8th Grade History/Geography
8th Grade Language Arts & Speech/Debate
I have been with the Huron School District for nine years, teaching here for the last seven. Currently, I get the excitement of teaching our 8th grade students and guiding them through their journey in Language Arts. I have my B.A. through Dakota Wesleyan University, and I have my Masters degree in reading instruction.
8th Grade Math
Hello and welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am very excited to get back to the classroom! I will be teaching 8th grade Math this year and math has always been my favorite subject!! I have a B.S. from Northern State University and received my Masters from Black Hills State University. I have three children; Caitlin is a nurse at Sanford in Sioux Falls, Tarryn is employed at the Center for Independence here in town, and T.J. who owns his own asphalt business and currently lives in Volga.
8th Grade Math and Algebra I
Hello, I am Joel Bergeson. I teach 8th math and algebra 1 at the Huron Middle School. I earned my bachelors degree in Middle School Education from Black Hill State University and my master’s degree in Education Leadership from University of Sioux Falls. This will be my 25th year in education. My wife, Deb, and I have two sons. Alex is a junior at USD, and Ryan is a freshmen at SDSU. I am excited to help my 8th graders be successful in mathematics and help them finish their journey in the middle school this year.
8th grade Science
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Katz and I teach 8th grade science. I have a B.S. from Northern State University and I recently finished my Master's degree in Administration. I look forward to speaking with you and seeing you in my classroom. Go Tigers!
8th Grade SPED
Greetings everyone! My name is Michael Scott. I grew up in the country in the Brandon Valley School District and graduated from there. I attended college at Augustana University and have degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. I spent the first 10 years of teaching at the EAGLE Center which is a 7-12th grade alternative setting in Eagle Butte, SD. I also coached football, track, and developed and ran their strength and conditioning program. I am entering my 2nd year of teaching and coaching in Huron. I really enjoyed my first year and the connections I have made here in this wonderful community. I am the 8th grade case manager as well as an assistant varsity football coach and co-strength and conditioning coordinator. Anything I can do to inspire students and student-athletes to be the best version of themselves while being a positive classroom and community contributor is my deepest goal as an educator and coach.
8th Grade Language Arts
Hello! My name is Kelsey Van Loh, and I am an 8th grade ELA teacher at HMS! This is my 3rdyear of teaching, and I am excited to work with a great group of kids! I graduated from South Dakota State University in December 2018, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (certified birth-8th grade), a minor in music, and a volleyball coaching endorsement. Throughout school, I was a part of the Pride of the Dakotas for six years, where I was the trumpet section leader. After graduating, I taught 6th grade and was an Assistant Volleyball Coach my first year of teaching, and taught 7th-12th ELA my second year of teaching. I currently live in Mitchell with my significant other, Kohl, and our daughter Alanna (1 year-old). We also have two female cats (Khloe and Kiara) and one female dog (Jessie). Teaching has always been my passion, and I am extremely excited to teach and learn with a great group of kids at Huron Middle School!
8th Grade Science
Hello! My name is Travis Ladwig and I am an 8th grade science teacher! This is my 5th year of teaching, all of which have been with the Huron School District. This is my first year teaching 8th grade science. Previously I taught two years of 6th grade ELA and three years in the elementary classroom. I earned my Bachelors degree with a minor in Middle Level Studies from Black Hills State University. While in school, I met my amazing wife Amanda, who is also a teacher in Huron. This will be a very exciting year for me as I get to teach another great group of kids, will be pursuing my Masters degree from Northern State University. You can expect to hear many stories or rants about sports and my daughter, Maxlyn, and dogs Sophie and Steve. I'm so excited for another year of learning at Huron Middle School!
8th Grade History
Hello, my name is Derek Schaefers and I will be beginning my 1st year teaching 8th Grade History. I have previously taught 7th grade Geography at HMS, as well as I have been a familiar face to students as a substitute teacher for many years. I received my History and Secondary Education Degree with a Minor in English from Mount Marty College and received endorsements in History and Geography. I look forward to meeting you and I'm excited for the adventures this new year will bring!