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).
Students Receive Grit Scholarships
Three Mercy High School seniors have received the prestigious Heider Foundation Grit Scholarship to Creighton University. This is the highest number of Mercy recipients for this award since the award’s inception. The half-tuition scholarship recognizes students who have a high aptitude to succeed but whose talents are not evident when measured by the standard academic metrics used to qualify students for significant merit scholarships at Creighton University. The scholarship winners were Anou Akot, Stephanie Hernandez and Erin Schartz.
Student-athlete Anou Akot was recognized earlier this year as one of the 48 Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) and U. S. Bank’s Believers & Achievers. Akot is Senior Class President and a member of both Operation Others and Yearbook Club. She has run Cross Country, is a triple jumper in Track & Field and played Basketball all four years. Last September she was selected by her class to portray one of the two Catherine McAuleys in the Mercy Day Play. She has served as a Student Ambassador for four years. Anou plans to major in Chemistry and Pre-Med in college.
Stephanie Hernandez is a first-generation American and a first-generation college-bound student. Stephanie created Abriendo Puertas, “Opening Doors,” at Mercy. It focuses on bringing services to the Hispanic community and cultural awareness to the school community. Beyond Mercy, Stephanie participates in a Folklorico dance troupe that shares the traditional Mexican dance with the greater community. As a bilingual student in Spanish and English, Stephanie hopes to work in dentistry in the future.
Erin Schartz is this year’s National Honor Society Secretary and is involved in many other activities. She is a Core Team member of Operation Others, has been a Student Ambassador for three years, is a member of FBLA and is currently the Vice President of the Refugee Empowerment Club. Erin has been on the golf and tennis teams, is a certified nursing assistant and works part time. She plans to study Nursing in college.