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Julie KyrissJulie Kyriss

Preschool Director / Lead Teacher 3 year old Class and Pre-K 5 Class

I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education. I recently added an Early Childhood Endorsement through Peru State.

My husband Mark and I live in Bellevue and have been married for 32 years. We have two children, Matthew, who is 30 years old and is a Software Consultant, and Laura, who is 25 years old and is a nurse at Methodist Women’s Hospital. Both of our children along with my daughter in law Melissa live in the Bellevue area. My family worships at St. Matthews, in Bellevue, Nebraska.

My first teaching job was in Copperas Cove, Texas, a small town by Ft. Hood. I spent three wonderful years teaching 1st grade before moving to Germany where I ran a Co-op Preschool for the Department of Defense. After moving to Nebraska in June of 2000, I taught Preschool for two years and then Kindergarten for seven years at Pilgrim Lutheran in Bellevue, Nebraska. Prior to coming to St. Mark I worked as a contractor on Offutt Air Force Base for Parents as Teachers Heroes at Home as an in-home visitor for children birth- to age-3-years-old. This is my fourth year at St. Mark Preschool as the Director and Lead teacher for our 3-year-old and Pre-K classes. I love being an early childhood educator and am honored to share the love of Jesus with children.

I enjoy reading, horseback riding, cooking, gardening and woodworking. My parents, siblings, and in-laws all live in Nebraska, so we are blessed to be able to spend time with our family.

 

Pam HenricksonPam Henrickson

Lead Teacher 4-year-old class

I retired recently after 38 years of teaching in the public schools. I have experience in teaching at various levels beginning at the middle school and elementary grades. During the past 20 years I was an elementary school counselor in the Council Bluffs Community School District where I taught classes and worked with families and children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This is my second year at St. Mark Lutheran Preschool.

On the personal side, I am married and have a son who lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I was raised in Hays, Kansas and grew up living on a dairy farm. My husband and I have lived in Omaha for the past 22 years. We are active members at Christ Community Church where we serve in the music and counseling ministries.

 

Trish ReinboldTrish Reinbold

Lead Teacher Pre-K 5

I was born near Saginaw, Michigan where I was blessed to attend Lutheran schools for my grade school, high school, and college years. After attending Concordia University, River Forest, IL for three years, I graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI with a Lutheran Teaching Diploma and Education degree. I have taught grades 3-8 in various Lutheran schools including St. Paul, Hamlin, NY; Holy Ghost in Monroe, MI; and Trinity Lutheran in Traverse City, MI.

My husband, Kevin, and I have been married since 1994 and we have 2 sons, Christian and Caleb. My family and I moved to Omaha in June of 2013 and I started working as a Teacher Aide for Concordia Academy in August of 2013. I was hired by St. Mark in February of 2015 to work as the Administrative Assistant. I am now also blessed to teach Preschool for St. Mark. I pray that I may be a blessing to you and your family as well.

 

Melinda JensenMelinda Jensen

Preschool Paraprofessional

I’m excited to be an assistant at St. Mark Preschool.

I graduated from Dana College in Blair, NE with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, and did some substitute teaching in my early years right after college.  I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for many years and in those years I’ve enjoyed teaching Sunday School, Junior Church, Vacation Bible School, as well as volunteering in my children’s schools.

My husband Mitch and I have been married 34 years and have three children.  Emily is 24, Ben is 21, and Leah is 13.  We’ve lived in the Elkhorn area for 15 years and attend Relevant Community Church.

In my spare time I’ve enjoyed playing my flute for church, reading, playing piano, sewing and traveling.

 

Bekka MoritzBekka Moritz

Preschool Paraprofessional

I was born and raised in Kearney, NE and moved to Omaha in 2004. I graduated from Central Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught early preschool in a child development center for nearly ten years. I became a work-at-home mom in 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed the extra time and memories with my sons, Henry and Hayden. They are both graduates of St. Mark’s Preschool program and now attend Concordia Academy. My husband Brian is an AP Biology teacher for Council Bluffs Community School District. As a family we enjoy game nights, cooking together, reading, and traveling to the Rocky Mountains. I attend Waypoint Church.