Primrose School Building

Primrose School at Falling Waters

Our Staff

  • Veronica Cole, Director

    Veronica Cole

    Director

    Veronica was born and raised in Lincoln and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Family Sciences from UNL. After moving to Omaha, she worked as a Preschool teacher and then transitioned into the world of social work for many years. Veronica began her leadership at Primrose School at Falling Waters before we even opened! She has a passion for working with children and families as well as providing training & support to the teachers in our school. Each new family who enrolls in our school likely had the pleasure of first seeing Primrose School through her eyes.

  • Paige Fritz, Assistant Director

    Paige Fritz

    Assistant Director

    Paige is a graduate of Iowa Western Community College where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for many years and has loved seeing them meet milestones and seeing their faces when they do. Paige began at Primrose as our Office Manager and next assumed a role as an Assistant Director. Paige supports all aspects of operations and especially enjoys working with new families transitioning to our school.


  • Kali Ferris, Assistant Director

    Kali Ferris

    Assistant Director

    Kali was born in Denver but spend most of her life growing up in Alabama--ROLL TIDE! She spent seven years working with children in childcare settings, and was previously a store manager at a local housewares store. Kali began her Primrose journey as our Office Manager and next transitioned into her current role as an Assistant Director where she supports all aspects of operations and education.

  • Jenny Roux, Education Director

    Jenny Roux

    Education Director

    Jenny grew up in LaVista and comes to us with a long history working in childcare. With the ability to create meaningful relationships, Jenny mentors teachers in their roles and supports all aspects of education within our school. Jenny values the culture of Primrose School and appreciates that the main focus of her role is to inspire teachers to be effective and love what they do.

  • Toni Kester, Office Manager

    Toni Kester

    Office Manager

    Toni grew up in Branson, Missouri, and moved to Omaha from Kansas City five years ago. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she worked toward her CNA license and began working with the elderly where she eventually became a Client Care Coordinator. Toni is very excited to be working with children and to be able to watch them grow and progress. She is hoping to make a positive impact.

  • Ms. Hardage, Cook

    Ms. Hardage

    Cook

    I am from Kearney, Nebraska and have lived in Omaha about five years. I have worked with children in a childcare setting, as a nanny, and also as a Curriculum Director. I love cooking and children and being the cook at Primrose seemed like a great way to combine both.  I was attracted to Primrose because of the wonderful staff members I met.

  • Ms. Galvan, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Galvan

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I have worked as a teacher in childcare and ran my own cleaning business. I love watching children change, learn and grow. I also think they can be very funny! I am patient, kind, and consistent, and I am very excited to bond with the babies in my care. 

  • Ms. Burgland, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Burgland

    Assistant Infant Teacher

    I have worked with children for a long time and love helping children learn and grow. I have knowledge about child development that, combined with patience, helps me care for children well. I love watching all the ‘firsts’ with our Primrose babies.

  • Ms. Greenwood, Assistant Infant Teacher

    Ms. Greenwood

    Assistant Infant Teacher

    I have an Associate Degree from Metropolitan Community College and am currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha pursuing a teaching degree. I have worked with children in childcare, camps, and elementary schools for the past five years. I think working with children in so rewarding because of all the growth and learning you see. When working with children I am very patient and kind. I wanted to be a teacher at Primrose because of the welcoming staff and their passion for children.

     

  • Ms. Hutton, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Hutton

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I graduated from Midlands University in Fremont with a degree in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood. I have worked extensively with young children in many settings ranging from childcare to Head Start. I love watching children discover new things. I strive to be someone children love and with whom they are comfortable. I enjoy celebrating children’s accomplishments and watching them grow.

  • Ms. Rose, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Rose

    Assistant Toddler Teacher

    I am the oldest of ten children, so I have been around young children my whole life. I love interacting with children and watching them grow and learn. In the classroom I exhibit patience and ‘big sister instincts.’ I was impressed with Primrose because of the competent and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Ms. Clifton, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Clifton

    Assistant Toddler Teacher

    I was raised in Plattsmouth and graduated high school there. I am happy to have the chance to work with children as they grow up and to see their personalities emerge. Being at Primrose is going to be a great opportunity to do something I love.

  • Ms. Brant, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Brant

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I grew up in Northwest Illinois in a town of 400 people. I attended Rock Valley College and also have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Clarke University.  I have worked with children in many settings—as a paraprofessional, Family and Community Professional, Parent Educator, with teenage girls in a youth group home, and as a teacher in a childcare center.  I love how each child is unique and develops differently.  I am creative and positive, and I appreciate the professionalism and commitment to education I found within Primrose.

  • Ms. Skarnulis, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Skarnulis

    Assistant Toddler Teacher

    I attend school at Metropolitan Community College studying Sports Media and Marketing. I most recently worked for NBC Universal/Peacock. I strongly believe that children are our future, and it feels good to make an investment in their lives. I am anxious to grow as a teacher and see all that the children learn by the end of the year.

  • Ms. O'Connor, Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. O'Connor

    Lead Early Preschool Teacher

    I am from Omaha, but I have spent time living in other states. I bring high energy and creativity to working with children. I appreciate that the focus at Primrose is not just on education, but on nurturing children as well. I look forward to growing bonds with children and families.

  • Ms. Johnson, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Johnson

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    One of the things I enjoy about working with children is being able to see the world through their eyes. I love having the opportunity to encourage and support children when they are doing something challenging. I am intuitive and have a childlike mind that helps me see a child’s point of view.

  • Ms. Gardeman, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Gardeman

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    I grew up in Oakland, Nebraska and I attend South Dakota State University where I am completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). I love children because they are so sweet and innocent, and I love watching them learn, grown and succeed. I am creative, patient and friendly when working with children, and I hope to further my knowledge and skills by what I learn through Primrose.

