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 7th 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 recently completed my educational specialist degree from Wayne State College.  Amy and I have been married for 24 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 the past 11 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

My name is Mitch Albers and I just finished my third year teaching and coaching at Papillion La Vista High School.  The past three 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!  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 son.  Go Monarchs!
Megan Albertson

Megan Albertson

Hello and welcome to Papillion-La Vista High School!! I am very excited to start my fourth year as an English and Debate 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 my MS in Secondary Education. I love spending time with my family, including my 10-month old son Owen and our dog, Sophie. 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 Social Sciences.  I have a Masters degree in Special Education  through UNL as well. Previously, I have co-taught math at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and also worked as an English Language Learner para at Papillion Junior High. At Papillion-La Vista High School, I co-teach World Civilizations and Astronomy and I am also the head swimming and diving coach for the PLHS/PLSHS combined teams.  My wife Heather is a Spanish teacher in Millard, and together we have two dogs. In my free time, I enjoy watching the Huskers, being outside, and reading.  Go Monarchs!
Stacie Bender

Stacie Bender

I have taught the spectrum of mathematics and various technology courses during my 18 years of teaching. Four years as a trainer for a web hosting company made me miss teaching. I returned to the classroom last year 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!
Paul Beran

Paul Beran

I have been teaching at Papillion-La Vista for the past 24 years. I also coached or have coached Football, Wrestling, Basketball, Track, & Cross Country. I completed my undergraduate degree at UNL, my Masters degree at Peru State College, and I am an Adjunct Professor at UNO.
Shawn Blevins

Shawn Blevins

I'm excited to be part of Monarch High!  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.  My wife April and my children Madison and Alec are all excited for this new opportunity.  #GameOn  Go Monarchs!
Mary Boelman

Mary Boelman

This is my 14th year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences.  This is my 3rd 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 knowledge in Foods 1-2, Human Development, and Child 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!  Game On!
Jackie Borcyk

Jackie Borcyk

This is my 15th year of teaching Mathematics at PLHS.  GO MONARCHS!.  After high school, I attended UNO and earned a Bachelor 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 went to UNO again and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.  I am certified to teach both Math and Business courses.  I also earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane in 2011.  I live in Papillion with my husband Dave and our dog Joey.  We have three married daughters who have blessed us with three grandchildren.  Two boys and a girl.  In my spare time I follow Nebraska and Monarch volleyball and spend time with my 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 and my Master’s Degree from Peru State College. I am currently a co-sponsor of National Honor Society and the assistant coach for the Monarch girls 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. Game On!  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!
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. I was hired in the summer of 2005 to teach 8th grade American History at La Vista Junior High and transferred to PLHS in 2013 to teach Psychology. Currently, I coach football at LaVista Junior High and swimming at PLHS. I have been married for 11 years to my wonderful wife and have a five year old daughter that will be starting Kindergarten 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 1 and Spanish 2 at Monarch High. I am originally from the small town of Marysville, Michigan. I moved to Omaha and 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, 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!
Cory Clemenger

Cory Clemenger

I am entering my eleventh year teaching at Papillion-La Vista High School and I am beginning my sixth year as the Math Department Head. This year I will 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 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, 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 4 years old and a little boy named Grant who is 2 years old.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my kids, attending sporting events, watching baseball and college football, reading, doing yard 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!
Laura Collins

Laura Collins

I grew up in Omaha and graduated from Burke High School.  After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a degree in Secondary Social Sciences Education with an endorsement in coaching. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, reading, and presidential trivia.  I am also a HUGE Husker football fan.  If you need me on Saturdays this fall, you are most likely to find me cheering on the team in Memorial Stadium’s South Stadium!  I am very excited to begin a new school year at PLHS; this will be my fourth year at Monarch High.  I teach honors and non-honors U.S. History.  I am also the activity sponsor for Mock Trial.  I look forward to getting to know all my students and their parents this year.  If you have questions or concerns at any time, please call or email me.  I look forward to hearing from you!  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

