Rock of Hope Academy

  • Christian Preschool/Pre-K

  • Early Childhood Education

  • School Age Program

Hello everyone! I have recently taken over as the director at ROHA: ECDC. I began working here in January of 2014, and I have loved it.


Before working here, I worked at a different center that specialized in working with children who had language delays and other special needs. My passion is to see every child receive the care and the specific type of attention and instruction they need in order to thrive. I believe that every child can and will learn, if we as teachers learn to speak their "learning language" - when we figure out how each child learns best. This means keeping our ratios low, and focusing on building strong relationships with each child. 


We here at ROHA strive to make meaningful connections with every child and all families in our care. We believe in building relationships first, as we feel that is how God intended our lives to be - all about relationships. I have loved the family, home-like atmosphere that we provide, and I feel that the children, families, and staff all benefit from this atmosphere. 


We look forward to meeting you, building a relationship with you and your child, and to becoming your child's second home!

Pat has been with “Child Development Center” throughout most of it’s history, when it was at Shoreline Christian, when it moved to this church known originally as Esperance and now as Rock of Hope. During those years, she has enjoyed working with hundreds of children and families. Her specialty is teaching “Bible Class” year after year, planting the seed of God in every child she meets.
Pat has, in many ways, been the co-director – Cindy’s other half, for 30 years. Although she has been in all the roles at ECDC, she is happiest when she is teaching and being with the kids. She loves to find new ways to excite their interest and curiosity and particularly enjoys finding out what makes each child unique. Pat and Cindy work together on the curriculum, lesson planning, goal setting, and overall program development.
In addition to working with her daughter all these years she has been blessed to work alongside four of her grandchildren at one point. She has taught 6 out of the 7 grandchildren here as well. The children here are her first love. She also enjoys antique shopping, reading her Bible, being with her children and grandchildren, word games, and QVC!

Thomas began at ECDC as our maintenance person. After awhile, he discovered how much he enjoyed being with the children and seeing them grow and develop. He then took the required course to be a lead teacher as well as college credits. Although Thomas is qualified and experienced as a lead, he prefers to be in the assistant teacher position so he has more time to play with the kids, to run around with them and build relationships with them!
Thomas enjoys new cultural experiences. He had the unique opportunity of going on missions trip with the church to Mexico. He helped the church and worked with the young children. Along with his family, he also sponsored and housed an exchange student from Australia.
Among his many talents and interests are drawing, teaching himself guitar, music, and attending church.

Meet Our Staff!

Pat Forsman, Pre-K Lead Teacher ~ 30 years at ROHA!

Celeste Hutchings

Director/Pre-K (4-5) Lead Teacher

A.A. In Early Childhood Education

​5 years experience

 

Thomas Fabian, Lead Teacher ~ 11 years at ROHA