Our Teachers & Staff
Our team of educators is completely committed to guiding our students toward success. Our teachers and staff believe in a bright future for every student here at Platteview Central, and they work tirelessly to help them unlock that future. Please take a moment to learn more about our talented faculty and staff, and be sure to contact them with your questions or concerns.
About Darin Johnson
This is my 25th year serving at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I spent my first fifteen years in the classroom teaching world history, American history, U.S. government, and economics. In addition to teaching, I have coached a wide array of sports at all levels including varsity basketball, golf, and cross country along with junior high basketball and football. This is my tenth year as principal at PC. I enjoy each day and the successes that come from working with great students, teachers, and parents. More than anything, I enjoy serving the people I work with and helping students achieve in and out of the classroom. I hope and pray that I can continue to do this for a long time. Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 22+ years, Kari, and our twins, Braden and Halle (both attending college). I love to golf, raise commercial beef cattle, and hang out with family and friends in the community. Go Trojans!
About Shannon Clayton
Hello! My name is Shannon Clayton, and I'm very happy to be teaching 7th-grade science at PC. I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from Lincoln Christian High School in 1987 before earning a BS in education (English, speech, and theatre) from UNL in 1993. When my husband, Rob, and I started our family a few years later, we made the decision that I would take a hiatus from teaching to stay home with the kids. Little did I know that decision would set into motion events that would lead me back to UNL to earn an endorsement in biology!
I taught science, creative writing, and journalism/yearbook for several years at Syracuse, Nebraska before finding myself at Platteview where I taught 9th and 10th English and honors English at Platteview High School. Although I loved teaching English, directing the One Act, and sponsoring several clubs, I really missed teaching science. So when I started teaching 7th-grade science at the junior high in 2017, I knew I had found my forever home.
I am currently working towards earning my master's degree in Talented and Gifted Education as well as an endorsement for High Ability Learners (HAL) Education. My professional mission statement is to inspire my students to be awestruck by the scientific world around us, and to model compassion by creating a classroom community where we respect, empathize, and look out for each other.
About Christina Elder
I am starting my 9th year here at Springfield Platteview Schools as a 7-12 physical education and health teacher. I am also on my 8th year as the head girls track and field coach at Platteview High School.
After attending a big high school myself, I immediately felt at home in the smaller community here at Platteview. It truly feels like a second home to me. I graduated from Wayne State College with a bachelors degree in 7-12 physical education, health, and history. I also competed on Wayne State's Track and Field Team and Soccer Team for four years.
I received my masters degree in athletic administration from Concordia University in 2018. I would like to pursue another masters degree in health education in the future. I have a deep passion for my faith, and am very involved in my church and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I enjoy running track and field still for the USA Masters Team and competing across the country and internationally!
I also love spending time in the mountains, and my everyday morning cup of coffee! I have an incredible support system in my family. My husband, Tyler, works at BuilderTrend. I have two daughters, Jocelyn who is six and attends Springfield Elementary, and Taytum who is three. I have a son named Turner who is about to turn a year old.
About Daylene Gray
I am excited to be a part of the teaching staff at Platteview Central Junior High School (PCJHS)! I am from LaVista, Nebraska and attended Papillion LaVista High School - home of the Monarchs. After high school, I attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska where I earned my degree in teaching with a minor in psychology. While at Dana College, I played volleyball and softball. My teaching career has taken me to many school districts in Nebraska. I have taught multiple grades from second grade to eighth grade. I've also had the opportunities to serve as a literacy coach and an instructional facilitator. Volleyball has always been a part of my life, both as a player and a coach. I am thrilled to be a part of the PCJHS volleyball coaching staff! My husband, Bill, and I moved our family to Springfield a few years ago. We love being a part of the Springfield community and are proud to have our children attend Platteview High School and Platteview Central Junior High School. I look forward to seeing what the 2020‚Äì2021 school year will bring! Go, Trojans!
