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 students Sophie Harvat and Madeline Riesberg were named Outstanding Seniors at the school’s virtual May Crowning on May 11. The annual award winners are chosen by the senior class, faculty and administration because they “represent the class in an outstanding way.” Honorees are considered by their peers and teachers to be loyal, trustworthy, spirited, compassionate, generous and dedicated while also being involved in school activities.
Sophie has been on Student Council for four years, serving as this year’s president. A member of the National Honor Society (NHS), she also has been a Student Ambassador for three years and a member of Golden Girls (the school’s spirit club) for three years serving as its secretary. As a Mercy athlete, Sophie participated in track and field all four years, basketball for three years and was on the cheer team for three years. Sophie is a member of St. Gerald’s parish. She was on the Nocturne Court her sophomore year. Sophie's service portfolio includes volunteering at Mercy events, helping to lead Junior Monarchs basketball camps and working at parish events. She will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study social work.
Madeline is also this year’s valedictorian. She is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS) and Pastoral Council. Madeline participates in track and field and served as a captain her sophomore and junior years. She has been on the Core Team for Operation Others for two years. Last fall, she was chosen to portray the older Catherine McAuley in the Mercy Day play. During her sophomore year she was on the Nocturne Court, and she was on the Prom Court her senior year. Madeline is a member of St. Gerald’s Parish. Her older sister, Makayla, graduated in 2013 and her younger sister, Megan, is a current freshman. A recipient of numerous scholarships, Madeline is planning to attend the University of Nebraska Kearney and will double major in chemistry and psychology. She works part-time at a veterinary clinic.