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 Monarch 5K
The new fashion statement for students at Mercy High School just might be a blue and gold tutu. That is the top prize for raising $400 or more in this fall’s Mercy Monarch 5k to raise money for the school’s negotiated tuition assistance program.
This new, socially distant fundraiser gives students the chance to safely participate from their own neighborhoods, running trails, parks or treadmills. Students will walk or run 5K (3.12 miles) any time during the month of October. Alumnae are also invited to join the fun to help raise money. Participants will have the chance to unlock a variety of prizes based on the amount of money they raise.
Participants can complete the 5K any time between October 1 and October 31 and donations are due at the end of October.
How to Donate:
Family, friends, neighbors, alumnae and others can donate under a specific student’s name or on their own on the Mercy website at https://www.mercyhigh.org/happenings/mercy-monarch-5k.cfm.
Every student is expected to raise $200 profit through the Mercy Monarch 5K or the spring plant sale or through personal donations. This is one of two student fundraisers sponsored annually to help students participate in funding Mercy High School’s educational programs.
Raise $200 in donations to receive a Mercy High scrunchie
Raise $300 in donations to receive a 5K t-shirt
Raise $400 in donations and receive a blue and gold tutu