Our Teachers

Mom’s Day Out

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Miss Amanda

Amanda Reed

My home town is:

North Platte, Ne

Years I have worked at H&M:

1

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

To slow down and enjoy life with my family!!!! And I actually enjoy getting time to myself and working out

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Tyler (my husband) Best, Brylee (12) funny, Conner (9) fun, Andrew(6) caring, Macie (4) hugging

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

My Everything

H&M is a place for me because…

I love all the excitement and laughter of the kiddos and their smiles and hugs are an added bonus!!! I love sharing how much God loves each one of us and watching them grow and learn throughout the year!!!

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Miss Amber

Amber Guderian

My home town is:

Lincoln, Ne

Years I have worked at H&M:

3

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’ve learned how fast the world can change and how much more that stresses the importance of handing over control to Jesus. He brought laughter to the most otherwise mundane moments in our house, He brought us joy when we should have been scared, and He taught me to enjoy small moments when I’d normally be telling the kids, “Please hurrrrry!” There was no longer a need to rush, ever, and that was something I came to love. 🙂

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Energetic, Caring, Spontaneous & Silly

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

EVERYTHING, ALWAYS

H&M is a place for me because…

We moved to Omaha in 2015 and I found myself quite lonely, missing all the friends I’d left in Kansas City. We lost our 1 month old son Caleb that same year and I deeply missed everything about having a baby. Corban had attended H&M as a 2 year old and absolutely loved it. There was an opening in the infant room the next year once a week and so I took it! I absolutely adored loving on all the babies and it filled a hole left in my heart from the previous year. I haven’t ever stopped loving my role here as it fills up my heart each and every day. I love the other teachers, the program’s mission and every single baby Jesus brings into our care!

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Miss Annie

Annie Royal

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Miss Beth

Beth Calhoun

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

Ten

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’m not capable of homeschooling!

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Thoughtful organized weird personable

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Trustworthy

H&M is a place for me because…

It’s the place where I can use the gifts that I’ve been given and be my silly self with the kiddos

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Miss Betty

Betty Garton

My home town is:

Pella, Iowa

Years I have worked at H&M:

This is my 14th year

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’m a procrastinator. I thought certain things weren’t getting done because I didn’t have time when I was working, but I kept telling myself that I could work on it later and I never did.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Fun-loving, selfless, understanding, supportive, organized, reliable.

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is Love. He is my refuge and strength

H&M is a place for me because…

God is at the center of everything we do.

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Miss Courtney

Courtney Simms

My home town is:

Enfield, CT and Vallejo, CA

Years I have worked at H&M:

4

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

That I can be more “go with the flow” instead of having everything planned out.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Sweet, fun, loving, the best.

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Loving father.

H&M is a place for me because…

It is a loving Christian based program. We have a supportive team of teachers who work together to provide the best for each and every child who walks through our doors.

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Miss Deb

Deb Essink

My home town is:

Ackley, Iowa

Years I have worked at H&M:

15

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Faith over fear, God is my rock

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, kind, thoughtful, & Prayer warrior

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

The one I can share all my feelings with

H&M is a place for me because…

I love working with little kids and watching them grow in their abilities to do things and learn to love and be kind.

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Miss Aaron

Debbie Aaron

My home town is:

Papillon

Years I have worked at H&M:

5

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I like to keep busy

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Quirky, enjoys spending time with people, fun loving

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Faithful, my Rock, the One I can run to

H&M is a place for me because…

I love spending time with kids and sharing Jesus with them

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Miss Dianne

Dianne Meyer

My home town is:

Neveda, MO

Years I have worked at H&M:

14 years in December

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Embrace change, savor every moment with my family (good and bad), I don’t handle stress very well, especially when it comes to my family.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, organized, caring, encouraging

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is my foundation and my strength.

H&M is a place for me because…

God’s presence is felt everywhere. I get to love on children and their families and share Jesus’s love with them. The adults at H&M are good listeners, caring, and encouraging.

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Miss Earhart

Dorinda Earhart

My home town is:

Helmsburg, Indiana

Years I have worked at H&M:

13 years

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Boredom baking can be delicious but there are consequences.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, silly mom will feed and talk to anyone

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

My loving life support

H&M is a place for me because…

I get to share God’s love with kids in so many fun ways as I watch them grow and learn. Best job ever!

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Miss Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ackerman

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

2

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Mental health recipe: pray more than worry; walk instead of sit; novels over newsfeeds.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Brave. Loving. Loyal. Nurturing. Thoughtful.

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is LOVE.

H&M is a place for me because…

It is a place my whole family adores and allows me to balance being both mama and teacher.

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Miss Emily

Emily Heady

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

8

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

How much I enjoy my job!

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Supportive, hardworking, long-suffering, resourceful, caring, good listener

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

King of Kings, Savior, Father, Friend

H&M is a place for me because…

I love to teach the children new things and be able to tell them about Jesus at the same time.

