Staff Introductions

My name is Rachelle Schurman. This is my fifth year teaching with DC West and I absolutely enjoy every second of it! I appreciate having the ability to build relationships with the faculty, parents, and of course the students. I am excited to begin teaching this year and I look forward to many new learning experiences as well as, working with you to promote an optimal learning experience for your child.

Other than my work with DC West I was a preschool teacher and education specialist at Bright Horizons for seven years. Before working for Bright Horizons I worked at a small Catholic School/Child Care as a preschool teacher and summer camp coordinator. I feel that all of my past teaching opportunities have presented rewards and yet challenges that has influenced my current teaching style. In addition to my working experiences, I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education Unified, which encompasses both general and special education. I then graduated from Peru State College with a graduate degree in Curriculum Instruction.

Now to share a bit about family and myself. I was born and raised in South Omaha having moved to Yutan seven years ago. I was lucky enough to marry my husband five summers ago and this summer we celebrated our son, Cameron’s fourth birthday! In October we will be celebrating our precious baby girl, Avery’s first birthday! We enjoy spending time together outdoors, swimming, and traveling across the states to various sporting events. Overall, we are very laid back and value the simple things in life.

In preschool we are fortunate to have a great team of teachers and paraprofessionals to work with your child throughout the day! Miss. Billie and Miss. Lisa will be working with me in the preschool classroom each day. Miss. Sarah Hoffman is the other preschool teacher who will work with Miss. Shawn and Miss. Jen in her classroom. We are so lucky to have such a great team!

Miss. Billie

My name is Miss Billie! I am one of the paraeducators at the DC West Early Education Center. A little about me - I grew up in Waterloo and moved to Valley six years. I live with my eight year old daughter, Zoe and my fifteen her old schipperkee, Gidget. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and everything about the holiday season - especially Christmas. I look forward to a great year with your kiddo and as we say... everyday is a great day in preschool!

Miss. Lisa

Hello, My name is Miss. Lisa. This will be my first year as a paraeducator in Preschool. I have worked as a para for few years for OPS & some time here last year for our Elementary. I was born in Illinois. I grew up in California where I met my soul mate Jason. We have two wonderful children. Moved to Omaha in 2006. Moved to Valley in 2018. Our daughter Katie graduated from DCW High in 2017. Going to Nursing School. Our son Ryan is 14 starting his Freshman yr at DCW High. We have an 11yr old Chocolate Lab named "Fudge" & a three yr old Ragdoll cat named "Goob". Spending time with my family is my favorite thing. I also love spending time with friends, reading, scrapbooking, & watching old movies. Especially Christmas movies. I love the holidays. I have a holiday tree that I decorate for every holiday. I am so excited to be in your child's class. I look forward to a wonderful & fulfilling year.

Miss. Hoffman:

My name is Miss Sarah Hoffman and I am one of the preschool teachers. I’m so excited to bring the excitement of learning to you and your child!

This is my second year at DC West but my 14th year teaching. I started my teaching career with Omaha Catholic Schools teaching Kindergarten for 2 years. I taught for Omaha Public Schools for 9 years teaching Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. I also was the Director of a Child Care Center for 1 year. I have my Masters in Early Childhood Education and am currently working on my Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement.

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family. I just moved to Fremont where I live with my fiancé, Bryan and 21-month-old son Paxton. We also have 2 dogs, Bella and Snickers. I also enjoy shopping, being outside when it’s nice, Husker Football and spending time with friends!

Teaching Early Childhood is my passion! I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child as they begin their journey through school

Miss. Shawn:

My name is Miss Shawn, My husband and I have three kids, David -23, Emily-20, Sarah-18. We have a dog, named CoCo and a cat named Katie. We live in Waterloo. I've worked in the Valley, DCWEST preschool for over 20 years! I love watching my kids sporting events, going to the movies, and hanging out with my family! At school, I love to play with Glitter and give hugs! I feel blessed to be working in the preschool, I love the things the kids say and do.

Miss. Jen:

My name is Miss Jen and my husband's name is Russ. We have 3 boys; Brandon 22, Devin 20 and Zachary 17. We have lived in Elkhorn for almost 8 years with a Yorkie named Zoey. Before that, we lived in Valley for 14 years. All 3 of our boys have gone to and still go to DC West Schools. I've been working in the DC West preschool for two years and feel honored to be a part of this program! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outside and doing crafts. I love being a part of your child's learning experience and can't wait for another school year with them!