Collage of new TMP-M Teachers for 2022-23

[Hays, KS, June 10, 2022]  TMP-Marian is pleased to announce that it has filled all faculty openings for the 2022-23 school year! Seven new teachers are excited to join the Monarch family and work with the students.

Hector Hernandez has been hired to lead the Band program. Mr. Hernandez most recently taught Band at Dodge City Middle School, where he was assistant band director. He was also an assistant for the Dodge City High School summer band program the past two years. Mr. Hernandez earned his Bachelors of Music and Secondary Education from FHSU in 2020.

“I am excited to return to Hays and to start teaching at TMP-M!” said Mr. Hernandez.

“Mr. Hernandez will bring an energy and enthusiasm to the band program that our students will love!” said TMP-M principal Chad Meitner. Mr. Hernandez is married to wife Celeste. They have one son, Leonidas or Leon for short.

Sianna Miller will stay with the TMP-Marian faculty after completing her student teaching this spring under veteran teacher Jennie Helget. Ms. Miller will teach high school math.

She has also led Totus Tuus and been active in the Comeau Catholic Center on the campus of FHSU, where she graduated in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s in Math and Secondary Education.

“We are very excited for Sianna to join our TMP-M family. She has a strong Catholic faith and will be a great addition to the math department,” said assistant junior high principal Melissa Schoepf. Ms. Miller originally hails from Goodland.

Also joining the faculty is John Linn. Mr. Linn will teach Business classes. Most recently he worked for Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K). Previously, he was assistant principal at Hays High School and an administrator and teacher in Victoria.

“We are beyond excited to bring in someone like John Linn. He’s well known in our community as a top-notch educator and Catholic man,” said principal Meitner. “To welcome a teacher with his breadth of experience is quite a blessing.”

Mr. Linn is married to Sonya, and they have two children, Derek and Erica.

Joining the school as a special education teacher is Rhonda Windholz. Mrs. Windholz recently moved back to Hays from the Kansas City area where she taught special education for Olathe Public Schools. She has worked in education for 27 years.

“I love the holistic approach of being able to incorporate our Catholic faith with the strong academic core that TMP-M offers,” said Mrs. Windholz. “Supporting students and watching them succeed in and out of the classroom brings me great joy. I look forward to becoming a part of the TMP-M family.”

Mrs. Windholz has 5 children and 4 grandchildren who all live in the Hays area.

There will be another Mrs. Windholz in the resource room. Jill Windholz is joining Rhonda Windholz as a special education teacher sharing time between TMP-Marian and Holy Family Elementary. She is coming back to the Hays/Victoria area from Ellsworth.

“I am originally from Ellis county and am so excited to move back and start teaching at Holy Family and TMP-M!” said Mrs. Windholz. She and her husband Ken have 2 children.

“Both the junior high and high school are extremely excited to welcome teachers like Rhonda and Jill Windholz,” said principal Meitner. “The resource room teachers play such an integral and creative role in the education of our students. Having their presence in our school will bring great stability.”

Additionally, Katie Vaughn will teach Digital Art with Mrs. Nancy Flax during the fall semester. Katie is a senior at FHSU in the art department, majoring in Graphic Design. She is also earning her Certificate in Drawing and Motion Design.

Ms. Vaughn loves art in all forms, graphic/digital, traditional, music, and storytelling.

“I’m excited to join the TMP-M teaching team as a digital art teacher,” Vaughn said. “This allows me to spread creativity to younger students through an avenue not many know about.”

Ms. Vaughn was born and raised in Hays and is looking forward to giving back to her community. “I look forward to helping these students through their creative adventures, wherever it may lead,” said Vaughn.

Finally, Seth ‘21 Perrett will be a teaching assistant with Mr. Travis Grizzell in the fall semester for Debate. Mr. Perrett currently attends FHSU majoring in Math and Secondary Education.

“It is exciting to see TMP-Marian graduates getting into the field of education, especially at their alma mater,” said principal Meitner. “We welcome Mr. Perrett who is very familiar with TMP-M traditions and expectations.”