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 fourth year as Activities / Athletic Director. Go Monarchs!
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Mitch Albers

Mitch Albers

I am beginning my 6th year teaching and coaching at Papillion La Vista High School!  The past five 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 the varsity assistant 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 Masters 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 sixth year as an English 9 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 and went out into the “real world” for a couple of years. Realizing my passion for teaching, I went back to Creighton and received my MS in Secondary Education. I love spending time with my family, especially my son Owen (3). 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!

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 first 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!!!
Stacie Bender

Stacie Bender

This will be my 21st year of teaching and my 4th 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 three 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!
This will be my 3rd year at Papillion La-Vista and 20th 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 18th year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences.  This is my 4th 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 of Foods 1-2 and Human Development. 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!  Own it!
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!
Pat Boyd

Pat Boyd

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!
Jessie Boyd

Jessie Boyd

This will be my 2nd year as a Monarch and 6th year teaching and coaching Cheerleading. 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 in our district. 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 14th year in education and I will be teaching Psychology and Online Psychology. Currently, I coach football at La Vista Junior High and swimming at PLHS. I have been married for 13 years to my wonderful wife and have a daughter that will be in 2nd grade this year. Go Monarchs!
Tyler Buglewicz

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 studied music education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is my second year at PLHS and second year teaching overall.
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 second 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 a 7th 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 excited to be able to teach Physics and Physical Science and work with the girls basketball program here. 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.
Cory Clemenger

Cory Clemenger

I am entering my thirteenth year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School and I am beginning my eighth year as the Math Department Head. This year I will again be teaching Honors Pre-Calculus and Integrated Math, but will begin be acting as a “Marzano Teaching Coach” for the first time. 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 a beautiful little girl named Natalie who is 6 years old, a little boy named Grant who is 4 years old, and our newest addition is 5 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

Hello Monarchs! I am joining Papillion La Vista High School as a first-year teacher with Spanish 1 and Spanish 2! I have been fortunate to have taught English in Japan as well as at the Refugee Center here in Omaha prior to becoming certified. Currently, I am finishing a Masters in Secondary Education at UNO and love being a student, myself. I look forward to providing an engaging and interactive learning environment for my students! Any help in reminding me to water our class plants would be appreciated! See you in room 126.  Go Monarchs!
Chris Curry

Chris Curry

I graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a B.A. in History.  After that I completed my credentialing coursework at the University of California, Monterey and began working at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. While at Mitty, I taught classes in the social studies department and coached football, wrestling and track. For two years I was on the Review Board and also participated in two emersion trips to South Africa and China. At PLHS, I will be teaching classes in the social science department and coaching football, wrestling, and track.  My wife Kim and I have been married for 7 wonderful years and we have a rambunctious almost 4 year old named Maverick, a smiley daughter named Macie,18 months, and an adorable Boston Terrier named Bree.  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

Welcome to my blog! I am excited to be teaching Spanish 1 as well as a 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 seven 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 eight, six, and four. 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 12th 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, Learning Center Study Hall and co-teaching Astronomy and Psychology. 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!
Originally from Michigan, I am a Hope College (Holland, Michigan) 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 16 years now, the last 10 (and by far the best) of those in Papillion. Our 4 children are all students in the PLCS district – the older two at Liberty MS and the younger two at Patriot Elementary. 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. It’s a privilege to be entering my second year teaching Chemistry and Physical Science at PLHS along with the very best science staff in the state! Go Monarchs!
Stacey Dunbar

Stacey Dunbar

I am the academic counselor at Papillion La Vista High School. This is my 19th year as a guidance counselor and my 12th year at PLHS. I have been in education for over 25 years.  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!

I have been with the Papillion-La Vista School District since 1996. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Wayne State College in 1995 and went on to complete my Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at The University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2000. I have taught a range of Language Arts courses throughout the district beginning at the IDEAL Program with high school English 9-12. I then went on to teach middle school Reading and English at La Vista Junior High for 9 years before coming to the high school. At PLHS, I teach Creative Writing, Themes in Contemporary Literature, and Honors English 10. I am very excited for the new year to start and look forward to meeting all of my new students and their parents!  Go Monarchs!