About Frank Laughlin
I grew up in a small town in southwest Iowa called Imogene. I am the fifth child of ten; I had eight sisters and one brother. My experiences growing up in a big household, yet going to a small public school prepared me quite well for teaching at Springfield-Platteview Community Schools. After high school, I graduated from UNO with a degree in Criminal Justice and worked in that field as a supervisor at a juvenile detention facility for eight years. I later went on to earn a BS in Language Arts and Social Studies from Peru State College and a master's in American History from the University of Nebraska. I am currently entering my 13th year teaching at Platteview Central Junior High. I spent my first two years teaching 7th-Grade Language Arts. My third year was teaching 7th-Grade Social Studies. I then moved to the 8th grade and taught US History for seven years. For the last three years I have taught 7th Grade History. 2020 will be my 10th season coaching boys golf for the high school. I am also in my first year of coaching junior high football.
About Zach Lusienski
High school graduate from Ashland-Greenwood in 2011. I was an active participant in FBLA, band, and basketball. I earned my degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. While there, I had the opportunity to serve as the secretary, vice president, and president of my fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi. In addition to being the seventh grade math instructor, I am a coach for varsity cross country, reserve high school boys basketball, as well as the sponsor for both the student council and math club here at the junior high. Two years ago, I moved to Westmont, and now live there with my wife, Megan.
About Jim Lynam
I graduated from Papillion High School in 1977. I enlisted in the Navy in 1982 and retired from the Navy in 2002. My ground job in the Navy was aviation electronics, where I maintained F-14 Tomcat and C-9B Skytrain aircraft. I was also a Naval Aircrewman, where I accumulated over 2,000 flight hours as a C-9B loadmaster (lots of math!). I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later went on to earn a masters degree in teaching mathematics at the middle school level from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I'm currently in my 14th year of teaching, all at Platteview Central. I teach pre-algebra and algebra. I coach 8th-grade boys and girls basketball, I‚Äôm also the assistant varsity baseball coach. I also coach the Springfield SR Legion Baseball team. I live in Papillion, I have two children, Nick, an airline pilot for SkyWest Airlines, and Julie, who is currently studying to be a French teacher. I enjoy all sports, particularly golf and baseball. I love Husker football and Bluejay basketball.
About Arlis Scanlan
I grew up on a farm outside of Auburn, Nebraska. After graduating from Johnson-Brock High School, I received a B.S. in both marketing and agribusiness from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I spent the first part of my working career employed in the marketing department at a ConAgra subdivision, followed by a period of time working as a real estate appraiser in my family's business. In 2004, I received a elementary education degree from Peru State College. In 2010, I proudly completed my middle-school endorsement and master's in curriculum and design at Doane College. I have taught at Springfield Platteview School District since 2006. My four children all graduated from Platteview High School, my family lives in the district, and I am proud to be a part of the staff that teaches at Platteview Central Junior High.
About Andrew Soneson
I am originally from St. Paul, Nebraska, and I graduated from St. Paul High School. After high school, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I earned my bachelor's degree in history and political science. In 2017, I earned a master's degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. During college, I joined a Marine Corps commissioning program, and upon graduating I entered active service in the Marines. During my seven years in the Marine Corps, I was fortunate to have the experience of leading some of America's finest young men during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is my seventh year at Platteview Central. I currently teach eighth grade U.S. history. I also teach U.S. government and military history for Platteview High School. I married my beautiful wife Lynn 13 years ago, and we have four amazing children: Reagan, McKinley, Lincoln, and Monroe. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and any outdoor activity or athletic event.
About Bridget Stork
I grew up in a military family and moved many times as a young child. My dad retired from the military in Bellevue after being stationed at Offutt AFB. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in English from Hastings College, a master's degree from Doane College in curriculum and instruction, and a kindergarten through third grade math specialist certification from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I taught in the Omaha Public Schools from 1996 to 1999, and in the Bellevue Public Schools from 1999 to 2008. I have been with the Springfield Platteview Schools since 2008, spending 10 years at Westmont Elementary, before taking the opportunity to move to Platteview Central. My husband, Kevin, and I live in Papillion with our son, Tim, and twins, Maggie and Thomas. Our children also attend Springfield Platteview Schools. I am looking forward to getting to know your kids!
