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. Jessica Goodlett, Education Director

    Mrs. Jessica Goodlett

    Education Director

    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. Madison Reichardt, Adminstrative Assistant

    Ms. Madison Reichardt

    Adminstrative Assistant

    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. Joni Clements, Enrollment Director

    Mrs. Joni Clements

    Enrollment Director
  • 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 and restrictions. Chef Alice has 3 children and 6 grandchildren of her own. In her spare time she also enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and hanging by the pool. Fall is her favorite time of the year because she loves being outdoors for grill outs and bonfires. She really loves building friendships with all of the staff and children!  

  • Ms. Brynn Cool, Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. Brynn Cool

    Young Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. Cool has over 13 years of childcare experience, with most of those being in classrooms that are 2 years of age and younger. She dated her husband, who also worked in childcare, for 10 years before getting married and they have now been together for a total of 17 years! They have an almost 3 year old named MacKinnon, MacK for short. They also have 3 pets including a dog, a cat, and a bearded dragon! She feels so lucky to be at Primrose School of La Vista and looks forward to getting to know, not only each child she cares for, but their family as well!​

  • Mx. Salem Shallenberger, Young Infants Assistant Teacher

    Mx. Salem Shallenberger

    Young Infants Assistant Teacher

    This is Salem! They are 30 years old, have been married for 6 years, and have a cat named Mystic. They have been in childcare for over a decade, and have plans to return to college, in the hopes to further pursue a teaching career. In their free time, they like to read, ride their bike, camp, and play board games. They also really love music, and they sing and whistle all the time. They were born in Indiana, but have lived in the Omaha area for most of their life. They have two siblings (an older brother and sister) and four nieces. They love studying and teaching foreign languages for fun, and over the last few years they have studied EIGHT languages! They firmly believe one should never stop learning new things. 

  • Ms. Olivia Greve, Older Infant Lead Teacher

    Ms. Olivia Greve

    Older Infant Lead Teacher

    This is Ms. Greve! She is from Omaha, and has been in childcare for 4 years. 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. Brigette Cisneros, Older Infant Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Brigette Cisneros

    Older Infant Assistant Teacher

    This is Briggette. Ever since she was a teenager, she's had a passion for working with children. Infants are her favorite age! What she loves most about children, is providing them with positive interaction that they can take with them for life!​

  • Mrs. Allison Ledwich, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Allison Ledwich

    Young Toddler Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Ledwich is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have 3 children, Logan, Addison, and Addilyn. They also have two cats and two dogs. Mrs. Ledwich graduated from College of Saint Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She loves spending time with her family and gardening outside.​

  • Ms. Jonnie Bodnar, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Jonnie Bodnar

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    This is Jonnie! She loves spending time with her nephews and her family. She also enjoys crafting in her free time.​ 

  • Ms. Paige Gunther, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Paige Gunther

    Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

    This is Ms. Paige. She really likes to spend time with family. She also really likes to read books and just relax while listening to music. In her free time, she likes to make desserts and spend time with her mom while they watch different shows.​

  • 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 three 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!

  • Mrs. Julia Swafford, Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Julia Swafford

    Early Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Swafford was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Millard North in 2009. She has been working with ages 0-10 for the last 16 years. She loves watching children learn and grow. If she can make a difference in their life, then she feels she has done her job! In July of 2015, she married her high school sweetheart. Three years later, they welcomed their daughter, Hadley, into the world. They have 2 cats and 1 dog. Mrs. Swafford has worked with Primrose for 7 years and she loves everything about her job! She enjoys crafting, being outside, spending time with family, and just enjoying life!​

    Fun Fact: In November 2016, she had the opportunity to go to Cape Town, South Africa for a mission trip! While she was there, she was a part of Extreme Response and their team. Their mission was to give families, townships, and children Christmas parties they would always remember! That trip impacted her life in so many ways! Ask her about it sometime!​


  • Ms. Makayla Bishop, Early Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Makayla Bishop

    Early Preschool 2 Assistant Teacher

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

  • Ms. Emilie Sacks, Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Ms. Emilie Sacks

    Preschool Pathways Lead Teacher

    Ms. Emilie has worked in childcare for 4 years. She is attending school for Occupational Therapy with children. She loves to play volleyball and dance. She especially loves dancing with the babies!

