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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). 



A Welcoming Tradition

August 27, 2021
By Kailey Anson '23

The Mercy Welcome Picnic was on Friday, August 20. It was a fun-filled half-day with lots of activities, games, and food. After the Greenie Parade, all students walked down to the park to have a picnic. All of the Mercy girls had the option to potluck with their friends, or bring their own lunch. The Welcome Picnic is held for everyone to get to know each other and celebrate the upcoming school year.

The Student Council tries to get every student to participate in different activities. The whole idea of the picnic is to make everyone feel like they belong at Mercy. Our picnic shows how the different grades can come together as one to play games. It especially makes the freshmen feel more comfortable as they begin their journey at Mercy High school. They can become more familiar with their classmates and the other students. It is a perfect way for everyone to make new friends, and show their talents in the different activities. Additionally, all students are encouraged to get involved by joining in different activities. Each class tries to get as many participation points as possible to be the winners.

Finally, the Welcome Picnic is an excellent way to have fun! At the picnic,  students can be seen having an enjoyable time by participating in the different activities and talking to their friends. There are mini-games for people to enjoy, and there are also bigger games against the different grades. So many teachers join in on the activities, and it makes the day feel special. All the grades have a friendly competitive kickball, basketball, and flag football game. Each grade tries their best to win, and even if they don’t, they still have a great time. The Mercy Welcome Picnic is such a welcoming, engaging, and entertaining experience!

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