MOM'S DAY OUT

  • Miss Amber

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Amy

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Annie

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Beth

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Betty

    Mom's Day Out Floater

  • Miss Christina

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Courtney

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Deb

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Debbie

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Dianne

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Dorinda

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Emily

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Jocelyn

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Juli

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Kari

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Laura

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Lisa

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Madison

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Mindy

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Mindy

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Ruth

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Shally

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Miss Steph

    Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Mrs. Dinslage

    Lead 4's Preschool Teacher, 3's Preschool Assistant Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Mrs. Larsen

    Lead 3's Preschool Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

Miss Amber

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Amber
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Songwriting, playing with my kiddos, eating Panera with friends.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

The amazing people I work with and all the adorable babies!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

They would say that I am encouraging and joyful. I try to be a blessing to everyone I meet and hope others see Jesus in me.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have a sweet husband named Dave, three kids- Clara, Corban and Caleb (he is our angel in Heaven). I also have a puppy name fluffy and 4 tortoises.

Miss Amy

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Amy
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love to spend time with my kiddos and hubby, especially going to the zoo, mini golfing, bowling, or any fun activity we can do together! I also enjoy getting creative with woodworking and sewing projects.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love coming to work and seeing my awesome co-workers AND all the amazing kiddos that walk through our doors. It is so fun seeing these kiddos grow and change!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend would say I am fiercely loyal and compassionate.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to my husband Nick and we have two kiddos, Thomas and Noelani.

Miss Annie

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Annie
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

My grandkids are my world. I enjoy spending as much time as I can with them and attending their events.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

The Kids, The Teachers, The BIG smiles, The Laughter


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Funny, outgoing, big-hearted. Loves Kids and animals and sometimes adults, ha!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

We are kind, happy, funny, close Christian family. We laugh a lot, cheer on the Huskers, just enjoy being together and doing nothing!

Miss Beth

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Beth
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy reading, running, and cooking

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I can’t wait to see what the kids have to say each day; the things they do and just the silly thoughts that come spilling out of their mouths at any moment.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

That I love to be silly and have fun!!

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Miss Betty

Mom's Day Out Floater

About Miss Betty
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Spending time with my family, especially my granddaughters, gardening and thrift store shopping.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to seeing the kids and talking with them.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

She would say that I am a loyal friend, truthful and kind and that I giggle and smile a lot.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

We have three grown children, two boys and a girl and four granddaughters.

Miss Christina

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Christina
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking and shopping.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Every time I come to work, I enjoy interacting with the kiddos and watching them learn with each other.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend would describe me as trustworthy, honest and genuine.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have a wonderful husband and four children…Lauren, Mason, Evan and Rhys.

Miss Courtney

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Courtney
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love to spend time with my family. When my kids are asleep I love to read!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love seeing the smiles on all of the children’s faces and seeing them accomplish new things.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Loyal, caring, and kind hearted.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband, Kingston, and I were friends in our high school youth group. We went our separate ways after high school and after almost ten years found each other again on Facebook.  We now have three children, Emma, Avery, and Liam.

Miss Deb

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Deb
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Depending on the day and how much free time I have, I like to either bake/cook or read a good book, I enjoy reading books about the Amish, or just seating down with one of my magazines.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I enjoy the start of the day  as the children come in for Hearts and Minds. They come in excited, most times,and generally full of hugs and stories, a great time to love on each one. What is really fun to see, is how each child grows and matures throughout the semester.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I’m a caring and kind person and someone who loves the Lord.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to a wonderful man, Gary, he is a self-employed Carpenter, he does anything from decks, framing basements,  to Custom Built cabinets of any kind, give him a piece of wood and he can do something with it. We have a son Nathan and a daughter-in-law Annie, Nathan has his own Lawn Service and Annie is a teacher in the Millard School District and a grandson Owen, who attends Hearts and Minds. We are all active members of Westwood Church.

Miss Debbie

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Debbie
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Play games and read Books


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Teaching the kids and getting to know them.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

An introvert who likes to be around people most of the time, especially kids.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband and I are transplants from Texas. Since moving here we’ve been blessed with 6 kids, 4 girls and 2 boys.