Barb Fjeld

Barb Fjeld

After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Special Education, I taught 9th grade for 3 years at LaVista Jr. High.  Then, for 15 years, I taught in Salt Lake City, Alabama, and Rhode Island.  Since then, I have been at PLHS for 17 years.  I have spent most of my time at Monarch High co-teaching English in 9th and 11th grades.
Ann Fraser

Ann Fraser

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! 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 3rd year at PLHS, and my 12th 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 three 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. I am looking forward to meeting my students and their parents, and I anticipate a positive and productive school year teaching Honors English 9 and Themes in Contemporary Literature. Go Monarchs! 

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

Though I am a second-year teacher, I am familiar with the district, as I am a proud Monarch graduate. After earning my undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I worked in a laboratory before pursuing my teaching career. My first classroom experience was as a paraprofessional in an Omaha elementary school. It was there that I knew I loved teaching, so I decided to become part of the Teacher Academy Project through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. TAP allowed me the opportunity to work with students in a secondary setting, and led me back to Papillion. I know I will grow and be able to help students achieve success, here at PLHS. I am so happy to be part of such a special school.  Go Monarchs!
This year marks my 16th 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.  I am currently working on my M.A. in Theatre from UNO.  My husband Mike and I have a 9 year old--Jonah, and a 6 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!
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.  Outside of teaching 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.
I have been teaching Woods at PLHS since 1993. I have 8 other years of teaching woods, drafting and plastics in Wyoming and Kansas. I am a graduate of UNK (Kearney State to the old guys). I have lived all over Nebraska but call Daykin, Nebraska my hometown. I love sports and am a huge Husker fan. Go Big Red!  Please use my website as a supplement to the classroom material. It is detailed and is all connected. Most everything we do in class is on this site somewhere.  The best way to contact me is through email.
Jill Guenther

Jill Guenther

This year marks my thirteenth year teaching in PLCS with nine of those years being here at PLHS. I was previously a speech-language pathologist in the district and am now in my seventh 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- 9 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 9th year in teaching here at Monarch High, 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 15 years now!  I currently coach freshmen football, and boys basketball at LaVista Middle School.  Last year I decided to start and sponsor the Monarch Fishing Club, and it has really taken off!  I am a traveler, avid outdoorsman, and sports addict.  My wife Randi is a 1st grade teacher in Bellevue, and the head cheer coach at Bellevue East.  Go Monarchs!
Dan Harmon

Dan Harmon

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  My name is Dan Harmon and this will be my 6th year teaching.  All of them have been here at PLHS!  I grew up in Omaha and continued my education at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota to play basketball and get my degree. I received a bachelor’s degree in exercise wellness/science. After receiving my degree I moved back to Omaha and went to College of Saint Mary for my masters in teaching degree.  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 the students!  Go Monarchs!
Angela Hathaway

Angela Hathaway

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my sixth year in the teaching profession and third 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!  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 the Law Academy, and AP Psychology at Papillion/La Vista High School. I received a Bachelor’s degree from UNL and a Master’s degree from UNO. My teaching career has spanned 30 years at a variety of school districts in both Nebraska and Missouri. I also coach varsity football and freshman girl’s basketball. I’ve been married for over 30 years and have three children Adam, Jake, and Morgan. My wife Ann is the college counselor at PLHS. 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. Mrs. Hoch has taken additional classes in American History, working towards a Master of Science degree through UNO.  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. She has: coached the Mock Trial team, been the assistant Debate coach, served as HAL sponsor, and coached the Girl’s Golf team.  She currently sponsors the PLCS Media Academy. In 2015 Mrs. Hoch received her teaching endorsement in Journalism and began teaching classes in the field of Media Production.  She is currently teaching the Media Academy courses and AP Economics.  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 25th year of teaching, with this being my 23rd year with the Papillion LaVista Community Schools. This year I will teach English 10 and Leadership Academy.  I earned my degree in Education in 1994 from Hastings College. I earned my Masters In Educational Leadership (Administration) in 2000 from Doane College also.  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 excited to begin my 4th year as a Monarch and 10th 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 (5 years old) and Ryker (4 years old). I look forward to helping your students be successful this year at PLHS. Go Monarchs!!!
Dave Hubert

