Mrs. Ashley Jensen
Preschool Full Day
I started teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes in 2007, and I am very excited to teach in this awesome community. Kindergarten is such an amazing grade to teach, and I truly love the energy, enthusiasm, and entertainment that the students here bring to my life.
I obtained my undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, and after student teaching and substitute teaching in that Diocese, I was confident that teaching in Catholic Schools was my vocation. As a student of public education growing up, I really value the determination that OLL families make to commit to Catholic Education for their children.
Mrs. Danielle Kirchhevel
I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 2003.
2015 will mark my eleventh year of teaching kindergarten at Our Lady of Lourdes. In 2005, I started at Lourdes teaching half-day preschool and half-day kindergarten. In 2006, I started teaching all-day kindergarten.
When I started my teaching career, I was a substitute teacher for many different school districts. I found it a joy to come into a Catholic school and be able to share the message of God’s love in the school setting. I am truly blessed to be part of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a great honor to be able to teach children the love of God and be able to implement this into every subject that I teach. What a blessing it is to work with wonderful children, parents and staff who all share the beauty of God’s word.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two children. I love to read and enjoy being active. I am very grateful to be where I am at in my life. Not only am I teaching my own family about God, but I’m able to share His wonderful message with everyone.
Mrs. Sarah Saucier
I am so excited to be a first grade teacher here at Our Lady of Lourdes. From the moment I first visited this school I felt an overwhelming sense of community. Parents and faculty alike have been incredibly welcoming to me, for which I am very thankful. As a graduate of a St. Pius X/St. Leo School, I feel very at home here. I am so blessed to be able to teach at Our Lady of Lourdes where the focus can be on our shared Catholic values and how we can learn to live and grow in God’s love.
I graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two daughters, and son.
Mrs. Laura Carlson
I have been teaching for over 30 years in varying grades including first, second, and seventh/eighth. I taught at Sacred Heart for 11 years, 18 years at St. Philip Neri, and 2009 was my first at Our Lady of Lourdes. I LOVE OLL! I am married to Dave, and have two sons (one currently living in heaven). I love being outside, gardening, pulling weeds, and taking naps on my deck! I have two cocker spaniels, Tucker and Cameron.
Mrs. Laura Poppe
The 2015-2016 school year will be my third year of teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes. I came to OLL as a part of the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps, which is a program at Creighton University that includes living in community and getting your Master's degree during your first two years of teaching. The staff and OLL community are so supportive, and I look forward to becoming more involved in the school and parish. I am so excited to be teaching in a Catholic School. Growing up, I attended Humphrey St. Francis and truly saw the value of a Catholic education. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After student teaching in public schools, I am excited to be able to explicitly share the Catholic faith and God's love with my students. First graders have so much enthusiasm and energy, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach them.
Mrs. Sheila McQueen
I attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. I am married and have two children, Michael, and Caitlyn. As a child I grew up in this parish along with my many siblings and attended Our lady of Lourdes followed by Mercy High School. I'm not sure exactly when I decided on education as my vocation, it just always seemed to be my plan. I began teaching right after college when Sister Alexis called me and asked if I would like to teach here. I said yes and, over 30 years later, I am still here teaching the third grade. I can never picture myself anywhere else. I love the children, families, and loving atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes School. The great thing about teaching is that every year is a totally new and exciting experience.
I went to school at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I started at Our Lady of Lourdes in 2007, and teach fifth and sixth grade Social Studies and sixth grade Reading . I taught preschool for two years prior to coming to OLL. I love teaching in a Catholic School because being examples of Christ is its foundation. We use Jesus as an example every day. These educated, Christian students will make significant contributions to society—and that's a world I want to live in!
Mr. Allen Jourdan
5th through 8th Grades
I attended elementary school, and high school in Omaha. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in History. I have taught for 36 years, 26 of which have been at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
I chose to teach in the Catholic schools because of their tradition of training girls and boys in a Catholic Christian setting. The importance of this setting in the lives of the students is extremely important. Not only do the students learn Religion, Math, Social Studies, Science, English, Reading, Spelling and the like, they get a first-hand look at their religion in action, from the priest to the principal to the teachers and support staff to the parents to their siblings and parishioners.
It is a joy to see that Catholic Christian education is of paramount importance at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School. Mr. Kelly continually works to upgrade the curriculum. The students get a wealth of teaching experience from their instructors; the teachers support each other in this endeavor. The students, with their varied backgrounds, come to school to learn while putting forth their best efforts possible. The parents follow up the education at school by checking agendas and lending a helping hand where needed. The parishioners take joy when one of their own becomes a leader in the local parish or attends a seminary to do the work of the Lord on another level.
May God continue to bless each family and individual in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School.
Mrs. Susy Kowskie
5th through 8th Grades
I liketeaching at a Catholic school because of the sense of community it provides. I appreciate the idea of charity and responsibility towards others that Catholic values instill in the students. Before coming to O.L.L., I taught in a small school district near North Platte, NE. I was an art teacher there for grades K – 12. Originally, I received a B.A. degree from the Univ. of Iowa in Art Education. Then later, I went to U.N.O. and received a B.S. degree in Education for my classroom certification and finally, a master’s degree in reading. I love to read and do art activities. I also enjoy watching movies, riding my bike, and walking or jogging with my dogs.
Ms. Shelley Brown
5th through 8th Grades
I am excited to be teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from College of Saint Mary, and I also have a Bachelor's of Science in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. I absolutely love my job, and I enjoy observing the excitement on my students' faces when they're experimenting, creating and praying. I chose to teach in the Catholic schools because I appreciate the emphasis on character, education and social justice issues.
Ms. Rachel Stuhr
5th through 8th Grades
I am originally from Petersburg, Nebraska, and grew up attending St. Boniface Elementary School and Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Nebraska. From there, I went to Wayne State College where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education with a Mathematics Concentration. I started teaching in 2005, and in 2010 joined Our Lady of Lourdes. I chose to teach in a Catholic school because I feel that our young children need to be brought up with a deeper understanding of their faith. This is achieved everyday in Catholic schools because of the example we as teachers can set for our students. In the time that I have been teaching at OLL, I know that the students are surrounded by their faith and what it means to live it every day.
Mrs. Mary Jo Markey
5th through 8th Grades
I attended Briar Cliff University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Speech and Hearing Science. After teaching for a number of years, I chose to become a stay-at-home mom. For my husband Tim and I, the next several years became filled with the “busy-ness” of raising three daughters and caring for my closest and dearest friend, my grandmother.
Today, several graduate hours later, and with an empty nest, I am in my eleventh year at Our Lady of Lourdes. Catholic education is a top priority in the Markey family. We, along with our siblings (15 in all), attended both Catholic elementary and high schools. My daughters and I are proud to be members of several generations of Mercy girls and are looking forward to the Mercy girls of the next generation.
As junior high students and their parents contemplate important decisions concerning the future of their education, it is my firm belief that we are blessed to live in a city that offers so many choices for a Catholic high school education. While I do not deny that sacrifices will have to be made, I believe it is a decision that will reap tremendous benefits, for parents as well as children.