Jerry Kalina

Jerry Kalina

Hello Monarch Nation!  My name is Jerry Kalina and I am the head principal at Papillion-La Vista High School.  I am currently in my 8th year as principal of Monarch High.  Before becoming principal, I was an assistant principal for 12 years.  I began my career at La Vista Junior High as a special education teacher.  I enjoy life as a principal and look forward to working with our students each and every day.  I am a proud graduate of Omaha Benson High School, class of 1986. I attended college at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and have a masters degree in secondary education from UNO.  I have an educational specialist degree from Wayne State College.  Amy and I have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of Nicole and Jack.  This is a great high school and I am proud of the work we do each and every day in meeting the needs of our students.  Go Monarchs!

Jeff Govier

Jeff Govier

I am a Peru State College graduate.  While at Peru I played football and earned a B.S in Education.  I began my teaching career at Omaha Burke High School.  I taught the Zoo Academy and Biology as a Bulldog.  I then moved to Monarch Nation in 2002.  At PLHS I have taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science.  In addition to teaching I continued my education by earning a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and a M.S. in Educational Leadership, both from Doane College.  This is a great school and I am a proud member of a strong team that works to uphold the Tradition of Excellence at our school. Go Monarchs!
John Hubert

John Hubert

I graduated from Morningside College with a B.S. in Biology Education and taught science for 12 years - first at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City, IA and then here at Papillion-La Vista High.  I earned my M.S. in Educational Administration from UNO and my Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State.  I have been the 11th grade principal at PLHS for 12 years.  In addition to discipline, I am in charge of educational technology, coordinate the professional development program and our Professional Learning Teams.  Our students and staff make this a very special place that I am proud to say is the best high school in the state.  Go Monarchs!
Dr. Angela O'Hanlon

Dr. Angela O'Hanlon

I graduated from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.S. in Secondary Education, emphasis in math.  I taught math for 5 years at Gross Catholic High School before coming to PLHS and taught 9 years here before becoming an administrator.  I earned my M.S. and Ed.D in Educational Administration from UNO.  I am currently the senior administrator and coordinate the master schedule, district assessments and grading.  I thoroughly enjoy watching our Monarchs succeed both in and out of the classroom. Go Monarchs!
Jason Ryan

Jason Ryan

I graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with a degree in Special Education in 1997.  After graduating from Doane, I taught Special Education at PLHS from 1997-2001 and also served as an assistant basketball and baseball coach.  In 2001, I went to Bellevue East High School where I spent ten years as Dean of Students and head boys’ basketball coach.  In 2011, I returned to PLHS where I taught in the Business department and was head boys basketball coach.  I am currently in my 7th year as Activities / Athletic Director. Go Monarchs!
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Mitch Albers

Mitch Albers

I am beginning my 7th year teaching and coaching at Papillion La Vista High School!  The past six years at PLHS I have taught physical education to the majority of 9th and 10th grade students.  In addition to teaching physical education, I am a JV/Varsity coach for the boys’ basketball team. Prior to teaching at Papillion La Vista High School, I attended the University of Nebraska Omaha where I received my teaching degree and played basketball for the Mavs!  Shortly after, I earned a master’s degree from Peru State College in Curriculum and Instruction.  I was born and raised in the Papillion La Vista School District and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a great community.  Outside of teaching and coaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons.  Go Monarchs!
Megan Albertson

Megan Albertson

Hello and welcome to Papillion-La Vista High School!! I am very excited to start my seventh year as an English teacher.  Originally from Iowa, I moved to Omaha and completed a BA in English from Creighton University.  I then received my MS in Dispute Resolution, worked for a couple years, went back to school, and received my MS in Secondary Education. I love spending time with my family, especially my 3 year old son, Owen. I am an avid football fan (Go Huskers!), coffee drinker, and grammar enthusiast. I am very excited to meet all of you and spend this year together!  Go Monarchs!

Carmen Anderson

Carmen Anderson

This year I'm teaching Honors English 10 and English 11 at Papillion La Vista High School. I'm a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an English endorsement and school library concentration. I'm also the assistant coach of the Forensics team. My hobbies include writing flash fiction, collecting children's picture books, and spending time at the lake with my husband Ryan and rescue pup Frankie. Go Monarchs!
Nick Baker

Nick Baker

I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Sciences.  I have a Masters degrees in Special Education and Sports Administration.  I have taught at Papillion-La Vista High School since 2013.  I am also the head swimming and diving coach for the PLHS/PLSHS combined teams.  Prior to coming to PLHS, I taught at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and also worked as an English Language Learner para at Papillion Junior High.  Go Monarchs!
Jay Ball

Jay Ball

I am a graduate of Kearney State College (that dates me!), and earned a Masters degree from Doane College. I previously taught in the Omaha Public Schools for 30 years with my last 11 at Central High. This is my 3rd year at Papillion-La Vista High School, and I am truly honored and excited to be a part of Monarch Nation! I am teaching U. S. History and Advanced Placement U. S. History, along with being an assistant coach for the varsity football team. Go Monarchs!!!
Nicole Baranko

Nicole Baranko

This will be my 5th year of teaching this year but my first at PLHS. From 2015-2017, I was at Papillion Middle School as a 7th grade special education teacher. I then made my way down to Bell Elementary School in the year 2017, where I was again teaching special education for 2 years. I am excited to be at Monarch nation again because I graduated from PLHS in 2011! I then went on to Doane College to earn a degree in K-12 special education and K-6 elementary education. I also have a masters of curriculum and instruction from Doane. I am the youngest of 3 children and the only girl. My two older brothers are Christopher and Matthew, who are both also Monarch grads. My parents are Kathy and Michael Baranko. My mom also works for the school district as Dr. Rikli’s executive assistant and my dad is a home builder for Michael Baranko Construction. My father was also a Monarch grad, come from a long line of royalty! I am getting married on November 23rd, 2019 to my amazing Fiancé, Garrett. My new last name will be Schroeder. We have been together for just over 3 years. He is originally from Los Angeles but got stationed at Offutt when he was active duty Air Force. He now is in the reserves and works for a company called Interstates as a project coordinator. I am looking forward to being back home at Monarch Nation! Go Monarchs!
Stacie Bender

Stacie Bender

This will be my 22nd year of teaching and my 5th year here at Papillion La Vista High. I have taught the spectrum of mathematics and various technology courses. Four years as a trainer for a web hosting company made me miss teaching. I returned to the classroom four years ago and am looking forward to teaching Geometry and Honors Pre-Calculus.  I graduated from UNL. I love traveling with my husband and three kids. In my free time I have taken up running, enjoy gardening, and love reading. Go Monarchs!
Libby Blanke

Libby Blanke

This will be my 3rd year as an art teacher in Omaha, but first year as a Monarch. I graduated from Doane College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. After graduating I continued at Doane Lincoln to complete my teaching certification and Masters of Education. I was a cheerleader for the Tigers in college and started a sorority while at Doane. Before moving to PLHS I taught elementary art for two years. In addition to teaching Pottery and Sculpture, I will also be coaching the Monarch cheerleaders this year.  Go Monarchs!
This will be my 4th year at Papillion La-Vista and 21st overall in Education.  I grew up in Nebraska City and received my B.S. in Art Education from Peru State College and M.Ed. from Doane.  My previous experience is at Westside High where I spent 17 years teaching Art and coaching Varsity Football.  I will be coaching the Offensive Line and Defensive Line for the Monarchs.  Go Monarchs!
Mary Boelman

Mary Boelman

This is my 19th year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences.  This is my 5th year at PLHS.  I earned my Bachelors of Science from University of Nebraska at Kearney.  I have a dog named Annie.  I am from a pretty big family.  I am so excited to share my passion for Foods 1-2 and Human Development. I also have APEX this year!  This is going to be a great year.  Make sure to check my blog weekly for lesson plans and supportive information.  Let’s Go Monarchs!  Make It Happen!
Jackie Borcyk

Jackie Borcyk

This is my 17th year of teaching Mathematics at PLHS. After high school, I attended UNO and earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. I worked for Enron for 10 years before they moved their operations out of Omaha. I then chose to change careers and returned to UNO and earned my Bachelors of Science in Education. I am certified to teach both Math and Business courses. I also earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instructions from Doane in 2011. I live in Papillion with my husband Dave. We have three married daughters who have blessed us with four grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy supporting Monarch and Nebraska Volleyball and spending time with family and friends. GO MONARCHS!

