Primrose School of La Vista

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Kelly Bell, Director

    Mrs. Kelly Bell


    Mrs. Bell attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she received her BS in Family Science with a minor in Psychology. She worked for over seven years as an infant teacher before transitioning to her role at Primrose School of La Vista as our Director. She loves being able to see the different milestones in children achieve within their time at school. She loves the education and dedication Primrose has to offer to children. She looks forward to teaching the different aspects of curriculum at Primrose School of La Vista.

    Kelly enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys being with her friends and loved ones. She is a huge sports fan and likes to watch the New York Yankees, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Dallas Cowboys.

  • Ms. Riley Keene, Assistant Director

    Ms. Riley Keene

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Riley Keene is originally from Bellevue, Nebraska and has worked with children since she can remember! She babysat throughout high school and worked at a day camp in my summers. After high school, she went to Wayne State College and studied Special Education. She moved back home and attended UNO where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in behavioral health. With that, she worked with at risk youth who were in foster care. As it was very rewarding, she is very excited to be at Primrose and still helping children grow in their early years. In her free time, she enjoys spending it with her son, Kyson, and family and friends! She is looking forward to meeting all the children and families through the years!

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Waldron, Education Director

    Mrs. Elizabeth Waldron

    Education Director

    Mrs. Eli Waldron has lived in Nebraska for the majority of her life. She graduated with a Bachelor degree at UNO and began working with children in 2012. She joined the Primrose family in 2015 as the Lead Teacher in the Explorers classroom. Her and her husband got stationed in Hawaii for three years and in Hawaii her little family became a family of four. She enjoyed being able to stay home with her daughter and her son! She is now back at Primrose as the Education Director and couldn't be happier to be back!

  • Ms. Alexis Hinkle

    Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Joni Clements, Enrollment Director

    Mrs. Joni Clements

    Enrollment Director
  • Mr. Ryan Radik

    Maintenance Technician
  • Mrs. Patricia Reitz, Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Patricia Reitz

    Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Reitz came to Primrose School of La Vista with almost 20 years of childcare experience and plans on continuing her education in the field. She takes a lot of pride in her career, and enjoys building relationships with the infants and their parents. Tricia has been happily married for over 5 years and is a mother of two boys. She truly values being a mom and spending time with her family members.



  • Mrs. Julia Swafford, Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Julia Swafford

    Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Swafford was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She graduated from Millard North High School in 2009. She has worked at a few centers after graduating school. She loved being around children and watching them learn and grow! She became a Nanny shortly after leaving the centers she taught at. She absolutely loved it! She has worked with all ages of children for 15 years! In July 2015 she married her High School sweetheart and they began their life together. They bought a home and one year later they welcomed their daughter Hadley. She is 2 1/2 years old. Mrs. Swafford worked at Primrose School of La Vista for five years before deciding to be a stay at home Mom for a year and a half. She is now back! She couldn't be more excited to be back doing what she loves! She loves crafting, Family time and just enjoying life!

    *Fun Fact: In November 2016 she had to opportunity to go to cape Town, South Africa for a mission trip! This trip impacted her life so much. Ask her about it sometime!

  • Ms. Brigette Cisneros, Young Infant Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Brigette Cisneros

    Young Infant Assistant Teacher
  • Ms. Olivia Greve, Older Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. Olivia Greve

    Older Infant Lead Teacher

    This is Ms. Greve! Before coming to Primrose as a toddler teacher, she was an infant teacher. She has one older brother and a four year old dog. Her and her dog love watching movies together and taking long walks around the lake!

  • Ms. McKenzie Henson, Assistant Older Infant Teacher

    Ms. McKenzie Henson

    Assistant Older Infant Teacher

    This is Miss Henson! She loves watching people grow into something they have always wanted to be. She is very outgoing and fun. She loves teaching and learning new things!