Dave Hubert

I'm entering my 31th year of teaching, 28th 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.    While at Creighton, I also studied theology and philosophy.   I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.  This will be my 9th year as a full-time teacher and my 4th at PLHS, and I could not be more thrilled to teach here because of the outstanding people in the PLHS community.  My family includes my husband, John, and our four children ranging from 15 to 8 years old.   If I’m not driving people to sports practice, you may find me at home enjoying my hobbies of cooking, baking, exercising, gardening, music, reading, and watching college sports.   Other responsibilities at PLHS include serving on the Technology Assistance Team (TAT) and  Reserve Volleyball Coach.  I'm excited for the 2018-2019 school year –GO MONARCHS!
Randy Huebert

Randy Huebert

Currently in my 32nd year of teaching / coaching. A native of Henderson, Nebraska, graduated from college from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1984 and earned my Masters Degree from the same school in 1990. My mission is to build relationships with others, serve others and help students become citizens that demonstrate integrity and accountability.  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 as well. I competed in track and field for the Prairie Wolves and will be coaching sprints here at Papillion La Vista in the Spring. I am ready to start year two at Monarch High with the comfort of familiar faces from our supportive teaching staff and the excitement of fresh faces from our class of 2022. 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.
Carrie Ingwerson

Carrie Ingwerson

This is my 7th year teaching at Papillion La Vista High School. I received my Master degree this summer in classroom instruction and curriculum and am excited to put it to use in my classes! I am a Special Education teacher and have co-taught in different content classrooms. This year I am co-teaching in Physical Science and English 10. When I am not at school I am spending time with my husband and 3 kids. I love attending sporting events and activities where I can cheer my students on outside of the classroom……Go Monarchs! I am looking forward to a great 2016-2017 school year!
Dana Janssen

Dana Janssen

This is year 12 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. Own IT!!!!

This is my 11th 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 one son, Clay, and two dogs, Lena and Julio. 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 2018-2019 school year.  Own it!  Go Monarchs!

Audrey Jarvis

Audrey Jarvis

I am ecstatic to be teaching my 2nd 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 38 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.  After graduating, I have been primarily involved in English/Language Arts. After I graduated from Wayne  State, I Subbed 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 11th year teaching English here at PLHS.
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. 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!
Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

I attended Creighton University, where I obtained my Bachelor's in Spanish. Shortly after graduation I traveled to South America to volunteer as an English teacher in an elementary school in Coquimbo,  Chile as part of the English Opens Doors program. I returned to Omaha and was a substitute teacher in Omaha Public Schools.  I was happy to apply and start a full time position as a Spanish teacher in Papillion-La Vista High school. I sponsor the GSA and coach Waterpolo, Swimming, Mock Trial and Soccer. I'm excited about this year, Own it!  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 fourth-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, where I also played baseball for two years.  I currently teach Accounting 1 and 2, Digital Media, and run the Business Internship.  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 “Own It!” this year and have a great year!  On Papillion, On La Vista…Go Monarchs!
Kylee Johnston

Kylee Johnston

I received my bachelors and masters degrees from The University of Nebraska Omaha. This will be my fourth year at PLHS!  I will be co-teaching in English 11 and Learning Center English and teaching one section of Study Skills.  My husband, Dan is also a teacher at PLHS and teaches in the business department.  We had the best summer hanging out with our new daughter, Lolo! I am looking forward to a great school year!  Go Monarchs!