Lori Boudreau

Lori Boudreau

I am excited to be starting another year of teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School.  I received my undergraduate degree from Graceland University in Iowa and my graduate degree from Peru State College. I am currently a co-sponsor of National Honor Society and the assistant coach for the Monarch tennis team.  My husband and I have four children who keep us busy!  In my spare time I love to exercise, read, shop, and watch sports (especially college football and basketball).  I look forward to a fantastic and productive school year with my students.  Go Monarchs!
I will be teaching Geometry this year.  I grew up in Papillion and graduated from Papillion - La Vista High School in 2007.  Then I attended Iowa Western Community College where I received my AA degree while playing baseball.  Next I continued my education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to finish my degree as a secondary mathematics teacher.  I am looking forward to teaching all my the students and watching them participate in extracurricular activities throughout the year at PLHS!
This will be my 3rd year as a Monarch and 7th year teaching. I’m a 2008 graduate of PLHS…once a Monarch, always a Monarch! I attended UNO and graduated with a degree in Art Education. During my time at UNO, I was a Maverick Cheerleader and an active member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Before coming to Monarch Nation, I taught Elementary art for 4 years. It will be neat to see some of my former Elementary students come through my classroom door. My husband is also a teacher here at PLHS, he teaches geometry and coaches baseball and football. I look forward to getting to know my students and seeing them express themselves through their art. GO MONARCHS!!
Romie Brown

Romie Brown

I attended Papillion-La Vista schools growing up, graduating from PLHS in 2000. After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Sciences and Coaching. I also have a Masters in Curriculum and Education from Doane College, which I received in 2010. This year will by my 15th year in education and I will be teaching Psychology, Online Psychology, and AP Micro and Macroeconomics. I am a varsity assistant swimming coach here at PLHS and you can often find me working the scoreboard during Monarch football, softball, and basketball games. I have been married for 14 years to my wonderful wife and have a daughter that will be in 3rd grade this year. Go Monarchs!
Tyler Buglewicz

Tyler Buglewicz

Hello! My name is Tyler Buglewicz. I teach the Experience Music Project class, the Symphonic Band, and the Monarch Men Choir. I also assist in teaching the Concert Choir and the Freshman Band. Outside of the regular school day, I direct the Free Spirit Varsity Show Choir and In Motion Preparatory Show Choir, the Ardente Voce Jazz/Chamber Choir, and I assist in directing the Marching Band. I grew up in the district, graduating from PLHS in 2007, and then studied music education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Together with my wife Sara and my dog Ellie Mae, we have truly found a home here as a part of Monarch Nation. This is my eighth full year of teaching at Papillion La Vista High School, and I’m looking forward to the incredible music our students can make!  Go Monarchs!
Amanda Butler

Amanda Butler

I am very excited to be teaching Spanish 2 and Honors Spanish 3 at Monarch High. I am originally from Marysville, Michigan. I moved to Omaha after high school. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Secondary Education with a Spanish Endorsement. Before graduating I did a semester abroad in Costa Rica and I taught English in China for 2 months. Outside of teaching my interests include traveling, fitness, watching tv dramas, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.  Go Monarchs!
Emma Calhoun

Emma Calhoun

Hello!  My name is Emma Calhoun and I am joining the Monarch Nation as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  I graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders and University of Central Missouri with a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology.  My experience includes work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and schools.  In 2010 the Army moved my family to the Papillion-La Vista School District.  This fall my family made the official decision to permanently reside in Papillion.  I have three boys attending district schools and I am thrilled to have the privilege to work for a school district that I believe sets the standards high and provides the means to excel!
Ryan Carlson

Ryan Carlson

It’s great to be a Monarch! This is my third year here at Papillion LaVista Schools but I’m not a stranger to Monarch Nation. I’ve lived in the district for over 20 years and am the parent of a 2015 and 2018 Monarch graduates. I also have an 8th grader at LaVista Middle School. I have been an educator most of my career as a Science teacher and a School Counselor. I’ve also coached boys and girls basketball for over 20 years, as well as several years of football. I’m glad to be able to teach Physics and Physical Science with great people in a great district. I am originally from Kearney, NE and after graduating from Kearney High, went on to complete my Bachelors in Physical Science at Kearney State College/University of Nebraska Kearney. In 2009 I completed my Masters in School Counseling from Creighton University.  Go Monarchs!
Cory Clemenger

Cory Clemenger

I am entering my fourteenth year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School and I am beginning my ninth year as the Math Department Head. This year I will again be teaching Honors Pre-Calculus and Integrated Math.  I was born in Papillion and have lived here my entire life. I greatly enjoyed my time at Tara Heights and Rumsey Station Elementary Schools, Papillion Jr. High, and Papillion-La Vista High School. Prior to graduating from PLHS in 2002, I was involved in Baseball, Basketball, Football, P-Club, FCA, and National Honor Society. I then went to Peru State College where I played baseball and earned my degree in Mathematics Education and also a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2010, my wife (Justine) and I were married and we have three beautiful kids.  Our oldest daughter Natalie is 7 years old, our son Grant is 5 years old, and our youngest little girl is 17 month old, Macy.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my kids, attending sporting events, watching baseball and college football, reading, doing yard work, minor wood work, playing pool, and hanging out with friends and family.  It is clear to me that this is the best high school around and I am looking forward to another great year at PLHS!  Go Monarchs!

Joline Cowles

Joline Cowles

!Hola! I am in my second year as a Monarch with Papillion La Vista High School teaching Spanish 1 and 2! I recently completed a Master’s in Secondary Education from UNO in May of this year. I enjoy continuing education as a student, myself! This coming year I will contribute to and collaborate with the TAT team as their fourth member aiming to create tech enriched environments for our kids. I look forward to providing an engaging and interactive culture for all my foreign language learners! See you in room 126.  Go Monarchs!
Chris Curry

Chris Curry

I graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2005 with a B.A. in History while participating as an athlete on the Wrestling team.  After that I completed my credentialing course work at the University of California, Monterey and began working at St. Martin of Tours and Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California.  I taught classes in the social studies department and was the Head Wrestling coach for 8 years leading the Monarchs to their first WCAL Title and producing League and Section champions and a State placer.  At PLHS, I will be teaching Honors United States History and World History.  I am going into my 5th year at PLHS and my 4th year as the Head Wrestling Coach.  My wife Kim and I have been married for 10 wonderful years and we have a rambunctious almost 7 year old named Maverick, a smiley daughter named Macie (4), a 1 year old named McCoy, and an adorable Boston Terrier named Breezy.  Go Monarchs!
Scott Curry

Scott Curry

I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Chico.  I have an older brother who is an officer in the Navy, identical twin brother who also teaches at PLHS, and a little sister .  I played all kinds of sports in high school, but ended up wrestling in college.  My wife, Beth, is a great Nurse and the mother of our 3 kids.  We have two girls named Haley and Addison, and one boy named Beckett.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005.  I graduated from Doane College in 2014 with my Masters in Administration.  I have taught at Papillion-LaVista High School since the Fall of 2007.  I teach Medical Terminology, Clinical Labs, Child Development, and the Education Academy.  I coach football at PLHS, wrestling at LaVista Middle, and coordinate spring season weigh training.  I also sponsor the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and Educators Rising chapters at PLHS.  We here at PLHS strive to improve each student, so that they are ready for their next chapter in life.  My mission is to encourage and inspire truth in action through relentless enthusiasm.  Go Monarchs!
Joslyn Darling

