Faculty & Staff


Ryan and Stacy Helbling
Ryan and Stacy (pictured on right) founded Global Effect in 2008. Their passion is to empower families and leaders to impact the nations. Ryan and Stacy carry a perspective that says, “God is good,” and they release hope and joy everywhere they go. They currently live in Moshi, Tanzania with their five children, Rylee, Lily, Benjamin, Cyrus and Rayna.



Faculty & Staff

kara-staff-photoKara McGillDirector

Born and raised in California, USA, Kara joins us for her second year as the Director at Hope. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Vanguard University.  Her love for education and children grew and developed while working for four years in an Early Education Department at a prep school in California. While at the school, she learned the logistical, administrative and operational side of what it takes to run a school.  She is excited to develop her ever growing passion for working with children, administration and serving the families at Hope!





kyerostyne-staff-photoKyerostyne AdeyemiAdministrative Assistant & Logistics Coordinator

Bio coming soon!








francis-staff-photoFrancis Njogu – Student Supervisor,  Swahili Program  &  Assistant Teacher Coordinator
Born and raised in Kenya, Francis has spent the past several years teaching in Tanzania.  He is passionate about learning himself and really enjoys helping children learn.  He especially enjoys helping non-East Africans learn the beautiful language of Swahili. You can always find Francis smiling and having a good time!







leesa-staff-photoLeesa PetersJr. High Teacher
Leesa joins the team at Hope for her second year from Tasmania, Australia. She received her Bachelors of Education from the University of Tasmania. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has experience teaching all grades from K-8, and taught in Australia, China, Kazakhstan and Scotland before coming to Tanzania. She loves teaching and is passionate about seeing children achieve their absolute potential and become people who are confident and ready to embrace the life God has given them.





rebecca-staff-photoRebecca Miller  4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Rebecca joins us for a second year at Hope from California, USA. She has devoted her life’s work to children and families in ministry and educational settings. Rebecca has a degree in Child Development and Elementary Education. She is a fully licensed teacher and has taught at primary and preschool levels for the past seven years. She loves implementing center-based, hands-on learning in her classroom. She’s excited to bring her expertise, creativity and passion for students to Hope and the Moshi community.





samantha-staff-photoSamantha Burdick – 3rd Grade Teacher

Samantha comes from Maine, USA. This is her 6th year teaching, but her first year at Hope! She has a degree in Political Science from Northeastern University, and a Masters in Education from the University of Maine.  Samantha loves working with children of all ages whether it be in the classroom, in children’s ministry or through VBS! Samantha loves to implement hands on learning and games in the classroom! She hopes that her enthusiasm for learning and fun will empower her students to be life long learners and stewards of God.





queen-staff-photoQueen Mauja
– 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher

Queen decided to be a teacher because she loves being with kids and teaching them to have a positive experience with society and the environment around them.  She also enjoys teaching them to be a positive example in their communities by being obedient and helping each other.







alyssa-staff-photoAlyssa Gorman1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

This is Alyssa’s first year at Hope International! She joins us from North Carolina, USA. Alyssa has a degree in Elementary Education and is a licensed teacher who has taught for the past four years at the middle school level.  She is excited to utilize her creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom with students of Hope!








Apaukundi Swai –  1st & 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher

Apa comes from Maili Sita with a desire to teach children while also having fun. She enjoys sharing ideas with them so she can help them reach their goals.








allie-staff-photoAllie Elliott Kindergarten Teacher

Allie joins our team from Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Allie is very excited to spend her third year teaching here at Hope International. She has her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in ESL (English as a Second Language) from Oral Roberts University. She loves helping children learn and can’t wait to build relationship with her students. She is excited for this adventure of a lifetime and knows that God has brought her to Hope.







Esther MunishiKindergarten Assistant Teacher

Biography coming soon!








Sia MremaPre-Kindergarten Teacher

Picture & Bio coming soon!


vicki-staff-photoVicky Njogu– Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Vicky joins us from Moshi and decided to become a teacher assistant just out of secondary school. She is in her third year as a teacher assistant at hope and enjoys interacting with the students and teachers.  She has discovered she has a gifting in art and loves being able to work at Hope International school.







Grace PeterPreschool Teachergrace-staff-photo
Grace received a Bachelor of Arts in Kiswahili from the University of Dar Es Salaam after deciding to attend university to fulfill her vision of teaching Swahili to both natives and internationals.  She loves teaching because as a teacher she will never stop learning from other people’s ideas and cultures. She believes God has planted her at Hope to help her learn and fulfill her vision.






dorothy-staff-photoDorothy PeterPreschool Assistant Teacher

Dorothy is from Moshi and chose to be a teacher because she loves children.  She enjoys seeing them grow mentally, physically and spiritually and is a great asset to the Preschool class!









Operations Team


robert-staff-photoRobert Sabwami – Operations Manager
A great asset to the school, Robert has experience as both a teacher and Human Resources Manager. He understands the heartbeat of education and does an excellent job overseeing the staff and managing the business aspect of the school.








Glory Zacharia – Human Resource Assistant/Finance Office Assistantglory-staff-photo
Biography coming soon!

meshak-staff-photoMeshak Mrema – Facilities & Acquisitions
Meshak plays an important role in the behind-the-scene happenings at Hope. He helps oversee all the security, transportation, acquisitions and facility maintenance for our school and does a great job at it.









urusala-staff-photoUrusula MushiSchool Cook
Urusula works hard to keep the students at Hope healthy & fed! She is a great asset to our kitchen staff and does a wonderful job cooking delicious, nutritious meals and snacks for our students and staff!








tina-staffTina- School Cook Assistant 




















Nice- School Facilities              Sharon – School Facilities













Jacob- Guard                                 George- Guard (picture coming soon!)


Hope International School employs 27 employees who serve as teachers, guards, cooks, gardeners and cleaners. We are grateful to each one of them for their hard work. Of our 27 employees, 18 are Tanzanian citizens. Each class is team-taught by one qualified international teacher and one East African teacher assistant.  Hope is a member of the well-respected international accrediting organization, Association of Christian Schools International.  For more information on ACSI check out their website at www.acsiglobal.org.


School Advisory Board

The advisory board represents many nations and serves as a sounding board for decisions that need to be made by administration. Hope truly values the input and wisdom offered by the advisory board!

  • Mary Street (USA)
  • Brandon Stiver (USA)
  • Ryan Helbling (USA)
  • Salome Tarimo (TZ)
  • Marenka Philippin (GER)