Teachers of the Month

Teachers of the Month

December 2021


Don Luthi

South High School’s Teacher of the Month is Don Luthi. Don has been working in special education for many years, including 10 years in the special education department at South High. He knew that he wanted the opportunity to inspire and help young people build their self-esteem, believe in themselves and to learn, regardless of their background or abilities. He says seeing progress in students' abilities always puts a smile on his face. Don also says it has been a wonderful and rewarding privilege to work and build relationships with the students and staff at South High. Don would like parents to know that he is here to help support student success. Students show the most improvement when teachers and parents work together as a team.

 Jamie Dohm  

South Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Jamie Dohm. She has been teaching 12 years at South Middle. Jamie says she was blessed with wonderful teachers growing up and she wanted to be able to have a positive impact on her students' lives as well. The part of teaching Jamie enjoys the most is being able to build positive relationships with her students and watching them succeed in the classroom and beyond the classroom in life. Jamie says she would like to thank the parents for allowing her the opportunity to be a part of their child's educational journey. Keep loving and supporting your students in all they do.

 Trey Cullins  

Lakewood Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Trey Cullins. He has been teaching for 2 years and this is his first year at Lakewood Middle where he teaches 8th grade English/Advanced English. Previously he taught in Junction City, KS. Trey said he chose teaching as his profession because he has a passion for encouraging kindness and empathy within others and teaching allows him to facilitate that growth. He says he enjoys seeing the relationships that are built in the classroom grow and strengthen throughout the school year. Trey says he is proud to work within a community that values English as the foundation for so much of what we learn and continuing to install that concept in his students is always a priority. 

 Brad Dix

Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Brad Dix. He has been teaching for 27 years with 8 of those years at Central High where he teaches PBD English. Brad says he chose teaching as his profession when his junior high science teacher suggested he look into teaching after helping him coach. His coach felt he connected well with the students. Brad says he enjoys seeing the students succeed. Seeing a student succeed where they've failed previously is the best. The part of teaching he enjoys the most is the relationships with the students and watching them do things they didn't believe they could do. Brad says the faculty/staff at Central High is fantastic. They are the students' biggest cheerleaders.

 

November 2021


Jeremy Stover

South High School’s Teacher of the Month is Jeremy Stover. He is in his 19th year of teaching, spending his first 4 years in Atchison, KS before coming to USD 305 and now being in his 15th year at South High where he teaches social studies. Jeremy says he was fortunate to have an outstanding social studies teacher in high school who became his inspiration using an enjoyable teaching style that encouraged him to pursue a degree in education. He says the social studies department at South High has been teaching together for nearly a decade and they are not only his colleagues but some of his closest friends. Jeremy teaches many levels of classes and enjoys getting to know students, building relationships with them and getting to be a part of their growth from freshman to senior year. He says South High is a special place to teach and learn and truly fosters a culture where every student can achieve success.

 McKenzie Weishaar  

South Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is McKenzie Weishaar. She taught at Sunset Elementary for 2-1/2 years and this is her third year at South Middle where she teaches physical education and reading. McKenzie says she chose teaching as her profession because both her parents were teachers and she saw the positive impact they had on their students. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is building relationships with the students. McKenzie's message to all parents is thank you for the privilege of letting me work with your children.

 Renee Toms  

Lakewood Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Renee Toms. She has been teaching for 6 years and this is her first year at Lakewood Middle where she teaches 6th grade science. Renee says she chose teaching as her profession because she had teachers that helped her when she was a student and that inspired her to do the same. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is helping students discover their passions and interests. Renee says she is so happy to be a part of the Lakewood family. 

 Zoey Patrick

Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Zoey Patrick. She has been teaching for 18 years with 12 of those years at USD 305 and 3 years at Central High. Zoey says she chose teaching because all students need their own personal cheerleader and she had 3 teachers that were always there for her and helped her to be successful and she wants to be that person for her students. She says her students are the reason she gets up at 5:15 every day and she loves the content she teaches and the relationships she builds. Zoey says she feel blessed to get the opportunity to help her students grow academically and personally. She says Central is an awesome school and the students are amazing and help her to be a better person and teacher.

