Our Teachers

Mrs. Laiva Hoffman- Director/Teacher

This is Laiva’s 9th year at the preschool.  She received her Masters in Early Childhood Education: Inclusive Education and Curriculum & Instruction from Portland State University in 2018.  She and her husband have a daughter in 9th grade and a son in 6th. Her family have a puppy named Tex and 60-gallon aquarium with fun fish that have proved that they even can have interesting personalities. In her free time, Laiva enjoys to run, read, craft, cook and be with friends and family. She classifies herself as an early literacy “geek” who loves to provide as many opportunities for children to develop not only these skills but their social and math skills as well.


Ms. Sarah – Aide

Sarah is working at the preschool while attending her second year of college. She loves hanging out with her family and friends. In her spare time, she is writing a fantasy novel and volunteering at her local library. In the future, she hopes to work at a public library. Sarah is excited to share her love of books and crafts with the students.


Mary Heck – Preschool Secretary

This is Mary’s second year as our secretary.  Prior to becoming our secretary, Mary, worked as an aide for 13 years.  She enjoys spending time with her family, especially snuggling her grand-babies.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Staff

Eric Oswald, Youth & Children’s Minister

Eric Oswald is Youth & Children’s Minister at Bethlehem. You will see him wandering the office and halls preparing for the week’s Sunday School kids program activities, as well as for the youth group kids at BLC (Bethlehem Lutheran Church).  You will often see Eric leading preschool chapel time, making the kids laugh, think, and believe that God loves them and is always in our hearts.


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Jeff Shearier, Pastor

Pastor Jeff Shearier serves BLC as a trusted and honored spiritual leader, but also serves on the preschool board.  He often is seen at chapel time, and provides a positive message to the children about God’s love.  He enjoys time spent with family and friends. Among his interests are hiking and exploring new places.

Preschool Board of Directors

Jim Cullen- Chairperson

Amy Hoffman- Vice Chairperson

Toby Van Altvorst – Board person

Joy Gahlen – Board Person

Pastor Jeff Shearier- Church Advisory