How would you like the students to address you?
Mrs. Osantowski or Mrs. Oz
How long have you been at St. John School?
This will be my 6th year.
What grade/subject are you teaching? Staff - where will you be working?
Special Education Coordinator/Resource
How long have you been teaching and/or when did you start teaching? If Staff - including St. Johns time, how long have you been doing the same type of job?
I started teaching in the fall of 2013. I have taught all 5 years in 3rd grade at St. John's.
What are a couple of unique qualities/skills about you?
I was a competitive cheerleader in college. My sister also works at St. John's. I think corny/ dad jokes are hilarious.
What are some personal items the families might like to know?
I met my husband while we were attending Doane College in Crete, NE. We got married in June of 2019. We have 1 son, Emmett, who was born in November of 2020 and one black lab, Koda.
Who is your favorite Saint and why?
The Virgin Mary is my favorite saint. I feel very close to Mary as new mother.
What is your favorite Bible or Saint quote?
John 8: 4-7 – “They said to him, Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say? They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
This verse reminds me that no one is perfect, and we should focus on how we can fix our own flaws and not on others flaws.
What is your favorite prayer and why?
The memorare is my favorite prayer because it reminds me that no matter where I am or what I am facing Mary will always have a listening ear and intercede for me.
Why did you choose to teach at a Catholic school? Or why did you choose to teach at St. John’s?
I chose to teach at a Catholic school because my faith plays an important role in how I live my life and I wanted to share that with my students.
Anything else you want to add?
I became a teacher because I love to learn. My students have taught me more than I could have imagined. I can't wait to see what they will teach me this year!