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 10th 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!
Dr. Angela O'Hanlon
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!
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!
April Francisco Klusaw
- 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
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!
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!
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 15th year as a Monarch. It is a privilege and an honor to teach AP US Government and American Government to our juniors and seniors. 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!
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!
- 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!