Miss Dianne

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Dianne
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

When I have free time, I catch up on my reading of Guideposts magazine. I work on projects and planning for my girl scout troop and sew memory t-shirt blankets for my oldest children. I would really like to get back to doing counted cross stitching.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to working with the people I work with as a team to help children grow. I love helping the children learn new things and learn about what they already know.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Dianne is tall… very tall! She is sensitive and cares deeply for the children and her co-workers. She is very organized and yet flexible.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have been married to ken for 25 year. We have 4 children- Chris, 21, attends Iowa State University; Abby, 18, attends the University of Northern Iowa and is swimming; Elliott, 13, is an 8th grader; and Hanna, 10, is in 5th grade. (Our last year of elementary school after 17 years) Woo Hoo! All of our children attended preschool at Hearts & Minds and 3 of my children attended the MDO program. Our family has been a part of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and done camping trips together with the troops. We enjoy games and miniature golf when we have time that we are all together at once.

Miss Dorinda

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Dorinda
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Camping, reading, cooking, trying new foods or adventures, hanging out with my family.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Hugging my students, laughing together, learning something new, watching a kid accomplish a new skill.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Funny, honest, caring, busy


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have three teen boys who keep me busy and a goofy husband who keeps me laughing.

Miss Emily

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Emily
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Painting, home decorating,  baking, crafting, eating out

 


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Working with awesome co-workers, talking to the kids and getting to know them, teaching them new things, and watching their faces light up when they learn something new.

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HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Loyal, trustworthy, caring


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have a wonderful, hardworking, loving husband. We have 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 girl.

Miss Jocelyn

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Jocelyn
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love taking my son, Jonah, to unique and fun places/activities in Omaha, whether it be going to an ice cream shop in the Blackstone District, fishing at Prairie Queen Lake, or visiting the police barn in the Old Market.  I worked in design for a number of years and love doing home improvement projects.  I also love the outdoors and travel, so we spend a lot of time out in nature and going camping as a family.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

First of all, I’m looking forward to working with the kiddos!  It is so fun to watch them learn and experience new things.  I love to teach and while my experience in teaching has been through mentoring students, it is a passion of mine.  Overall, I enjoy helping others, so being able to serve the Lord through working with children will be such a joy for me!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I think my best friend would describe me as a free spirit that loves life and experiencing new things.  I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures and people and that passion took me to some incredible places around the world.  I think she would also describe me as a helper and someone who thrives on doing for others.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My greatest joy is my family!  My husband, Dave, and son, Jonah are truly gifts from God!  We love spending time outdoors and taking Jonah kayaking, hiking, and swimming (he LOVES the water)!  My husband is a jack of all trades and loves wood working, so we enjoy spending time doing home improvement projects together.  Jonah loves helping us, so he always has his tools in hand!  We love to travel and think it’s important for Jonah to see and experience new things, so we’ll take adventures… whether it’s going camping for a weekend or going on a road trip somewhere.

Miss Juli

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Juli
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy reading, cooking, and gardening.  Evening walks and yoga.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Each day is different and full of smiles and laughter.  I love to help children discover and achieve new things they didn’t know were possible.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I’m caring, compassionate, and fun. Creative, dependable, trustworthy, and I love helping ohers.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Michael and I were married in 1993 and have 3 boys; Matthew, Jacob, and Tyler.  The boys are involved in many sports and activities and I love supporting them and cheering them on in all things they do.  Together we enjoy family Sunday’s, board games, watching movies, and all kinds of outdoor activities.

 

Miss Kari

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Kari
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Spending time with my family, playing golf and going on vacations.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Seeing the smiling faces of all my kiddos. I love watching them grow and learn throughout the year.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I have a kind and loving heart. I would do anything for the ones I love.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Married to my husband Derek. We have one daughter named Kherington. We have a little bichon/poodle named Lucy.

Miss Laura

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Laura
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

  I also am a professional clown and enjoy and love working with children of all ages from 1 to 99 I learn something new everyday.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Working with positive and friendly coworkers and the best and caring administrative staff.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

A trusting and loyal friend who has compassion and empathy. Someone who is a lot of fun to be with.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am proud of my kids as they have put themselves through college. My son is a retired Green Beret and Airborne Ranger who is now a PA and has started a nonprofit for Green Berets with PTS. My oldest daughter is licensed as a clinical psychologist. My youngest daughter has a degree in theater lighting and worked doing lighting for the Glimmerglass Opera which is the sister Opera to the New York Opera  and she now has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is working for FEMA. I have a cat named Levi and thinks he’s human.

Miss Lisa

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Lisa
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I enjoy practicing photography, reading, and swimming with my family!

 

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I am super excited to get into the classroom with the kiddos and share my love of learning!

 


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend would describe me as funny, thoughtful, and creative.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have a wonderful husband and three amazing children, who keep us running from soccer field to dance class to the pool! We love to entertain and our home is often full of friends.

