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 remained much the same for 25 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.
Julie Alvarez has been a devote Christian her entire life, baptized at the age of three years old, she was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and attended church weekly. After completing her sacrament of confirmation, Julie began teaching Sunday school to the kindergarten students of her church. She attended Catholic High School and continued to serve her church through the Ladies Mission Club and Sunday school. After graduating high school in 2005 Julie enlisted in the United states Navy. Throughout her eight years of service, she depended heavily on her relationship with Christ.
Julie has an Associate Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville in Early Childhood Management. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State college of Jacksonville in Early Childhood Education. Julie will be completing a Masters’ degree in curriculum development with a focus on teacher leadership from Regent University this year. She has taught locally in Virginia Beach, in both the public school system and in private childcare. Julie is coming to Hope after being a successful center director and site manager for the Virginia Beach Head Start program.
Julie married her husband Brandon in 2010. Brandon is currently active duty in the United States Navy and stationed at Naval Station Norfolk. Together they have three children Charles who was 13 years old, Milinda who is 9 years old and Dominic who is 8 years old.
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, faith building educational programming.