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 Masters in Education 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 five 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 six, four, and two. 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 10th year as a special education teacher at PLHS. I am also the Leo Club sponsor, Circle of Friends co-facilitator and Games Club sponsor. I grew up in Winside Nebraska which is a small town between Wayne and Norfolk. I received my undergraduate degree from Wayne State College and my Master's degree from Peru State College. This year I will be teaching the vocational learning classes, Learning Center English, and co-teaching Econ and Government. Go Monarchs!
Ally Derby

Ally Derby

This will be my fourth year teaching Chemistry and Honors Chemistry at Papillion-LaVista High School.  Before working at PLHS, I worked at Omaha Public Schools for three years helping with the AVID Program and Title One Tutoring. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Secondary Education with a Natural Science Endorsement. My husband and I will be celebrating our first anniversary this September. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, boating, and spending time with family and friends. Go Monarchs!
Stacey Dunbar

Stacey Dunbar

I am the academic counselor at Papillion La Vista High School. This is my 17th year as a guidance counselor and my 10th 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!
Joey Dyrdal

Joey Dyrdal

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 LaVista Junior High for 9 years before coming to the high school. At PLHS, I teach English 10 and Honors English 10 as well as Creative Writing classes. I am very excited for the new year to start and look forward to meeting all of my new students and their parents!
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

My name is Ann Marie Fraser, and 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:  Jacob (13) at La Vista Middle School, and William (10) at Portal Elementary.  This will be my 1st year teaching at Papillion La Vista High School, and my 10th year teaching English.  I did my student teaching at Monarch High, and from there I spent my first 6 years as an educator in OPS at Omaha Northwest High School.  I taught 9th and 10th grade English, and coached Volleyball, Swim team and Track.  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 children.  My past three years were spent 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 look forward to a positive and productive year teaching English 9 Honors and English 11 at Papillion La Vista High School.  It feels good to be home.  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!
Scott Giles

Scott Giles

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  This is my ninth year as a Papillion Police Officer.  I spent 4 years on road patrol and this is my fifth year as the school resource officer (SRO) at PLHS.
Anna Gorat

Anna Gorat

Though I am a first 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.
Molly Grasso

Molly Grasso

This year marks my 14th 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 7 year old son Jonah, and a 4 year old son, Luca. We enjoy spending time together outdoors and hitting the gym as a family. We love traveling to Colorado where we usually try to spend a few weeks a year. Outside of that, I love to read, shop, attend the theatre, workout, and watch my favorite tv show—THE WALKING DEAD. I look forward to another great year at PLHS. The best part of being a Monarch is the community support—both in and outside of the school.  Go Monarchs!
Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

I am originally from the small town of Albion, Nebraska. I attended Creighton University (Go Bluejays!), earning my bachelor’s of science and master’s in secondary instruction. I have been teaching high school since 2004 and have been at PLHS since 2013. I will be teaching physical science, honors physical science, and physics.  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 physical science. Let’s Go!!!
Arden Gross

Arden Gross

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 eleventh year teaching with the Papillion La Vista Community Schools with seven of those years being here at PLHS. I was previously a speech-language pathologist in the district and am now in my fifth 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 went to high school in the very small town of Montrose, South Dakota with a graduating class of 18!  I have obtained the following certifications: B.S. Communication Disorders/Education from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; M.A. Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; and M.A. Education School Principalship 7-12 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE.  I co-sponsor the Circle of Friends group here at PLHS.  In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my husband, our eight-year-old daughter Maddisyn, three-year-old daughter Emmersyn, and two-year-old daughter Karsyn.  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! This is my second year at Papillion- La Vista High School and my 20th year of teaching French. 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- 7 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

I grew up here in Omaha and went to Creighton Prep High School. I then went to Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota to play basketball. I received a bachelor’s degree in exercise wellness/science. After receiving my degree I moved back to Omaha I was hired as a Para-educator through the Westside School District and that is where my teaching career began. I went to College of Saint Mary for my masters in teaching degree and 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 am very excited for the school year and look forward to working with the students!
Angela Hathaway

Angela Hathaway

This is my fourth year in the teaching profession. 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. I also have experience in coaching volleyball, basketball, and junior high track. I am excited to be teaching Algebra I and Honors Algebra II my first year here at Monarch High. My husband and I are new to the area, but we are excited to support our Monarch activities and sports.  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!
Amy Himes

