The staff and leadership here at St. Mark Preschool and Childcare 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.
Center Director & Lead 5-year-old Teacher
email Mrs. Julie
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 tenth year at St. Mark Preschool and Childcare as the Center Director and Lead teacher for the 3-year-old class. 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.
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.
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!
Child Care Teacher
I graduated from Concordia Jr Sr high school in 2018. I spent 3 semesters of my college career at the University of South Dakota. I transferred to the University of Nebraska Omaha in Spring 2020 and I am pursuing a major in elementary education with an endorsement in special education. I have worked in childcare since 2016 and plan to continue teaching while pursuing my degree. I love working with children and I am excited to share my love of Christ with those around me.
I have lived in Omaha Nebraska my whole life with my parents Mary and Gerry and my older sister Bailey. Bailey was married in Fall 2019 and I gained a brother-in-law named Matt.
I enjoy reading, crafting, camping, weightlifting, singing, and dancing (in my kitchen). I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes me and how he will guide my future.
Child Care Teacher
I graduated from Millard North high school in 2017 but attended Concordia Academy for elementary school. I am a junior at The University of Omaha Nebraska where I am obtaining a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in inclusive practice. I absolutely love working with and teaching children.
I have lived in Omaha, Nebraska the majority of my life but, there was a short time that I moved around and lived in Lacombe, Louisiana for about 2 years and Sacramento, California for only 1 year but at that time, I gained so much experience meeting new people and site seeing all of God’s beautiful creations. After living in those two states we moved back to Omaha with the whole time being with my parents Dave and Val, and my 9 siblings.
I enjoy spending my free time with family, friends, boyfriend, and dog. I also enjoy camping, working out, and shopping. My dog, which is a Shetland sheepdog (sheltie) is named Beau and he consumes a large portion of my time. We love learning new tricks and going on walks!
Child Care Teacher
I grew up in a wonderfully faith based home and have attended Lutheran schools my whole life. I’m so grateful I had that opportunity to have a Christian education. I was born in St. Louis, MO and moved back to Omaha when I was an infant. I live in our family home with my parents and my younger sister.
Concordia Jr/Sr High School was a fantastic place for me to spend my high school years, and I graduated from there in 2017. I am currently in the midst of pursuing an early elementary education degree.
Some of my favorite activities are reading mysteries, watching movies, going hiking, thrifting, and experimenting with makeup.
As the child of a Lutheran teacher, I’ve been around children my whole life. Being able to teach children about the world around them and Jesus’ love for them is truly what makes me happy. I love working in this Christian environment, and I look forward to seeing where the Lord leads me in the future.
Child Care Center Cook
I ran a nationally accredited in-home child care for 34 years, helping 150 kids get off to a great start. I was blessed to have Shelley Dartmann, Concordia Academy kindergarten teacher, as one of my families. I provided care for her two sons and started a friendship that has lasted over 20 years. I had been retired for seven years when in 2015, Shelley asked if I could come in and help with a special needs student while his aide was out. The following week I was offered a position as a part-time teacher’s aide in first grade. I worked 5 years as an aide in either kindergarten or first grade. I’m excited to change roles this year and work with the preschool and child care. I really enjoy working in this Christian atmosphere.
My job is to prepare, set-up and clean up snacks for all the preschool classes and child care. I also serve lunch for those in the child care. I enjoy seeing the children and teachers each day.
I have been married to my husband Tony for 51 years. We have three married children: Craig and his wife, Ami, and their family live in Fremont; Scott and his wife, Shannon, and their family live in Omaha; and Angela and her husband, Nick, and their daughter live in Memphis, TN. We have 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I enjoy walking, hiking in National Parks, reading, sewing t-shirt quilts and watching the various activities that our grandchildren are in.
Sarah Jay is a professional cellist and orchestral strings teacher with 20 years of experience.
Sarah graduated from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange, Ca with a bachelor’s degree in cello performance. Throughout her educational career, Sarah has had the opportunity to train and study under several world-renowned cellists and pedagogues. Using her extensive training, Sarah has become an established and sought after performer and educator in her own right.
Sarah has a deep love for teaching and sharing the joy of creating beautiful music with students. This passion brought about the founding of Soli Studios Music Inc., a private company and professional music education provider owned and operated successfully by Sarah and her husband for over a decade. Sarah’s career as an educator has been built on private and group lessons for students ranging from preschool students to collegiate level music students. In example of her well-established career, Sarah has worked as the cello professor and small ensemble director at Concordia University (Irvine, Ca), the cello professor at Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Ca), the director of string instruction at the Arts & Learning Conservatory (Costa Mesa, Ca), the music instructor for the Waldorf School of Costa Mesa (K-5), Montessori Schools of Irvine, Project Hope Alliance (K-8), and as the string director for several high schools and middle schools.
Shortly after moving to Omaha in 2017 as a result of her husband’s call to serve as pastor of St Mark Lutheran Church, Sarah was also asked to work and continues to enjoy her position as the string orchestra director for Concordia Lutheran Jr./Sr. High and Concordia Academy (K-5). As a professional cellist, Sarah has performed with many symphonic orchestras and ensembles. As a freelance professional musician, Sarah has performed with a number of well known recording artists including Stevie Nicks, Mandisa, Manheim Steamroller, L.I.T. and others.
Sarah and her husband Eric enjoy God’s blessing of their two children, Lizzy and Jesse, and thank God for His calling them to be in Nebraska serving our Lord Jesus with the gifts and talents He has entrusted to them.
Rev. Eric L. Jay
Pastor Jay accepted his call to St Mark in August of 2017 to serve as Associate Pastor, and In 2018, St. Mark called him to serve as Sole/Senior Pastor.
A Southern California native, 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. Simultaneously, Pastor Jay served briefly as the Interim Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Westminster, California. In 2012 he accepted the call to serve as sole pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church in El Segundo, Ca, and served there for 5 years before coming to St. Mark.
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.). Having met at and graduated from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music (Chapman University in Orange, Ca) with degrees in Music Performance, both Pastor and Sarah also love performing and teaching music.