Principal

Phone: (531)299-9471

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Degrees and Certifications:

Superintendent Specialist Degree (in progress) - Doane University Masters in Educational Administration - UNO Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education - Nebraska Wesleyan

Mr. Anthony “CK” Clark-Kaczmarek

Principal CK is a dedicated and experienced educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our school community. With an impressive background spanning over 25 years in education, Principal CK is proud to have previously taught at Bryan High from 1999 to 2008 and has now returned as our principal.

Throughout his career, Principal CK has served in various roles across Omaha, including Nathan Hale Middle, Buffett Middle, Central High, and TAC (central office). This diverse experience has provided him with a deep understanding of our city and its educational landscape. Principal CK's commitment to serving students and families from all parts of Omaha reflects his unwavering dedication to fostering academic excellence and creating a nurturing environment for all.

As an experienced educator, Principal CK values the importance of cultivating a strong sense of community within Bear Country. He believes that every student has the potential to succeed and is dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive educational experience for all. Principal CK's leadership, coupled with the unwavering dedication of our entire school community, ensures that Bryan High remains a place where students thrive and are prepared for success in their future endeavors.

Assistant Principal

Phone: (531)299-6703

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.A. Educational Administration, 2014 M.A History- UNO, 2007 B.A. Secondary Education(Social Sciences), UNO, 2002 B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology- Bellevue University, 2001

Mrs. Melissa Gates

Academic Director, Q, T-V (10-12)

Melissa Gates has been a staff member with Bryan High since 2003. Her career at Bryan High School began as a student teacher in 2002. In the Fall of 2003, Melissa Gates assumed her teaching position in the Social Studies department where she remained for ten years. In the fall of 2013, Melissa Gates transitioned into the role of Dean of Students where she remained until accepting the position as Bryan High's Data Processor/Academic Director. Melissa Gates is a proud Bryan High Alumni, who enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

Assistant Principal

Phone: (531)299-9134

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Degrees and Certifications:

Masters in School Administration, UNK 2014 BA, Hasting College 1997

Mr. Ryan Murtaugh

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, R (10-12)

Mr. Murtaugh has been with Bryan High School since 2019-2020 school year.

Assistant Principal

Phone: (531)299-6614

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Technology Education Master of Science in Educational Counseling Graduate Certificates in Educational Administration and Supervision and Building Construction

Mr. James Cunningham

Activities Director/Academies Director, N-P (10-12)

Mr. Cunningham has been with Omaha Public Schools since 1999 and has served as the Assistant Principal and Activities Director at Bryan High since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education, a Master of Science in Educational Counseling, and certificates in Educational Administration and Supervision and Building Construction. Mr. Cunningham began his teaching career in Griswold, Iowa in 1993.  From there, he relocated to Tucson, Arizona, where he taught and coached for the Tucson Unified School District from 1994-1998. Mr. Cunningham moved to Panama and worked for DODDS (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) from 1998-1999. He then joined Omaha Public Schools, where he has worked as a counselor, district facilitator for MTSS-B, and now as an assistant principal.  “It is a privilege and honor to serve the students, families, and community partners of Bryan High School. GO BEARS!” 

 

Dean of Students

Phone: (531)299-8857

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Degrees and Certifications:

Principalship K-12 Endorsement, Western Governors Univ., 2017 M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, Bilingual Ed. Endorsement, Graduate Certificate Teaching in Urban Schools, 2009 ESL K-12 Endorsement, Concordia Univ., 2007 B.S. Elementary Education, Peru State College, 2005 HS Diploma, William Jennings Bryan HS, 1998

Mrs. Sasha Cervantes

BEARS Team and F-K, W-Z (10-12)

Mrs. Sasha Cervantes has been a Dean of Students with Bryan High School since 2020. Cervantes' career in education began in 1999, when she joined the Omaha Public Schools at Highland Elementary as a Minority Intern and English as Second Language Paraprofessional that allowed her to participate in an early Para to Teacher Career Ladder program. Her first teaching position was in 2005 at Marrs Magnet Center where she taught in the Dual Language program. In 2018, she moved into a position as an EL Resource/Dual Language Lead Teacher at Jackson Elementary. Mrs. Cervantes is proud to come from a family of educators from both Mexico and the U.S. Mrs. Cervantes spare time is spent traveling, camping and boating with her husband, daughter and dog.