Amy Himes

Ms. Himes graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. (Majors: Spanish and Studio Arts). Ms. Himes earned an MEd. (Masters of Educational Administration) from UNL in 1998. She earned National Board Certification in 2008 in the area of Art. Ms. Himes is currently a Doctoral student in Educational Administration at The UNO. Ms. Himes teaches Spanish 2 and Honors Spanish 4 at PLHS. Ms. Himes has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. She is looking forward to visiting Cuba in 2017. Ms. Himes' husband, Timothy Himes Sr., is Senior City Attorney for Omaha. Together, they have four children - two are Monarchs! They are also the proud owners of two rescued dogs from the Nebraska Humane Society. 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 Monarch Broadcasting. 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 22nd year of teaching, with this being my 20th year with the Papillion LaVista Public 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. I have been married 18 years and have four children of my own who attend school within the district.  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

This will be my second year at Papillion La Vista High School but my 8th 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 will also be the JV 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 amazing boys; Case (3 years old) and Ryker (2 years old). I look forward to my next year at PLHS.  Game on!  Go Monarchs!
Dave Hubert

Dave Hubert

Dave is entering his 29th year of teaching science and coaching.  He is currently in his 27th year as a biology teacher at PLHS.  Dave is married and has 3 children.  He graduated from West Monona High School in 1984, attended Westmar College in LeMars Iowa from 1984-1988.  He began his teaching career at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City Iowa, where he taught and coached from 1988-1990.  He and his wife Staci moved to Papillion Nebraska in 1990.  Go Monarchs!
Gretta Hubert

Gretta Hubert

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 seventh year as a full-time teacher and my second 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.   2016 -17 is going to be a great 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!
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 10 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 am currently getting my 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 Skills USA and also 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. Game ON!
Mary Janssen

Mary Janssen

This is my 9th 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. My husband is also a teacher at PLHS and we have one dog, Lena. At PLHS, I teach Marketing I and II and Business and Personal Law. I am also the DECA advisor. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, reading, working out, and being outside with our dog.

I look forward to a great 2016-2017 school year. Game on!

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 am a native Omahan.  I was born and raised here and I went to Millard North High School.  I graduated there in 1997 and moved on to Wayne State College.  I have been in education for 11 years. After I graduated from Wayne  State, I went into subbing for a little bit.  I did both daily and long term substituting in OPS before I was asked to teach 7th graders at King Science and Technology Magnet Center.  I was there for 3 years and then I came to Papillion LaVista High School and have been here ever since.  This year will be my 7th 'season' here.
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!
Mary Jillson

Mary Jillson

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 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. 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. She graduated from college with honors with degrees in French and International Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in Political Science. 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 teach Spanish 1 & 2 and help with the Aquatic program.  Game on! 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.
Dan Johnston

Dan Johnston

This is my second 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 played baseball for two years.  I teach Introduction to Business, Business Management and Leadership, Digital Media, Web Design, and run the business internship. My wife, Kylee, teaches Special Education at PLHS as well.  I am the head JV baseball coach for the Monarchs.  I am looking forward to a great year! Game On!
Kylee Johnston

Kylee Johnston

This will be my second year at PLHS.  I will be co-teaching in English 11 and Learning Center English and teaching one section of Study Skills.  I taught one year at Ralston High School before coming to PLHS.  I received my bachelors and masters degrees from The University of Nebraska Omaha.  My husband, Dan is also a teacher at PLHS and teaches in the business department.  I am the Freshman volleyball coach for the Monarchs this year.  I am looking forward to a great school year! Go Monarchs!
Stacia Kapalka

Stacia Kapalka

This will be my fifth year teaching at PLHS and my third year coaching Monarch Cheerleading. I was a military "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 Huskers! I will earn my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College in December 2016. I am recently married to another Husker grad. In our spare time we love cheering on Monarch and Husker Athletics. I absolutely love being a part of Monarch Nation! I can’t wait to get this school year started and meet all my students.  Go Monarchs!
Tim Keller

Tim Keller

Mr. Keller is in his 22nd 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. Kat is a senior at PLHS and Daniel is a seventh grader at La Vista Middle School this year. Jordan is a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Acedemy.
Stephanie Kimball

