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We provide a Qualified Teacher and Assistant Teacher in each room, as needed to meet state ratios for each age group. Our teachers and caregivers are carefully selected based on qualifications, references, experience, and personality. We comply with all state-mandated background and registry checks prior to hiring. All staff completes our training program prior to working in a classroom. We want to assure our teachers and staff are successful by setting clear expectations and providing regular feedback on their performance. We carefully supervise each one to verify that our goals are being met with all children. We stress that every child needs differing amounts of direction and instruction, and that every child deserves and gets what he or she needs.


Erin Bussen

Growing Hearts Academy Director
Erin is the Director of Growing Hearts. Erin is married and has two children, Addison and Tristin. Erin and her family have lived in the Fremont area for over 30 years and have been a part of Growing Hearts Academy and Church of the Nazarene since 2012. Erin graduated from Midland University in 2003 with a BA and she has an extensive background in recruitment and management. Erin believes that Growing Hearts Academy is making a difference in the lives of our children, our families, and our community. The thing Erin enjoys most about working at Growing Hearts Academy is the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with the families that entrust her with their greatest blessings. During her free time Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and crafting.

Jessica Schreck

Growing Hearts Academy Assistant Director
Jessica is the Assistant Director of Growing Hearts. Jessica and her husband John have two children together,. Her family is originally from Missouri, moving to the Fremont area in January of 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science and Art Minor from Northwest Missouri State University. Jessica feels the greatest part of working at Growing Hearts Academy is having the opportunity to better the community by our children through meaningful relationships and by growing young hearts and minds for a brighter future. She enjoys being home with her family and spending time outdoors. She loves digital design and has a big heart for children, nature and animals.



Annie Buesing

Annie has been with Growing Hearts Academy since March 2017. Annie floats throughout the center. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Wayne State College, and she is working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health. Annie was married in June 2017 and lives in Fremont. When Annie is not working, she enjoys thrifting and doing DIY projects.

Lori Bales

Lori is our center cook. She is originally from Colorado, but has resided in Fremont for 35 years. Lori has been apart of our Nazarene Church for 34 years. She has 3 children and 5 grand-children. She loves spending time together with her family and friends. Lori also enjoys having big dinners, riding bikes, watching movies and helping others. Her favorite verse is:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.”  – 1 Corinthians 13:4


Karrie Swanson

Karrie is the Lead Teacher of the Toddler Room. She has been with Growing Hearts Academy since November 2017 and the Lead Teacher of the Toddler Room since March 2018. Karrie has been apart of the Church of the Nazarene family for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology from University of Nebraska Omaha. Before working at Growing Hearts Academy, Karrie worked as a Social Worker for the State of Nebraska for 4 years. She has been married since 2013 and has 3 girls. They love having family days outside and going to the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Larami Harris

Larami joined the Growing Hearts Academy in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wayne State College. Larami enjoys teaching children through sign language, unique and fun crafts, and the STEM program. Outside of Growing Hearts, Larami is a huge Chicago Cubs fan. She comes from a family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters, so she has some personal experience when it comes to dealing with conflict and resolution. One of her favorite things to do on her day off is play with her dog Olivia and spend the day at the bowling alley.

Brianna Harsh

Brianna is the Lead Teacher in the 2’s & 3’s classroom. She has been with Growing Hearts Academy since December 2016 and has spent a good portion of her adult life working in childcare. Brianna loves working with young children and showing them how they can learn and have fun at the same time. Originally from Columbus, Nebraska, Brianna is the oldest of 7 kids.  She has been married 12 years and has 3 children.

Cristal Najera

Cristal is the Assistant Teacher in the Two’s Room. She has over two years experience in childcare, and she loves being with the kids. Her hobbies include cooking for her two children, sand volleyball, football, and being outdoors. Her favorite part about working at Growing Hearts Academy is watching the children’s excitement as they learn, grow, and experience new things.

Charleene Cleary


Kennedy Korpi


Taryn Bales


Tina Kurzenberger

 Tina joined Growing Hearts Academy in January 2017. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Anthony, and they have 3 children. She was a stay at home mom for several years before going to work part time as a pre-K teacher. She teaches a full curriculum based around academics, science, and faith in our Lord. Coming to class everyday makes Tina smile knowing she will be teaching her little friends something new.


Nancy Leland

Nancy has lived in Fremont for over 40 years. Nancy’s grandson has been attending Growing Hearts Academy since 2015. In 2017 Nancy took a position as van driver for our school age children. Nancy said she learns so much from these amazing young people.

Olga Mis

Olga joined Growing Hearts Academy July 2016.  She has over 7 years’ experience working with infants and works as an Assistant Teacher in Growing Hearts Nursery. Olga has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with. She is also devoted to her church and volunteers 3 days a week helping with different events. Olga lives her life devoted to Jesus and his teachings.

April Roeber

April and her husband Chris have been married 13 years and they have 4 wonderful children – Constance, Kelson, Christopher, and Blake. April has over 16 years of daycare experience and has worked with many different age groups.  She is the Lead Teacher in the Two’s room at Growing Hearts Academy. April and her family have been members of the Nazarene church for 16 years.  April’s goal in child care is to show children God’s love not only with words, but also with actions.

Danielle Walraven


Sarah Tietgen

Sarah is the Lead Teacher in the Waddler room and has been with Growing Hearts Academy since October 2016. Prior to coming to Growing Hearts Academy, Sarah worked with children for over 2 years. She has 3 children at home – Zaralynn, Payton, and Blayne. When she is not working with her favorite group of children, the Waddlers, she enjoys being outdoors, watching movies, spending time with friends, and baking and cooking.



Micaella Johnson


Jenny Lyon


Elva Lemus


Zaralynn Lyons


Cortney Cooper


Skyler Mruz


Alexis Yurk


Alexia Ziemba



Jeremy Henderson

Lead Pastor




Hortencia Villasenor

Pastor to Hispanic Community 

Pastora Hortencia is our Hispanic Community Pastor. She has been in the Fremont area for more than 25 years.  God has given her a dream to help others in our Hispanic Community have a restored life through faith, hope, and love.

Tyler Sparks

Pastor to Families with Children

.Tyler has been with Fremont Nazarene Church since November 2016. She is the Pastor to Children and families. Tyler graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University May 2016 with a degree in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Prior to being in Fremont, she grew up in Royals baseball territory. She served as a Pastor to Children and families in Missouri while she attended college. Post college, she worked as a paraprofessional in her hometown and really enjoyed that experience!

Tyler desires for people to know Jesus. She is passionate about helping people see their value in Jesus.




Located in the Fremont Nazarene Church

960 N Johnson Rd

Fremont, NE 68025


(402) 753-0168