Stacia Kapalka

Stacia Kapalka

This will be my seventh year teaching at PLHS and my fifth year coaching Monarch Cheerleading. 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. 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 24th 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 Freshman at Papillion-La Vista High School this year. Kat is a nursing student at Youngstown State University. Jordan is a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy.  Go Monarchs!
Stephanie Kimball

Stephanie Kimball

This is my 16th year teaching math at PLHS. 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

I am in my 18th year of teaching at PLHS and my 29th year total. I attended Wayne State College and earned my degree in Industrial Technology Education. I then earned my Masters from Lesley University.  I have taught in 4 different school districts (Winterset Community Schools in Iowa, Blair Community Schools, Westside Community Schools and now Papillion La Vista Community Schools). I really enjoy teaching Robotics, Manufacturing and Home Maintenance.  I also sponsor SkillsUSA.  My classroom is structured but very hands on and fun.  I really enjoy getting to know students so I can help them become the best student and person they can be.   I am proud to be a teacher at PLCS. Go Monarchs!
I am starting my 12th year at Papillion LaVista High School and my 35th overall in the school district. I am a 1980 graduate of Papillion LaVista. I graduated from Dana College in Blair Nebraska in 1984 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. I also received my coaching endorsement at that time. I am currently the reserve girls basketball coach and a varsity assistant. I am married to Susie (Aken) 82 grad of Papillion Lavista and we had 3 children. Dustin 32, Jordan 29 and Chelse 27. I also became a grandpa for the first time. Clyde Griffey Koca will be 2 years old on Sept 15. My daughter also got married this summer to Sean Oneill. My hobbies include working out, collecting sports memoribila and playing my trumpet for Church and in the PAC band. 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 was born and raised in Omaha, NE.  I attended Gretna High School.  After graduating, I went to Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, a minor in Health, and a Career Concentration in Athletic Training.  After graduating from Northwestern College, I taught Physical Education at Tara Heights Elementary for 5 years. During my time at Tara, I earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.   After teaching at Tara Heights for five years, I transferred to PLHS to teach Physical Education.  This is the beginning of my seventeenth year of teaching.  Go Monarchs!
Jody Krupski

Jody Krupski

I received my B.A. with a 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 sixteeth 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 also look forward to meeting my new students in Level 1. It is great to see how many students with familiar family names will be joining German this year.  Go Monarchs!
Meredith L'Heureux

Meredith L'Heureux

Mrs. L’Heureux is beginning her 11th year as teaching and her 6th year teaching Serendipity Singers, Concert Choir, and directing the all-women’s show choir, “Heart and Soul.” An Illinois native she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Illinois University with degrees in choral music education and music business. Mrs. L’Heureux has a 3 year old son, Alex, a husband named Tim, and a dog and a cat. Mrs. L’Heureux is looking forward to working with all students this year down in the choir room and excited to have a great year! Feel free to check out the PLHS Choir website at www.plhschoir.weebly.com. Sing on, Monarchs!!!
Kristen Lebeda-Svehla

Kristen Lebeda-Svehla

Mrs. Lebeda-Svehla is starting her 8th year at PLHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree in ElementaryEducation 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 also a teacher, and has a 7 year old daughter named Addi.  Go Monarchs!