Stephanie Kimball

This is my 14th 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 attended Wayne State College and earned my degree in Industrial Technology Education. I earned my Masters from Lesley University. This is my 27th year of teaching and my 17th year at PLHS. 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 like helping students with Career Readiness Skills. My classroom is structured but very hands on and fun.  Go Monarchs!
Tim Koca

Tim Koca

I am starting my 10th year at Papillion LaVista high school, and my 33rd overall in the school district. I am a 1980 graduate of Papillion Lavista high. I graduated from Dana College with a degree in Physical education and health. I am currently an assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team.  I am married to Susie (Aken) and have 3 children.  Dustin 30, Jordan 27, and Chelse 25. My hobbies are collecting sports memorabilia and playing the trumpet.
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!
Katie Krieger

Katie Krieger

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 had a great experience at Northwestern. Not only did I play soccer, but I also was part of the athletic training program there. 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 was hired by the Papillion LaVista School District to teach Elementary Physical Education for Tara Heights Elementary. During my time at Tara, I earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I also began coaching volleyball and soccer. I was an assistant coach for the PLHS volleyball team for two years. I coached the JV Boys Soccer Team at PLHS for one year, and then went onto coach the girls Varsity Soccer Team for four years at PLHS. After teaching at Tara Heights for five years, I transferred to PLHS to teach Physical Education. This is the beginning of my fifteenth 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 degree in German at UNO. I am beginning my twelfth 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.
Meredith L'Heureux

Meredith L'Heureux

Mrs. L’Heureux is beginning her 5th year as a Monarch 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 6th year at PLHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She earned a master’s degree from Doane College in Curriculum and Instruction and  finished a second master’s from College of Saint Mary in Natural Science to teach at the Secondary level. Prior to PLHS she taught at Tara Heights elementary for 2 years. Coach Lebeda has been coaching 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 begins her eighth year at the high school as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach. Kristen currently teaches Biology and Physical Science at PLHS. Coach 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 5 year old daughter named Addi.  Go Monarchs!
Deb Leif

Deb Leif

This year I will be teaching Pottery I, Pottery II, Pottery III, Pottery IV and Sculpture in the PLHS Art Department.  I have been in the teaching profession for 34 years and all of these years have been here with the Monarchs.  I grew up on a farm and graduated from Exeter High School and then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to earn my BFA  and received my Masters of Science from UNO.  I have had three children attend this High School and have always enjoyed living in the Papillion/La Vista Community.  On my time off I enjoy spending time with my children and also recently became a grandmother....which is awesome!!  also enjoy scuba diving and like to go twice a year on a new adventure. The below photo is from San Pedro, Belize where I dove the blue hole which is one of the top ten sites in the world.  Go Monarchs!
Travis Linder

Travis Linder

This is my 4th year teaching at PLHS. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2011 and am currently pursuing my Masters Degree. I am teaching World Civilizations and Economics this year. I am also the Head JV Girls Basketball Coach and Varsity Assistant Girls Soccer Coach. This is my 8th year coaching basketball (previous 6 years with the boys program) and 7th year coaching soccer (previous 5 years with the boys program) at PLHS. I am looking forward to a great year.  Go Monarchs!
Terry Lyman

Terry Lyman

Hello, welcome to Biology and Honors Anatomy & Physiology! I have been a Science Teacher in this District since 1993. With four years prior teaching in Florida, this makes my 28th year overall!Originally from Lincoln, I graduated from Lincoln Southeast and the University of Nebraska. I have a Masters from Peru State and 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 16 years.Married my High School sweetheart, and we just celebrated our 30th anniversary this summer! I have two daughters in college, both studying Computer Science. I am proud to have been part of the district that offered the opportunities for them to explore and excel in!Besides being 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!
Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

This is my 6th 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 two graduate degrees.  The first in focused on English and is from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  The second, and most recent, is in Educational Leadership from Doane University. I have a 2-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!

