Meet Miss Natalie Vangerpen

We asked our teachers & staff a few questions so that you can get to know them better!

What is your role at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School?
Kindergarten Teacher

What year did you start working at St. Stephen?

Tell us about your education background & about your teaching/work experience.
I graduated from UNL in May of 2020 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. My primary focus and Capstone project was geared towards movement in the classroom, how to incorporate it, why to incorporate it, and the benefits surrounding movement in the classroom. I have done several practicums all through LPS, primarily in 2nd and 3rd grade, and did my student teaching experience in 3rd grade in Millard Public Schools. Education is a field with many opportunities so currently I am working on narrowing down my options regarding a masters program and looking into starting within the next 2 years.

What do you love about your job?
I love the children the most. I love watching all the children grow from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. The growth, whether it be academics or life skills, is the most rewarding part of my job and what keeps me going everyday. I do my job for the kids because the kids do so much for me.

Who is your favorite Saint or what is your favorite scripture?
Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse. When I first read that verse, it became a very pivotal moment in my life and came at a time that I really needed to hear it. My favorite Saint is St. Augustine (my confirmation saint!)

Tell us about your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.):
I am the oldest of 9 kids (6 brothers and 2 sisters). My youngest sibling is 6 years old and will be starting kindergarten this year! I have a Boston Terrier named Junior and he is the funniest, craziest, most energetic, yet cuddliest dog.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Astronaut

What is your favorite sweet treat?
Anything Chocolate

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I really enjoy kayaking.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Depends on the season, but lately I enjoy going to the farmers market, kayaking, spending time with family, and reading.

What piece of advice would you give parents to help their child(ren) succeed at St. Stephen?
Communicate with your child's teacher and find ways to get involved within the community.