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St. Mark Preschool Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at St. mark Preschool is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every child and family that we are blessed to have. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our main office to speak with them.

Julie Kyriss

School Director & Lead 5-year-old Teacher

email Mrs. Julie (402)-913-2255

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

My husband Mark and I live in Bellevue and have been married for 33 years. We have two children Matthew and Laura and a daughter in-law, Melissa, who all live in Omaha.

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 ninth year at St. Mark Preschool as the Director and Lead teacher for the 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, pottery, gardening and woodworking. My dad, siblings, and in-laws all live in Nebraska, so we are blessed to be able to spend time with our family.

 

Pam Henrickson

Lead Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

I retired 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 sixth year at St. Mark Lutheran Preschool.

On the personal side, I am married and have a son who lives in 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 25 years. We are active members at Christ Community Church where we serve in the music and counseling ministries.

 

Melinda Jensen

Lead Teacher – 3 Year Old Class

I’m excited to teach the 3-year-old class at St. Mark Preschool.

I graduated from Dana College in Blair, NE with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and did some substitute teaching in my early years right after college. I was 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 three children, Emily, Ben, and Leah. We live in the Elkhorn area and attend Relevant Community Church.

In my spare time I enjoyed playing my flute, reading, playing piano, sewing and traveling.

 

sue meyer

Lead Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

I have over 25 years’ experience working with preschoolers and their families – starting in Iowa and then in Wisconsin, and most recently in Indiana.

I am from Omaha – a Burke High School graduate. I met my husband, Glenn, while attending Concordia Teachers College, in Seward, NE.  I transferred to Valparaiso University and after graduation was consecrated as a deaconess in the Lutheran church.  Glenn and I have been married for 40 years.  After 34 years as a regular pastor, Glenn became an intentional interim pastor for the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  We were overjoyed that this allowed us to move back to Nebraska in 2015.  We have three children and six grandchildren.  Anna and husband, Kevin live in Placerville, CA and have 3 children; Rachel and husband, Aaron live in Waconia, MN and have 3 children; and Timothy lives in Taiwan working as an English and Bible teacher and missionary.  My mother (St. Mark member, Ardis Bergquist) lives in Omaha and Glenn’s parents live in the Norfolk, NE area.

Glenn and I recently became members of St. Mark and have loved being part of God’s family here.

 

Sheila Taylor

Teacher – Pre-K 5 Class

I grew up in Battle Creek, NE. I graduated from Concordia University, Seward with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  I continued my education at UNO and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Shortly after graduation, I married Vincent Taylor and became an Air Force wife. We have lived in Texas, South Dakota, Florida, Louisiana, and returned to Nebraska in 2018. We have four children, Briel (11), Ryan (10), Xarion (7) and Aviana (5).

I had the privilege of being a stay at home wife and mother for the last 12 years.  I spent my time volunteering in our churches and schools as a substitute teacher, classroom aide, Sunday school and VBS teacher, and served as a board member on parent/teacher and school board organizations.  Most recently I have worked in the childcare and preschool at King of Kings Lutheran church, where my family and I attend worship.

I enjoy spending time with my family, playing games, reading, walking our dog Niko, and watching my children’s activities.

I have a passion for working with children, and I am honored to be a part of St Mark Preschool ministry. I look forward to getting to know your children and families!

 

Brittainy Adams

Preschool Paraprofessional

I grew up on a farm outside Lyons, Ne where I enjoyed taking care of the many animals I had. I have lived in Omaha for 15 years and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a speech communication major. My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have two daughters. Olivia (10) and Sydney (6) both attend Concordia Academy. We have two dogs, two cats and a guinea pig. I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, reading and paying games.

 

 

Rev. Eric Jay

Pastor

Pastor Jay is a Southern California native, and accepted his current call to St Mark in August of 2017.

Pastor Jay graduated with a Master’s in Theology and Culture as a student of St Louis Seminary via the Cross Cultural Ministry Pastoral Certification Program (CMC) located at Concordia University in Irvine, California. The CMC focuses uniquely upon equipping students and future pastors to infiltrate strategic urban settings as church planters. As such, Pastor Jay spent the the last 2 years of his seminary training and the first 3 years of ministry as pastor of The Gathering; a church plant of which Pastor Jay was founder. After also serving for a brief time as the Interim Pastor at St. Luke’s in Westminster, California, Pastor Jay accepted a call in 2012 as sole pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church in El Segundo, Ca.

After accepting the call to St Mark’s in August 2017, Pastor Jay preceded his wife Sarah and daughter Elizabeth who later joined him here in Omaha. Much of Pastor and Sarah’s time outside of church is spent enjoying time as a family with their daughter “Bizzy” Lizzy and son Jesse (J.J.). With degrees in Music Performance, Pastor and Sarah also love performing and teaching music (they met and married while attending the Chapman Hall-Musco Conservatory of the Arts).