Huron School District #2-2




Leah Branaugh

7th Grade Math


My name is Leah Branaugh.  I am in my 4th year of teaching and my first year of teaching 7th grade math.  The previous 3 years I taught ESL/Sheltered Math.  I am also the JV girls soccer coach and coach boys soccer in the spring with the Huron Soccer Association.  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 18 years with my last 10 years teaching at Huron Middle School.  I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 22 years. We have two girls; Lisa who is a 7th grader and Bethany who is a 6th grader.  They keep us very busy. We enjoy camping, fishing and watching movies.  I look forward to a great school year.



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 second 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 9 years.  We have two children, Oliver (5) and Harper (3).


Kristi Winegar

7th grade Language Arts/Reading


Hello! My name is Kristi Winegar. I am currently teaching 7th grade Language Arts/Reading.  This is my 14th year of teaching with the last nine years at HMS.  I have been married to my husband, Jim, for fourteen years. We have two children; Riley who is a 3rd grader, and Carli who is in Kindergarten.  We enjoy spending time together playing board games, camping, and geo-caching. 


Tim Buddenhagen

6th Grade Stripes & 6-8th Physical Education


This is my 28th year teaching in the Huron School District.  My most recent teaching assignment is 6th-8th grade Physical Education. I have been active in this role since 2000.  Some of you may remember me as an 8th grade American History teacher.  I held that position from 1987-2000.  

I also coach in our school district.  I have been head boys’ basketball coach for the past 15 years and also help out with the varsity track program.  I was also very lucky to be the head football and girls’ basketball coach and assist in the Cross Country program with legendary coach Roger Loecker.  I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of outstanding students during my teaching and coaching career.

My wife Shelly is the Director of the Nordby Center for Recreation and she is the head volleyball coach in Huron.  We have 3 fantastic children.  Jordan and TyAnn are Huron graduates of 2008 and 2011 and Tenley is currently attending Huron Middle School.


Julie King

6-8th Physical Education


Hi!  My name is Julie King. I have taught at the Huron Middle school for 25 years. I currently teach 6-8 physical education. I am also the head gymnastics coach and the assistant cross country coach. I have three daughters and a granddaughter. I graduated from SDSU go Jacks!! 


Michelle Johnson

8th grade STRIPES and 6-8th Art


Hi, my name is Michelle Johnson and I have been teaching at HMS for 18 years.  I currently teach 8th grade STRIPES and 6th-8th grade art.  I am the Student Council advisor at HMS.  My husband, Paul and I have three sons.


Amanda Kuntz

7th Grade Special Education

  I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have an older brother and a younger sister. My mom works at the hospital as a medical technologist and my dad owns his own lawn care business. I married my husband in June of 2010. I moved to South Dakota in August of 2010 because my husband got a job here in South Dakota. I have a daughter that will be two in October and she is the most amazing little girl. I am also pregnant and due the end of September. I have been the 8th grade special education teacher at Huron Middle School for the last five years. I have enjoyed working at the middle school level.

Tammy Barnes

6th Grade Keyboarding, 7th Grade Writing,
8th Grade Careers


Hi, my name is Tammy Barnes.  I am currently teaching 6th grade keyboarding, 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 4 years ago and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be teaching at Huron Middle School.


Mandy DeJong

7th Grade Language Arts & Reading

  I am in my 15th year teaching English language arts at HMS.  I am a graduate of HHS ('93) and of Huron University ('97).  I received my master's degree in teaching and learning from NSU in 2012.  My husband and I have four daughters.  Madison and Mackenzie, twins, are in college.  Abbie is a freshman at HHS and Emma is a 4th grader.  We love cheering on our Tigers!