Faculty & Staff
During the school year, parents may leave messages for the teachers by calling the school office (402-223-5033) between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Calls will be returned at the earliest convenience.
Parents may also communicate with teachers by email, using the format:
Mr. Andrew Haake - Principal
Hello, my name is Andrew Haake and I am the Principal at St. Joseph Catholic School. This is my first year at St. Joseph and I am blessed to be able to serve our students, families, and staff as their Principal.
At St. Joseph we take pride in developing our students academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our school is very family oriented, rich in tradition, has a strong curriculum and instruction foundation, and provides ample opportunities to utilize technology in the classroom.
Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about our school. I look forward to meeting you all and welcoming our new families into the “St. Joseph Family”.
Jessica McDonald - 5th Grade
Hello! My name is Jessica McDonald. I am a first year teacher here at St. Joe’s and I am teaching 5th grade. I am originally from Hill City, South Dakota, right next to Mt. Rushmore. I graduated from South Dakota State University last May with a degree in early childhood education and a certification in elementary education. I love reading, writing, rollerblading, and ice skating. I also enjoy hiking and going on hiking trips in the summers. I am currently discerning religious life with the School Sisters of Christ the King in Lincoln and living at their discernment house for the year. I love St. Joe’s. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be for my first year of teaching!
Ellen Hagemeier - 4th Grade
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education K-6 from UNL in 2013. I’ve taught third grade for three years at St. Joseph and I currently teach our fourth grade. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Spencer, and her two daughters Charlotte and Libby.
Heather Hull - 3rd Grade
Hi!! My name is Heather Hull. I am the current 3rd grade teacher at St. Joseph’s. I am married to my husband, Jim and have a baby boy, Bennett. We live in between Fairbury and Beatrice. This is my first year teaching at St. Joseph’s, but I’ve come to St. Joseph’s with lots of different experiences in various grade levels. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I taught preschool and 2nd grade each one year in Grand Island. I taught kindergarten in McCook for two years, and in Lexington I taught 1st grade for one year, and two years of kindergarten. Counting this year I have taught for eight years. I recently received my Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to sporting events\concerts, and spending time with my family and friends.
Arleen Willoughby - 2nd Grade
Hello, my name is Arleen Willoughby. I have been teaching for 28 years. 18 of these years have been at St. Joseph and the rest have been in country schools. My husband is Mark and we have 2 children, Karena and Shane. Karena is married to Alan Rosenthal. They have two children, Riker and Lily, and reside on a farm near Plymouth. Shane is married to Rebekah King and they reside in Lincoln.
Emily Lohr - 1st Grade
Hello, my name is Emily Lohr. I am currently the 1st grade teacher. I have been teaching for six years, all of which at St. Joseph’s. I graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education. My husband and I have three children Cooper, Elizabeth and Kinsley. In my spare time I like spending time with family and being outside.
Trisha Diekman - Kindergarten
Hello! My name is Trisha Diekman. The 2016-2017 school year is my second year teaching Kindergarten at St. Joseph. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach their dreams through education. It’s my mission to instill love for learning in my students. I teach with a passion for my subject, therefore my students develop a desire to become lifelong learners!
My husband (Nate) and I have a beautiful family of one daughter (Lucy) and two sons (Liam & Troy). I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family outside of teaching at St. Joseph.
Denise Behrends - Preschool
Hi! My name is Denise Behrends! I live in Beatrice with my husband Brad Behrends & our two boys, Callen and Kiptyn! I am a full time wife, mom, teacher and a volunteer which keeps me very active! I love being with my family and friends, reading, gardening, traveling and having fun!
I have been with St. Joseph Catholic School, teaching preschool for many years! I surround myself everyday with Jesus and amazing teachers and staff that make my career exciting! My favorite part about teaching preschool is getting to teach children at a critical developmental age, were learning is exciting, new, engaging and exploratory all in a center-based, safe classroom! I believe that effective learning occurs when parents and teachers collaborate together and create a positive faith-based environment filled with love and laughter!