Resource Teachers

Welcome to the Resource Room.  Here you will find information on the five Resource Teachers at St. Pius X / St. Leo School as well as helpful hints for your children.


Resource Staff

Karen BurnsMrs. Karen Burns – This is my 21st year at our great school.  I graduated from UNO with degrees in elementary education and special education  Before coming to SPSL, I taught special education and first grade in Springfield, NE.  I am an Omaha native.  My  husband, Mike, and I have three children – Steven, Michaela, and Matthew.  Reading, gardening, and learning new things are all activities that I enjoy in my free.


Jenny HowardMrs. Jenny Howard – I’ve been teaching for 15 years.  It is my 11th year teaching at our school.  I am excited to join the Resource team this year.  I attended Creighton University and am now currently working towards an ESL endorsement.  My husband and I have 3 children (8th Grade, 5th Grade, and Pre-K).  I enjoy sports, music, reading and spending time with my family and friends.



Debbie Heeney – I have been teaching resource for grades 6-8 at St. Pius X/St. Leo School for eight years. I have been an educator for 36 years, probably longer if you count the reoccurring dream as a child where I taught my entire family how to fly! I earned my undergraduate degree (elementary education/special education) from Creighton University and master’s degree (special education) from University of Nebraska at Omaha. During my career I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach students in preschool through college. My husband and I have three children, all graduates of St. Pius X / St. Leo School. I relish time spent with family and friends. During my free time I enjoy reading, the arts, spending time outdoors running, and biking as well as cheering on the Creighton Bluejays in soccer and basketball.


Mary ScarpelloMrs. Mary Scarpello – This is my 25th year of teaching at our school.  I received both my bachelors and masters degrees from Creighton University in Omaha.  My husband and I have two grown daughters, Maria and Andrea.  In my free time I enjoy reading, sewing, bowling, and gardening.



Laura OsbornMrs. Laura Osborn – I attended  UNO and received my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education.  I have worked at St. Pius X / St. Leo School for 10 years, including being a teacher assistant for 5th grade and kindergarten as well as the substitute coordinator.  I am currently the Math Resource Teacher for grades 1st to 4th.  My husband Steve and I have 3 children – Emily (2010), Andrew (2015), and Daniel (2017).  We have been members of St. Leo parish since 1992.