  • Mrs. Allison Ledwich, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Allison Ledwich

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Ledwich came to attended College of Saint Mary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Allison is married to her highschool sweetheart, and they share two beautiful children together. In her spare time, she loves being with her family, taking her dogs for walks, and playing in the back yard with all of them.

  • Ms. Paige Gunther, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Paige Gunther

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Mrs. Alyssa Stalker

    Older Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Mrs. Kristen Aylward, Early Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Kristen Aylward

    Early Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Aylward is originally from Orange County, California and relocated to Omaha in 2013. She has been married to her husband for 7 years and is a mother of two children. Previously, Kristen worked as a nanny and also had the wonderful opportunity to be a stay at home mother. Her goal at Primrose School of La Vista is to make each student feel special and treat them as if they were her own. Outside of work, Mrs. Aylward's favorite activity is to take her children to the zoo.

  • Ms. Samantha Thompson, Early Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Samantha Thompson

    Early Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Samantha Thompson is very family oriented. She loves children and watching and helping them learn and grow! She describes herself as very bubbly and down to earth. She loves most foods! She says she is an open book so feel free to ask her any questions!

  • Ms. Makayla Bishop, Early Preschool 2 Assistant

    Ms. Makayla Bishop

    Early Preschool 2 Assistant

    This is Ms. Bishop! She grew up in Seward, NE and moved to Omaha in 2016 to go to UNO. She is currently a grad student at UNO getting her masters in social work. After graduation she plans on becoming a therapist for children/teens. She is the oldest of five children and loves working in child care centers.

  • Ms. Nadine Giza, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Ms. Nadine Giza

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher
  • Ms. Mina Bernardasci

    Preschool Pathways Assistant
  • Mr. Chris Lowery

    Preschool 1 Lead Teacher
  • Mrs. Megan Crawford, Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Megan Crawford

    Preschool 1 Assistant Teacher
  • Mrs. Annie Peters, Preschool 2 Lead

    Mrs. Annie Peters

    Preschool 2 Lead

    Ms. Peters has been working with children for the over 15 years and has loved every minute of it! She has experience with all age groups. Before her time with Primrose School of La Vista, she worked in various centers, a church nursery, and also as an on-call nanny. She has attended many different childcare related training opportunities and enjoys learning new ways to excel in her career. In her spare time, she loves being with her family and friends and has a strong love for candy!

  • Mrs. Kelly Sturch, Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Kelly Sturch

    Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Mrs. Jessica Goodlett, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Lead

    Mrs. Jessica Goodlett

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Lead

    This is Mrs. Goodlett! She was born and raised in Omaha and has lived here her whole life. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UNO. She has always had a passion for helping others. She is married and has three children, Ryan, Evelyn and Regan. She is excited to be a part of the Primrose team!

  • Ms. Becca Hagemann, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Assistant

    Ms. Becca Hagemann

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Assistant

    This is Ms. Hagemann! She is an Auntie to five beautiful nieces and nephews in Iowa and two more nephews in Colorado. She is a Women's Rugby National Champion. Rugby has been able to give me many opportunities to learn, grow, and meet many new people. On the weekends I like to visit family, go explore, and climb trees!

  • Ms. Madison Reichardt, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Madison Reichardt

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Madison Reichardt has two little girls named Juniper and Lorraine. She has been working in child care for two and half years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and reading.

  • Mrs. Christina Shimerdla, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Christina Shimerdla

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Assistant Teacher

    Mrs. Christina Shimerdla has over 10 years experience as a special education para professional. She started learning sign language when she was a young child and later graduated with honors from Metropolitan Community College with an Associates in Applied Science with an American Sign Language/ English Interpreter Preparation Program concentration. She has been active with Girl Scouts and has worked with all age groups through the years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, and attending their various events at school, scouts, and throughout the community.


  • Ms. Alice Connolly, Chef

    Ms. Alice Connolly


    Mrs. Alice Connolly comes to Primrose School of La Vista with over 18 years experience in the food service industry and has her Serve Safe Certification. She has great attention to detail and is great at accommodating our children with allergies or restrictions. Mrs. Alice has 3 children and 4 grandchildren of her own. She has been married to her husband 11 years and has a large family of pets as well! Mrs. Connolly loves building friendships with all of the staff and children!