Nate McCabe

Nate McCabe

This is my 5th 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. My wife is a 3rd grade teacher in the district and I have 2 sons William and Benjamin. Go Monarchs!
Sean McLaughlin

Sean McLaughlin

I am happily married to my wife, Heather, for seven years. We have a 6 month old son named Miles. He is a very happy baby that loves food and despises sleep. We also have a Yorkie named Izzy. This is my 8th year at Papillion-Lavista and my 10th year overall. I teach World Civilizations and Sociology. I was a German teacher in Yankton South Dakota for 2 years prior to coming to PLHS. I am a graduate of Millard West High School and THE University of South Dakota and I'm in the process of completing my Master's Degree at Concordia University.
Megan McVey

Megan McVey

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 fourth year teaching here at PLHS, and I have taught Geometry, Algebra II, and PreCalculus.  I am currently working on my MBA at Bellevue University.  In the fall I coach volleyball and in the winter I help do stats for girls’ basketball.  I got engaged this summer and have lots of planning to do. However, I am a natural planner and keep myself organized.  I love being part of monarch nation and look forward to this school year.  Go Monarchs!

Dan Moore

Dan Moore

This is my 6th year at PLHS and my 33rd 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 and assistant soccer 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!
Kathy Moore

Kathy Moore

This is my 15th year teaching Business and Technology at PLHS. This year I will be teaching Accounting I and II and Information Technology I and II. I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. I have a Master’s degree in Education from Graceland University in Iowa. I have been teaching for 28 years now which includes Millard North High School, Vista Public Schools in Vista, CA, Academy School District in Colorado Springs, CO, and PLHS. I am married to Tom and have two children that graduated from PLHS. I enjoy attending sporting events and spending time with my family and friends.  Go Monarchs!
Val Mouttet

Val Mouttet

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 was born and raised in Omaha. I attended Omaha Public Schools all 13 years, graduating in 1983 from Omaha South. I then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on a football scholarship and graduated with a B. S. in Mathematics. I then earned a Master of Arts degree in 197 with an emphasis in Secondary Education. After graduating from UNO I worked 13 years for Omaha Public Schools in 1995. He was employed at Omaha Northwest High School where he taught Mathematics and coached football. In 2008 I transferred  to PLHS. In my time at PLHS I have taught Probability and Statistics, Trigonometry, and Geometry.  In my spare time I spend time watching my kids plays sports.The past year I have been to over 200 of my kids sports games.
Matt Overmiller

Matt Overmiller

I graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, emphasis Math.  I am very excited to begin my second year of teaching here at Papillion-La Vista High.  I teach Algebra I and Honors Geometry, and I am an assistant coach for the Monarch football program. Go Monarchs!
Jennifer Palomaki

Jennifer Palomaki

This will be my 6th year teaching already, and I've loved every minute of it! I'm looking forward to meeting my new students this year and continuing to work with past students through cheerleading and National Honor Society! 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 and I LOVE to travel. I’ve been to quite a few U.S. States but even better I’ve been overseas 3 different times traveling to places like Belgium, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain.  Go Monarchs!
Leah Peach

Leah Peach

This is my ninth 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 a little over five years.  Our beautiful daughter Quinn just turned three at the end of July and we 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 getting to know all of my students and having the best school year possible. Go Monarchs!
Laura Penn

Laura Penn

This is my 40th year with the Papillion La Vista Community Schools. My first four years teaching were at Papillion Junior High and I have been here at the high school ever since.  I have my Bachelor's and Master's from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  This year I will be teaching Themes in Contemporary Literature I and II and Creative Writing I.  I'm looking forward to this school year.  I cannot wait to see what it has in store for my students and me.
 
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.
Mike Pokorski

Mike Pokorski

This is my 16th year as a teacher, all of which have been spent at PLHS. I am a graduate of Omaha South High School and hold an undergraduate degree in Secondary Social Sciences in addition to a Masters Degree.  I teach US History.  My wife and I have 3 kids. Go Monarchs!
Nick Reding

Nick Reding

This is my 13th year teaching at PLHS.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and later earned my Master of Arts in Education from UNL in 2010.  Courses I have taught in the past include Physical Science, Honors Physical Science, Physics, Honors Physics, and AP Physics B.  This year I am 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 13th year teaching at PLHS, my eighth 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 won our school's first NSAA state championship in journalism last year. 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!   Game on!
Nicole Rother