About Sarah Svoboda
I am originally from McCook, Nebraska, where I attended McCook High School. After high school, I moved to Omaha to attend the University of Nebraska, where I earned a bachelor's degree in 7‚ English and health. I went on to complete a master's in secondary education‚ improvement of instruction and technology, and another master's in school counseling and preventative mental health from Creighton University. I am currently entering my eleventh year with Springfield Platteview Community Schools, and I feel very fortunate that my entire career has been spent here. I spent five years teaching English/Language Arts and am entering my sixth year as the school counselor. I really enjoy working with the kids during the school day as well as attending their school sporting events and activities! Outside of work, I stay busy spending time with my family. I've been married for ten years to my husband, Jordan. I have two daughters, Emery and Isla. We enjoy traveling, Minnesota Twins baseball, Disney World, and spending time with our friends and neighbors.
About Amy Thayer
I am the media specialist at Platteview High School and Platteview Central. I received a bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a masters in educational technology from Peru State College, and a Library Science Endorsement from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am a proud alumni of Platteview High School and love working at my alma mater. I enjoy reading, movies, and watching sports.
About Tina Thomas
I am excited to be here at Springfield Platteview Community Schools. Springfield is my hometown! I grew up in Fairview Heights, graduated from Platteview in 1997, and now live and raise my own children here. Go Trojans! In 2002, I earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Then in 2012, I completed a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and a middle school endorsement in science and language arts from Doane College. This is my sixteenth year at Platteview Central teaching eighth-grade science. I also had experience teaching ninth-grade earth science for my first two years. I am a differentiated instruction trainer for the district. I have coached varsity cheer for three years, 7th-grade volleyball for two years, and Destination Imagination for two years. I have an amazing family. My husband, Tanner Thomas, is the director of Community Rehab Physical Therapy in Plattsmouth and coaches baseball and basketball. We have three wonderful boys, Grant, Nathan, and Dylan, and two beautiful dogs, Lilly and Rocky. We love baseball and Husker football! My hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, and dance. I love to create my own healthy recipes and cooking. I also love to exercise, and am a Yoga Instructor at Essentials in Papillion!
About Marty Woodward
I am originally from Sioux City, Iowa, where I attended East High School. After high school, I attended Wayne State College where I earned a bachelor of arts degree in K-12 special education. I then moved to Minnesota, and then back to Nebraska, where I have been ever since. I have taught in Iowa and Nebraska. I have been at Platteview Central for many wonderful years. During that time, I also obtained my master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Doane College. I am currently entering my 24th year of teaching, with 22 of those years here at Platteview Central. I started my career teaching behavior disorder students in a classroom and hospital setting in Iowa. My husband, Kendall, and I have three wonderful daughters: Alexy, Makenna, and Lainey. Outside of work, I stay busy with my children. I enjoy reading, doing crafts that I find on Pinterest, and vacationing wherever it is sunny and warm.
About Carolyn Conover
I cherish the many adventures and opportunities God has given us as my husband has served in the Air Force. We've been to various duty stations within seven states. I have visited 40 countries, and my family and I have seen six of the Seven Wonders of the World. I look forward to seeing Petra and more of our beautiful planet, but in the meantime am feeling very settled in this bit of heaven on earth.
In addition to traveling, I enjoy home design and construction, political campaign efforts, small pursuits in hobby farming, teaching little ones at church, building relationships in the community, and hanging out with my husband and four children. I embrace meeting new people, going to new places, and trying new things. I treasure my time with the students and staff of Platteview Central. It is a great blessing to have been planted here, and I hope to grow my Springfield Platteview roots deep.