Joslyn Darling

I am excited to be teaching Spanish 1, Honors Spanish 3, and Spanish for Spanish Speakers again this year at PLHS. Here is a little bit of background on me. I was born and raised in North Iowa and attended the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), graduating with a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. I then earned my Master’s in Education degree from Viterbo University while teaching at West Des Moines-Valley High School in West Des Moines, IA. During that time, I also spent a summer studying at the University of Costa Rica earning credits towards my Master’s degree in Spanish. I moved to Nebraska and taught at Millard South for four years before coming to teach at PLHS eight years ago. In my free time I like to read, travel, shop, go out to eat, spend time with friends, and most importantly, spend time with my husband and my three children, who are ages nine, seven, and five. This is going to be another great school year. Go Monarchs!
Vern Davis

Vern Davis

Vern Davis-Showell has been the School Psychologist at PLHS since 1999.  Vern graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in psychology and special education.  She went on to earn her post-graduate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  In addition to working with students, teachers and families as a School Psychologist, Vern also coaches the PLHS Dance Team.
Samantha Deck

Samantha Deck

This is my 13th year as a special education teacher at PLHS. I grew up in Winside Nebraska. I received my undergraduate degree in Special Education from Wayne State College and my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College. This year I will be teaching the vocational learning classes, Learning Center English and Learning Center Study Hall. In addition to teaching, I also co-facilitate Circle of Friends, Project Unified and Leo Club. In my free time you will find me outdoors, reading, and spending time with family. Go Monarchs!
Born and raised in southwest Michigan, I am a Hope College graduate, with a B.S. in Biochemistry, minor in Music. I earned my M.S. in Secondary Science Education from UNO. My wife Jennifer hails from central Nebraska, and so the Omaha area has been home for 17 years now, the last 11 (and by far the best) of those in Papillion. Our 4 children are all students in the PLCS district, with two attending Patriot Elementary, one at Liberty Middle School, and one entering her freshman year at PLSHS. This is my 3rd year teaching at PLHS, and I am teaching Physical Science and Honors Chemistry this year. I am a proud science nerd, always trying to learn how to do new things, and always have time for a good science joke (the more like a “dad” joke, the better).  When I’m not teaching science or developing science resources, you can find me playing or listening to music, outdoors, fishing (especially on the ice), coaching youth soccer, or reading a good book.  I’m happy to be on the Monarch team and look forward to a great year in 2019-2020!  Go Monarchs!
Stacey Dunbar

Stacey Dunbar

I am the academic counselor at Papillion La Vista High School. This is my 20th year as a guidance counselor and my 13th year at PLHS.  Prior to being a guidance counselor, I was a Special Education teacher for 10 years in the Omaha area. In addition to monitoring students’ academic progress, I also work with student who have 504 plans, the 9th grade class board and PLHS student ambassadors.  I am invested in each student's educational program and enjoy helping all students achieve their highest academic potential. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions or concerns you have about academics.  Go Monarchs!
Anthony Dunn

Anthony Dunn

This will be my 6th year teaching high school and my first year at PLHS. The last two years I was the offensive coordinator for football at Doane University where I went to college while playing football and baseball. Before that, I was the head football coach and teacher at Bellevue East High School. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Clare, and we have a 1 year old girl name Emersyn Jo. Along with teaching I will be coaching football and baseball. I am proud to be here and Go Monarchs!
Ann Fraser

Ann Fraser

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Monarch High! I was born and raised in Papillion, NE. I attended Mercy High School and graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. My husband Jim and I have 2 boys, both attending school in the Papillion School District. This is my 4th year at PLHS, and my 13th year teaching English. My first 6 years as an educator were in OPS at Omaha Northwest High School. I took some time off to be a stay at home mom and feel very blessed to have been able to spend that time with my boys. Next, I spent 3 amazing years teaching 7th–12th grade English in the Leola School District of Leola, SD. I am proud to have been awarded South Dakota's VFW Teacher of the Year Award for 2015-2016. The past 3 years teaching at Monarch High have been extremely rewarding, and I am looking forward to building new relationships with students and parents this year. I anticipate a positive and productive school year teaching Honors English 9 and Themes in Contemporary Literature; our slogan this year is “Make It Happen!”

Karleen Gebhardt

Karleen Gebhardt

I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with honors in May of 2006, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education with teaching endorsements in English and history. After teaching in the metro area for three years, I started substitute teaching for the Papillion-LaVista School District in 2009 while attending graduate school. I earned a Master of Arts in English in May of 2011 and began teaching full time at Papillion-La Vista High School during the fall of 2012. I love teaching at Monarch High, and I'm proud to say that I graduated from PLHS in 1998. I look forward to having a fun-filled, productive year and helping students achieve success!  Go Monarchs!
Anna Gorat

Anna Gorat

I graduated from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.S. in Biology. I worked in a laboratory setting before earning my M.S. in Teaching and Learning from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. I have been teaching Biology and Physical Science at PLHS for four years. I enjoy helping students to work hard, and to be proud of their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
This year marks my 17th year at PLHS.  Before my Monarch days, I taught English/Drama at Gross Catholic H.S. for 7 years. I have a secondary education endorsement in English/Speech/Theatre from UNL, a M.A. in English from UNO and work as an adjunct at Metro Community College.  My husband Mike and I have a 10 year old--Jonah, and a 7 year old--Luca. (Go Portal Stars!) We enjoy spending time together outdoors and hitting the gym as a family. In my free time I love to read, shop, workout, and teach Pilates.  I look forward to another great year at PLHS.   For me the best part of being a Monarch is the community support—both in and outside of the school. Go Monarchs!
Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

I am originally from the small town of Albion, Nebraska. I attended Creighton University (Go Bluejays!), earning my bachelor’s of science and master’s in secondary instruction. I have been teaching high school since 2004 and have been at PLHS since 2013. I will be teaching Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. In addition to teaching, I am the head girls cross country coach and work with the hurdlers on the girls and boys track teams. Outside of teaching and coaching, my interests include running, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to meeting new students and helping them learn about chemistry.  Go Monarchs!
Jill Guenther

Jill Guenther

This year marks my fourteenth year teaching in PLCS with ten of those years being here at PLHS. I was previously a speech-language pathologist in the district and am now in my eighth year as the special education department leader at PLHS. I am originally from South Dakota and enjoy traveling back to visit family and friends whenever possible. I earned both my Bachelors in Communication Disorders/Education and Masters in Speech-Language Pathology degrees from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. I also earned my Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I co-sponsor the Circle of Friends group here at PLHS. My husband and I have three girls who keep us very busy. The best way to reach me is via email or before or after school via phone. I’m excited for another great year with an amazing special education team as we work to help all students gain the skills to help them be successful postsecondary. I look forward to another successful year! Go Monarchs!
Dianne Halligan

Dianne Halligan

Bonjour! I started teaching in 1997. I was born and raised in Omaha. I am a proud Benson Bunny and a proud graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. I earned a degree in French and History, with a minor in Spanish and Reading Education, in addition to a secondary teaching license. After college, I moved to the Phoenix area where I taught IB and AP French for 17 years before moving back to my wonderful home state of Nebraska (GO BIG RED!) I completed a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in 2002-2003 and had the wonderful opportunity of teaching English to French high school students in Amboise, France. I have traveled to France with students several times, in addition to organizing homestays for visiting French students in the summer. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, cooking, sewing, gardening, movies and spending time with my many nieces and nephews. I look forward to an exciting and wonderful year sharing my love and passion for the French language. Go Monarchs!
Jamie Hanmer

