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Staff

Principal

Dr. Trish Wallinger

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TSP 4391Dr. Wallinger believes a Catholic education provides the opportunity for students to grow in their relationship with God, while giving them the academic and social tools to become Christ's disciples in our rapidly changing world.

She and her husband were married at St. Mary's over 30 years ago. They have two adult daughters, Katie and Emily. Both girls attended Catholic Schools from Pre-K through high school. The Wallingers live in Bellevue.

Dr. Wallinger completed her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary's. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Educational Administration degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has 30 years of experience in the Omaha Archdiocese as a teacher and administrator and has dedicated her career to Catholic education.

 

Administrative Assistant

Hailey Boland 

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Mrs. Hailey Boland is St. Mary's School secretary. Mrs. Boland is originally from Washington state and lived in Texas before joining our Bellevue community. She attended St. Martin's University in Washington at which she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration. She and her husband, Bruce, have three children: June, Henry, and Emmylou - all of whom are students at St. Mary's. In her free time, Mrs. Boland enjoys playing with her dog Tex, cooking & baking, sewing, taking road trips, working on DIY projects, and, of course, spending time with her family! 

 

School Nurse

Bridgette Laney

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LaneyThis is Mrs. Laney's 12th year as the School Nurse at St. Mary's School. Although she is employed at Midlands Hospital, she comes to St. Mary's every Tuesday without charging the school as part of their community outreach. Mrs. Laney received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Clarkson College of Nursing. She is an 81' Graduate of St. Mary's School, got married at St. Mary's Church, and her parents have been long time members of the church. Mrs. Laney loves the community, the kids and the families. In fact, she says several kids she went to school with at St. Mary's are now parents, and she is taking care of their children. She says that's always fun. So was being able to see her Mom every Tuesday when her Mom, Mrs. Kibler was the Director of Extended Day Care at St Mary's.

Teaching Assistants

Becky Billings

Teaching Assistant and Lunchroom Coordinator

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Mrs. Becky Billings has been a teaching assistant at St. Mary's since 2007 working with grades Pre-K through 5th. She loves working with younger children, where she watches students progress from being barely able to write one or two sentences to writing two page stories. Mrs. Billings also loves going to church on Sunday and seeing the students going up to communion. She says, "They look over and see me and my family and they will wave and say 'Hi Mrs. Billings!' like they can't believe they have seen me here."

The students are used to seeing her everywhere. She started getting involved at St. Mary's in the lunchroom when her youngest daughter was in Pre-K, and it blossomed from there. She helps with the Annual Children's Benefit Auction, Halloween Fun Night, event clean-ups, the fireworks stand, and Arrows to Aerospace Parade. Her husband, Cory, also coaches basketball for St. Mary's. "I think if the kids see parents helping and serving the school and parish, they then understand how important it is for them to give back and serve their community too. St. Mary's only runs because of the great people that volunteer their time to make it what it is - which is the best school and church around!" Becky and Cory's two daughters attended St. Mary's school since they were in Pre-K. Callie graduated in 2015 and Jaycee graduated in 2016.

 

Carla Connealy

Teaching Assistant

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ConnealyMrs. Carla Connealy has been a member of the St. Mary’s parish since her marriage to Joe Connealy in 1989.  She and Joe have seven children, (3 boys and 4 girls) all of whom graduated from, or are still attending St. Mary’s School.  In January of 2016, Carla stepped in as a substitute teaching assistant, working mostly with preschool. Before that she was a stay-home mom. 

In the fall of 2016, Carla became an official member of the St. Mary’s staff as a teacher’s aide working in pre-school, kindergarten, and the library. Carla has a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising with minors in Home Economics and Business Administration. Over the years, Carla has been involved in the School Board, Vacation Bible School, Room Parenting, Auction Certificates, Children’s Liturgy, and other volunteer opportunities for the school and parish. She enjoys working with children and sees it as her true calling.

Extended Day 

 

Sam Kallman

Extended Day Care & Teaching Assistant unnamed 3

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Mr. Sam Kallman works in St. Mary's extended day care program and as a teaching assistant in primary grade classrooms. Mr. Sam was hired in August of 2017, originally working part time in the before and after school program. For the past two years, he has been able to work during the school day as well as after school. You can usually find him in the primary wing, helping out in the office, or in Extended Day. He really enjoys the different dynamics of his average work day; he gets to help students learn in the classroom as well as play games like "the floor is lava" with them after school. Being able to get to know the school families when they come to pick up their child(ren) is equally enjoyable. He hopes to see you and your family around very soon! 

 

 

 

Maintenance

Willie Wessling

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111111Mr. Wessling is a proud graduate of St. Mary's school. After graduating from Gross High School, he worked for 22 years at Ed's Auto Body as a collision technician and bookkeeper. He spent 5 years with Lowe's before joining St. Mary's. His daughter is a graduate of St. Mary's and his two sons are currently enrolled. He enjoys movies, camping, reading, and home improvement projects.

St Mary's Information

St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.

 

 


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