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School News 2013-2014

Saying Goodbye to a Great Teacher

St. Mary's family said goodbye to a very dear member. Cheryl Shanker received a standing ovation and there weren't many dry eyes at her retirement recognition at the last school assembly. Mrs. Shanker touched many young lives during her 44- year teaching career. She not only contributed to the learning of St. Mary's students, she spread her knowledge to many schools. From 1970-1972 she taught at St. Richards, and from there she substituted at Boys Town while working on her Master's degree until 1974. Shanker1Mrs. Shanker continued teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1975-1979 until she moved on to Sioux City Sacred Heart and taught for one year. Her next step was Holy Ghost in Omaha where she taught during the 1980-1981 school year. After this she went back to Our Lady of Lourdes to teach for another whopping 22 years until 2003. Once she left OLL, Mrs. Shanker arrived at her final destination – St. Mary's. While at St. Mary's Mrs. Shanker taught mostly Social Studies and Religion and even a few years of Literature. Many alumni would tell you she was one of the greatest teachers they have ever had. Learning from Mrs. Shanker was seen as a privilege and looked forward to daily. Her teaching opened our minds and made us look at things in a new light. Colorful descriptions of places like Ancient Egypt brought us back in time to better understand their ways of life. Her lessons covered more than just academics. Maddie Breathnach, a 2014 graduate says, "She taught me about manners, and how to act like a lady." Life's lessons mixed with expert counseling are just two of the reasons we are so sad to see Mrs. Shanker go. After an amazing 44 year run, Mrs. Shanker, on behalf of all your students past and present, we would like to say a big Thank YOU! As a parting gift students in the 6th and 7th grades along with assistance from Mrs. Sjostedt and Mrs. Feagan made a memory quilt. Mrs. Mary Cutter sewed the quilt. The squares had her teaching history along with drawings of subjects that she loved to teach. She loves pirates so the back material was pirate material. Aargh! For more photos click here.

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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