Mrs. Livia Backhaus is the preschool director and teacher at Shepherd of the Valley. She recently graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. She is entering her first year of the teaching ministry. She recently got married in June to Duke Backhaus, a vicar at Zion Lutheran Church, Denver, CO. She enjoys music, theater, the outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to share the love of Jesus with young children and tell them about their Savior.