Preschool Staff


Our qualified staff is excited to provide Catholic early childhood education in the community. The benefit of a low teacher to student ratio will provide a quality educational experience for the children in our program. Implementing a play based and interactive curriculum that provides children with a balance of child initiated activities and teacher directed activities will be central to the children's development in our preschool. 



 
Stephanie Adams
Director/Teacher - Fours

My name is Stephanie Adams and I am thrilled to be the director of St. Patrick's Catholic Preschool. I am blessed with 5 children (Cassie-22, Josh-20, Caitlin-17, Olivia-13 and Grant-11) and a wonderful husband, Skip. I have an elementary education degree with an endorsement in early childhood. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Early Childhood. I began my career in the Omaha Catholic Schools as a kindergarten and first grade teacher before taking a leave to be a stay at home mom for several years. I returned to the teaching world after my youngest was born and have since taught preschool in both private and public schools. St. Patrick's is such a vibrant and growing parish and I look forward to sharing God's word with all.

 


Sheri Calvert
Teacher - Fives & Fours 

My name is Sheri Calvert. I will be teaching the five year old class. My husband, Pat, and I have 2 children (19, 13). We have been in the parish for 13 years. I hold a masters degree in Speech Pathology and worked as a speech therapist for OPS in the Early Childhood department. I was able to take time off to be a stay at home mom. During that time, I volunteered in my children's schools and religious education programs. I returned to the working world 7 years ago as a special education and kindergarten paraprofessional at Palisades Elementary. It's exciting to watch God's plan unfold as I love teaching!

 

Sarah Heinrich
Teacher - Fours / Teacher Assistant - Threes

My name is Sarah Heinrich. We have been St. Pat's parishioners for over 12 years. We love Gretna, however made a move a few years ago to Elkhorn to live on our family farm. I am married to Ken and have 4 boys and 3 dogs. Our family enjoys the Huskers and soccer. I am so excited to teach in the THREES and FOURS classrooms.

 

Julie Wigdahl
Teacher - Threes & Tadpoles

My name is Julie Wigdahl I've been married for 18 years to Nate and have been blessed with 2 wonderful children (Brooke-14 and Brody-12). We are parishioners at St. Pat's in Elkhorn. I have a degree in Early Childhood from UNL. I am excited to begin working with little ones again this year. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your children.

 


Crystal Schroeder
Teacher Assistant - Threes

My name is Crystal Schroeder and I am excited to join the Preschool Staff as a Teacher Assistant in the M/W THREES class! I have a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I taught Kindergarten and Early Childhood Exceptional Ed for 7 years but most recently have loved being a stay-at-home mom to our daughters Kara (7) and Khloe (4).  My husband Nate and I have been married for 12 years and parishioners for 10 years.  We enjoy attending sporting events and traveling to new places.  I have served on the Preschool Advisory Board, volunteered on numerous committees, been a preschool parent, and am now looking forward to continuing my involvement as a Teacher Assistant.
   

 


Tracy Wegner
Teacher Assistant - Fives & Tadpoles

My name is Tracy Wegner. I am a teaching assistant with the Fives class M-TH all year, and will also join the Tadpoles on Fridays during Spring Semester. My family has lived in the Gretna area as members of St. Patrick’s parish since 2011. My husband Dan and I have four kids (12, 10, 8, 8) going through Elementary and Middle School in Gretna Public Schools. Previously I’ve worked in Accounting and Engineering fields with my Bachelor’s degree in Math and minor in Computer Science. I was very excited at the opportunity to join in at St. Patrick’s preschool during the Spring 2016 semester as it has me working with such great children and faculty. I really look forward to meeting your children in class, thank you!

 


Colleen Eusterwiemann
Teacher Assistant - Fours

My name is Colleen Eusterwiemann (but the kiddos will refer to me as Mrs. E.). I am a Teaching Assistant for the FOURS class. My husband Russ and I have been part of the St. Patricks family for the past 8 years and have three fantastic children, Claire 10, Adam 8, and Audrey 6. We feel blessed to be part of our vibrant church community; we are involved in bible studies, CCD, St. Gerard's Guild and the landscaping committee. In the past I worked at Boys Town for 15 years in a number of positions. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. I am looking forward to a great year in preschool!

 

Paula Penney
Teacher Assitant - Fours

My name is Paula Penney. I will be a teaching assistant with the FOURS class. This past spring my husband, Mark, passed away but I was blessed to be married to him for almost 22 years. I have a son (Marek) who is 14 and our dog, Scarlett, completes our family. The last seven years I have been a stay at home mom and before that, I was a paraprofessional at the Palisades Elementary for two years. I look forward to helping your children and the teachers in any way I can to make this a great school year!

 


Natalie Miles
Teacher Assistant - Threes & Fours

My name is Natalie Miles.  I will be the Teacher Assistant in the THREES and FOURS classes.  My family has been parishioners of St Patrick's for 2 years.  My husband Grant and I have 5 year old triplets Peyton, Blake and Hayden who are also in the fives program.  We have lived in Gretna for four years.   I have had the blessing of staying home with our children but decided to work at St Patrick's Preschool while my kids are attending.  I am also currently going back to school to get a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education.  In our spare time, we enjoy golfing, Husker Football and of course any activity our kids are currently in.  I am excited for the new school year and getting know all the children and their families.