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Sheila Burfield
Director and Lead Classroom Teacher

Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Concordia University, St. Paul.  She began her early childhood career with Precious is the Child in 1999, and also worked in a daycare setting and as a Head Start teacher, before returning to Precious Is the Child in 2013.  She thoroughly enjoys the preschool setting and sharing God's Word with children and families.  Sheila is an avid walker and enjoys yoga, gardening, and kayaking.  Sheila and her husband live in Chatfield and together enjoy hiking, biking, and relaxing at home. But their favorite activity is to spend time with their grown children.


Jan Dale
Substitute Teacher

Jan graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with an early childhood concentration.  Previously she has taught kindergarten, preschool, and has been employed as an in-school aid for a child with special needs.  She and her husband enjoy gardening and traveling to visit their three grown children.


Heather Meyer
Substitute Teacher

Heather grew up in Cedar Falls, IA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She and her husband moved to Rochester in 2001, where she began substitute teaching with the Rochester Public School system. Heather has two daughters who are 12 and 8 years old; both of them attended Precious Is the Child Preschool. Heather spends her free time gardening, reading and traveling with her family.