Mr. John RohwederHeadmaster; Theology & Precalculus
John Rohweder received a bachelor’s degree in Logic from Hastings College before studying Philosophy for two years at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He currently teaches Mathematics and serves as the Headmaster.
Mr. Matthew NeviusPhilosophy; Ancient & Medieval History
Matt Nevius teaches Philosophy 9, 10, 11 & 12 at Chesterton Academy of Omaha. A convert to the Catholic Faith. He has worked with the youth both as a Vocational Rehab counselor and a volunteer youth minister. He has also worked as a Graduate Student Assistant at Liberty University while working on his Master’s degree in Philosophy.
Mr. Nevius has a BA in Philosophy and Religion and an MA in Philosophy from Liberty University. He wrote his MA thesis on the nature of human dignity.
Mr. Nevius has a wife and five children. He enjoys reading books to his children and spending time with his wife. They also enjoy hiking, camping, volunteering at their parish, spending time with friends and family, and other outdoor activities.
Mrs. Nicole StranskyLatin; Literature
Nicole Stransky teaches Latin I and II and Literature at Chesterton Academy of Omaha. Mrs. Stransky received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. Thomas Aquinas College. She received a full scholarship to Ave Maria School of Law but elected to marry her husband Brian and start a family over completing a Juris Doctorate, and she’s never looked back.
Mrs. Stransky worked for many years as a tutor with the Mother of Divine Grace homeschooling program. She homeschooled her own four children with MODG for 10 years, moving around the country while her husband served on active duty in the U.S. Army. While she values homeschooling and loves the MODG curriculum, she is excited about the rigorous in-person instruction and nurturing spiritual community that only Chesterton provides.
She teaches piano and serves as Troop Shepherd for her daughters’ American Heritage Girls troop. She enjoys classic literature and music; hiking, biking, and playing badminton with her children, and trying out new recipes.
Mrs. Jessette BerggrenLiterature; Drama
Mrs. Jessette Berggren teaches drama and English Literature at the Chesterton Academy of Omaha.
Mrs. Berggren studied English at Nebraska Wesleyan and is trained and certified as a writing instructor by the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).
Her experience in drama encompasses 25 years with minor and lead roles in many different community theatre and operatic productions.
Her love of classical literature and her study of educational methodologies, both classical and modern, have led her to enthusiastically embrace the Chesterton curriculum as the best way to help young people understand the goodness, beauty, and truth of their Judeo-Christian heritage while also helping them traverse the current cultural pitfalls of atheistic humanism.
A lifelong Catholic, Mrs. Berggren and her family are members of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth.
Msgr. Robert LalibertePhilosophy
Msgr. Robert Laliberte grew up in St. Anthony’s Parish in Fargo. After graduating valedictorian from Shanley High School in 1964 and spending two years at St. John’s, Collegeville, MN, he received the Basselin Scholarship to Catholic University in Washington, DC, where he completed an MA in philosophy and an STB in theology. Returning to Fargo in 1972, he began his long tour of teaching and formation at Cardinal Muench Seminary. He was ordained a priest on December 2, 1973. His teaching, which continued until 2009, centered around Scripture, philosophy, and Hebrew. While there, he administered the parish at Kindred for five years and assisted the diocese especially in Deacon Formation, restructuring the Priests Council, and Continuing Education of priests. He earned a PhD in philosophy in 1996 from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, and was named a Monsignor by Pope Benedict in 2006. After leaving the seminary staff, he did two years of pastoral work at St. Anthony’s in Fargo, which included beginning That Man Is You for the parish men.
Upon retirement in 2011, after residing two years in New Hampshire, he now divides his time between Fargo and Omaha, where he has helped found the Chesterton Academy of Omaha, a small classical high school, and is learning Spanish to bring the sacraments to the burgeoning population of hispanic immigrants. His residence (and mailing address) is St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.
Mrs. Misty MealeyTheology
Misty Mealey teaches Theology 10 and 11. She converted to Catholicism from atheism in 2001, and has spent the past 20 years in diverse professional roles, including several that allowed her to build up the kingdom of God through writing, speaking, and teaching. She has served as a writer for several U.S. bishops, has taught RCIA and CCD classes, and has written extensively about the faith for websites and publications across the United States. She also has offered apologetics lectures at parishes, young adult groups, professional organizations, and colleges in Virginia and Nebraska. Her primary work is as a fundraising consultant for nonprofits in Alaska and Nebraska. She lives on a small farm in rural Nebraska where she homeschools her two daughters.
Rev. Mr. Ron RenoArt History & Studio Art
Rev. Mr. Ron Reno teaches Fine Arts and Art History at Chesterton Academy of Omaha. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Ron intended to be a graphic designer for a corporation, a publishing house or a print shop. Instead, Ron worked for several years for Safeway Stores, Inc. and became a store director for Safeway. He has worked for other companies over the years but he always felt beckoned to do art again. For the last 15 years Ron has donated his paintings and prints to any sound and Godly organization that requested. Most of his art was sold at auction for the glory of God. Through those donations and Fr. Scheibelhofer, he became introduced to Chesterton Academy of Omaha, where he has taught since 2016. Ron loves teaching and opening God’s possibilities through art to his students.
