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School Staff

School Principal: Dr. Joe Greco, Ed.D.
Number of years teaching: 8
Favorite food: nachos
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: Count of Monte Christo
Things I like to do in my spare time: play hockey, go to Disney World with my family
A place I’d like to visit: Disney World again!
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Jesus because He is Jesus!
I enjoy teaching because: I can practice my faith at work!

Computers/Health and P.E.: Mr. Troy Nelson
(Pre-K through 8th)
Number of years teaching: 6
Favorite food: pizza or Ribeye steak
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: Rocky
Things I like to do in my spare time: lifting weights and fitness-related activities, playing the drums and guitar, and watching football and movies
A place I’d like to visit: Rome
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? I would want to meet John Bonham from the band, Led Zeppelin because he is one of my favorite drummers
I enjoy teaching because: I enjoy giving students the opportunity to develop their athletic skills through a wide variety of activities in P.E. I feel that it is important to show students how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and sport.

Pre-Kindergarten: Ms. Michelle Vamosi
Number of years teaching: 8
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: I like comedies
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, arts and crafts, photography, hanging out with my family and friends
A place I’d like to visit: Europe
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? I would want to meet the Beatles because I love their music.
I enjoy teaching because: I love working with children. It is amazing to see how much a child can learn and grow throughout the year. I enjoy being able to help with that process. Being with my pre-K students each day gives me so much joy. The kids keep me smiling!

Kindergarten: Mrs. Jackie Adams
Number of years teaching: 13 years at St. Bernard; 30 years in early childhood education
Favorite food: Chocolate (it should be a food group!)
Favorite color: bright pink (and black)
Favorite movie: I like romantic comedies such as: You’ve Got Mail and Confessions of a Shopaholic
Things I like to do in my spare time: watch movies, go to auctions and flea markets, shopping
A place I’d like to visit: England; France
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? I would want to meet Steve Perry. I would want to convince him to rejoin the band Journey…my favorite band.
I enjoy teaching because: I love to watch the children progress from the beginning of the year to the end of the school year. There is so much growth! I strive to make a good experience for our young students and their parents.

First Grade: Miss Samantha Mandel
Number of years teaching: 2 years
Favorite food: nachos
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: The Incredibles
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, watching movies, shopping
A place I’d like to visit: Australia
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Reese Witherspoon, my favorite actress!
I enjoy teaching because: I love helping kids learn. I also really making connections with students and families.

Second Grade: Mrs. Suzanne Seyler
Number of years teaching: 15
Favorite food: Mexican food
Favorite color: blue (and black)
Favorite movie: I like comedies
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, watching Husker football and Creighton basketball
A place I’d like to visit: Medjugorje or Fatima
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Mother Teresa because she put others first in her life
I enjoy teaching because: I get the opportunity to make a difference. I want every student to know their voice matters. I love to teach because I get to experience the thrill of the “ah ha” moments all the time.

Third Grade: Mrs. Donna Molacek
Number of years teaching: 25 years
Favorite food: popcorn
Favorite color: red (and brown)
Favorite movie: I like Charlotte’s Web—the movie and the book
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, gardening, and walking
A place I’d like to visit: Acadia National Park in Main, Germany
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? I would want to meet Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor believed in herself and was confident in the things she did.
I enjoy teaching because: I love to learn new things with my students. I love to watch things grow and change. I always wanted to be able to be able to talk in school so I got a license that allows me to do so all day!

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Carly Weitkemper
Number of years teaching: 3
Favorite food: anything chocolate
Favorite color: pink
Favorite movie: I am Legand
Things I like to do in my spare time: travel, dining out and shopping
A place I’d like to visit: Croatia
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Rachel McAdams. She stars in many of my favorite movies
I enjoy teaching because: I enjoy the school’s atmosphere and learning. I also am a “child at heart” so being around children is fun for me!

Fifth Grade: Ms. Maureen Lamoureux
Number of years teaching: 40 years
Favorite food: chocolate
Favorite color: pink
Favorite movie: White Christmas
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, spending time with family and friends
A place I’d like to visit: Ireland and the Holy Land
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Pope Francis—he has such a gentle spirit
I enjoy teaching because: I love to be around kids! They bring so much excitement to everything they do.

Sixth Grade: Mrs. Helen Peyton
(6th grade homeroom; 6th, 7th and 8th grade math)
Number of years teaching: 41 years
Favorite food: popcorn
Favorite color: red
Favorite movie: While You Were Smiling
Things I like to do in my spare time: camping, hiking, cooking
A place I’d like to visit: Iceland
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Pope Francis – he’s the closest person to Jesus I could meet
I enjoy teaching because: I love to see the light bulb turn on when kids understand something for the first time!

Seventh Grade: Mrs. Jodie Sibbernsen
(7th grade homeroom; 6th, 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and Religion)
Number of years teaching: 8
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: There are too many! Maybe Zootopia
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, watching movies, playing with my son
A place I’d like to visit: Japan
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? John Lennon. I love the Beatles
I enjoy teaching because: I enjoy teaching because I love the subjects I teach and I love seeing kids succeed in school and in life.

Eighth Grade: Mrs. Tracy Pruitt
(8th grade homeroom; 6th, 7th and 8th grade English)
Number of years teaching: 3. Worked at St. Bernard’s since 2009.
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite color: green
Favorite movie: Up
Things I like to do in my spare time: fishing, painting, watching sports
A place I’d like to visit: Italy
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? Harper Lee—my favorite author
I enjoy teaching because: I love to watch the kids grow and develop into amazing young people. I hope to make a difference in the lives of all my students.

Part-time Counselor: Mr. Steve Nelson 

Reading and Media Specialist/Academic Coordinator: Miss Katie Garrett
Number of years teaching: 6 years
Favorite food: Chocolate
Favorite color: Ocean Blue
Favorite movie: Any Disney movie, I’m particularly fond of Nemo, Frozen, and Moana right now
Things I like to do in my spare time: Reading, traveling the world, watching sports
A place I’d like to visit: Australia
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? John Paul II because who wouldn’t want to meet a saint?
I enjoy teaching because: I love the hugs and smiles every day. My teachers helped me love reading so I want to share with my students. In 30 years, when one of my students is President, I can say I taught them!

Music Teacher: Mrs. Nancy Gillpatrick
Number of years teaching: 41 years
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite color: blue
Favorite movie: North by Northwest (Cary Grant oldie)
Things I like to do in my spare time: reading, gardening, spoiling my grandchildren
A place I’d like to visit: Australia
If you could meet a famous person (living or deceased), who would you choose? The Apostle Paul; what amazing stories he could tell about his walk alongside Jesus
I enjoy teaching because: Children are amazing! They are eager to learn what I have to share. Every day is new.

Paraprofessional: Anne Sloan

Food Service Director: Sue Keyser

Band Instructor: Mrs. Joan Lovgren (jelovgren@archomaha.org)