Miss Madison

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Madison
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I enjoy spending time in the sun, watching baseball, going to the lake, drinking iced coffee with friends and playing card games!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Each time I come to work at Heart’s and Minds I look forward to deepening my relationship with the kiddos and teaching them about God’s character and about God’s love for them.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend’s would describe me as someone who likes to process out loud and someone who likes to ask lots of questions.

 


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

By grace alone, I am a wife to Evan and a mom to 3 boys. Arlo, Bannon and Dawson fill my moments with high energy and legos. My husband and I recently moved to Omaha when he accepted a position as an Art Director for a local e-commerce business. Evan and I are high school sweethearts, we grew up in Branson, Missouri. I was a stay at home mom for a few years and now am delighting in being a teacher at Hearts and Minds. We are enjoying making Omaha feel like home.

Miss Mindy

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Mindy
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy activities with family and friends.  I also enjoy working out.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love seeing all the smiling faces.  I always get the best hugs from the kiddos and that melts my heart!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend said I am “very energetic, Bubbly, caring and fun!  She motivates me to be a better person and we continue to encourage one another to be better people spiritual, mentally and physically. I am blessed to have her as my friend and I know she will be a wonderful team player, leader, and will help shape the hearts and minds of the children she works with!!!”


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married and we have 2 boys that keep us very busy!

Miss Mindy

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Mindy
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love nature! I enjoy hiking, reading, and exploring new places with my family. 


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

The babies! Playing with all of the children and making them smile fills my heart. It’s hardly work when you get to take care of children and pray, all in the same place.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My friends would probably describe me as a rock, the loyal and dependable friend. I love my friends like family and know they will be in my life forever.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My family is my world. My husband and two children are adventurous and full of energy. We love to play, laugh and be goofy!

Miss Ruth

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Ruth
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.  My kids and I like trying new activities, but also enjoy a good, old fashion game night.

 

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WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I never dread  coming to work! Hearts and Minds is a positive, God filled atmosphere. I look forward to praying with the other staff members in the mornings, fellow shipping with parents, and loving on the sweet children! Everyday is a gift!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Hopefully as a faithful friend who loves  her.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I have two terrific kids who keep me on my toes. My daughter, Anya,  loves horses and making slime.  She is a social butterfly and loves trying new things! My son, Raiden,  is a homebody.  He would play video games all day If I let him.  He is sweet and spicy all mixed in one package.

Miss Shally

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Shally
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Reading, traveling, yoga


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Laughing with co-workers, smiles and hugs from the kiddos


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Quiet in groups, but I can be pretty sarcastic when I know someone well


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to Dwayne and we have 3 kids, Alison, Kate and Jeff, and a mini-golden doodle named Tanner.

Miss Steph

Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Miss Steph
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I like to read, go to movies, and hang out with my family. I can often be found at Panera with my youngest daughter reading or writing (yes, I’m one of those people that still writes letters!)  I also love to spend time with my friends.

 


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Every day I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our little ones! I love seeing how much they all learn and change throughout the year. One of my favorite parts of the day is song time. It’s great because the kids don’t mind my off-key singing and silly dance moves! It’s so fun when the kids have learned the words and actions to the songs we sing!  It makes me so happy to share the love of Jesus with our kiddos and their hugs are pretty special too! I also really enjoy getting to know our families!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I think my best friend would say that I can be pretty quiet at first but once I get to know you, I’ll talk your ear off! I love my family more than anything and I’m happiest when we are all together. I can’t remember important information but I’m a wealth of useless movie trivia! Hopefully she would also say that I’m kind and generous and, of course,  I love babies!!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband and I have four children; one son and three daughters. We are loud and we love to have fun together playing games and ranting! We have a twelve year span from our oldest to our youngest but they are all very close and it makes this mom’s heart very happy! Westwood has been our church home and our extended family for over twenty years now.

 

Mrs. Dinslage

Lead 4's Preschool Teacher, 3's Preschool Assistant Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Mrs. Dinslage
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and trying new foods. The spicier the better!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to seeing each child gain a love and excitement for learning.  It is a true joy watching them grow and develop academically, socially and spiritually!

 


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

“A good listener, supportive and trustworthy. She’s organized and someone who is lucky enough to do what she loves for a job.”


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband and I both grew up in Omaha and have two wonderful sons.  We love to spend time together playing games, eating, and enjoying the outdoors.