Ron serves as a Deacon at Saint Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church in Sioux City, Iowa. He has been married to his bride Louise for 47 years now and together raised two children, Philip and Anne.
B.A. in Fine Arts/Studio and General Studies, Kansas State Teachers College
B.F.A. in Graphic Design, University of Kansas
Book Recommendation: Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly.
Favorite Place Traveled: England and Scotland
Mrs. Kat DoebelChoir
Originally from Chicago, Kat Doebel moved to Papillion in 1991 when her husband’s Air Force career brought them to Offutt Air Force Base. Kat and her husband Martin have 3 grown children and 3 very young grandchildren.
Kat earned a BS in Music Education Vocal/Choral emphasis from the University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
Since moving to the Omaha area, Kat has been involved in a number of musical organizations. She was the choir director at Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue for 23 years, retiring in 2015. As vocal music instructor, she was the music director for Gross Catholic musicals as well as music director for St. Bernadette’s summer musical productions. In addition to being a cantor, she directed the Junior Choir for 10 of years at St. Columbkille parish in Papillion. This choir was one of two selected to perform in the first touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s Omaha run. From 2003-2010, Kat directed the high school choir affiliated with The Nebraska Children’s Choir; Choral Arts Society Teens. Upon the dissolution of that organization, Omaha Academy Choir was formed. That choir’s final concert was May 2021. While this appeared to be a final retirement, God had other plans with a call from Chesterton Academy of Omaha.
From 1991 to present, Kat has been a cantor at Boys Town Dowd Chapel. Kat also sings with Omaha Chamber Singers.
Kat and her husband now live on a hardwood tree farm in Council Bluffs. While it may be on the other side of the Missouri River, it is still part of the Omaha area they consider home.
Mrs. Jessen JesseScience, Math, History
Jessen Jesse teaches Science, Math, and History for the Chesterton Academy of Omaha. Mrs. Jesse completed her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where she also met her husband and received her J.D. from the law school. After she graduated, they lived near Notre Dame for 3 more years and she worked as an attorney for Indiana’s Department of Child Services. Her first introduction to the Chesterton Schools Network happened when her college roommate married the headmaster of a Chesterton Academy in Ohio. When she moved to Omaha in 2022, she was excited to find a Chesterton Academy here. She taught Mock Trial at the Academy in the spring of 2023 and loved the school so much she came back to teach more. Mrs. Jesse loves music (especially vinyl records), roller coasters (especially Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance), baking, reading, going on road trips with her husband, and babysitting her niece and nephew.
Mr. Eric JessePhysics & Calculus
Mr. Jesse is a part-time teacher who loves the search for truth. That’s why he decided to graduate with two degrees: one a BS in Electrical Engineering, the other a BA in Theology. He enjoys learning about both physics and metaphysics, playing board games, solving all sorts of puzzles, and going on long walks with his wife, Jessen.
Mrs. Vicki BurbachModern History
Vicki Burbach teaches History 11. Mrs. Burbach has a B.A. in English and Political Science as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A passionate convert to the Faith, she loves to delve into the timeless history of beauty, promise, intrigue and spiritual truths found in the Catholic tradition. For seven years Mrs. Burbach has led a group for high schoolers called Constitution Club, the purpose of which is to help teens view current events, whether cultural or political, through a Catholic lens and in light of our nation’s founding.
Vicki is the author of The Lost Art of Sacrifice: A Spiritual Guide for Denying Yourself, Embracing the Cross, and Finding Joy (Sophia Institute Press 2021) and How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between (Sophia Institute Press 2017). Her commentary has been featured and shared on several sites, including National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange and Big Pulpit. Additionally, she has been a guest on several national programs, including EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa, Johnnette Williams’ Women of Grace, EWTN Bookmark, and The Busted Halo Show, among others.
Mrs. Deanna PierreAlgebra II / Trigonometry
Mrs. Deanna Pierre is new to Chesterton Academy this year and will be teaching Algebra 2/Trig. She also teaches Algebra 2 at Queen of Heaven Academy (online school) and is in her 11th year there. She also tutors students locally.
Mrs. Pierre graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and received an MBA from University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1988. She is married to Dr. Lloyd Pierre, Jr, and they have five children, with the youngest beginning college this year. So far, they have one grandson who is a joy to the whole family!
Mrs. Pierre started a prayer podcast called “Catholic Morning Offering” in early 2020 and enjoys praying daily with many people around the world, including the Morning Offering, the saint of the day, meditation of the day, the readings for Holy Mass, as well as other prayers. She enjoys praying and meditating on the Catholic faith and attends Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Omaha.
Mrs. Pierre enjoys teaching Algebra and is excited to join the Chesterton Academy of Omaha staff. She revels in guiding students to see for themselves just how fun math can be!