Megan Linder

Megan Linder

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. Graduated from Keller Central High School, then continued my education at Iowa Wesleyan College (now, University).  I majored in Mathematics Education and minored in Psychology.  I also played volleyball all 4 years in college and was involved in almost every club imaginable.  This year will be my 6th year teaching here at PLHS, and I have taught Geometry, Algebra II, and PreCalculus.  I am currently working on my MBA through Bellevue University, I enjoy learning and challenging myself.  I’ve been married for a whole year now and we have a fur baby, Mobi the cat.  I love being part of monarch nation and look forward to this school 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 30th year overall! Originally from Lincoln, I graduated from Lincoln Southeast and the University of Nebraska. I have a Masters 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. Married my High School sweetheart, and we just celebrated our 32nd anniversary this summer! I have two daughters who just graduated from UN-0 in May, earning degrees in Computer Science. I am proud to have been part of the district that offered the opportunities for them 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 six 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 Economics, 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 countries such as Panama, Korea, Japan, and Belgium. I have been married for 27 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 23rd year teaching,  I am a learning specialist in the Math Dept. This year I will be Teaching 10th graders Geometry, 9th grade Algebra 1 and math support class.    I also sponsor the Jr. Class, which includes the Color of Hope ACS fundraiser and Prom.   I graduated from UNL with a Bachelors in Education and Peru State college with a Masters degree in technology.  I consider myself a lifelong learner because I learn every day from my students.  After 23 years in the classroom, I feel  have a greater understanding of how to help students enjoy their time in high school, and to make the best of these 4 short years.  I am married to a former Monarch, we have 2 kids.   My son 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.  my daughter is a 10th grader on the Dance team and a Pole vaulter on the track team.  My Hobby is coaching gymnastics and cheerleading at Airborne Academy in the evenings.   I enjoy watching all Monarch sports and activities whenever possible.   I encourage you  to choose to be involved in the school community it will provide you with many memories you will cherish.  Go Monarchs!

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 8th year at PLHS and my 34th 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!  
My mother said that she knew I would be an artist when I brought home a drawing of a turkey from Kindergarten. Well, she was right - but seriously, the drawing was that turkey drawing that all little kids do - trace your hand, add an eyeball dot and "gobbler" to the thumb and turn the rest of the fingers into feathers...yeah...you did one too. I went to Northwest Missouri State University and received my B.S. in ED. in 1982. I was lucky enough to find a job right away after graduation in Millard Public Schools and taught for a couple of years. This position was a 3/4 time position and I traveled between two junior high schools. I decided to leave education - temporarily-I simply could not afford to stay and Millard was working on a bond issue for a new junior high school. My thought was to sit out a year or two and then come back....To make a long story short, I spent the next 15 years in business and I loved it. I worked on my Masters in Educational Administration at UNO while I renewed my teaching credentials and did some long-term sub teaching and waited for a job to open in the metro. I have been part of Papillion LaVista Public schools since 1998.  Our kids amaze me. Some of the projects may be the same year-to-year but there are always kids who surprise me by what they come up with and how they work through the problems they solve with every project. It's a thrill and an inspiration.
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!
Emily Nichols

Emily Nichols

This year is my second year as an educator teaching Honors World Civilizations and Sociology! I also am an assistant coach for Track and Field, focusing on sprints. 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. I spent the last summer planning my wedding for 2019 with my fiancé, Tony. Some of my hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, cooking, and traveling (I have my eye on a trip to Greece next summer). I am so excited to see what this school year has in store! Go Monarchs!
Matt Overmiller

Matt Overmiller

I graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, emphasis Math. It is my fourth year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School. I teach Honors Geometry and Geometry Support and also assistant coach for the Monarch football program. Go Monarchs!
Jennifer Palomaki

Jennifer Palomaki

This will be my 7th year teaching! I'm looking forward to meeting my new students this year and continuing to work with past students through Cheerleading, 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!
Leah Peach

Leah Peach

This is my eleventh 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 seven years.  Our beautiful daughter Quinn just turned five at the end of July and will be a Kindergartener 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 been teaching Spanish and Russian at PLHS since 1993 with a Master’s degree in Spanish Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with minors in Russian and Economics.  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.   PLHS is the only high school in Nebraska where students can learn Russian! Go Monarchs!
Joe Pilakowski

Joe Pilakowski

This is my 11th year as a Monarch.  I teach AP US Government and AP World History.  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.
Nick Reding

Nick Reding

This is my 15th 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.  Go Monarchs!
Joe Rohacik

Joe Rohacik

This is my 15th year teaching at PLHS, my tenth 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 five NSAA State Journalism Championships, and they took home our school's first state title in journalism in 2016. 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! OWN IT!
Nicole Rother

Nicole Rother

This is my 12th 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 2018-2019 school year under way. Go Monarchs!!
Jake Schmidt

Jake Schmidt

I’m in my 18th year of teaching, all at PLHS.  I am also lucky enough to coach varsity football and freshman baseball here.  I’ve been married to my wife, Erin, for 12 years, and my son, Tristan, and daughter, Samantha, are both in elementary school.  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 is my fifteenth year teaching and but my fourth 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.