Jamie Hanmer

  • Bachelor of English - University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Master of History - San Jose State University
  • Pinewood Private School, Los Altos California - 5 Years - Taught Social Studies grades 3-6
  • Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto California - 13 years - Taught 9-12 grades. English Literature, American Literature, Creative Writing, Shakespeare /Chaucer
  • Papillion - La Vista High School - Papillion, Nebraska- 11 years - Honors World Literature, Honors English 10, English 10, Literary Foundations of Modern Culture. Creative Writing 1, 21rst Century Reading and Writing
  • Outstanding Educator Award - Johns Hopkins University - 1991
Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen

This will be my 12th year in teaching here at Papillion LaVista High School, and this year I will be teaching Honors Physical Science and Environmental Science.  I graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education in 2007.  I decided to further my education while learning about administration in graduate school.  I graduated from Doane University in 2015 with a Masters in Educational Leadership.  I have been coaching in Papillion LaVista for 18 years now!  I currently coach freshmen football, and boys basketball at LaVista Middle School.  I also sponsor the Monarch Fishing Club, which has been a ton of fun.  I love to travel and eat, so if you have a restaurant or food that you think I should try, then I definitely will!  My wife Randi is a 1st grade teacher in Bellevue, and the head cheer coach at Bellevue East. We are expecting our first child in January, so I will be starting a go fund me account for diapers! Go Monarchs!
Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Dan Harmon and this will be my 7th year teaching at PLHS!  I was born and raised in Omaha and went to Creighton Prep High School.  I continued my education at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota where I had the opportunity to play basketball. I received a bachelor’s degree in exercise wellness and science in 2010 and moved back to Omaha.  Once back in Omaha, I attended College of Saint Mary and received a master’s degree in teaching.  I am endorsed in K-12 Special Education and Physical Education. I am very involved in sports and coaching and that takes up most of my time outside of teaching. I teach a variety of classes that include Life and Social Skills, History Connections, Individualized PE, and Community Based Learning.  I am very excited for the school year and look forward to working with everyone!
Angela Hathaway

Angela Hathaway

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my seventh year in the teaching profession and fourth year as a Monarch!  I graduated from Concordia University in Seward, NE with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. I spent my first three years teaching at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. There I taught 7-12 grade mathematics. Since I have been a Monarch I have taught Algebra I and Honors Algebra II. My husband and I moved here a few years ago and have been loving the school district ever since! We welcomed our first child in May this year as well. Go Monarchs!
Ann Herbener

Ann Herbener

I am the college counselor in our guidance department. I have been in education for 29 years. This is my twelfth year as a counselor at PLHS. Before that, I taught English and history, including AP and honors courses, and was active with my students on college prep work. I will be visiting classrooms in each grade to help prepare our students for the post-secondary work as well as conducting parent information sessions throughout the year. I am always available for appointments and phone calls or you can reach me by email. I look forward to working with our students and parents on this exciting part of their lives.
Dave Herbener

Dave Herbener

I teach AP Psychology and regular psychology at Papillion/La Vista High School. I’m also the sponsor for Mock Trial and Quiz Bowl. I I received a Bachelor’s degree from UNL and a Master’s degree from UNO. My teaching career has spanned over 30 years at a variety of school districts in both Nebraska and Missouri. I’ve been married to Ann, who is our college counselor at PLHS, for over 30 years and have three children Adam, Jake, and Morgan. We also have one grandson, Frank. I look forward to working with parents and students to provide the best learning experience possible. Go Monarchs!
Becky Hoch

Becky Hoch

Mrs. Hoch was born and raised in Papillion. She attended Papillion-La Vista Public Schools all 13 years, graduating in 1992 from PLHS. She then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating in 1997 with a B. S. in History as well as a B. S. in Secondary Education. Having earned a fellowship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she then earned a Master of Arts degree in 1999 with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. After graduating from UNL Mrs. Hoch worked two years for Ameritrade as a Broker and Senior Credit Risk Analyst. She obtained her first teaching position at Omaha Northwest HS in 2001.  In 2003 Mrs. Hoch had the great pleasure of returning to PLHS in the Social Studies Department. Mrs. Hoch has taken additional classes in American History, working towards a Master of Science degree through UNO, stopping short of another thesis. She has: coached the Mock Trial team, sponsored the LEO club, been the assistant Debate coach, served as HAL sponsor, and coached the Girls Golf team. In 2015 Mrs. Hoch received her teaching endorsement in Journalism from Kent State University and began teaching classes in the field of Media Production. She is currently leading the PLCS Media Academy - visit the website at www.plv.media. She was honored as the PLCS Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2019. In her rare spare time Mrs. Hoch enjoys woodworking, photography, counted cross stitch, baking, and loving her dog, Buddy. She is married to Mr. Hoch, the Athletic Department Secretary at PLHS.  Go Monarchs!
Clint Hoelscher

Clint Hoelscher

I am entering my 26th year of teaching, with this being my 24th year with the Papillion LaVista Community Schools. This year I will be teaching English 10.  I earned my degree in Education in 1994 from Hastings College. I earned my Masters In Educational Leadership (Administration) in 2000 from Doane College.  In addition to my teaching duties, I am an assistant softball coach.  I look forward to working with your students this school year.  GO MONARCHS!

Ryan Homan

Ryan Homan

I’m looking forward to beginning my 5th year as a Monarch and 11th year teaching high school math. I attended UNO for both my B.A. in Math and my Master’s Degree in Math. I will be teaching AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, and Geometry. I am also the assistant Varsity boys soccer coach here at PLHS. My wife is a math teacher at Papillion-La Vista South High School. When we get some time away from work, we have our hands full raising our two boys; Case (6 years old) and Ryker (5 years old). I look forward to helping your students be successful this year at PLHS. Go Monarchs!!!
Evan Horak

Evan Horak

I am excited to start my first year teaching woods class! I graduated from Papillion la-Vista South in 2015, then i attended MCC for my associates and then UNL for my bachelors. Furniture and cabinet making is my passion! I worked for a local Papillion custom cabinet company for 2 years and then a custom furniture shop in Lincoln for another two years while attending college. I am excited to start my career at Papillion Monarchs and evenmore so for the future!
Dave Hubert

Dave Hubert

I'm entering my 32nd year of teaching, 30th as a biology teacher at PLHS.  My wife Staci and I and have 3 children.  I graduated from West Monona High School in 1984 and attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa from 1984-1988.  I began my teaching career at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City Iowa, where I taught and coached from 1988-1990.  Go Monarchs!
After graduating from Papillion LaVista High School, I attended Creighton University (Go Jays!), earning a B.A. in history with concentrated areas in Middle Eastern history and political science.   Currently I'm working on my Instructional Technology Leadership endorsement and finishing up my master's degree in Secondary Ed.    This will be my 10th year as a full-time teacher and my 5th at PLHS.  I also serve as the head JV volleyball coach and work on the Technology Assistance Team that helps with tech integration and technology-related staff development at the school.    My own family includes my handsome husband, John, and our four children (two boys, two girls) ranging from 18 to 11 years old.   Monarch nation is an exceptional community and I am blessed to  have the opportunity to work with such supportive families.   Please follow me on Twitter or Instagram to follow my journey this school year.   I'm excited for the 2019 - 2020 school year –GO MONARCHS!
Abigail Hunke

Abigail Hunke

This year I will be teaching both Honors U.S. History and 9th Grade U.S. History am very excited to help our freshmen transition from middle school to high school. I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in History and Social Science Education in 2017 and am currently pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from NWU. I competed in track and field for the Prairie Wolves and will be coaching girls cross country in the fall as well as track in the spring here at Papillion La Vista. I am ready to start year three at Monarch High with the comfort of familiar faces from our supportive teaching staff and the excitement of fresh faces from our class of 2023. GO MONARCHS!
Victor Icenogle

Victor Icenogle

I have a Master of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics Degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Business Administration Degree, University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Information Systems, University of Texas. I also teach at Metro Community College as an Adjunct Instructor in the Math Department.  Previously, I worked at USAA Property & Casualty in San Antonio, TX on the Web Site Development Team as a Senior Project Manager, Strategic Planner, and Senior Systems Analyst.  I am a U.S. Air Force veteran, I was an Officer – Director of Data Systems Operations, MVS Systems Programmer I teach math and am also the Games Club sponsor.
Dana Janssen

Dana Janssen

This is year 13 here at PLHS for me. I am a Gretna High School graduate. I went on to college at Wayne State college where I played football and was very active in Skills USA. I have a masters in Career Tech Education at Central Missouri University. Here at PLHS I am the Head Girls Track coach, and also coach varsity football. As far as clubs I am a sponsor for the PL- Club. The courses I teach are the STEM Academy classes. Intro to Design of Engineering and Architecture, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Architecture Development, and the Capstone Course.  I am very excited for the new school year and cant wait to see what kind of projects we will turn out this year. Make it happen!!!!