 

October 2021


Arnold Schmidtberger

South High School’s Teacher of the Month is Arnold Schmidtberger. He is in his 34th year of teaching and his third year at South High. Arnold always wanted to be a teacher because it always brought structure and stability to his life and his teachers and coaches were very inspiring in his junior high and high school years. Arnold sees working in the school as a great environment with every day providing new challenges and opportunities. He enjoys watching students succeed as they progress through school and become successful after high school. He also sees the structure that school brings to a students' life and the importance it has in their personal, academic and social development. Arnold encourages all students to make the most of their education regardless of their path after high school.

 Jaclyn Higley Crow  

South Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Jaclyn Higley Crow. She has been teaching a total of 3 years with 2 of those years at South Middle where she teaches 6th grade social studies. Jaclyn chose teaching as her profession because she wanted to come home every day knowing she was making a difference. She also wanted a job where no two days were the same and of course, she says she loves the students. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is watching students' curiosity grow for a topic and seeing their growth not only in academics but also as a person. Jaclyn says the past two school years have been tough but the students are resilient. She would like to thank everyone for all their support.

 Kathleen Haynes  

Lakewood Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Kathleen Haynes. She has been teaching a total of 37 years with 25 of those years at Lakewood Middle where she teaches 8th grade math. Kathleen says she didn't choose teaching as her profession, it chose her! The part of teaching she enjoys the most is listening to the wit and wisdom of the teens. Kathleen's message to parents is to "love 'em and feed 'em. 

 Barbara Hilt

Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Barbara Hilt. She has been teaching for 10 years and this is her second year at Central where she teaches theatre. Her inspiration to become a teacher was because her father and her four sisters are all teachers. Barbara says she loves working with students who have a passion for theatre. She loves directing productions and seeing students work together and collaborate to make a wonderful final product. Barbara says she enjoys watching students make discoveries and showing the best version of themselves through the production process. Barbara feels theatre education is the best way to improve communication skills and prepare students for leadership roles past high school.

 

September 2021


Trey Crow

South High School’s Teacher of the Month is Trey Crow. He is in his 20th year with USD 305, six at South Middle School and fourteen at South High School where he teaches science. Trey chose to become a teacher because he loves helping others and he loves science. After deciding not to pursue medical school, he had an advisor who guided him into education where he enjoys being able to bring science to life for students, showing them how everything we do has an impact and they get to choose what that impact will be on the world. Trey loves the science department at South High and how they are all willing to help each other out. He would like to tell parents that right now the world is hurting but like everything in life, it is but a brief moment; keep persevering, encourage your kids, and know it will get better.

 Stephanie Mettlen  

South Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is Stephanie Mettlen. She has been teaching a total of 12 years with 2 of those years at South Middle where she teaches Family and Consumer Science. Stephanie chose teaching as her career because she loves to help young people prepare for their future. She says she loves to build relationships and see students' faces when they create something they are proud of. Stephanie says it is awesome that we have FACS available for all students in our schools. Students have the chance to learn everyday life skills, as well as develop career skills. You should check out all of the opportunities that the secondary schools offer through the FACS programs.

 John MacKinney  

Lakewood Middle School’s Teacher of the Month is John MacKinney. He has been teaching three years with all of them at Lakewood Middle where he teaches 7th grade social studies. John chose teaching because he has always been passionate about education and social studies. He says life took him another direction, but the idea of being able to empower youth in his community guided him back. John says he enjoys the students so much and they bring so much energy. John's message is that Lakewood is a great place to learn, grow and flourish. He says the opportunities for his children and your children to have a great education supplemented with top-notch extracurricular programs are unequaled in the state. 

 Lizzie Eades

Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Lizzie Eades. She has been teaching for 3 years with all of those at Central where she teaches World History & Criminal Justice. Lizzie chose teaching so she could encourage students to be all they can be and provide support to her students. Lizzie says she likes building positive relationships with both staff and students. She has really enjoyed planning STUCO events with her students and creating a fun place. She especially enjoys getting to be a part of her students' lives such as attending their sporting events, plays, etc. Lizzie says she loves what she does and hopes to continue making a difference not only in our schools but with students.