John Rohweder teaches Mathematics and Logic at St. Barnabas Classical Academy. He received a degree from Hastings College in Logic before studying Philosophy for two years in St. Louis at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. John recently moved back to Nebraska from St. Louis and is excited to teach his favorite subjects of Math and Logic in a faith-centered community while continuing to discover the parallels of faith and reason in class. John strives for his students to relate everything to Jesus since He is the source of everything including our own selves. Mathematics and Logic provide a framework by which we can understand and know things in a deeper way; much like how our faith is a framework by which we can understand and know God in a deeper way.
Ben Pancho teaches History 9, Theology 9, and Theology 12 at St. Barnabas Classical Academy. A cradle Catholic and connoisseur of many Catholic topics such as apologetics, Marian apparitions, and the lives of the saints, Mr. Pancho has over 10 years of experience working in parish youth ministry and is in his 8th year of coaching high school girls volleyball, currently serving as the JV girls volleyball coach at Roncalli Catholic High School. In addition to teaching at St. Barnabas, Mr. Pancho works full-time as a financial strategist.
Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Mr. Pancho currently lives in Omaha, NE. When he is not teaching, working or coaching, Mr. Pancho can usually be found listening to motivational podcasts or reading personal growth/professional development books.
Chip Maxwell is a former Douglas County commissioner and Nebraska state senator. He has hosted talk radio shows and taught history and civics at the high school and college levels. He and his wife, Pam, are products of Catholic schools: St. Cecilia’s, Creighton Prep, and Boston College for Chip; St. Robert’s, Marian, and St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) for Pam. They have seven children, two dogs, and a tenacious faith in 4,000 years of Judeo-Christian teaching.
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 St. Barnabas Classical Academy.
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.
Rev. Mr. Ron Reno teaches Fine Arts and Art History at St. Barnabas Classical Academy. 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 St. Barnabas, 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
Sonja Whisman, a native Californian, has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine, and has taught since 1993 in public and private schools. She also homeschooled her own two children for 7 years in Iowa and Texas. She moved to Omaha from Arizona in June 2021 to be closer to her children and granddaughter, who live in Council Bluffs and Des Moines. Miss Whisman is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception and is also a violinist, performing for dinners, weddings, and for studio recordings. She teaches Spanish, Latin, and English Literature.
• Spent the last two academic years teaching 7th and 8th grade Religion, Language Arts, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade History and 12th grade Advanced Government at Regina Caeli Classical Academy.
• First year with St. Barnabas, teaching 10th, 11th and 12th grade Language Arts and Literature.
• Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies – UNO, 2021. Concentrations in English, Sociology, Business Administration and History.
• Consecrated Catechist of the Marian Catechist Apostolate under the Apostolate director Cardinal Raymond Burke, with eighteen years of catechetical experience, the last eight teaching Second Year Confirmation preparation, which I currently teach at St. Peter.
• Member of Immaculate Conception parish in Omaha and the parish bookstore manager.
I enjoy teaching young people to seek and discover truth, to see Christ as the hinge of human history, to develop a traditional Catholic worldview, and to love the Church as our mother and teacher.
Favorite Saint Quote: “Be children of the Church.” St. Elizabeth Anne Seton
Mr. Sheridan is teaching Biology for both the Freshman and Sophomore classes this year. As the father of a large homeschool family, Joe has been instructing students for many years. Joe pursued a pre-med course of study at Kearney State, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where his favorite courses were Biology and Zoology. Joe did not continue in his medical studies, choosing a career as a local businessman. Joe has been active in the community. He has been a Scoutmaster, a baseball coach, and a science teacher. Over the past 4 years, Joe has taught Biology at Chesterton Academy, as well as General Science, Physical Science, and Biology for Our Lady of Trust Cooperative in Omaha. The study of Science is one of the most exciting ways to observe God’s creation.
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