This is my 12th year teaching, all at PLHS. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Omaha Central High School in 2003. I attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education, with minors in Business and Information Technology. I also earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College in 2012. I currently teach Marketing I, Marketing II, and Intro to Business. I am also the DECA advisor. My husband is also a teacher at PLHS, he teaches STEM classes and coaches football and track. We have two children, a son Clay and a daughter Willa. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, reading, working out, and being outside with our dogs.

I look forward to a great 2019-2020 school year.  Make it happen! Go Monarchs!

I am ecstatic to be teaching my 3rd year at PLHS. I teach Culinary arts, Foods 1 and Child Development 1 & 2 . I have three degrees from the University of Nebraska Lincoln including my Masters of Science in FCS education. I live with my husband and 3 cats in Bellevue. I have worked in human services, mostly for nonprofit organizations, for the majority of my professional career and am so excited to continue to  share the knowledge I gained from those experiences with my students! When I’m not teaching I enjoy baking, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family. What I look forward to most this year is getting to know a whole new group of students. Go Monarchs!

Annette Jeanes

Annette Jeanes

I graduated from Creighton University School of Nursing with a BSN.  I have obtained my Master of Public Health from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2015.  My nursing experience includes inpatient psychiatric care, adult critical care, and school nursing.  I have been a school nurse in the Papillion La Vista Community Schools since 2006. I have been the school nurse at PLHS since 2009.  Go Monarchs!
Derik Jensen

Derik Jensen

I have lived in Omaha for 40 years.  I was born and raised here, and I went to Millard North High School.  I graduated there in 1997 and went on to study both Industrial Technology and English Education at Wayne State College.  However, after graduating college, I have been primarily involved in the English/Language Arts arena. After I graduated from Wayne  State, I substituted for OPS for a little bit.  I did both daily and long term substituting in OPS, and I was eventually asked to teach 7th grade Language Arts at King Science and Technology Magnet Center in the OPS School District.  I was there for 3 years and then I came to Papillion LaVista High School.  I have been here ever since.  This year will be my 13th year teaching English/Language Arts here at PLHS.  Go Monarchs!
Michaela Jensen

Michaela Jensen

I am not originally from Nebraska. I was raised in Orlando, Florida until I moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2000. I attended a private Irish school until I moved to Stuttgart, Germany in 2003. There, I went to a public high school at Patch Barracks on the US European Command Headquarters in Vaihingen. After graduation, I attended UNL where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts for Secondary Education. I am endorsed in English (grades 7-12), Journalism, Theatre, and Debate/Forensics. By learning from these experiences, I try to integrate them into my teaching. This shapes my personal mission statement: to cultivate positive learning experiences for my students while implementing a rigorous curriculum.  Go Monarchs!
My teaching background is diverse. After graduating from UNK in 1985, I began teaching English, speech, and theater. After focusing on this for a number of years, I expanded my degree to include special education. In 1997 I began teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School. Over the years I co-taught in a variety of curriculum areas, but primarily Biology and Chemistry, and Physical Science.. It's my belief that by having 2 teachers in the classroom, together we can teach to a wider variety of learning styles and levels. Together, we can challenge students, focus more on the individual needs, and present challenging information in a way that is easier to understand. When not serving my students, in my spare time I am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoy supporting our Veterans. My husband James and I have 1 daughter who attended PLHS and graduated from college with honors and a Master’s degree. In the summer we enjoy visiting her and her husband on the east coast.  I look forward to another school year with my Monarch family! Go Monarchs!
Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson

I am the records counselor in the PLHS guidance department.  I have been in education for 27 years.  Prior to working as a counselor, I was a math teacher.  In addition to counseling, I am also the 8th grade volleyball coach at La Vista JH.  My duties as the records counselor include new student enrollment, registration, schedule changes, transcript conversions, NCAA eligibility, and night school enrollment.  I enjoy helping students transition into Papillion-La Vista High School and prepare for whatever happens in their lives after high school.
This is my fifth-year teaching at PLHS.  I previously taught at Monroe Middle School in Omaha.  I graduated from PLHS in 2007 and received my BMIT teaching degree from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  I currently teach Accounting 1, Digital Media, and Web Design.  I am an assistant varsity baseball and softball coach, and co-sponsor DECA for our school.  My wife, Kylee, teaches Special Education at PLHS as well.  We are going to “Make It Happen!” and have a great year!  On Papillion, On La Vista…Go Monarchs!
Kylee Johnston

Kylee Johnston

This will be my 5th year at PLHS. I received my bachelors and master’s degrees from The University of Nebraska Omaha. I will be co-teaching in English 11 teaching one section of Study Skills.  My husband, Dan is also a teacher at PLHS and teaches in the business department.  We have a one year old daughter and her name is Lolo. We all loving going to watch the Monarchs compete in different activities/sports. I am looking forward to a great school year!  Go Monarchs!

Josh Kage

Josh Kage

This is my first year teaching at PLHS.  I previously taught at Prairie Queen Elementary for two years.  This will be my third year coaching football, wrestling, and track and field. I graduated from PLHS in 2009 and then went to South Dakota State University where I played football and completed my Exercise Science and P.E.T.E. bachelors degrees.  I currently teach Athletic Weights and Intermediate Weights.  Go Monarchs!
Stacia Kapalka

Stacia Kapalka

This will be my eighth year teaching at PLHS. I was an Army "brat" as a kid and lived all over the United States and Europe. However, I spent most of my later school years in Papillion La Vista Community Schools! I graduated from Papio South High School and received my bachelors degree in Secondary Special Education from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Go Skers! I graduated with my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University in December 2016. I am married to another Husker grad and we just welcomed identical twin sons Jack and Luke this spring. In our spare time we love cheering on Husker & Monarch Athletics. I can’t wait to get this school year started and meet all my students. Go Monarchs!
Mr. Keller is in his 25th year of teaching in the Papillion La Vista Schools. In his current role, he is serving as the Director of Instrumental Music at Papillion La Vista High School. In addition to the concert bands, Mr. Keller directs the Monarch Jazz Orchestra and is the school's Fine Arts Chair. Mr. Keller has undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Keller student taught at PLHS with Mr. David Cecil and spent the first 8 years of his career as the choir director at La Vista Junior High School. Outside of the classroom, Tim enjoys exercising at the Y and running outside. Tim and his wife have three active children. Daniel is a Sophomore at Papillion-La Vista High School this year. Kat is a nursing student at Youngstown State University. Jordan is an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard.  Go Monarchs!
Stephanie Kimball

Stephanie Kimball

I have been teaching math at PLHS since 2003. I am the Student Council sponsor and enjoy coordinating homecoming each year. I went to high school at Ralston High, undergrad at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I got my masters degree from UNO through the CADRE program. This year I am teaching Algebra I and Honors Algebra II and I look forward to a great year as a Monarch!  Personally, I am married to a PE teacher in the district and we have 2 busy daughters. Go Monarchs!
Scott Kneifl

