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!
Dr. Angela O'Hanlon
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!