My name is Rachelle Schurman. This is my fourth 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. This past winter, I 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 six years ago. I was lucky enough to marry my husband four summers ago and this summer we celebrated our son, Cameron’s third birthday! This October we are expecting our second child, a precious baby girl! 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 Tara and Miss Adrienne 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. Miss. Billie will be working with both classrooms on a part time basis. We are so lucky to have such a great team!

Miss. Tara:
    In addition to being a para in your child’s classroom, I also provide morning transportation for those who qualify. This will be my eighth year as a preschool para with DC West. For my educational background, I attended junior college at Iowa Western Community College where I received an associate’s degree in sports management. While attending IWCC I also enjoyed playing on the softball team. Upon graduating, I then attended Bellevue University where I also played softball and completed my bachelor’s degree in sports management and then continued on to receive my master’s degree in management.
    
    Now, to share a bit with you about myself and family. I was born and raised in Valley along with my husband Greg. We have lived in Valley for eight years now, where we are raising our 5-year-old son Grant and almost 3-year-old son Camden and our 10-month old daughter Emma. We enjoy spending time with family, attending sporting events, and being outside. I am looking forward to having a great year working with you and your child.

Miss. Adrienne:
    My name is Miss Adrienne; I have three kids, Isaiah -18, Hannah-16, Lavendar-15. We live in Valley. I've worked in DC WEST’s preschool for over 10 years! I love watching my kids sporting events, hanging out with my friends and family, and gardening/canning! I love to engage with the students and help them explore the world around them. I love being a part of their first years in school.

Miss. Billie:
    My name is Miss Billie, my husband and I live in Valley with our daughter Zoe - 7. I grew up in Waterloo and have been a member of the Waterloo/Valley community my whole life. I love to read, spend time with my family, and celebrate the holidays - it's my favorite time of year! When my daughter was born I was thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom. It was during my time at home with her that I began to dream of a career working with young children. After Zoe started kindergarten at DC West I decided to enroll at MCC to earn my associates degree in early childhood education. I love to be with these sweet kiddos, and feel blessed to help them grow and learn a little more every day.



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 first year at DC West but my 13th 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 boyfriend, Bryan and 9 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 -22, Emily-19, Sarah-17. 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 21, Devin 19 and Zachary 16. We have lived in Elkhorn for almost 7 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 almost a year 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!