Meet Mrs. Jeanna Pestel

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?
6th Grade Homeroom Teacher
5th Grade Religion Teacher
6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

What year did you start working at St. Stephen?

Tell us about your education background & about your teaching/work experience.
Graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education from Peru State College and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Doane College. I worked for Bellevue Public Schools for 12 years as a classroom teacher and administrator. Before starting at St. Stephen, I worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Otoe County, Nebraska Board of Commissioners in Nebraska City, NE for 3 years.

What do you love about your job?
I love that even though we have a schedule that we follow, every day is different. I love the students I work with and how much fun we can have when learning. I love working at a Catholic School where we pray together every day and attend Mass each week – enabling me to grow closer in my relationship with the Lord.

Who is your favorite Saint or what is your favorite scripture?
Fr. Padre Pio is my favorite saint. My favorite scripture is: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Tell us about your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.):
I have three daughters. Kylie is 24 years old and attends the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Reese is 16 years old and is a junior at Millard West. My youngest daughter, Emily is 14 years old and is starting her freshman year at Millard West. We have three spoiled pets. Two cats, Wilma and Jasmin, and one adorable little dog named Riley.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a police officer.

What is your favorite sweet treat?
Peanut Butter M&M’s or 7-Layer Bars

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
Hobby – Love to read and go on walks

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Do things with my daughters and relax

What piece of advice would you give parents to help their child(ren) succeed at St. Stephen?
Try to help your child develop an organizational system that works for him/her