Mrs. Larsen

Lead 3's Preschool Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Mrs. Larsen
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love to travel, play games, take pictures and try new food places! I also enjoy doing anything crafty and sewing clothes!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Hearts and Minds is truly a special place. I’ve never worked in a place full of so many amazing people (both the staff and families). Every time I come to work, I’m reminded of God’s love. I absolutely love that I get to teach kids about his love every single day!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I am honest, crafty, and always there to help!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I’ve been married to my husband, Ryan, since 2011. We have one daughter named Ainsley and a 5 pound Yorkiepoo named Lilly. We love to play games, be outside, travel, and go on random adventures together!

PRESCHOOL

  • Mrs. Andringa

    4's Preschool Assistant Teacher

  • Mrs. Bolding

    3's Preschool Assistant Teacher

  • Mrs. Dinslage

    Lead 4's Preschool Teacher, 3's Preschool Assistant Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Mrs. Flaschner

    Lead 4's Preschool Teacher

  • Mrs. Larsen

    Lead 3's Preschool Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

  • Mrs. McIvor

    Lead High Five Teacher

  • Mrs. McShannon

    4's Preschool Assistant Teacher

  • Mrs. Wolff

    Assistant High Five Teacher

  • Mrs. Zangari

    Lead 3's Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Andringa

4's Preschool Assistant Teacher

About Mrs. Andringa
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends – outdoors, playing sports and games, and reading.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces and their eagerness to learn.  I also love hearing their stories and laughter!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Loyal and someone who values friendships.  Calm, patient, steady and a good listener.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to my college sweet-heart and together we have 3 boys.  My husband grew up in Lincoln and is a big Husker fan.  I grew up in Washington state and over the years have slowly come to appreciate Husker nation.  As a family we love spending time outdoors.  During the summer, you can find us at the ball field and in the winter we spend a lot of our time at the gym watching basketball.

Mrs. Bolding

3's Preschool Assistant Teacher

About Mrs. Bolding
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time, you will find me curled up with a book or baking. I would bake more if I didn’t have to clean up the mess. 🙂


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Hearts & Minds has such a wonderful community feeling, I look forward to the smiles and growing relationships with the children and teachers in the program. I also look forward to the children’s eagerness to learn and the “ah-ha” moment when the child understands or experiences something for the first time.

 


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

When I asked one of my best friends this is the response :  genuine, enthusiastic, and caring.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband, Jared, and I met in high school and have been together ever since .  Jared and I have three kids: Jackson, Cooper and Sophia. Life is just starting to get crazy at our house – the boys play a sport every season and Sophia is loving dance class and getting better at cheering on her big bros at their games. We love to spend time together at the lake, playing games or just having a movie night!

Mrs. Dinslage

Lead 4's Preschool Teacher, 3's Preschool Assistant Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Mrs. Dinslage
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and trying new foods. The spicier the better!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to seeing each child gain a love and excitement for learning.  It is a true joy watching them grow and develop academically, socially and spiritually!

 


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

“A good listener, supportive and trustworthy. She’s organized and someone who is lucky enough to do what she loves for a job.”


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband and I both grew up in Omaha and have two wonderful sons.  We love to spend time together playing games, eating, and enjoying the outdoors.

Mrs. Flaschner

Lead 4's Preschool Teacher

About Mrs. Flaschner
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I like to cook and bake and hang out with friends and family.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to seeing my coworkers and families!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My bestie would describe me as fun and loves to laugh.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to my husband Dean and we have 5 kids. When we are all together we like to EAT and play Scribblish!

Mrs. Larsen

Lead 3's Preschool Teacher & Mom's Day Out Teacher

About Mrs. Larsen
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love to travel, play games, take pictures and try new food places! I also enjoy doing anything crafty and sewing clothes!


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Hearts and Minds is truly a special place. I’ve never worked in a place full of so many amazing people (both the staff and families). Every time I come to work, I’m reminded of God’s love. I absolutely love that I get to teach kids about his love every single day!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

I am honest, crafty, and always there to help!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I’ve been married to my husband, Ryan, since 2011. We have one daughter named Ainsley and a 5 pound Yorkiepoo named Lilly. We love to play games, be outside, travel, and go on random adventures together!

Mrs. McIvor

Lead High Five Teacher

About Mrs. McIvor
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy being with my family, reading, and dancing.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I look forward to watching each child learn and grow. I also look forward to the kids hugs and high fives!


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Loyal, kind, compassionate, organized, and thoughtful.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married, and I have three children (2 living & 1 waiting for us in heaven). My family loves to serve Jesus together – through our church, LIFEhouse Partnership and Operation Christmas Child. We love to go on road trips and explore new things together. We all love music, and we often find ourselves around the piano singing and playing music together.