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Miss Gretchen

Gretchen Love

My home town is:

Cozad Nebraska

Years I have worked at H&M:

Two

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’ve learned that I actually CAN grow a garden, if I am bored enough.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Determined, easy going, patient, dependable, hard working

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

My strength, peace, saving grace, loving creator & writer of my story

H&M is a place for me because…

Of the genuine love that flows through this building. I love that each day I am surrounded by people who walk beside me, pray with me, support me, encourage me, and help me grow.

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Miss Jodi

Jodi McShannon

 

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Miss Kari

Kari Williams

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Miss Laura

Laura Marshall

My home town is:

Ohio

Years I have worked at H&M:

4

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I enjoy my social time and also my alone time

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Spiritual quiet has integrity a delightful sense of humor and love working with children

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

A friend whom I can trust and is loyal

H&M is a place for me because…

I enjoy working with children of all ages ” from 1 to 99″ !

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Miss Liermann

Mindy Liermann

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

2 1/2 years

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Faith over fear. Trust God.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, hardworking, social, and fun!

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is in charge and he is my rock.

H&M is a place for me because…

All the kids and families fill my heart with joy. The community feels like home.

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Miss Hill

Raquel Hill

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Miss Shally

Shally Luzum

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

5

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I don’t like uncertainty!

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

I asked my kids and they said I am nurturing, compassionate, welcoming, and I worry too much!

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is my strength and my Savior.

H&M is a place for me because…

I love the joy the kiddos bring!

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Miss Steph

Steph Varilek

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

This will be my 17th school year!

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I have learned that I am still a night owl at heart! I like to stay up really late when I know I can sleep in!

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving and fiercely protective Mama Bear!

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is loving and full of grace!

H&M is a place for me because…

The kids make my heart happy and I love being able to share Jesus with them! I also love the community among my coworkers and the H&M families!

Preschool

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Mrs. McIvor

Kendra McIvor

My home town is:

Omaha

Years I have worked at H&M:

8

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Being outside & finding small adventures brings me joy.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, creative, strong, compassionate, bookworm

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Kind, merciful, faithful, provider, protector

H&M is a place for me because…

We love Jesus & we love kids and families. It is a high calling to educate and love on kids, and I am blessed to be able to do so at H&M.

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Mrs. Wolff

Tammie Wolff

My home town is:

Stanton, NE

Years I have worked at H&M:

6

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

Grace for my feelings

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, nurturing, faithful and fun

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Love, grace, strength and constant

H&M is a place for me because…

I have learned so much and the community has been a blessing!

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Mrs. Flaschner

Shannon Flaschner

 

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Mrs. Love

Gretchen Love

My home town is:

Cozad Nebraska

Years I have worked at H&M:

Two

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’ve learned that I actually CAN grow a garden, if I am bored enough.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Determined, easy going, patient, dependable, hard working

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

My strength, peace, saving grace, loving creator & writer of my story

H&M is a place for me because…

Of the genuine love that flows through this building. I love that each day I am surrounded by people who walk beside me, pray with me, support me, encourage me, and help me grow.

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Mrs. Dinslage

Julie Dinslage

My home town is:

Omaha, NE

Years I have worked at H&M:

4, have taught a total of 16

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

To appreciate and take time to see the joy in the small things

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Reliable, caring, nurturing, organized, compassionate

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Holy, Powerful, Loving, Comforting

H&M is a place for me because…

Not only am I able to help children develop a love of learning, but also a love of Jesus

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Mrs. Andringa

Sara Andringa

My home town is:

Born in NW Iowa, grew up in WA state and have lived in Omaha area for 20+ years.

Years I have worked at H&M:

8 total ( 4 in early 2000’s then stayed home while our kids were young. Came back in 2017)

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

I’ve learned that it’s ok not to busy. There is good in stillness and rest. I’ve rediscovered the value of family dinners and how outdoor walks fill me up.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Supportive, hard working, caring, observant

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

God is always there. He is my constant. Even though life and people change, he never does.

H&M is a place for me because…

Of the people – students, their families and coworkers.

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Mrs. Voigt

Juli Voigt

My home town is:

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Years I have worked at H&M:

3 years

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

How important it is to slow down, breathe, and reconnect with yourself and love ones. I really appreciated the time we had as a family with all my boys home for a few months.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Loving, creative, patient, understanding, intentional, kind, comforting, cheerful

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Love, Peace, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Life

H&M is a place for me because…

Hearts & Minds mission is line with my heart and beliefs. The teachers love children, love God, and are the most fun to work with!

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Mrs. Simms

Courtney Simms

My home town is:

Enfield, CT and Vallejo, CA

Years I have worked at H&M:

4

What is something you have learned about yourself through COVID quarantine?

That I can be more “go with the flow” instead of having everything planned out.

4 to 8 words my family would use to describe me…

Sweet, fun, loving, the best.

To you, God is? (Use 1-5 words to describe who God is to you.)

Loving father.

H&M is a place for me because…

It is a loving Christian based program. We have a supportive team of teachers who work together to provide the best for each and every child who walks through our doors.

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Mrs. Z

Mrs. Z

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