Nicole Rother

This is my 9th 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 2016-2017 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

This is my 13th year teaching, and my second year teaching in the Papillion-La Vista Community Schools. I’m really excited to be back as a Monarch! 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

My name is Ryan Sherlock, and this will be my first year teaching at Papillion La Vista High School.  For the last eight years I taught English at Burke High School for OPS, and am very excited to be here.  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.  I will be teaching 10th and 11th grade English.  I am lucky to be teaching in the same building as my wife and I have two beautiful daughters.  Go Monarchs!
Doug Showell

Doug Showell

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

Megan Simmering

Raised in Carroll, Nebraska, I went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and earned my degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. I went to work in Washington D.C. and then returned to Nebraska where I thankfully arrived at Papillion. I’m now in my 4th year teaching Child Development I & II, Foods and Nutrition I & II, and Culinary Arts. I’m also involved in Project Unify sports, Culinary Club, and co-sponsor the Junior Class. If I’m not in the classroom, I’m probably out and about trying new events and restaurants, reading, watching PLHS athletes, or the Cornhuskers! I can’t wait for another great year!  Go Monarchs!
Carly Sire

Carly Sire

I am thrilled to be starting my tenth 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 and Girls Track, 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!
Margaret Skradski

Margaret Skradski

I teach Honors British Literature, Honors English 11, Literary Foundations of Modern Culture, and 21st Century Reading and Writing.  I will be assisting with Student Council this school year.  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 who all attend the Papillion - La Vista Community Schools.  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 17 years. I coached track for 10 years and I coached 7th grade girls’ basketball at LaVista Jr. High for 7 years . I am proud to be teaching at Papillion-LaVista High School and love being part of the community that I grew up in.
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

This is my 3rd year teaching freshmen and sophomore English, along with coaching our speech team. I grew up in Papillion for the last 14 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.  When I am not in the middle of a good book, I love to play soccer, watch Husker sports, and hang out with good friends and family.  I'm excited for this year and hope the students are too!  Go Monarchs!
Rob Vitera

Rob Vitera

This will be my 14th 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 yes 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. This year I’ll be your new School Librarian and 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 five 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 9th year as a part of the PLHS family. I have 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 love to learn new things and read as much as time allows. I have a six year old son and love exploring the world with him.  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!
Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh

I was raised in Ohio and attended The Ohio State University where I earned a B.S. in Athletic Training. I worked as a certified Athletic Trainer at a high school in Columbus, Ohio for one year and then joined Teach For America, which took me to the Mississippi Delta. In the Delta I taught High School Math (Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calc/Trig) for two years and then was promoted to Manager of Teacher Development within Teach For America. The best part about teaching in the Delta is I met my wife, Shana, a fellow corps member from Staten Island. We married our third year in Mississippi and then moved to Texas for higher education. My wife to pursue her PhD and me to pursue my Masters of Science in Education both from Baylor University. At Baylor I taught a few classes and also coached as a Defensive Graduate Assistant with the Baylor Football team, helping to lead them to two conference titles. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Education from Baylor University, and took a job as a Athletic Academic Advisor and Cornerback's Coach at Garden City Community College in Kansas. When my wife recently got a job at Peru State, I took that opportunity to apply for and receive the Chemistry and Physical Science position here at Papillion La Vista High. I will also be coaching the Varsity Defensive Backs on the Football team. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to meeting all the students soon!  Go Monarchs!
Jill Willson

Jill Willson

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 20th year learning Spanish and my 15th 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 am an active Monarch.  You might work with me for Graduate Safe or see me as a sponsor of the PLHS GSA Club.
Chaz Zurcher

Chaz Zurcher

I graduated from Papillion LaVista High in 2007 and am so excited to start my second year of teaching and coaching at my alma mater. I graduated from The University of Nebraska in 2014 and taught History at the Middle School Level in Lincoln Public Schools for one year. I had such an amazing experience here, as a student athlete, from 2004-2007 that I wanted to come back and be apart of this amazing school and community that we have. I coach baseball and tennis for the Monarchs and I look forward to continuing the great Monarch Tradition on the field and in the classroom.  Game on!  Go Monarchs!