How would you like the students to address you?
How long have you been at St. John School?
I am starting my 39th year at St. John's.
What grade/subject are you teaching? Staff - where will you be working?
I teach 4th grade.
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 walked through these doors, applying for a job right out of college, and found a home. Thirty nine years later, it's still home. (There's no place like home)
What are a couple unique qualities/skills about you?
I love to cook and bake. I read and read and read - especially in the summer. Fun Fact: I am closing in on teaching 30 'grandstudents' (children of former students) It's an indescribable joy to watch St. John's students grow up to become good parents who think it's important to send their own children here.
What are some personal items the families might like to know?
My husband, Ken, and I moved into the parish right after my first year teaching here. We raised three sons - Ryan, Jonathan and Adam - who all were St. John's, then Pius, students. Ryan and his wife, Toyin, just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Jonathan and Nicole just blessed us with our FIRST GRANDCHILD!! While my sons are all native Nebraskans, I am not. I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My dad was a manager for JC Penney's and we moved a lot! Growing up, I lived in six different cities and went to nine different schools. I always have a soft spot for any 'new kid' in my classroom, because that was always me.
Who is your favorite Saint and why?
While our Blessed Mother is my forever go-to; St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients, will always have a special place in my faith life.
What is your favorite Bible or Saint quote?
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta – “It's not about how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do, that matters.”
What is your favorite prayer and why?
Why did you choose to teach at a Catholic school? Or why did you choose to teach at St. John’s?
I wanted to be in a faith based school for so many reasons: prayer, religious holidays, incorporating God into any subject, are just a few.
Anything else you want to add?