Go Monarchs!
Ryan Sherlock

Ryan Sherlock

This will be my third 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 10th and 11th grade English.  Along with teaching, I will also be coaching Freshman Boys Basketball and JV Boys Soccer.  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!
I am thrilled to be starting my eleventh year at PLHS. I am originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, where I received my bachelor’s degree from UNL in Secondary Education with endorsements in English and Speech Communications in 2007. I began teaching here that same year. In December of 2010, I received my master’s degree in English from UNO. I currently teach Honors English 10 and AP Literature and Composition. I also coach Cross Country, so if you happen to see us running, make sure you wave hello!  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!
I teach Honors British Literature, Honors English 11, 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 freshman at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, our middle child is a freshman in high school at Papillion - La Vista South, and my youngest is in 6th grade at Bell Elementary.  I am looking forward to a great year of learning!  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 18 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 21, 18, and 13. 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 20th 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. I look forward to working with your students as they navigate high school.
Meghan Vilter

Meghan Vilter

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my 5th 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 16 years and graduated Omaha Christian Academy. I then went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I received my undergrad in Secondary English Education and 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!
Rob Vitera

Rob Vitera

This will be my 16th 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 of seven years 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 11th 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 co-sponsor First Chapter Book Club with Mrs. Sherlock.  I enjoy spending time with family.  I love to learn new things and read as much as time allows. I have a son in 3rd grade and love exploring the world with him. Many Saturdays are spent cheering on my son’s soccer team and 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 third 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!
This is my second year teaching at PLHS, and I am very excited for the upcoming year. I will be teaching Literary Foundations, 21st Century Literature, 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 while I travel around the school a lot, my home base is room 304. Come by my room to talk about anything nerd related, or just to chat.  Go Monarchs!
Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson

Bre Wilton

Bre Wilton

Hello Monarch Nation! This is my 6th 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 and AP Comparative Government and Politics. My home base at PLHS is room 104. Feel free to stop by before or after school if you need anything. Please do not hesitate to contact me! I have been married to my husband, Ben for 8 years and we have a daughter named Edie who just turned 2. Ben works at Tenaska here in Omaha, but travels quite often for work. We also have an English Bulldog, Penny Lane, and a French Bulldog, Sgt. Pepper. Sadly, fewer and fewer students understand the Beatles references in their names. Ben and 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 Masters in Education from College of St. Mary. 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

This is my 22nd year learning Spanish and my 17th year teaching Spanish for Papillion - LaVista. I started Spanish like many of you and fell in love with it when I had to use it on a mission trip. In addition to the classroom, my Spanish comes from trips to Mexico & Spain as well as a study abroad in Spain during college at UNL. I also continue to speak/use it with my Spanish-speaking friends and in our local Spanish-speaking community. I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through Wayne State in order to help me 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 for Graduate Safe.
This will be my first year teaching at PLHS, although I did spend last school year doing my practicum and student teaching here. 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. I have most recently completed the TAP program through UNO to earn my teaching certificate. My wife, Cassie, is a special education teacher at PLSHS - nothing like a little household rivalry! 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!
Chaz Zurcher

Chaz Zurcher

I graduated from PLHS in 2007 and am now starting my fourth year teaching social studies at my alma mater.  After assisting with the boys tennis team that past three years, I am now the head coach for the program.  I currently teach World Civilization and American Government and am looking forward to the upcoming school year.  Please check out my blogs via the links in this box and please do not hesitate to email me with any questions.  Go Monarchs!