Scott Kneifl

Welcome to another great school year for our students.  This is my 30th year of teaching. I have taught in 4 school districts (Winterset Community Schools in Iowa, Blair Community Schools, Westside Community Schools and Papillion La Vista Community Schools).   I attended Wayne State College and earned my degree in Industrial Technology Education from 1986-1990.  I earned my Masters from Lesley University in 1995.   I really enjoy teaching technical skills and career readiness to our students.  My classroom is structured but very hands on and fun.  I am a team leader for our CTE dept, sponsor for SkillsUSA and STEM Academy Coordinator for PLHS. You are welcome to contact me anytime to discuss the progress of your son/daughter while in my class at skneifl@paplv.org. I am excited to begin another school year. Go Monarchs!
Shelli Koester

Shelli Koester

It has been said that “There are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why.” I truly believe I was born to be a teacher and a counselor and it is my passion to help others find what they were born to do. As an Education/Organizational Communications undergraduate at Kearney State and Secondary School Counseling grad from UNK, I bring to Monarch high 25+ years of education experience including K-12, 6-8, 7-12, as well as community and graduate colleges. I am excited to be able to specialize as your career planning & military counselor. Go Monarchs!
I attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, a minor in Health, and a career concentration in Athletic Training. I have also earned a master's degree in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I began my teaching career at Tara Heights Elementary and transferred to PLHS to teach Physical Education after five years.  This is the beginning of my eighteenth year of teaching. Go Monarchs!
Jody Krupski

Jody Krupski

I received my B.A. with a double-major in French and English and a minor in Education at the University of South Dakota. After moving to Omaha I received my M.A. in Education with an emphasis in French. The following year, I completed my undergraduate degree in German at UNO. I am beginning my 18th year teaching German at Papillion-Lavista High School. I am looking forward to working with my returning students in German 2, 3 and 4. I am excited to meet my new students and introduce them to the German language and culture.  Go Monarchs!
Meredith L'Heureux

Meredith L'Heureux

Hello! My name is Meredith L’Heureux and I am the Director of Choirs at Papillion La Vista High School. I have taught Serendipity Singers, Concert Choir, and the show choir, Heart and Soul since 2012. Before coming to Nebraska, I started my teaching career in Quincy, IL as a K-7 elementary music and middle school choir teacher from 2006-2012. I am a Bachelor and Masters graduate of Western Illinois University with degrees in Music Education and Music Business. I have been married to my husband, Tim, since 2007, we have a first grader, Alex, at Tara Heights, and a one year old daughter, named Mia. I am a proud Nebraska transplant and Monarch and I am thrilled to get to teach your students at Papillion La Vista High School every day!  Sing on, Monarchs!!!!!!
Kyle Ladd

Kyle Ladd

Hola y bienvenidos! I am very excited in anticipation for my first year of teaching here at Monarch High. This semester I will be teacher Spanish 1 and Spanish 2.  An Omaha native, I graduated from University of Nebraska in Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts, Foreign Language and Literature. During my academic career at UNO I had the opportunity to study language and literature in Argentina.  I was fortunate enough to complete my student teach here at PLHS in the fall of 2018 and also was a substitute teacher in the district after graduating.  As this is my first year I’m anxious yet excited to learn and grow alongside you all. ¡Vamos Monarchs!
Kristen Lebeda-Svehla

Kristen Lebeda-Svehla

Mrs. Lebeda-Svehla is starting her 10th year at PLHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She earned a master’s degree from Doane College in Curriculum and Instruction and  finished a second master’s from College of Saint Mary in Natural Science to teach at the Secondary level. Prior to PLHS she taught at Tara Heights elementary for 2 years. Mrs. Lebeda has coached volleyball for 19 years. She has recently been at UNO, College of Saint Mary, numerous club teams through the metro and Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. She coached for nine years at the high school as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach. Kristen currently teaches Biology and Physical Science at PLHS. Mrs. Lebeda played volleyball at the College of Saint Mary and was entered into the Hall of Fame in 2014. She is married to her husband John, who is the current volleyball coach at PLHS, and has a 8 year old daughter named Addi.  Go Monarchs!
Joe Luther

Joe Luther

This year marks my thirteenth year of teaching, but this is my first year here at Papillion La Vista High School. Most recently, I worked at Glenwood High School in Iowa where I taught AP Literature and Composition and dual enrollment Composition I and II. This year I will be teaching Honors English 10 and AP Literature and Composition. I graduated from UNO with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2006 and a Master of Arts in English in 2010. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing the guitar, working on my old house, and spending time with family. I’m looking forward to what is sure to be a great year.  Go Monarchs!
Terry Lyman

Terry Lyman

Hello, welcome to Biology and Honors Anatomy & Physiology! I have been a Science Teacher in this District since 1993. With four years prior teaching in Florida, this makes my 31th year overall! Originally from Lincoln, I graduated from Lincoln Southeast and the University of Nebraska. I have a Master’s from Peru State plus 18 additional graduate Biology hours from the University of Nebraska- Kearney. I have been an adjunct instructor for the Science department at Iowa Western Community College for the past 18 years. I am proud to be part of a district that offered opportunities for both of my daughters to explore and excel in! Besides striving to be an outstanding teacher and role model, I also enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities as well as car and home projects. Thank you for trusting my experience and perspective! Together, the students and I will learn much about Science, the world around us, and life!  Go Monarchs!
Phil Maas

Phil Maas

Hello parents, students, family, and friends of Papillion La Vista High School! I have been teaching for Papillion La Vista Community Schools for seven years and am excited to be a part of Monarch Nation!! I have degrees from Liberty University as well as Grace University that will help me as I teach Personal Finance, World Civilizations, and Debate. Prior to becoming a teacher I spent 23 years in the Air Force and was fortunate to have spent at least one night in over 62 countries while calling home Panama, Korea, Japan, and Belgium. I have been married for 28 years, have three boys who are all Monarchs. Outside of the classroom and school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and boys, being outdoors, hiking, watching movies and being part of pet therapy team with my golden retriever (Waffle). Go Monarchs!
This is my 7th year teaching at PLHS.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Secondary Education- English.  I have enjoyed working in the Papillion La Vista Community School District and am excited to get this year started.  I am currently working on my second masters degree focused on English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I graduated with my masters degree in Educational Leadership from Doane University in May 2018. I have a 4-year-old son named Cooper who takes up most of my free time and currently coach the dance team here at PLHS.  You can always find me before or after school in room 312!  Go Monarchs!
Michelle Mathison

Michelle Mathison

This is my 26th year teaching at PLHS,  I moved from Illinois to Nebraska in 1990 to attend UNL, I have a B.S. Degree in Special Education from UNL ‘93 and a Masters Degree in curriculum and instruction from Peru State ‘03.  I have spent most of my tenure teaching Algebra, and Geometry at PLHS.  This year I am adding Physical Science to my teaching repertoire, I will be in 10th grade Geometry, and Physical Science.  I sponsor the Jr. Class officers, we are in charge of the Color of Hope philanthropy for ACS and planning the Jr. / Sr. Prom.  I consider myself a lifelong learner because I learn every day from my students.  After 26 years in the classroom, I feel  have a greater understanding of how to help students enjoy their time in high school.  I am married to a former Monarch (Tim ’85) We have 2 kids,  our son Cal is a 2016 Graduate of PLHS he played Football, Basketball and Baseball for the monarchs as well as being the Class President, on yearbook staff and broadcasting while he was here. He is now a senior at Midland University playing football and majoring in Business.  Our daughter is a 2019 graduate who was a photographer for the school paper, on the Dance team, Diving team, and a Pole vaulter on the track team.  We just took her to UNL for her freshmen year, majoring in journalism and communications.  😊  My Hobby is coaching gymnastics and cheerleading at Airborne Academy in the evenings.   I also enjoy watching all Monarch sports and activities whenever possible… Go Monarchs!  #ownit. #makeithappen

