LHS Staffing Changes


Brooke Talmage

Math and Science Club directors Jason Friesen and Eric Erb will both be stepping down as teachers at LHS.

Brett Silance, Staff Writer, Editor of Stall Street, Editor of Social Media

As the end of the school year gets closer, more and more staff members are making career changing decisions. At LHS 20 staff changes are scheduled for the 2017-18 school year, ranging from new teachers, teacher reassignments, and coaching changes…

First and foremost are the staff changes as the result of staff leaving district or building. From retirement to transfer to resignation to pursue other opportunities, the following staff will vacate their current positions: Peter Proctor, art; Gary Griffin, science; Stephanie Newell, science and physical education, Nathan Haefele; assistant band director, and Michael Pickman; StuCo advisor, Eric Erb: math.

LHS Math teacher Eric Erb performing at the 2017 talent show. Mr. Erb has been at LHS for one year and will be stepping down at the completion of the school year.

Many teachers are just simply resigning which opens up many career positions at LHS. Teacher Troy Stout who teaches LHS industrial arts will be resigning at the completion of the school year. Kyle Littrell will step down as LHS physical education as well as  Zach Livingston. Jason Friesen, LHS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, and LHS science teacher will step down just after two years at Louisburg. Stephanie Newell, LHS Science and PE Teacher will be leaving at the end of the school year.

Proctor will leave the building, but not the district as he transfers to LMS to fill the  7th-grade science position that became available. Proctor has been at LHS for three years now but is no stranger to the middle school.

“I am looking forward to teaching science again and it was a tough decision to be sure! Unbeknownst to many students, I was the 6th-grade science teacher at Louisburg Middle School for 6 years prior to teaching art at LHS. I’m going back to teaching that content again.”

The classroom was not the only place to receive a facelift as many sports will be looking for new coaching hires. Boys basketball will be searching for a new head coach as the current coach Jason Nelson has stepped down. The LHS football program will be looking for a number of assistant coaches, due to the fact that Jeff Lohse and Gary Griffin have stepped down as co-head coaches. Robert Ebenstein has stepped up and is the new head coach for football, opening up an assistant coaching position.  Various other coaching positions have opened up such as boys and girls basketball and volleyball.

“It was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I love the boys, the school, and the competition, but I have 2 sons who are becoming increasingly active in athletics and I don’t want to miss any of their milestones. When I took the job, my youngest, Jonah was just born. He’s 4 now and I don’t want to miss out on his growth as a person.,” Nelson, who has been the head coach of the boys for the last 3 years, said of his decision.

While the administration is in the process of filling these positions, at the time of publication the following hires were accepted through the board of education. Leanna Willer will take over duties for LHS Math Teacher and LHS Assistant Volleyball Coach. Drew Harding will be student taught by Becky Morgan during 1st-semester science and then will be the sole teacher second semester. Harding will also be an assistant LHS football coach. Brett Butler will be the LHS Assistant Band director and a substitute teacher when needed. Kathryn Siefken, LHS spanish and English teacher will be taking on the duties as the other StuCo advisor.  Jordan Smith and Shae Smith, no relation, will assume  LHS science teacher duties.

“Believe it or not, there is quite a bit of overlap in Art and Science…the ability to observe and record information about our world/universe and the technical aspects of following procedures and understanding the importance of steps to solve a problem occur in both educational realms!” Said Proctor.