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).
Student Population Growing
On August 9, Mercy continued a time-honored tradition by welcoming new students amid cheers, shouts of welcome, and applause. Current students greeted a freshmen class of 107 and several transfers to join the nearly 400 girls in the student body. The class features students from 38 schools, all socio-economic levels, a diversity rate of 33 percent and girls from out-of-state.
“Out student body is reflective of the Omaha landscape and reinforces our belief that students learn best by being exposed to different perspectives. We are focused on each student’s success with an educational approach that differentiates to individual learning styles,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, Principal.
Building on standardized testing and ACT prep offered through OnTo College with John Baylor, which is offered free to all students, Mercy will be expanding elements of a new initiative called Kaleidoscope. This immersive leadership coaching program, launched last year, is tailored to each high school year of development, and features strengths assessment, financial literacy, career exploration, skills opportunities and more.
Also new to the curriculum are several additional courses in technology focused on challenging students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Added to the world language program is another Spanish course that centers on Spanish in media and literature. Also new is a beginning piano course.
To learn more about Mercy contact Admissions Director, Anne McGill at firstname.lastname@example.org.