Dean of Students

Phone: (531)

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts in Education from The University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2018 Bachelor of Arts in Education from Midland University, 2012

Mr. Tyler Montoya

GOLD Team and A-E (10-12)

Mr. Montoya has been with Bryan High School since 2021. He began his career as a Spanish teacher and athletic coach before becoming a Dean of Students and Assistant Athletic Director. Mr. Montoya has worked in both large and small school districts, most recently coming to Omaha Public Schools from Bellevue Public Schools.

Dean of Students

Phone: (531)299-3926

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master's in educational administration Concordia University 2019 ESL endorsement Concordia University 2018 Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Peru St. College 2008 Bachelors in Mathematics 2005

Mr. Alan Nesbitt

GREEN Team and L, M, S (10-12)

Mr. Nesbitt has been with OPS for 17 years working in both the Middle school and High School setting as a math teacher. He is now transitioning to becoming a Dean to support more students through their education. He has been with Bryan High School for 10 years and looking forward to many more. He thinks that education and learning are two key parts to success. Taking the opportunities provide and using them to grow as a person. He loves spending time with his Family and Friends and he has lived in Nebraska most if his life and loves the area. 

Curriculum Specialist

Phone: (531) 299-6647

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with endorsements in 7-12 math and Spanish, University of Nebraska at Omaha K-12 English as a second language endorsement, Concordia University Nebraska K-12 Bilingual Education endorsement, University of Nebraska at Omaha Master of Science in Education Administration, Concordia University Nebraska

Ms. Takijah Loguda

Math, Science, Music 

Mrs. Takijah Loguda has served in the Omaha Public Schools since 2007. She began as an educational intern at Bryan, then served as a dual language and ESL math teacher at South High for 12 years before coming back to Bryan to serve staff and students as a curriculum specialist. She strives to cultivate a positive environment for all, both in and out of the classroom. Outside of school, she loves running, playing soccer, spending time with her husband, son, 3 dogs and cat.

 

Curriculum Specialist

Phone: (531)299-6706

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Degrees and Certifications:

MA in Special Education, UNO. BA in Secondary Education, UNO.

Mr. Jason Brannen

Special Education, Art, PE, JROTC

Mr. Brannen has been at Bryan since 2003.  In the 19 years he has been at Bryan he has taught social studies, study skills, and co-taught social studies, English, and science. He has also coached various sports- football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and golf.

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." -Margaret Mead

Curriculum Specialist

Phone: (531)299-6707

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Degrees and Certifications:

TESOL Certificate, UNO, 2010 M.A. Language Teaching, UNO, 2010 B. A. Secondary Education, endorsements in English & ESL, UNK, 2001

Mrs. Natalie Peterson

English, ELL, World Languages

Ms. Peterson, as a lifelong student of language and culture, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role as the Curriculum Specialist for English, ESL, and World Languages at Bryan High. Ms. Peterson's journey began in 2001 as a high school English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Lexington, Nebraska, and evolved to encompass various roles, including teaching at South High and serving as the ELA Lead Teacher for OPS. Her passion for language acquisition research led her to earn a Master’s degree in Language Teaching and a TESOL certification, equipping her to support the diverse population of multilingual language learners at Bryan High.

An inclusive and compassionate leader, Ms. Peterson has been instrumental in fostering an environment that celebrates the rich cultures and languages within the Bryan community. Her commitment to promoting inclusivity for language learners includes serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she occasionally teaches education classes on language acquisition and strategies for teaching and supporting English Learner (EL) students.

