time at Hope Academy has been both challenging and instructive. Without a doubt, the most rewarding and encouraging aspect of my role as a teacher here is the opportunity to share the gospel. God can work in the lives of these scholars. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach His truth, to share His love, and to see His plan unfold in the lives of Hope Academy scholars.”

Jacob Roberts
Full-Time Teacher

Jacob began teaching at Hope Academy in 2015. Jacob was born and raised only a block from the school in the Bronx, only leaving New York City to receive his Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Jacob’s love for literature and years of experience working with children help equip him to teach reading and writing to Hope Academy scholars with passion and perseverance. Jacob has attended The Bronx Household of Faith with his family since birth, becoming a member in 2011.

Jacob says: “My time at Hope Academy has been both challenging and instructive. Without a doubt, the most rewarding and encouraging aspect of my role as a teacher here is the opportunity to share the gospel. God can work in the lives of these scholars. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach His truth, to share His love, and to see His plan unfold in the lives of Hope Academy scholars.”

 
Heather Kim
Full-Time Teacher

Heather joined Hope Academy’s teaching staff full-time in 2016. Heather grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her family is involved in missions work. Heather attended Ambrose University in Alberta, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Education. Heather enhances Hope Academy scholars’ educational experience by providing our students with Art and Music classes. Heather and her husband, Joe, attend The River Alliance Church in Pearl River, NY.

 

Heather says: “I have never felt so confident and right that this is where God is calling me. Working with at-risk, inner-city students has always been my dream and aspiration.”

Heather Kim
Full-Time Teacher

Heather joined Hope Academy’s teaching staff full-time in 2016. Heather grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her family is involved in missions work. Heather attended Ambrose University in Alberta, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Education. Heather enhances Hope Academy scholars’ educational experience by providing our students with Art and Music classes. Heather and her husband, Joe, attend The River Alliance Church in Pearl River, NY.

Heather says: “I have never felt so confident and right that this is where God is calling me. Working with at-risk, inner-city students has always been my dream and aspiration.”

 
Amanda Swift
Full-Time Teacher

Part of the Bronx Household of Faith since birth, with a degree in Music, work experience in healthcare, and 5 years of missions in Asia, Amanda is very thankful for this opportunity to teach music, health, science, and Bible right in her own backyard.

 

Amanda says: “To be a part of this team, daily holding out the glorious message of the gospel, is a weighty and joyous privilege. “…who is sufficient for these things?” But, we have “confidence… through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” As the Lord has changed our hearts and brought us into His kingdom, so we pray and labor in the hope that He will do so for our scholars.

Amanda Swift
Full-Time Teacher

Part of the Bronx Household of Faith since birth, with a degree in Music, work experience in healthcare, and 5 years of missions in Asia, Amanda is very thankful for this opportunity to teach music, health, science, and Bible right in her own backyard.

Amanda says: “To be a part of this team, daily holding out the glorious message of the gospel, is a weighty and joyous privilege. ‘…who is sufficient for these things?’ But, we have ‘confidence… through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.’ As the Lord has changed our hearts and brought us into His kingdom, so we pray and labor in the hope that He will do so for our scholars.”

 
Sarah Hauver
Full-Time Teacher

Sarah began teaching at Hope Academy in May 2018. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Sarah graduated from Grove City College in 2015 with a B.A. in English Secondary Education. After three years of teaching in a Pittsburgh charter school, Sarah moved to New York to teach high school Reading & Writing at Hope Academy. She is pursuing her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Penn State University. Sarah attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Lincoln Square congregation and leads middle school youth group.

 

Sarah says: “I teach at Hope Academy because our aim is to reflect the love of Christ as a school. The small community makes it possible to attend to each learner’s struggles and successes over time. The slow, steady work of education happens together through relationships. We can explore the subjects in interesting ways with the freedom to educate as we see fit. Everyone at Hope Academy is known and loved because God knows and loves each one of us.”

Sarah Hauver
Full-Time Teacher

Sarah began teaching at Hope Academy in May 2018. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Sarah graduated from Grove City College in 2015 with a B.A. in English Secondary Education. After three years of teaching in a Pittsburgh charter school, Sarah moved to New York to teach high school Reading & Writing at Hope Academy. She is pursuing her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Penn State University. Sarah attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Lincoln Square congregation and leads middle school youth group.

Sarah says: “I teach at Hope Academy because our aim is to reflect the love of Christ as a school. The small community makes it possible to attend to each learner’s struggles and successes over time. The slow, steady work of education happens together through relationships. We can explore the subjects in interesting ways with the freedom to educate as we see fit. Everyone at Hope Academy is known and loved because God knows and loves each one of us.”

 

Hope Academy of The Bronx
2206 Andrews Ave Bronx NY 10453
(347) 762-2463
hopeacademy@bhof.org

 

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Hope Academy of The Bronx
2206 Andrews Ave Bronx NY 10453
(347) 762-2463
hopeacademy@bhof.org

 

Site Design by CMD Graphic & Web