This is my 7th year teaching PE at PLHS. I also taught at La Vista West Elementary for 5 years. Along with my teaching duties I am also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at PLHS. I am a 1999 graduate of PLHS and received my bachelor’s degree from UNO.  I also received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Intrstruction from Peru State College. My wife is a 3rd grade teacher in the district and I have 2 sons William and Benjamin as well as a 7 month old daughter Josie. Go Monarchs!
Dan Moore

Dan Moore

This is my 9th year at PLHS and my 35th year overall teaching Math and PE.  I am currently teaching Algebra 3 and working as the Assistant AD and I am the head boy's basketball coach for the Monarchs. My wife Kim and I have 4 kids, Kylee, Trey, Dani, and Pi.  I am looking forward to another great year!  Go Monarchs!  
Jim Nekola

Jim Nekola

I am entering my eleventh year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School and my twenty fourth overall. This year I will again be teaching Algebra 2, Algebra 3, and Statistics. I was born in Omaha and attended Omaha South. I then went to University of Nebraska at Omaha where I played football and earned my B.S. degree in Mathematics and also a Master’s Degree. I am married to a former Papillion girl Angie, we have been married 26 years. We have 2 children who are Papillion South graduates Paige and Jimmy. I am looking forward to another great year at PLHS! Go Monarchs!
Matt Overmiller

Matt Overmiller

I graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, emphasis Math. This is my fifth year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School. I teach Honors Geometry, coteach Algebra Support with Ms. Baranko, and coach quarterbacks for the Monarch football program. I truly enjoy working with the students, athletes, staff, and parents of our school and look forward to a successful school year. Go Monarchs!
Jennifer Palomaki

Jennifer Palomaki

This will be my 8th year teaching! I'm looking forward to meeting my new students this year and continuing to work with past students through National Honor Society and the P-Town Twirlers! Before coming to PLHS High School to teach science, I attended both the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Every fall, I was apart of the Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band as Feature Twirler. Growing up as an avid Husker fan and twirler, the two went hand in hand. In my free time, I teach baton twirling/dance classes at a studio here in Omaha, attend as many Husker football games as possible, and I LOVE to travel. I’ve been to quite a few U.S. States but even better I’ve been overseas multiple times traveling to places like Belgium, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain, St. Lucia.  Go Monarchs!
This is my twelfth year at PLHS.  I graduated from Doane College with a Social Science and History Degree.  I have my English as a Second Language degree from Wayne State College and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College.  I have been married to my amazing husband Shawn for eight years.  Our beautiful daughter Quinn just turned six at the end of July and will be in 1st grade this year.  I have two cats, Prince and Duchess and two dogs named Shiva and Loki. In my spare time I love to spend time with my husband and daughter and work on craft projects.  I am extremely excited to start another amazing year at PLHS.  I look forward to having the best school year possible. Go Monarchs!
Julie Phillips

Julie Phillips

!Hola!  Здравствуйте! I have taught Spanish and Russian at PLHS since 1993 with a Master’s degree in Spanish Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.  Over the years I have spent summers studying and teaching in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Russia.   I have also taken groups of students to travel abroad to Spain, Russia and Ukraine.   On Saturdays I volunteer at HETRA (Heartland Equine Therapy Riding Academy) and we are always looking for new volunteers.  Go Monarchs!
Joe Pilakowski

Joe Pilakowski

This is my 13th year as a Monarch.  I teach AP US Government and American Government.  In addition to teaching, I am the Boys Head Cross Country and the Boys Head Track and Field Coach.  I grew up in Columbus, NE where I graduated from Scotus Central Catholic HS (’95).  I have B.S. in History-Social Science-Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University (’00) and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law (’04).  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Go Monarchs!
Nick Reding

Nick Reding

This is my 16th year teaching at PLHS.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Education and later earned my Master of Arts in Education from UNL.  This year I am once again teaching AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2.  I am also the ACT test supervisor and science department leader.  I am proud to be part of such a great high school in a great community.  Go Monarchs!
Joe Rohacik

Joe Rohacik

This is my 16th year teaching at PLHS, my 11th as journalism adviser. I graduated from PLHS (in what seems like a lifetime ago) in 1999. I received my undergraduate degree from UNO in 2003 and finished up my graduate degree in the summer of 2010. Before taking over the journalism program here at PLHS, I taught World Civilizations, Sociology, English 10 and coached the speech team for five years. In addition to teaching two sections of the Journalism I course, I also have two sections each of Journalism II-Newspaper and Journalism II-Yearbook, where I guide students through the creation of those publications. My publication staffs have finished in the top five at the last six NSAA State Journalism Championships, and they took home our school's first state title in journalism in 2016. The 2018-19 staffs finished as state runners-up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Jonathan Larsen wrote, "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." Let's have an amazing year creating art through telling the stories of others! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Nicole Rother

Nicole Rother

This is my 13th year as a science teacher at PLHS. I am also a teacher mentor for Upward Bound Club. I was born and raised in Omaha, NE and graduated from Millard North High School in 1999. I graduated summa cum laude from UNO in 2003 with a degree in Biotechnology and Chemistry. I received a natural science teaching certification from UNO in 2006. I love being a mom, and I love being a Monarch. I am excited to get the 2019-20 school year under way. Go Monarchs!!
Jake Schmidt

Jake Schmidt

I am currently in my 21st year of teaching, all at Papillion-La Vista High School.  Before that, I graduated from the Harvard of the Midwest: Peru State College.  I am blessed with two wonderful kids, Tristan(12) and Samantha(8), and my wife of 15 years, Erin.  I teach AP Calculus and Algebra II, and I am also lucky enough to coach football and baseball here.  Looking forward to another outstanding year.  Go Monarchs!
Molly Schnabel

Molly Schnabel

For my Bachelor’s degree I attended Nebraska Wesleyan and received degrees in Spanish and Social Work.  I obtained my Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2006.  I am currently licensed in the state of Nebraska as both a Mental Health Practitioner and a Master’s Level Social Worker.  Prior to working in the schools, I was a forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln.
Ashley Sherlock

Ashley Sherlock

Hey Monarch Nation!  This will be my 16th year teaching and my 5th year teaching in the Papillion-La Vista Community Schools.   I really love being part of the Monarch team!  I graduated with my Bachelors from Luther College in the beautiful Decorah, IA.  I received my Masters in 2009 from UNO.  When I’m not working, I love spending time with my two daughters and my husband (who is also a teacher here at PLHS).   My daughter Jessa will be in 5th grade and my other daughter Ellie will be starting Kindergarten this year at Carriage Hill.  Go Monarchs!
Ryan Sherlock

Ryan Sherlock

This will be my fourth year teaching at Papillion La Vista High School.  Before teaching in Papillion, I taught English at Omaha Public Schools Burke High School for eight years.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Stage Management and Technical Design for Theatre from Luther College and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Creighton University.  This year, I will be teaching English 10, Themes 1 & 2, and Creative Writing 1 & 2.  Along with teaching, I will also be coaching Freshman Boys Basketball and JV Boys Soccer.  I am married and have two wonderful daughters.  Go Monarchs!
Doug Showell

Doug Showell

I attended the University of Arizona to become an astronomer. Due to a lack of funds, and poor study habits, I returned to Nebraska where I attended UNO and got my act together. I graduated in December of 1993 and have been teaching ever since. I have taught at two OPS middle schools, and ran a planetarium before my tenure at PLHS. I currently teach college level astronomy at UNO, write curriculum and teach 4th-10th graders at UNO’s Aim for the Stars summer camp. I am a member of the Space Foundations teacher liaison program and have Masters Degree in Space Science education from Regis University. I love Science!!! I also am a music aficionado and enjoy sports and sporting events. I am married and have two children.  Go Monarchs!
Josh Siske

Josh Siske

I taught in Crete, Nebraska for three years and then at Papillion Jr. High for two years.  This is my second year at PLHS. I coteach in Algebra and Geometry.  I also coach JV Boys Tennis and Varsity Girls Basketball. Go Monarchs!
Margaret Skradski

