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:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or the office by clicking ‘Contact Us’ at the bottom of the page.
Fr. Rand Langhorst - Chief Administrative Officer & Pastor
Fr. Thomas Walsh - 3rd Grade Religion
Mrs. Emily Lohr- Head Teacher
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.
Mackenzie Smith - 3rd Grade
Trisha Diekman- 2nd Grade
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.
Carla Kage - Kindergarten
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!