  • Ms. Kimpson, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kimpson

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    I attend Grand Canyon University and have worked with children of all ages since I was about 16 years old. I have learned that every day is a new experience--you never know what to expect with children!  In the classroom I am patient, kind and understanding. The Balanced Learning approach that Primrose has drew me to want to teach here. 

  • Ms. Gaston, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Gaston

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    I am originally from Glenwood, Iowa but live in Omaha now. I have worked with children in the past in a home care setting. I think that children are always so much fun to be around. I like to notice when a child needs help but does not want to speak up. I love Primrose because it is a mix of childcare and school!

  • Ms. Garrett, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Garrett

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    I have an Associate Degree in Pharmacy, and I have most recently worked in the restaurant industry and home health care. I find working with children very rewarding. We learn from each other! I was impressed with how friendly the staff was when I came in—so many greeted me and made me feel comfortable. I am excited to get to work with some amazing children and for all the challenges ahead of me.

  • Ms. Sparks, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sparks

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    I recently moved to Omaha from Trinity, Alabama where I earned a Childhood Development Associates (CDA) credential. I have worked with children in a childcare setting for four years. I love watching children grow and grasp new concepts. It brings me so much joy to see the looks on children’s and parents’ faces when they have reached a new milestone. I have a creative spirit and love creating out-of-the-box ways to connect with and benefit each child. I am incredibly patient, which allows me to effectively communicate with children when they are upset. I came to Primrose because of the care that is given to children, parents, and staff. It is very refreshing to be part of a company who values their staff.

  • Ms. Hollendieck, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Hollendieck

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    I attend UNO studying Early Elementary Education. I love teaching children new things and watching them grow. I have a big heart and demonstrate caring and kindness to all. I was drawn to Primrose because of the caring and loving environment.

     

  • Ms. Martin, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Martin

    Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I have worked in a childcare setting for over 11 years and am currently pursuing my degree in education. I love seeing children grow and learn. I feel that every child is like a puzzle, and I enjoy getting to see them put new pieces into their puzzles and watching to see what picture they create for their lives. I am patient, and I enjoy seeing people embrace their skills and character. I also enjoy helping people in any way I can which helps creates a safe and loving environment. I am excited to learn and grow as well as discover new things about myself.

     

  • Ms. Johnson, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Johnson

    Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I am originally from Fargo, North Dakota and moved to Omaha within the past year. I have a degree in Human Development Family Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from North Dakota State University. Most recently I have been working in social services and am very anxious to return to teaching. I find that having patience when working with children really makes a difference. I love seeing children learn new things! The high standard of care that is evident at Primrose is what really drew me in.

  • Ms. Vernon

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech/Theater Education. I have worked as a camp counselor and program director at a camp and have also worked in schools and childcare settings. I love being able to watch children learn and grow and that no two days are the same when it comes to teaching. I believe any problem can be solved if you set your mind to it, and that each child deserves to be listened to and respected. I love Primrose’s mission because I believe each child has the potential for a bright future. 

  • Ms. Stevens, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Stevens

    Resource Teacher

    I grew up in Rock Port, Missouri and am now attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I currently serve in the Nebraska Army National Guard. I have worked with children in a childcare setting, and most recently have been substitute teaching in elementary schools the past two years. I love watching children grow both academically and personally. It is exciting to watch children figure out who they are, and their personalities, curiosity and innocence are unmatched. The main skills that help me in the classroom are patience, kindness and my ability to build relationships with children. I was drawn to Primrose because of their mission, vision and learning approach.

  • Ms. Smith, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Smith

    Resource Teacher

    I love children’s imaginations and especially the way they interact with others. I like being involved in helping children develop into unique people. I look forward to appreciating all the personalities of the children with whom I work.

  • Katie DeSciose, Franchise Owner

    Katie DeSciose

    Franchise Owner

    Meet Katie DeSciose, proud Franchise Owner of Primrose School at Falling Waters. A life-long advocate of education, Katie is excited to bring the Primrose Experience of premier early education and care to families in the Omaha area.

    As a former teacher and school administrator, Katie found herself looking for the next step in her career in which she could continue to provide a quality education and a bright future for children. Already familiar with Primrose Schools, Katie realized that the Primrose core values and goals aligned with her own. Like Primrose, Katie wanted to make a difference in the lives of local children and their families by offering high quality education practices paired with a strong character development program. She was especially drawn to the focus Primrose places on development of the whole child.

    “One of the aspects that drew me to Primrose is that they prepare children both for learning and for life,” said Katie. “Beyond academics, which are very important, Primrose also emphasizes that who children become is just as important as what they know. Primrose understands that character development is so essential to having a happy life and maximizing one’s potential.”

    Katie graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a degree in elementary education. She later graduated from Creighton University with a Master’s degree in elementary administration. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for several organizations that help children. She serves as a mentor for local students, fundraises scholarship money for low income students and volunteers with at-risk expectant mothers.

    Katie will be heavily involved in the school’s day-to-day operations. She is a strong believer in solid family partnerships and thoroughly enjoyed working with students and families at her former school. Supporting current and prospective Primrose parents is something she looks forward to as the Franchise Owner of the Primrose School at Falling Waters.

    “Research shows that great things happen for children when there is a supportive relationship between both home and school. My goal is for our school to form dynamic partnerships with the families of our students, and it will be a privilege to play a key role in introducing parents to all that Primrose has to offer.”

    Primrose School at Falling Waters will feature theBalanced Learning approach in infant through Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. This research-informed approach is developed and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools and blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. The Primrose Explorers before- and after-school program will also be available for students up to age 12.

    Primrose School at Falling Waters is located on 6625 S. 193rd Avenue. For more information, visitPrimroseFallingWaters.com.

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