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Three Staff Join Mercy 

July 24, 2019
By Deb Daley

Two new faculty and one new staff member have joined Mercy High School for the new academic year: Athletic Director Bethany Kowal ’02, math teacher Kathryn Albertson, and Spanish teacher Madeline Barla.

Bethany Kowal is coming back to Mercy after working at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School as the Girls Physical Education and Human Growth and Development Teacher for five years. From 2009-2012, Bethany was Assistant Athletic Director and Biology, Math and Physical Education Teacher at Mercy. As Athletic Director she will be responsible for managing nine sports, coaches for those sports, as well as all athletic events. A teacher since 2008, she has also coached swimming, basketball, and softball and holds certificates in athletic training and lifeguard/professional rescue.  

Bethany earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Biology from Briar Cliff University.  She also has a Master of Arts from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Katee Albertson has been a math teacher since 2008. Most recently she taught Algebra 1-4 at Burke High School.  She has also taught math on a college level and at an Air Force base in Germany.  Katee is an active runner and played soccer in college.  She graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Mathematics from Saint Louis University. While there she received an award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 2011.  

Madeline Barla will have her first teaching assignment at Mercy High School.  She most recently student taught at Millard North High School.  She studied abroad in Cusco, Peru, during her college years and received her degree in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an active volunteer in Launch Leadership, a group that facilitates leadership development for middle school and high school students.