About Denise Farr
I was born in Nebraska, but by the age of five moved to Los Angeles, California, where I spent my elementary, middle school, and beginning high school years. I moved back to the great state of Nebraska at the age of 17. I finished my high school years at a Catholic High school, Archbishop Ryan High School. I moved to this school district with my family 21 years ago. Three of my children are Platteview graduates. My husband and I are raising my grandson Matthew. He is in first grade and attends Springfield Elementary. He is the apple of my eye. I enjoy arts and crafts, scrapbooking, and reading. I love spending time with my supportive, loving family. My time is limited because along with cleaning this magnificent building at night, I also work a day job. After graduating from College of Saint Mary with my bachelor's degree, I started working as a SPED Paraprofessional for Papillion LaVista School District. I worked at Papillion LaVista for two years, gaining wonderful knowledge and experience. I presently work for WCCA Head Start in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This is my second year as a preschool teacher. I have been working here at Platteview Central for 19 years. I started working in food service then moved to the custodian position. Back then, I worked the day shift. After spending time with the high quality and caring teachers and students here at Central, it motivated and influenced me to go back to college and obtain my teaching certificate. I am certified in early education, elementary, special education, and middle school English and social science. With all the requirements of practicum work and student teaching, I had to switch to the night position. I enjoy working at Platteview Central. I enjoy the teachers and meeting new students. Although I work in the evening and don't get to spend quality time with the students like I used to, I enjoy and appreciate the times I see them during after-school and evening programs.
About Bobbi Murphy
Hi, I'm Bobbi Murphy. I'm the health para at PC. Hopefully, all I need to hand out to your kiddos are ice packs and band aids. Ha..I've worked in the district for twelve years, and have watched my two boys (Ben, now 20 and Zane, 18) walk these halls from PC to the high school. Ben now attends UNL, and Zane is off and running at UNO. I'm still a big Netflix fan and love reading. I'm looking forward to many more years working in the district.
About Melissa Neill
Hi, I'm Melissa Neill. I was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. After high school, I took a year off and lived with a family in Monterrey, Mexico. While there, I studied Spanish and played softball. Once back in the United States, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I received my BA degree in languages from the University of Portland. After college, I moved to Hawaii and was married to my husband Troy on the big island. We lived on the islands for eight years. While in Hawaii, we immersed ourselves in the Hawaiian culture; learning about the traditions, people, language, and food. We also have two daughters, Ke'alohi and Pi'ikea, who were both born there. When we were transferred back to the mainland, we lived in Seattle, Washington for five years. In 2006, we had our first move to Nebraska. I worked at Westmont as a para in the kindergarten, first, and third grade classes. In 2009, we were transferred again, this time to Atlanta then Ohio. Six years later, we were transferred back to Nebraska. I now work in the junior high as a special education para.
About Dennis Schroeder
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. I worked at Goodyear Tire Company for 35 years before coming to Springfield Platteview Community Schools. This is my twelfth year at Platteview Central. I've been married twelve years and have a daughter, step-daughter, and three grandkids. In my free time, I'm an artist, and my wife and I enjoy dancing and going out to eat. My art is currently displayed at Stams Chocolate in Shadow Lake, Formosa Zen Asian Cuisine, and the Art Gallery in Nebraska City.
About Tren Svendsen
Hello! I am your child's personal secretary; well, I am the office manager at PC, and I see your child for their two years of junior high during their education career. I have worked in the Springfield Platteview Community School District since 2001. I went to La Platte Elementary and was the second group of students to go through Platteview Central. I was a cheerleader for PHS my freshman year. I moved to Michigan in the middle of my sophomore year and graduated in 1987. I am married to Chris, and we have three kids who have graduated from PHS: Russell Bagnall in 2009; Tasha Bagnall in 2010, and Breanna Svendsen in 2011. Go Trojans! I am a Roll Tide, Cornhusker, and Seminole fan. I am also a Braves, KC Royals, and a Pensacola Wahoos fan. I love great chocolate, light roasted coffee, unique/rare/strange gourmet foods, and traveling. I love fishing and enjoy sitting in the boat chilling and waiting for that bass to strike. Have a great school year!