Huron School District #2-2




Leah Branaugh

7th Grade Math


My name is Leah Branaugh.  I am in my 7th year teaching math at HMS. This is my 4th year teaching 7th grade and I spent 3 years teaching ESL math in grades 6-8.  I am also the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach and the Assistant Boys Tennis Coach.  I am originally from Yankton, SD.  I graduated from USD in Vermillion, SD. In my spare time you can usually find me playing tennis!



Sharon Engelhart

7th Grade Science & Geography Teacher


Hi, my name is Sharon Engelhart.  I am currently teaching 7th grade Science and Geography.  I have been a teacher for 20 years with my last 12 years teaching at Huron Middle School.  I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 24 years. We have two girls; Lisa who is a 9th grader and Bethany who is a 8th grader.  They keep us very busy with tennis, volleyball, marching band, orchestra, vocal, and track.  We enjoy camping, fishing and watching movies as a family.  I look foward to antoher great year at Huron Middle School.



Heidi Blue

7th Grade Science & Geography


My name is Heidi Blue.  I am currently a 7th grade Life Science and Geography teacher at the Huron Middle School.  This is my fourth year with the Huron Middle School and I look forward to an exciting year.  I am also a Certified Athletic Trainer and will be helping out at sporting activities as needed.  I have been married to my husband, Robbie Blue, for 11 years.  We have two children, Oliver (7) and Harper (5).


Myranda Holtrop

7th grade Language Arts/Reading


Hello! My name is Myranda Holtrop. I am currently teaching 7th grade Language Arts/Reading and coaching the girls' varsity soccer team.  This is my 4th year of teaching with the last three years at HMS.  I got married this past summer to my husband, Schuyler, who teaches 5th grade.  We enjoy spending time together  watching sports and attending athletic events--especially the Packers and USD.


Tim Nihart

7th grade Math


Hello, my name is Tim Nihart.  This will be my 28th year teaching, which I have taught 10 of those years here at Huron Middle School.  I am a 1986 HHS graduate and a 1991 graduate of Huron University.  My wife Jill is a Beadle County Court Services officer and I have son Justin who teaches at Tri-Valley,  a daughter Tia who is a certified PA, and another daughter Tara who teaches 1st grade at Buchanan K-1 Center.  I love to spend time with my family and especially my two grandsons Holden and Bentley. 

Kristi Winegar

7th Language Arts


Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!!  I am currently teaching 7th Grade Language Arts/Reading. 


I am excited to be entering my 17th year of teaching!   Last year, I taught 8th grade Language Arts.  I taught 7th grade Language Arts/Reading at HMS for 9 years before that.  Prior to that I taught 5th grade for three years at the old K-5 Buchanan school here in Huron. I also taught for two years in Hemingford, NE teaching a combined 5th/6th grade. 


I graduated from Hitchcock High School in Hitchcock, SD and obtained my B.S. in Elementary Education with middle school endorsements in social studies and language arts from Northern State University.  I also have my Masters in Teaching and Learning from Northern State University as well.


I look forward to a great 2019-20 school year!




 Truman Savery

  7th SPED

  Hi, my name is Truman Savery and I teach Special Education, Stripes, and Drivers Education.  I am glad to be teaching in Huron, SD.  I have a great family here in Huron and have enjoyed teaching in this community.  You will find me involved in many activities in Huron and find out that being involved has become one of my hobbies.  I also enjoy exploring and playing instruments.  I have a background in teaching music education and special education since I graduated Chadron State College in 2000.


Tammy Barnes

6th Grade Vpcabulary, 7th Grade Writing, 
8th Grade Career

7th Grade STRIPES


Hi, my name is Tammy Barnes.  I am currently teaching 6th grade vocabulary, 7th grade writing, and 8th grade careers.  My husband John and I have 4 children and 4 grandsons.  We raised our children in Miller, SD where I taught for several years.  Before teaching I worked with Cornerstones Career Learning Center as a School to Work facilitator in the Miller school district,which gave me a great foundation for teaching my 8th grade career class. We moved to Huron 5 years ago and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be teaching at Huron Middle School.




Sarah Chapman

7th SPED




Jessica Rodacker  

7th Grade STRIPES
Hey everyone! My name is Jessica Rodacker and I am so lucky to bring FACS classes back to the Huron Middle School! My second year teaching in Huron, I am teaching FACS to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
I grew up in Webster, South Dakota and went to college at South Dakota State University. My husband, Christian, and I moved back to Huron (his hometown) in May and have decided to call it home. This is my fifth year teaching and I am so excited to see where this program can go!