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Jamie Driffill Preschool Lead Teacher
Jennifer McMurchie: Administrative
Susie Hart: Owner/Director/
Susie Hart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 and later received her Masters of Education in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis. She taught young children in London, England for the first 9 years of her career alongside her duties writing curriculum as Geography and Math coordinator. She later taught Kindergarten in the Los Angeles area and acted as Art coordinator and new teacher mentor. Upon moving to Omaha, she enrolled her youngest child in Linda McGuire’s Pre-K class and ended up teaching with her. They have successfully worked together since then, sharing the same standards and passion for early education.
Susie is thrilled to be part of such an exciting venture and loves working with the children and families in Elkhorn and the surrounding areas. She lives with her husband, daughter, son and a crazy menagerie of animals including dogs, a cat and frogs! In her spare time she likes to read, dance and travel.
Linda McGuire: Owner/Director/
Linda McGuire graduated with a Child Development Associate in 1993 and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career with the Head Start Program teaching preschool ages 3-5 years of age. She has also owned her own in-home preschool and child care while her children were young. Her experience extended to teaching Kindergarten in both public and private schools. She holds a current State of Nebraska Teaching License and has worked with Pre-Kindergarten children for many years.
It has been Linda’s dream to open her own quality preschool for many years and she has enjoyed this new journey in her life. She is the happy mother of two daughters, one son and a dog that keep her very busy when she’s not in the classroom or at our school. She loves to read, dance, scrapbook, listen to music and spend time with family and friends.
We offer half-day options for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. Special days and programs are offered throughout the year.
Our caring teachers are educated and experienced in developmentally appropriate practices. Class sizes are kept small so that the needs of all children are met and learning is at an optimum level.
Serving the Elkhorn, Millard, Gretna and West Omaha areas, The Hearth Academy Preschool is proud to offer a curriculum that is based on the best early childhood practice and linked to local school district expectations.
We have two scheduled conferences per year, and encourage open communication throughout the year, with regular newsletters, classroom volunteers and an "open-door" policy. Our parent volunteer club, or HAPPY club (Hearth Academy Preschool Parents for our Young), is active in fundraising and planning fun family/school events throughout the year.
Our building has been constructed to the highest standards for the safety of our children and includes biometric fingerprint scan for entry to the building, an on-site tornado shelter and fully fenced playground area. Each classroom has it's own toilet, sink and drinking fountain and all of our staff are CPR/First Aid certified.
We believe each child is a unique and special individual that should be encouraged to develop at his or her own rate, in a rich and engaging environment. Our programs and teachers nurture all aspects of development including: social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language.
We believe children learn best through hands-on experiences that allow them to grow and make sense of their world. We believe our safe, positive environment encourages children to explore, imagine and develop confidence and a love for school.
We encourage family involvement and believe that a strong, positive relationship between school and home enhances a child's education.
Sierra Hirth: PDO Lead Teacher
Ongoing education is one of our top priorities. Our teaching staff was able to attend the national Staff Development for Educators conference in July 2016. We were able to attend sessions with some of the country's foremost Early Childhood specialists. The fascinating research and exciting new ideas keep us full of enthusiasm and good educational practice. We can't wait for the new year!
Nicki Nutter: Pre-K Lead Teacher
Melissa Eisma: Pre-K Lead Teacher,
Preschool Lead Teacher