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Mrs. Nicole Beran (Spanish & Genius Hour)

Started at SJS in 2018 and have been teaching professionally since 2006

B.A. in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from University of Nebraska @ Omaha 2006

Continuing education graduate studies in ESL/ELL and Bilingual Education Research.

(I enjoyed 5 years teaching in a dual-language English/Spanish classroom and 2 years working in child and family educational services with Spanish-speaking families.)

I attended a Catholic grade school and truly enjoyed the experience.  Catholic education not only prepares students for their futures academically, but it provides an internal moral compass with a strong foundation in faith that will guide students in making the best choices for their futures.  There is a fun and welcoming community here at St. James Seton and I am blessed to be a part of that. 

Mr. Brett LaBudda (Physical Education)

Mr. Brett LaBudda

Started at SJS in 2018, taught in public schools in South Sioux City 2016-2018

B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Health & Physical Education K-12


I believe catholic education is able to offer many things public schools simply cannot.  I grew up in the public school setting and started my teaching career in the public school setting which I enjoyed. In my time here at SJS I can tell catholic education is special in how it allows for growth spiritually and academically through faith based learning in all subject areas. I feel blessed to be a part of the loving Catholic community and family here at SJS.


Mrs. Jennifer Kennedy (Technology)

Started in 2006

B.A. from Wayne State College in K-8 Elementary Education
M.A. from Lesley University in Instructional Technology
Catholic school provides the roots to foster our students not only in academic growth, but personal growth as well. Our end goal is to become saints and to spend our eternal lives in heaven. There is no better way to start preparing a child to be a saint than with the gift of a Catholic education.


Mrs. Becky Logue (Music) is beginning her 10th year as the Music Teacher here at St. James/Seton School.  She teaches Music to all our students as well as orchestrates progams for the students.  Mrs. Logue enjoys playing the piano and reading books especially John Grisham.



Mrs. Theresa Smith (Art) is beginning her 4th year here at St. James/Seton School. She comes to us as a part time Art Teacher.  Mrs. Smith enjoys classical music.



Mrs. Deb Vamosi (Library)

Started at St. James/Seton in 2017. Though I have taught for only two years prior (third and fifth grades), I have been in education most of my adult life. I was a para, local substitute, and school secretary at St. Philip Neri for many years.


BS in Criminal Justice Administration from University of Phoenix (2012)

MA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix (2014)

Why Catholic Education? 

I am a product of Catholic education (St. Philip Neri and Roncalli) and believe there is no better place. Catholic education is a sacrifice, but one that is well worth it in the end.  I think it’s important that we are able to share not only academics but faith as well. Sharing our faith is as important as the subjects we teach; we are reaching the whole student.


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