This is Hope.
I n 1988, a small number of church members came together to begin Christian Education at Hope Lutheran Church. The school offered morning preschool and kindergarten classes to anyone who desired to attend. The program’s reputation grew over time, establishing itself as exemplary in the area. Largely supported by Hope Lutheran Church, the school has remained much the same for over 35 years. In 2018, Hope made the huge leap of faith to open a full-service educational program for children age 6 weeks to Kindergarten, as well as before and after school care for older children. Today, families enjoy Christian education on a campus offering meals, special programming, and the same exceptional preparation for school they have always provided.
Mr. Kenneth Waibel has worked in Lutheran Education for over 50 years. He has been an administrator and teacher for 40 years; working with Lutheran schools having Early Childhood Centers and Elementary Schools through grade eight.
Mr. Waibel attended Lutheran elementary and high school at Our Saviour Lutheran in the Bronx, NY. He attended Concordia Junior College in Bronxville, NY and graduated in 1968 with a BA in elementary Education from Concordia University River Forest, IL. He received a Master of Arts in Education from Almeda College and University in May 2002.
Mr. Waibel has taught in Lutheran schools in AL, NY, NJ, AZ, CA, NE, FL, and MD.
He retired in 2008 from St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Catonsville, MD. At St Paul, he changed the early childhood program from a three day a week morning program into a "full time" program with before and after school care for children ages 2-5, connecting that program to the school's elementary program of grades K-5. From 2009 - 2015, he served as the Commissioner for National Lutheran School Accreditation for the Southeastern District (SED of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). Hope is a church and school within the SED of the LCMS. He continues to serve on the accreditation commission for the SED.
While I will be serving Hope Academy only a short time as Interim Director; I want to assure all our school families that I will do my very best to continue and improve the loving and caring ministry that Hope Academy offers to its children, parents and staff.
I look forward to our time together and hope to have the opportunity to speak with you in person. Please contact the school office to set a formal appointment or meet and greet me as you arrive or depart from Hope Academy.
Hope’s roots trace back to 1847, when Saxon and other German immigrants established a new church body in America, seeking the freedom to practice and follow confessional Lutheranism. Originally named The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States. the name was shortened to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1947 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. The LCMS has long been associated with quality, loving, and faith building educational programming.