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Congratulations on your puppy! I work all day, so avoiding separation anxiety in my dogs is something I've really read up on and focussed on over the years.
Three important things are (1) helping her understand that you will be coming back, (2) having her associate your leaving with something good, and (3) making your coming/going a normal, boring routine for her.
This is what's been very successful for me, based on what a trainer suggested. Start out by putting her where you'll have her stay when you're leaving the house but simply walk out of that area -- still within her view -- and then walk back in; start with a few seconds that you're "gone" and then build up to a minute or so. Then do the same thing but walk out of her view and then back, again gradually increasing the time -- it helps if you're talking the first few times you go out of her view so she can hear you even though she can't see you. Each time you walk back into the kitchen, resist the urge to cuddle/comfort her if she's yelping -- instead, be very matter-of-fact and talk normally to her. Do this multiple times a day. She's learning that you'll come back and it's not a big deal when you're not right there with her.
Each time you leave the house, give her a special yummy treat that she only gets when you leave and follow the same routine each time you're leaving the house; again, make sure you're very matter of fact so she knows it isn't a big deal that you're leaving. For example, I give each of my guys a stuffed Kong ball, walk them over to their beds, turn on the radio in the kitchen and then say "I have to go to work now" and walk out.
Sounds like you're already on the right track, though. Best of luck! Jane