The Great and caring staff of Green Valley Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten


My name is Shawn Nielsen and I am the director here at Green Valley Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten and the morning kindergarten teacher. I consider my self blessed to be able to teach the children here, as well as, direct this wonderful and caring staff, as we all share in this Bible centered and academically rich teaching environment. 
Before going into education, I was a medical assistant and office manager for a doctor's office here in Las Vegas. I raised three children and then went back to school, to UNLV, to earn my  Bachelor's in Communications degree, a Master's in Education degree, and have one more child.
I worked for the Clark County School District in first and second grade before taking the call from my church, in 1997, to direct the school and start a kindergarten program. I have since earned my Synod Certification in religious instruction from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. 
Besides being blessed with my four children, I am also the grandmother of twelve wonderful grandchildren who have all the the great fortune to come through our school. I love to spend time with my family, sew and crochet.


My name is Sheri Redmond. I moved to Nevada from Minnesota in 1995 and now live in  Henderson. I have been married for 19 years and have two wonderful children, who both went to school here! I have been a member of GVELC since 2000 and began my teaching assistant career here in 2006. I loved being the kindergarten assistant for 7 years and found being around kids and teaching to be a blessing in my life.  I am very excited to now be teaching our three year old class.  It is so rewarding and fills my heart with joy as I watch these little ones learn and grow.

My name is Ceci Carter. I have been a widow for three years  and have two grown daughters, Cecile and Tawny. Before coming to Las Vegas I had an in-home daycare program for many years in Northern California. I earned a CDA in Early Childhood Education and began teaching the three and four year old classes here in 2000. It has been a wonderful experience to see all the children grow in their faith and preschool skills. I have always loved working with children. I love traveling and visiting my family throughout the states.

My name Mandee Heiny. I've been a Las Vegas  resident for over 22 years and earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UNLV. I taught first grade for several years in the Clark County School District and have taken numerous courses toward my master's degree in literacy and early childhood education. Previous to joining the staff at Green Valley Lutheran School. I taught preschool for five years at Beautiful Savior Lutheran School.  I've been blessed with two beautiful children, my 13 year old son and 16 year old daughter. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crafting and skiing. I truly love working with young children and enjoy each step of their educational development. The most rewarding part of this ministry is being able to witness our students' faith blossom and flourish as they learn of our Savior's abounding love. Welcome!

My name is Valerie Sweet. I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to the Las Vegas area in 1992.  I am married to a Las Vegas native and we have four "grown" children.  I have a CDA in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching preschool here at GVLPK since 1999.  My own children attended preschool and kindergarten here and they hope that one day their children attend as well.  Four and five year olds are my absolute favorite to spend time with and I truly enjoy integrating a fun curriculum with them such as "Muffins with Mom", Marshmallow fights, "Doughnuts with Dad" as well as field trips that include the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.  Our family enjoys traveling together and zip lining in Mexico, Europe and our favorite destination has been New Zealand.  I am also an advocate with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and spearhead a team called "Hope Sweet Hope" for the national 5k run/walk events.  We have been recognized as one of the top ten groups in the Nevada and California area since 2010.

 Teaching Assistants

My name is Sharon Kitsch. I have been married for 35 years and have two grown sons. I moved to Henderson from Hawaii in 1996, and have been a teaching assistant here at Green Valley Lutheran since 1998. I love working with the three-year-old children, they are so sweet and can learn so much. I also like to go to garage sales and shop.

My name is Janice Johnson. I was born and raised in Wyoming. I moved to Nevada in 1996, wanting warmer weather. I have been married for 34 years and have a daughter and a son, and two grandchildren. I have been a teaching assist with the three and four year classes since 1998. I love working with little children and watching them bloom. I also love spending time with my grand kids, gardening, traveling and riding my bike.

My name is Becky Crowe. I was raised in Indiana where I attended Purdue University. I have been married to my husband for 16 years. We have three children who have all attended our school here. My youngest still attends here and I could not imagine a better place to spend my time and watch all of the children gown. I have recently joined the staff here at Green Valley Lutheran and am enjoying the little children immensely. 

My name is Elsie Cromonic. I moved to Henderson from New Jersey in 2002, where my husband and I ran a fast food restaurant. I also drove a school bus for four years. I have two daughters, 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 2013! I love to vacation with my family. I have so enjoyed my time here working as a substitute and now as the after care teaching assistant.

My name is Brenda Ginnow. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Oshkosh State University. I taught 5th grade for 6 years in  Houston, Texas and have now taught preschool for 29 years. I have always loved little children and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. It has been a very rewarding career and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have  been married for 42 years and have one son, who is a police officer for the Portland Police Dept. In Oregon. My family moved to Henderson in 1992 and have loved living here. I enjoy reading, daily walks, doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku and playing the church organ. I have retired from full time teaching this year. this will be my first year as a substitute at the school. I love teaching too much to leave.

Office Manager

My name is Leanna Heiny.  My husband of forty seven years and I have three grown children and eight wonderful grandchildren.  We have lived in Las Vegas since 1981 and five of our grandchildren have attended our school.  In 2000, I retired as an Account Rep for Hallmark Cards to be a full time Grandmother. I joined the staff at Green Valley Lutheran Preschool in 2007 and it has been a blessing to be part of this wonderful staff and school.  I love to read, do crossword and suduko puzzles, travel and crochet.