  • Mrs. Patricia Reitz, Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Patricia Reitz

    Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Reitz has been married to her husband for 12 years. They have 2 boys, Jake who is 10 and Beau who is 8. She has been working in childcare for 20+ years and its no surprise how much she loves teaching kids!



  • Ms. Brianna Adriance, Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Ms. Brianna Adriance

    Preschool 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    This is Ms. Bri! She is from Del Rio, Texas and has been working in chlidcare for over 4 years. She is currently attending UNO for Elementary Education, with an endorsement in ESL. She is excited to be a part of the preschool team, and is looking forward to being a part of each child's learning experience!

  • Mrs. Annie Peters, Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Mrs. Annie Peters

    Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

    Ms. Peters has been working with children for the over 24 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

    Kelly is a mother of two children and a grandmother of five. She was married for 32 years. They were in the Air Force and settled in Nebraska from Kaiserstautern, Germany in 1999. She found her passion for teaching children. She loves to teach and nurture children. She loves pink, sparkles, cats, giggling, and joy!

  • Ms. Becca Hagemann, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Ms. Becca Hagemann

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    This is Ms. Hagemann! She is an Auntie to eight beautiful nieces and nephews. She is from a small town in Iowa, and went to Wayne State College. She is a Women's Rugby National Champion. Rugby gave her many opportunities to learn, grow, and meet many new people. She moved to Omaha in 2018 and has enjoyed establishing herself here. On the weekends she likes to visit family, go explore, and climb trees!

  • Mr. Eric Hernandez, Pre-Kindergarten 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    Mr. Eric Hernandez

    Pre-Kindergarten 1 Co-Lead Teacher

    This is Eric. Eric is 22 years old. He loves music, fashion, and hanging out with his loved ones. He is into nature and loves to connect with it. He is a college student, currently working towards a degree in Elementary Education. He has 3 dogs named Leo, Bambi, and Rey!

  • Mr. Chris Lowery, Pre-Kindergarten 2 Lead Teacher

    Mr. Chris Lowery

    Pre-Kindergarten 2 Lead Teacher

    Mr. Chris has worked in childcare for approximately 4 years. He is incredibly excited to be teaching the Pre-Kindergarteners and to help them get ready for Kindergarten! He taught elementary school before coming to Primrose, and is also enrolled at Bellevue University. He's currently pursuing a degree in Education with a focus on History. He loves football, board games, and video games.

  • 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. Over the years, she has enjoyed working with children of all ages. Some of her favorite things to share with children are her passion for arts and crafts, as well as sign language. She is married and has 2 grown children, one in college and one serving in the US Navy. In her free time, she loves to play games, create art, go camping, and spend time with family. ​


  • Mrs. Jennifer Rumsey, Resource Teacher

    Mrs. Jennifer Rumsey

    Resource Teacher

    Mrs. 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 eight 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!

  • Mrs. Megan Crawford, Resource Teacher

    Mrs. Megan Crawford

    Resource Teacher

    This is Mrs. Megan Crawford! She is a fun-loving, caring individual with a song in her soul. She is passionate about and feels honored to be able to teach and care for children. As a kid at heart, she loves all things Disney. When she is not at school, she is spending time with family and preparing for her growing family!

  • Ms. Alyssa Hunter, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Alyssa Hunter

    Resource Teacher

    Ms. Alyssa plays softball in the summer. On her free days, she likes to practice or spend time with friends and family. She is looking at attending college at either Bellevue University or UNO, majoring in Elementary School. She wants to be a teacher!

  • Ms. Kaylee Tanuis, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Kaylee Tanuis

    Resource Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Kaylee is 17 years old and she goes to Papillion-La Vista High School. She plays softball for the Monarchs and Nebraska Thunder. After graduation, she wants to be a social worker or a hair stylist.​

  • Ms. Ezzy Sanchez, Resource Teacher

    Ms. Ezzy Sanchez

    Resource Teacher

    This is Ezzy. She started in daycare a couple years ago, and she loves it. On the weekends, she really enjoys spending her time with friends and family. She's a very easy-going person, and she loves getting to know all the kiddos here at Primrose!​

  • 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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