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Heather Sieh



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Hi everyone! My name is Heather Sieh and I am the counselor here at Huron Middle School. I grew up in Florence, SD. I have three sisters and am the second oldest in my family. After graduating high school I moved to Aberdeen and I lived there for 11 years until I moved to Huron. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with specializations in Human Services and Criminal Justice in 2009 and I just graduated with my master’s degree in School Counseling in May 2015. Outside of school, I like to spend time with my family, especially my three nephews. In my spare time I also like to sing, travel, go to amusement parks, go to concerts, shop, exercise, play sports (especially basketball, volleyball, and softball) and spend time with friends. I am looking forward to getting to know new and current students, parents, and the staff here at Huron Middle School! I am looking forward to a great year!​


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Tim Buddenhagen
6-8th Physical Education 

Girls Basketball Coach and Assistant Track Coach

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This is my 35th  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 am currently coaching Girls' Basketball and also help out with the varsity track program.  I was also very lucky to be the head football and boys' 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.

Tatym Zins

Hi! My name is Tatym Zins and this is my first year at Huron Middle School teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. I grew up in Fulda, Minnesota and earned my BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education at South Dakota State University in 2020.
I enjoy playing piano, singing, crafting, sewing, reading, and spending time with my seven nieces and nephews. I am very excited to begin teaching here in Huron and I cannot wait to meet all of the students and staff!

Tammy Barnes

 6th Grade Keyboarding, 7th Grade Writing, 

8th Grade Careers, 6th Grade STRIPES


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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 5 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 10 years ago and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be teaching at Huron Middle School.

Julie King
6-8th Physical Education

Head Gymnastics Coach, Assistant Cross Country Coach and 7th Grade Boys Track Coach

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I currently teach 6th-8th Physical Education. This is my 30th year at Huron Middle School.  I have had the opportunity to encourage Huron Middle School students to enjoy fitness and learn about sportsmanship. Coaching is another passion of mine.  I am the head gymnastics coach, assistant cross country coach and the 7th grade boys track coach.

Michelle Johnson

6-8th Art and Student Council Advisor

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I am excited to start my 24th year as the 6th -8th grade Art teacher at HMS.  I look forward to encouraging the students to explore mediums, create projects and grow in their creativity. 
I am also the middle school Student Council Advisor and enjoy guiding students in a leadership role. 


Akina Decker

Social Worker




 Hello! My name is Akina Decker and I am the social worker here at Huron Middle School. My husband, Tyson, and I were married in 2015 and we have a 1-year-old little boy named Elliott. I grew up in McKinney, TX and moved to Huron in 2009. I graduated high school from James Valley Christian school in 2011. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from SDSU in 2015 and my master’s degree in Social Work in 2020 from the University of North Dakota. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, singing, and playing sports. I am excited for this year and look forward to getting to know all of the staff and students at HMS!


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