Margaret Skradski

I teach Honors British Literature and English 11, along with being an assistant advisor for Student Council.  I have been with the PLCS district for a number of years, and I have also taught both in Ohio and Kansas.  My M.S. was completed at the University of Kansas, and I earned my B.S. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  My husband and I have three boys.  Our oldest is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, our middle child is a sophomore in high school at Papillion - La Vista South, and my youngest is in 7th grade at Papillion Middle School.  I am looking forward to a great year of learning!  Go Monarchs!
Emily Thies

Emily Thies

This year is my third year as an educator teaching AP World History and Sociology! I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the spring of 2017, and actually grew up in the Papillion La Vista School district before I went to college, having graduated from Papillion La Vista South HS. This past summer was spent getting married in July to my now husband, Tony! We spent the last bit of our summer on our honeymoon in Rome, Santorini, and Athens. Some of my hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, cooking, and traveling. I am so excited to see what this school year has in store! Go Monarchs!
Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson

I was born and raised here in Papillion and I am a Papillion-LaVista High School graduate. I went to Northwest Missouri State University and got my degree in Physical Education and Health. While I was there I participated on the track team. I decided to stay and be a graduate assistant and get my Master’s Degree in Physical Education. My first job was teaching at Omaha North High School. I taught Physical Education and Health there for five years. During that time I also coached Golf, Basketball, and Track. I have been teaching PE and Health here at PLHS for 20 years. I coached track for 10 years and I coached 7th grade girls’ basketball at LaVista Jr. High for 7 years . I am married and I have three daughters ages 23, 20, and 15. I am proud to be teaching at Papillion-LaVista High School and love being part of the community that I grew up in.  Go Monarchs!
Sheryl VanSteenbergen

Sheryl VanSteenbergen

This is my 23rd year at Papillion-La Vista High School. I graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Education and from the University of North Texas with a Masters degree in Counseling. I am a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. I am available to walk along side of your students during times of difficulty related to personal/social concerns. We have groups available to students in the area of trauma and mindfulness.  I look forward to working with your students as they navigate high school.  Go Monarchs!
Meghan Vilter

Meghan Vilter

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my 6th year teaching freshmen and sophomore English. I grew up in a military family for 19 years. In our travels, we landed in Nebraska and have happily lived in Papillion for the last 17 years. I graduated from Omaha Christian Academy and then went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I received my undergrad in Secondary English Education wtih an endorsement in coaching in 2014.  Currently, I'm working on getting my masters in K-12 Counseling at UNO. When I am not in the middle of a good book, I love to play soccer, travel wherever the wind will take me, watch Husker sports, and hang out with good friends and family. I am excited to be back and have another great year! GO MONARCHS!
This will be my 17th year teaching at PLHS and I love it here.  I graduated from UNK with a Social Science and Physical Education endorsement.   I earned my Master’s Degree from Hastings college.  My Master’s is in teaching with a Psychology minor. I really enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids.  I love going to all their new activities.  I also enjoy watching sports and the History Channel.  My favorite teams are the Monarchs, Steelers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Go Monarchs!
Elizabeth von Nagy

Elizabeth von Nagy

Hello, Monarchs! I graduated from UNO with a B. S. in Secondary Education with endorsements in English and Library Science. In 2013 I began my teaching career as a School Librarian at Anderson Grove and Golden Hills Elementary Schools. I hope to bring relevant, useful, and intriguing information to your Library. When I’m not reading, I enjoy working in my garden and crocheting. My husband loves Husker football and we try to watch as many games as we can. I’m looking forward to this school year with you!  Go Monarchs!

Sheri Wagner

Sheri Wagner

This will be my 12th year as a part of the PLHS family. I worked in the district the year before I came to PLHS at St. Columbkille. I graduated from Wayne State College with a Dual Bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12 and I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College. My experiences range from a self-contained classroom to co-teaching.  I enjoy spending time with family.  I love to learn new things and read as much as time allows. I have a son in 4th grade and love exploring the world with him. Many Saturdays are spent attending scouting and school events throughout the year. You may also see me at football games or the musical.  Please feel free to contact me at my school e-mail with any questions or concerns. I am here to help your student be successful!  Go Monarchs!
I am excited to be starting my 4th year teaching here at PLHS! I am an Ohio State graduate where I majored in Athletic Training. I continued my education at Baylor University where I earned a Masters of Science in Education, and also coached 4 years with the Baylor Football Program (safeties and nickelbacks). My wife, Shana, teaches at Peru State College, and we both love Nebraska. I will be teaching Honors Physical Science and General Chemistry this year and am excited to mentor and teach these students as they mature in science and life!  Go Monarchs!
Joe Weiss

Joe Weiss

Educated at UNO and a resident of Papillion for all 25 years of my life, I’m proud to be the newest addition to Papillion La Vista high school’s math department!  I student taught in this building and then spent two and a half years substitute teaching,  Though I haven’t been teaching for very long, I know that I have an entire school backing me up, and so I’m confident of my ability to meet and exceed the expectations of me. In my free time, I enjoy a diverse selection of activities. From board and video games, to long distance running and weight lifting, to photography, I’m willing to give most things a try!  I just want to say thank you to the parents, students, staff, and everyone in between for giving me this opportunity. Make it happen, Monarchs!
This is my third year teaching at PLHS, and I am very excited for the upcoming year. I will be teaching 21st Century Literature, Multi-Cultural Lit, Forensics, and Honors English 10. I graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Secondary Education English. I went on to earn a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney. I have taught in Missouri and in Nebraska before finally finding PLHS. I am super excited to coach the Forensics team, and can be found in room 304. Come by my room to talk about anything geek and nerd related, or just to chat.  Go Monarchs!
Tim Williams

Tim Williams

My name is Tim Williams and I graduated high school from Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School.  I finished my college career at Peru State College with a degree in History.   I started my teaching career at Millard South High School for 4 years and later became the head football coach/history teacher at Waverly Public High School for the 5 years.  I am starting my 10th year of teaching, and I am very excited to also be the head football coach here as a member of the Monarch family! GO MONARCHS!!!
Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson

Bre Wilton

Bre Wilton

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my 9th year teaching at PLHS and I am so excited to work with a new crop of students this year. This year I am excited to teach World Civilizations, Current Issues and Geography, and AP Comparative Government and Politics. My home base at PLHS is room 101. A little about me; I have two daughters: Edie (5) and Louise (2). I have been lucky to travel to Fiji, Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, The Dominican Republic, and also domestically throughout the United States. I have degrees from UNL in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I earned my Master’s in Education from College of St. Mary. I am currently enrolled in the Graduate Program at Doane for Curriculum and Instruction. I student taught here at PLHS in 2008 and have worked here ever since. Before becoming a teacher, I worked many jobs. I was an intern for Senator Ben Nelson for a couple of years in college, serving in both his Washington D.C. and Lincoln offices. I also have worked as a social worker for juveniles and on a golf course. It is my hope that my wide variety of experiences come in useful in the classroom.  Go Monarchs!  
Katie Wittrig

Katie Wittrig

  1. This is my 23rd year learning Spanish and my 18th year teaching Spanish for Papillion La Vista.  I started Spanish like many of you and fell in love with it when I found myself on a mission trip where I was the only one who could translate!  In addition to the classroom, my Spanish comes from trips to Mexico, Spain & Costa Rica as well as studying abroad in Spain during my undergrad at UNL.  I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through Wayne State in order to help me to become a master teacher at sharing my knowledge with you.  In addition to Spanish, I love being a Monarch.  You might see me at games/performances or work with me on Senior Class Committee.  Go Monarchs!
I am excited to be back teaching another year at PLHS! I am a PLCS alumni, attending the district for all my K-12 education. I have a BS and an MS in Economics, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. My wife, Cassie, is a special education teacher at PLSHS. This year, I will be teaching Business and Personal Law, Business Management and Leadership, Info Tech 1&2, and Web Design. I’m looking forward to an awesome year!  Go Monarchs!