Elementary Faculty

Elementary Faculty


Melissa Wagner
B.S. Elementary Education from Kansas State University
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix
Years at Holy Cross: 6
Years of teaching experience: 17

Holy Cross is such a welcoming and loving environment. It is a true blessing to work at Holy Cross, and it feels like home. I feel so fortunate to teach my Kindergarten students every day. Every year is filled with learning and laughter, and I look forward to many more to come.

Laura Tubbert
B.S. Elementary Education: Drake University
M.S Gifted Education: University of Kansas
Years of Teaching Experience: 17
Years at Holy Cross: 5

I am so blessed to be part of Holy Cross. The community here is so welcoming and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this year. All of the teachers and parents here at Holy Cross are so supportive and caring.

First Grade

Rachel Jacobs
B.S. Elementary Education from Benedictine College
Minor in Physical Education
Years of Teaching Experience: 2
Years at Holy Cross: 2

I am very excited to be a part of the staff at Holy Cross this school year. I was previously a student teacher working along side Melissa Wagner in kindergarten. During my student teaching semester I felt so lucky to be at Holy Cross. I am looking forward to continue working in this faith-filled community this coming year, and as a teacher I am overjoyed to be helping form our next generation of learners!

Michelle Burkhart
BS in Elementary Education from Kansas State University
MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in early childhood from Webster
Years of Teaching Experience: 11
Years at Holy Cross: 4

I am blessed to be a part of the staff at Holy Cross.  My husband, Keith, and I have been members of Holy Cross Catholic Church for many years.  Our three older children attended Holy Cross Catholic School, and our three youngest are now enrolled.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking, reading, bike riding and baking.  I love learning, and I am blessed to share my Catholic faith with my students and my family.

Second Grade

Marie Spaniol
B.A. Psychology and Elementary Education: Metropolitan State College of Denver
M.S. Education: Mid American Nazarene University
Years of Teaching Experience: 21
Years at Holy Cross: 20

I choose to continue teaching at Holy Cross because of the special community that is the parish. I was raised in this parish and I feel that now, as an adult, I am giving back to my home community. My daughter went to school at Holy Cross for third through eighth grade. It was a blessing to be able to watch her grow and form her faith here at Holy Cross. She and I both have made life-long friendships here, and we know Holy Cross will be the same blessing for many in the future.

Annie Dellasega
B.A – Special Education and Elementary Education
Graduated from Benedictine College
Years of Teaching Experience: 3
Years at Holy Cross: 3

I am so excited to join the staff of Holy Cross this year! I knew there was something special about Holy Cross from the moment I walked in the door, and I can’t think of a better place to begin my career.  The community of teachers, parents, and students is incredible and I am beyond blessed to become a member of such an amazing family.

Third Grade

Jo Ann O’Brien
Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education: Pittsburg State University
Years of Teaching Experience: 26
Years at Holy Cross: 24

I choose to teach at Holy Cross because of the unity I feel not only with the teachers and staff, but with the students and parents also. Holy Cross provides a loving, nurturing, fun environment that helps foster independence in the students. My daughter and son both graduated from Holy Cross. My daughter, Erin, graduated from Benedictine College, Spring of 2013. My son, Alex, graduated from St. James Academy, Spring of 2014. I feel blessed that they are both becoming life-long Catholics. It is a great place to be, here at Holy Cross!

Anne Anderson
B.S. Elementary Education: Creighton University
M.S. Library Science: Emporia State University
Years of Teaching Experience: 27
Years at Holy Cross: 16

I truly love teaching, even the challenges it brings. I also enjoy 6th graders and think they are so much fun. I am fortunate to be a part of the nurturing community here at Holy Cross, and am lucky to work with a staff that has become my second family.