Mrs. McShannon

4's Preschool Assistant Teacher

About Mrs. McShannon
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Reading, volunteering my time, foster rescue dogs until they find a forever family.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

What do you look forward to each time you come to work at Hearts & Minds Getting to watch the kids experience and learn new things! I enjoy seeing the face of a kiddo when they master a new skill.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

A loyal, honest, caring person who can be very silly at times.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am Married to a wonderful Husband. We have a 9-year-old son and a 6-year-old girl. We have 3 dogs named Lexi, Winston, and Sal. We enjoy family movie nights, playing games together.

Mrs. Wolff

Assistant High Five Teacher

About Mrs. Wolf
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love spending time with my family, watching movies, and going to concerts.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love working with kids; helping them learn, grow and understand the love of Jesus. Also, the staff at Hearts and Minds is very supportive and caring. They help me to be the best teacher I can be.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My best friend would describe me as someone who is always willing to help others no matter the situation. I try my best every time and never give up till a problem is solved.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We have two beautiful children; our daughter Mia and son, Tyler. We also have a well loved cat named Jack.

Mrs. Zangari

Lead 3's Preschool Teacher

About Mrs. Zangari
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my free time I enjoy  going on bike rides, having coffee with friends and shopping.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love watching each child grow and learn.   Their smiling faces brightens my day.   I love that I am able to share the love of the Lord with the kiddos.   I love what I do at Hearts & Minds.


HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My friends would describe me as being kind, grace filled, happy and fun to be around.  Oh ya and organized!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to my best friend and have been blessed with two amazing boys.   As a family we spend our time together going to the movies,  going on bike rides and doing bible studies together.

STAFF

  • Amy Turpen

    Associate Director of Curriculum

  • Deb Schuiteman

    Program Director

  • Inessa Wilcox

    Front Desk Manager

  • Toni Smith

    Associate Director

Amy Turpen

Associate Director of Curriculum

About Amy
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, from water skiing, to hiking and evening a little basketball in our driveway.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Each day I walk in the doors of Hearts & Minds Christ’s love is felt.  It’s through a smile, a high five, even a hug…love surrounds you in this place.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

My friends would describe me as loyal, some what stubborn, and always up for an adventure.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband, Blake and I were married in 2000 and currently live in Gretna.  Over time we have grown from a family of 2 to a family of 6.  Sarah, Abby, Libby and Bryce, are a crazy crew who keep us busy.  We also have a sweet Golden Retriever named Oz.  In the good seasons and in the not so good seasons, we always wear our Husker Red, our KC Royal Blue and our Gretna Dragon Green.

Deb Schuiteman

Program Director

About Deb
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love watching my kids in their sports or activities.  I like to decorate or shop for decorations!  I enjoy catching up with friends.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love coming to work and catching up with all the families- building relationships and seeing relationships built in the H&M community.  Course the giggles, smiles, and hugs from the kiddos certainly warms the heart!  Love being able to be a touch point in their lives where we can make a difference.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Loyal, caring, determined, and bubbly.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My husband Todd and I have two boys, Brayden and Jackson.  We enjoy a good movie, watching sports (go Vikings and Huskers!), finding new restaurants and lets not forget ice cream!

Inessa Wilcox

Front Desk Manager

About Inessa
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I love to read.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

Meeting and talking to the parents and kids, catching up about life.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

Direct, giving, crazy obsessive about good food.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Married to my awesome man, Rob, for almost 13 years. We have two girls, 7 and 5. Moved for a job from KC and are loving the Omaha area. We have been part of Westwood church for 3 years now and involved with Hearts & Minds for the past 2 years. Our youngest has attended MDO and Preschool for the last two years. It will be a sad day when she goes to Kindergarten and I can not just stop by to give her a hug.

Toni Smith

Associate Director

About Toni
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

We keep pretty busy but I do enjoy watching a good movie, catching up with friends, golfing, playing board games and watching sports.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH TIME YOU COME TO WORK AT HEARTS & MINDS?

I love to hear giggles and see all the sweet smiles that come in each morning and being able to connect with all the families that attend our program. Getting to work with such an amazing team of people and sharing in their lives.

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?

They would say I love to laugh. They would also tell you that I care deeply about others and always willing to help.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

I am married to my husband Doug and we have 3 kids Cole, Addison and Kinsley.  My kids are busy with sports and we love chasing them around to each of their events. We are also huge Denver Bronco and Husker fans! We have one pet, a hedgehog named Penelope.

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