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Mercy Welcomes Two New Faculty


Jim Mayberger is our new business and technology teacher.  He comes to us from OPS where he was a curriculum specialist.

He managed the Business Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Skilled and Technical Science, and Robotics departments.

“I am excited to teach in a faith-based school. I really enjoy being in the classroom and I look forward to being part of the Mercy community.”




Jenna Saraka joins our math department.  She comes to us from Omaha Central, where she taught for five years.  

“I am most excited about joining a staff and community that offers strong educational opportunities and many extracurricular activities for students that are centered around faith. 

I am also excited to work with students who are eager to learn in and out of the classroom!”

Two New Hires for the Advancement Team

Sammie Emsick Becker ’05 has accepted the Director of Events position at Mercy High School and began her new role on June 13, 2022.

Since graduating from Mercy, Sammie earned a bachelor in elementary education, a certificate in Catholic School leadership, and most recently, a Master of Science in educational leadership. Outside classroom teaching, she has served as the athletic director for St. James for the past three years where, in conjunction with supervising all things athletics, annually planned the “Spring Fling” fundraiser where dollars raised went straight to the athletic program. Her most recent “Spring Fling” event set a record for money raised for St. James. She further has event planning experience by way of her time at Dundee Bank, where she was the community involvement coordinator and worked closely with various Omaha businesses to promote and grow relationships with key stakeholders of the bank via special events.

She’s married to Tyler Becker and has two boys Ty (12) and Drew (10). 
Welcome back to Mercy Sammie!

Brian Altenhofen began his new position as Director of Marketing and Communications on July 5th.

He comes to Mercy with a wealth of knowledge having earned a doctorate degree in communication and technology studies from Texas A&M University and teaching at Truman State University for the past five years. He also served as the Director of the Truman Leadership Scholars, mentoring and programming leadership experiences for Truman Scholars. Prior to his academic career he spent five years as a Jesuit Scholastic.

He is married to Michaela Cullan Altenhofen who will return to Mary Our Queen Catholic School teaching 3rd grade. They have four children Dylan (16), Lily (9), Dominic (7), and Clara (3). 



Mercy Begins School Year 

August 06, 2020
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School will welcome 82 freshmen and several transfers to the school this fall.  Using a hybrid model, a combination of in-class and online teaching, freshmen will arrive on August 13 and August 14 depending on the beginning letter of their last name.  Student Ambassadors will greet them with cheers and shouts of welcome. Inside the building their lockers will already be decorated by their Big Sisters.  

“Our freshman class resides in 30 different Omaha area zip codes, represent all socioeconomic levels and include 27.5 percent students of color.  We also have two sets of twins,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, principal.

There will be a modified schedule for other classes for several days until the entire school opens for all students beginning August 17 with rotating schedules.  Students with last names beginning with A-L will be in the building on Mondays and Thursdays and M-Z last names will be working from home “zooming” into classes.  On Tuesdays and Fridays, M-Z students will be in the building and A-L will work from home.  Wednesdays will be remote days for all students, and classes will be meeting virtually, or girls may be working asynchronously.

The school has also instituted numerous safety and health precautions including everyone wearing masks at all times, keeping students at least six feet apart and carrying their own water bottles, drinking fountains will be closed and stairwells will be one-way. Thanks to recent updates, the school’s air conditioning and ventilation system also provides the recommended ventilation for classrooms. All-school and large group meetings will be limited in size and large parent meetings will most likely not occur in-person. 


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