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.

  • Mr. Morris, School Cook

    Mr. Morris

    School Cook

    I grew up in Sioux City, but I have lived in Omaha the last four years. I have cooked in big and small restaurants, and I do a lot of cooking at home. I love making food that is unique and flavorful. I feel great when the serving bowls come back empty because I know the children really like something I made. I love the atmosphere at Primrose—all the children are so nice!

  • Ms. Moore, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Moore

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I have almost completed my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of St. Mary. I have been working with children for about eight years now. I love how when working with children no day is ever the same. I find helping children, and families, to be very rewarding.I try to be patient and calm and have a positive attitude in order to give children a really great experience.I love the professionalism of Primrose and how respectfully everyone is treated.

  • Ms. Hubbard, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Hubbard

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I was born in Texas and have worked in childcare for over 9 years. I also have worked as an esthetician. I love learning and growing with children. Even on the roughest day you are surrounded by their smiling faces. I was attracted to Primrose because the staff is so helpful and mindful.

  • Ms. Norton, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. Norton

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I attend Metropolitan Community College and have also worked as a student intern at an elementary school for two years. I came to Primrose because I love watching the students grow and develop into wonderful people.

  • Ms. McDonald, Lead Infant Teacher

    Ms. McDonald

    Lead Infant Teacher

    I love having the opportunity to watch children grow and learn. I take a gentle approach in the classroom because emotions are very complex—especially for a child. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of child development and the importance of safe relationships while at Primrose.


  • Ms. Rusch, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Rusch

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I have worked with children for many years, and I love watching them grow. I most love seeing a child’s face when they learn something new for the first time. The most helpful skill I bring to the classroom is patience.

  • Ms. Kirschenmann, Assistant Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kirschenmann

    Assistant Toddler Teacher

    I am from North Bend, Nebraska and just completed my first year at The University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I have spent many years working with children before coming to Primrose.  I love having an influence on the lives of the children I work with.  I look forward to building relationships with all my students.

  • 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. Kaster, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Kaster

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I am originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have worked in many different childcare settings and love being able to interact with the children throughout the day.  I also love having conversations with parents about what their child’s day has been like.  In the classroom I am a problem solver who like to communicate and think creatively.  I instantly noticed the positive feel in Primrose when I walked in.

  • Ms. Nomenyo, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Nomenyo

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    I am from Togo, West Africa, and have lived in Omaha 15 years. I am studying Early Childhood Education at Metropolitan Community College. I have spent the past eight years working with children in other settings, including childcare. I think that being a teacher feels like being a second parent to a child, and I love being a part of that. I think having patience in the classroom is necessary before you can teach a child anything. I am so happy to be at Primrose!

     

  • 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. Garcia, Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Garcia

    Assistant Early Preschool Teacher

    I graduated from Elkhorn High School and have attended Metropolitan Community College and Bellevue University. I love spending time with children and helping them learn, grow and explore. Seeing children be so curious about everything and wanting to try it all is a fun adventure. I try to always be patient, kind and understanding as I know it is hard work growing up! Being open to each child’s needs helps me see each child as an individual. When I discovered Primrose I knew it was different from other schools.

  • Ms. Garrett, Lead Early Pre School Teacher

    Ms. Garrett

    Lead Early Pre School 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. 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. 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. Noble, Assistant Pre-School Teacher

    Ms. Noble

    Assistant Pre-School Teacher

    I grew up in Bellevue and have worked with children for over six years. I love being around children as the are positive and they always have such great imaginations. Having good time management helps me make sure we have time for all the important and fun things in the classroom. I am really excited to get to know everyone.

  • Ms. Stevens, Lead Pre-School Teacher

    Ms. Stevens

    Lead Pre-School 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. Hollendieck, Lead Pre-School Teacher

    Ms. Hollendieck

    Lead Pre-School 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. Kunkle, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Kunkle

    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. Wachter, Assistant Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Wachter

    Assistant Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I moved to Nebraska from California about a year ago.  I earned a Business degree from Western Colorado University.  Previously, I have worked in marketing and in the medical field.  Most recently I have been an Assistant Pre-Kindergarten teacher in another preschool.  I have found that children basically want love and attention.  I love their outlook on life and the fact that maybe I can make a difference.  It is so fun to watch a 4 year old blossom into a 5 year old ready to be sent on to a world of learning.

  • 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. Suing, Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Suing

    Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I have a degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I have worked in a hospital setting as a social worker/case manager and also as a preschool teacher.  Early childhood educators have the privilege and profound responsibility to play an integral role in the  emotional, social, physical and intellectual development of children.  Connecting with each child as a unique individual and watching their ‘lightbulb moments’ brings me tremendous joy.

     

  • Ms. Christman, Summer Adventure Club Teacher

    Ms. Christman

    Summer Adventure Club Teacher

    I am attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I am studying secondary education.I love having close relationships with children and families in my care.I cannot wait to work with all the children and get to know them as they grow.I am originally from Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Ms. Diederich, Program Substitute

    Ms. Diederich

    Program Substitute

    I graduated with a degree in Art Education and have taught in a variety of settings. I love connecting with children of all ages. I am most excited to be teaching in a positive and energetic environment. I am the proud mom of four children of my own.

  • Ms. Gibbs, Resouce Teacher

    Ms. Gibbs

    Resouce Teacher

    I am from Grand Island and I go to school full-time at UNO. I am studying Criminology, Criminal Justice and Political Science. I feel like I am truly able to be myself around children. They help me communicate more efficiently and the truly just make me happy. I am most excited to build relationships with children.

  • Ms. Webber, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Webber

    Resource Teacher

    I grew up in Papillion and am attending Brigham Young University in an online program right now. I have previous experience working with children, and I love the connections I can make while caring for them. I am a patient and loving person who likes to care for others. I am excited to work at Primrose because I appreciate the professional and responsible way they work on behalf of children.



  • Ms. Langseth, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Langseth

    Resource Teacher

    I have an Associate of Arts degree from Metropolitan Community College, and am currently attending Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. I am happy to know I am making a positive impact on the lives of children. I am very patient and use my experience and knowledge of child development to better understand children and their personalities. I like Primrose’s attention to detail and their intentional, caring approach to the development of children. I hope to attend nursing school in the future. 

  • Ms. Kirby, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Kirby

    Resource Teacher

    I am from Fremont but have lived in Omaha since high school. I have spent time studying Elementary Education in college and have worked with children in both a childcare and high school environment. I love seeing children in my care grow and develop each day. What we teach now helps shape their future!  I intend to provide patience and loving and caring attention in the classroom. At Primrose I have been pleased to find friendliness, care, love and organization. 

  • 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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