As an experienced educator who has served in a variety of professional roles in various schools, Ms. Peterson often says that joining the Bryan community truly felt like finding her “home,” leading her to dedicate almost half of her career to her work at Bryan High. She is proud to work with the Bryan staff and students, and her leadership ensures that Bryan High continues to grow, adapt, and provide an inclusive educational environment for future generations of Bears.

Curriculum Specialist

Phone: 5312995596

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Masters of Educational Administration- University of Nebraska at Omaha Masters of Science in Education (EL focus)-College of Saint Mary Bachelors of General Studies- University of Nebraska at Omaha Certifications: English as a Second Language: K-12 Social Sciences: 7-12 Principal: K-12

Ms. Megan Kaminski-Doloto

Social Studies, Academic Data Representative, Test Site Coordinator, Freshman Academy

Mrs. Kaminski-Doloto has been with Omaha Public Schools for 16 years working in multiple diverse settings. Kaminski-Doloto began her career at South High School. During her years at South High School, she taught numerous courses, including ESL 3-4/5-6 Reading, ESL Social Studies 1-2, US History, Human Geography, Economics, and Modern World History. Kaminski-Doloto then took over as the EL Department Chair at Central High School. Through this position, Kaminski-Doloto oversaw building and supporting the programming of all the English learners both inside and outside the classroom. Kaminski-Doloto is excited to now be a bear and looks forward to building support and opportunities for students, families, and teachers. Kaminski-Doloto enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Curriculum Specialist

Phone: (531)299-6705

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MS- Educational Leadership and Supervision BS- Human Resources and Family Sciences

Mrs. Mary Miller

Business, CTE, FCS and Academies Specialist

Mrs. Miller been at Bryan since 2003. 10 years as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher before becoming a curriculum/academy specialist. Current role as curriculum specialist includes the career education departments and college and career academies.

Instructional Coach

Phone: 5312996656

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Education in Teaching and Leadership, Midland University, 2016 Bachelor of Science in Education, Endorsement Language Arts 7-12, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004

Mrs. Jennifer Cuddy

Instructional Coach, Advanced Academics Coordinator, and Proactive Outreach Programs Coordinator

Jennifer Cuddy has been with Bryan High School since 2004. She taught a variety of English and Reading classes during her teaching tenure, including English 1-8, Poetry Study, Creative Writing, AP Language, AP Literature, and Literacy Skills. When she's not with her Bryan family, she is cherishing time with her spouse, Charlie, four children, Josie, Jacquie, Penny, and Cash, and their dog, Darby.

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society...Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” ~Kofi Annan

Director of Counseling

Phone: (531)299-6665

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Creighton, May 2020 Master of Science in School Counseling, Creighton, May 2004 Bachelor of Science in Education, Mathematics, UNO, December 1992

Mrs. Jeanne Simmons

Director of Counseling

Jeanne Simmons is a passionate educator with a unique blend of experiences as both a math teacher and a school counselor. Mrs. Simmons is a native to Omaha who began her teaching career in OPS in 1996 as a math teacher at Omaha North. After completing her master's degree in School Counseling at Creighton University, she moved into a school counseling position at Omaha Northwest in 2004. When given the opportunity, she then made the transition to school counseling director at Omaha Bryan in 2010. During her time at Bryan, she also completed her master's degree in educational leadership also at Creighton University.

Mrs. Simmons brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our school community. With a strong foundation in mathematics as well as social-emotional needs of learners, Mrs. Simmons inspires students to think critically and problem-solve. Mrs. Simmons is dedicated to fostering a positive school culture that promotes inclusivity, resilience, and a lifelong love of learning.

Mrs. Simmons transitioned into the role of a school counselor because she was driven by the desire to support students not only in their academic pursuits but also in their personal and emotional development. Mrs. Simmons is committed to guiding them through the crucial decision-making processes that shape their educational journey and future endeavors.

As our Director of School Counseling, Mrs. Simmons wants Bryan to play a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders, scholars, and well-rounded individuals who will make a positive impact on our greater community.