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:
email@example.com, or the office by clicking ‘Contact Us’ at the bottom of the page.
Mr. Marlan Burki - Principal
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: (402) 223 – 5033
Jamie Vondracek - 5th Grade
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.
Ali Stohs - 3rd Grade
Hello, my name is Ali Stohs. I am currently the 3rd grade teacher at St. Joseph for the 2017-2018 school year. This is my third year of teaching, all at St. Joseph Catholic School. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-6 from Peru State College. I have enjoyed getting to know the students, families, and staff at St. Joseph and am excited for this great school year ahead!
Emily Lohr - 2nd Grade
Hello, my name is Emily Lohr. I am currently the 2nd grade teacher at St. Joseph. I have been teaching for eight years, all of which at St. Joseph. I graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education. My husband and I have four children Cooper, Elizabeth, Kinsley, and Alexis. In my spare time I like spending time with family and being outside.
Heather Hull - 1st Grade
Hi!! My name is Heather Hull. I am the current 1st 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 fourth year teaching at St. Joseph, but I’ve come to St. Joseph 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 eleven 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.
Trisha Diekman - Kindergarten
Hello! My name is Trisha Diekman. This is my fifth 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!