This year the Pre-K classes consists of 18 students. Mrs. Duren and Mrs. Lopez are the teachers for Pre-K this year.
A little more on Mrs. Duren…
She grew up in Columbus, NE with her parents and three brothers, Mike, Tim and Darin. She attended St. Anthony Grade School and graduated from Scotus Central Catholic, like the rest of her family! She is married to Todd Duren, her high school sweetheart. Her and Todd have three children of their own, Tony, Morgan and Jared. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys Husker football, co-ed volleyball, golf and concerts.
She loves teaching at St. Antony’s because it has a great family atmosphere. The tradition is also strong at St. Anthony’s. Many of the students that attended St. Anthony’s send their children here for grade school. She loves that they can pray daily and attend Mass weekly. The staff and students enjoy family days throughout the year. When she goes to work it feels like a second home.
A little more on Mrs. Lopez…
Mrs. Lopez was born in Maryland, but raised in Nebraska with her family of five. She attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated in 2014. She attended college at CCC in Columbus and received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood in 2017. She is the PreK Teacher and Daycare Director. She met her husband Rafael their senior year of high school. They have settled down in Columbus and are raising their two children. Eliana is their first, she attends Preschool at St. Anthony’s and loves it. Liam is their second and he is 9 months old but has all the energy in the world. They also have two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys all things fall, iced coffee and spending time with her family.
She loves teaching at St. Anthony’s because she gets so much support from the teachers and parents. She enjoys communicating with parents about their children’s day. She really enjoys the small class sizes. What she enjoys the most is interacting with the kids and listening to all their stories.