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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.



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 Daycare Manager. She assists teachers in classrooms, manages our “Rooted in Relationships” expectations, as well as holds various office duties. 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


Taryn Bales


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.

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.


Micaella Johnson


Natalie Cone


Zandra Henderson


Hannah Henderson


Jeanne Hurlbert


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.

Bailey Zeleny


Shelly Williams


Morgan Spicer


Yencina Pariset


Alexis Abney


Alexis Tapia


Erica Martinez


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 bible 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


Jeremy Henderson

Lead Pastor

 Pastor Jeremy Henderson joined the Fremont Nazarene Church as Lead Pastor in July, 2019. Pastor Jeremy was ordained on his birthday in 2005, and is a Northwest Nazarene alumnus, earning an Undergraduate degree in Church Music and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. Prior to coming to Fremont, Pastor and his family ministered in congregations throughout the United States. He is a Mid-Westerner at heart, growing up in Southwest Missouri and he loves the St. Louis Cardinals! Pastor Jeremy and his wife Zandra have been married since 1998 and have four children: Brennan, Hannah, Samuel and Micah. He enjoys spending time with his family watching Marvel Superhero movies, being outdoors, working in the yard, doing amateur photography and reading. As an accomplished musician he sings, plays piano and guitar and in his spare time he enjoys “geeking out” over the latest sound equipment and Mac products. The desire of Pastor Jeremy’s heart is to see people encounter the life-transforming grace of Jesus Christ and he works diligently to form life-giving relationships so others can experience the incomparable love and amazing grace of God.



Tyler Runyan

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