8th Grade History/Geography
8th Grade Math
Hello and welcome to the 2022-23 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 Instructional Planning Center 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. I have been in education for over 25 years. My wife, Deb, and I have two sons, Alex and Ryan. 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 Language Arts
Hello! My name is Kelsey Van Loh, and I am an 8th grade ELA teacher at HMS! This is my 4th year 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. 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 History
Hello, my name is Derek Schaefers and I will be beginning my 2nd 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!
8th Grade Special Education
I’m Kris Lavallee, I graduated with an MA in Special Education from USD - Go Yotes! This will be my 4th year teaching in Huron, with the prior three years at the high school. My wife teaches art at the high school, and my son will be in 4th grade this fall. I dabble in crossfit, but soccer is my favorite way to stay fit. I also love spending time in the kitchen — just learned sourdough starter — and playing guitar.
7th/8th Grade Science and 7th Grade Geography
Hello! I'm Taylor Ryan and I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science this 2022-2023 school year. This will be my first year in the Huron School District. I am originally from Webster, SD. I have recently graduated from the SDSU/DSU coop birth-8th grade program. I am eager to meet everyone and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
7th/8th Grade ELA
My name is Tyler VanWyhe, and I will be teaching 7th/8th grade Language Arts. After graduating from Huron High School in 2006, I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology at South Dakota State University in 2010. I worked in the field of mental health for over nine years, and I attained a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Dakota in 2020. I decided to pursue a career in education and enjoyed working as a Para-Educator the past two years at Huron Middle School. I am grateful and excited to begin new teaching endeavors with the Huron School District.
8th Grade ELA
Hello, my name is Paige Lampe and this will be my first year with the Huron School District. This is my second-year teaching and I am excited to be your 8th grade ELA teacher! I have a B.S. from Dakota State University in English for New Media and an M.A. in Education from University of Sioux Falls. I will be moving to Huron with myself and my two cats from my hometown of Dell Rapids, SD. I am thrilled to be a part of the Huron community and to get to know all of you this school year!