  • Mrs. Jennifer Rumsey, Resource Teacher

    Mrs. Jennifer Rumsey

    Resource Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Jennifer Rumsey came to the La Vista area from Destin, Florida. Jennifer was born in Texas, but both her father and husband were military members, so she has moved around a lot her entire life. Mrs. Rumsey has been working with children since she was 16 years old, and has two children of her own with her husband of 17 years. Outside Primrose School of La Vista, Jennifer enjoys going fishing with her family.

  • Ms. Cyndee Sinnett, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Cyndee Sinnett

    Resource Teacher

    Ms. Cyndee Sinnett grew up with a military dad so they moved every 3 years until moving to La Vista in 1975.She has one brother and three sisters. She graduated from Papillion La Vista in 1979 and graduated from College of St. Mary in 1981. She has four awesome children. Alex is a state patrol drug investigator in Sidney, NE. Ross is a police officer in Sidney, NE. Emma is currently attending UNK to achieve her masters in School Psychology. Blake recently moved back home after living in Florida for two years. She has seven grandchildren ranging from 1 to 12. She spoils them whenever she can. She hopes to make a difference in some child's life which is why she chose to work with children. Those that know her tell her that her position at school is perfect for her!

  • Mx. Salem Shallenberger, Resource Teacher

    Mx. Salem Shallenberger

    Resource Teacher

    Hello! My name is Salem, and I'm so excited to have been given this opportunity to teach at Primrose! I am 28 years old, have been married for six years, and have a cat named Mystic. I've been in childcare for over a decade and have plans to return to college, possibly to further pursue a teaching career. In my free time I like to read, ride my bike, camp, and play board games. I also really love music and I sing/ whistle all the time. I was born in Indiana, but have lived in the Omaha area for most of my life. I have two siblings (an older brother and sister) and four nieces. I volunteer at my sister's in-home daycare in the mornings, and spent this summer teaching my nieces Italian. I love studying and teaching foreign languages for fun, and over the last few years I have studied eight languages. I firmly believe one should never stop learning new things. Thanks for having me here!

  • Ms. Ezzy Sanchez, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Ezzy Sanchez

    Resource Teacher
  • Mr. Eric Hernandez, Resource Teacher

    Mr. Eric Hernandez

    Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Alexis Bauldwin

    Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Alyssa Hunter

    Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Carrie Simpson

    Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Maya Zech

    Resource Teacher
  • Ms. Vanessa Stevenson

    Resource Teacher
  • Katie & Cole Stichler, Franchise Owner

    Katie & Cole Stichler

    Franchise Owners

    We are excited to be the owners of Primrose School of La Vista, our third Primrose School in the metro area! We are the current owners of Primrose School of Legacy, which has been operating in the local area for over 15 years. We also own and operate Primrose School at West Maple, which opened it's doors in January of 2021. We have been married 12 years and have two boys, Trevor (8) and Brody (6). Both boys attended Primrose School of Legacy since they were 6 weeks old. They are now doing great in First and Third Grade!

    Cole started his career in the financial services industry in Omaha after earning his Bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 2014 he founded Stichler Wealth Management, LLC. Katie has 14 years of experience in the Education field. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Education and her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before Primrose, she was a school counselor in the Omaha Public Schools system for eight years.

    We were initially introduced to Primrose during our exhaustive search for quality childcare for our first son, Trevor. We wanted much more than just a daycare. We instantly fell in love with Primrose for many of the same reasons our current families have. Seeing our children grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually has been the best part of our journey together by far. We believe our professional backgrounds serve us well to own and operate multiple Primrose School locations; however, we believe being parents, and being parents to children that have been in the Primrose system, is the most valuable experience we have.

    We look forward to continuing to serve the families that choose Primrose Schools for their children's early education and care!

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