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.

Administrative Staff

Darin Johnson
Principal
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About Darin Johnson

This is my 23 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 eighth 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'm fortunate enough to do this for a long time. Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 21+ years, Kari, and our twins, Braden and Halle (high school juniors). I love to golf, work on the farm, and hang out with friends in the community.
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Shannon Clayton
Science
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About Shannon Clayton

Mrs. Clayton is the English department chair and teaches English 9, honors English 9, English 10, and honors English 10. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mrs. Clayton is the director for the one act competition and spring play. She sponsors the junior class, the drama club, the National Thespian Society, and Writer's Block. Mrs. Clayton enjoys traveling, reading, and a good cup of coffee. She lives with her husband, Rob, and is the mother of two adult children.

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Christina Elder
Health/P.E.
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About Christina Elder

American in track and field in NCAA Division II, and a four-time national qualifier. I got into the All-Conference team six times in track and field, and once in soccer. I was also very honored and blessed to serve as a team captain for both soccer and track and field while at Wayne State. After Wayne State, I substitute taught for one year in Gretna, and worked as a certified personal trainer for one year at 24-Hour Fitness. While getting my certification as a personal trainer, I learned a lot about evaluating health, fitness, and lifestyle choices. It gave me a great background of extra knowledge to apply to physical education and my health classes. I went on to earn a master's degree in athletics administration from Concordia University. I am currently entering my seventh year with Springfield Platteview Community Schools. I proudly work with both Platteview Central students and Platteview High School students. I teach physical education for seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school students. I also teach health for eighth grade and tenth grade. I am entering my sixth year as head coach for girls track and field at Platteview High School. I have been a part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over ten years, and my faith is an important and vital part of who I am and what I pour into the students. I have been serving as FCA lead for six years at Platteview High School. I have been married for five years to my wonderful husband, Tyler (who also helps with Fellowship of Christian athletes). We have two beautiful daughters named Jocelyn (4 years old) and Taytum (18 months old). My passions are nutrition, fitness, running, coffee, and the mountains (in no particular order :). I spend as much time outdoors as possible.
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Marla Janak
Certified Staff
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Frank Laughlin
Social Studies
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About Frank Laughlin

I grew up in a small town in southwest Iowa called Imogene. I am the 5th 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 ninth 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. Now, I am going into my sixth year of teaching 8th-grade U.S. history. I am also going into my fourth year as the head coach for the girls golf team and my sixth year as the head coach for the boys golf team at Platteview High School. In 2002, I married my wife, Carol. My son, Sean, was born in 2005, and my daughter, Meg, in 2007. Currently, I stay busy with the family, attending baseball and soccer games and taking family vacations at Christmas time and in the summer. I enjoy playing golf, farming when I have a chance, and attending extra curricular activities at Platteview.
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Zach Lusienski
Certified Staff
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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. 
As well as the seventh grade math instructor, I am a coach for varsity cross country, middle school boys/girls basketball, as well as the sponsor for both student council and math club. 
Last spring I got engaged to my fiancé Megan, and we are set to get married in November of 2019!
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Jim Lynam
Math
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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 a bachelor of science degree in math from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later went on to earn a master's in teaching mathematics at the middle school level from Universtiy of Nebraska at Lincoln. I'm currently in my 10th year of teaching, all at Platteview Central. I teach 8th-grade pre-algebra and 8th-grade algebra. I've also coached 8th-grade girls basketball for the past 10 years. This will be my second year coaching 7th-grade boys basketball, and I've coached the JV baseball team since the program began three years ago. I also coach the Springfield SR Legion Baseball team. I live in Papillion with my wife, Stephanie. I have two children, Nick, a flight instructor at Council Bluffs Airport, and Julie, a senior at UNL. I enjoy all sports, particularly golf and baseball. I love Husker football and Bluejay basketball.
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Arlis Scanlan
Reading
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About Arlis Scanlan

I grew up on a farm outside of Auburn, Nebraska, and graduated from Johnson-Brock High School. I received a B.S. in both marketing and agribusiness from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.After working in marketing for ConAgra for nine years, I spent the next eight years self-employed as a real estate appraiser.

In 2004, I received a K–8 elementary education degree from Peru State College. I went on to complete my middle-school endorsement and master’s in curriculum and design at Doane College in 2010.

I have taught at Springfield Platteview School District since 2006. My four children graduated from Platteview High School, and I have great pride in this school district. 

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Andrew Soneson
Social Studies
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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 masters 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 fifth 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 eleven 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.

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Bridget Stork
Language Arts
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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!

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Sarah Svoboda
7-9 Counselor
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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 7–12 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 ninth year with Springfield Platteview Community Schools, and I feel very fortunate that my career has been spent here. My first year was spent teaching 9th-grade English and 10th-grade health at Platteview High School. Years two through five were spent teaching 7th-grade language arts at Platteview Central Junior High. This will be my fourth year in the 7–9 counseling position, serving both the junior high and the high school. 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 eight years to my husband, Jordan. I have two daughters, Emery and Isla. We enjoy traveling, Minnesota Twins baseball, and spending time with our friends and neighbors.
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Amy Thayer
Media Specialist
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Tina Thomas
Science
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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 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 fifteenth year at Platteview Central Junior High teaching eighth-grade physical 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, including running, Zumba, and Yoga.
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Michele Tiller
Language Arts
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About Michele Tiller

A native-born Nebraskan, I attended 13 elementary schools by the time I finished 6th grade in the Bellevue School System. Teaching is my fourth career adventure. After finishing my degree program at Creighton University, where I earned a bachelor's in art, English, and mathematics and a teacher certification for grades 7–12, I married, and we started a family. We farmed in Saunders County, operating a hunting preserve as well as several agriculture-related businesses. I earned graduate hours in English and reading from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and I came back to education by substitute teaching for two years in three counties and seven school districts. Platteview was the best school district, in my opinion, so I was excited when the opportunity was offered to teach here. I am still excited to teach here. I have been the instructor in the 8th-grade English Language Arts (ELA) classroom at Platteview Central Junior High since the 2000-2001 school year. I'm also the building facilitator for our High Ability Learners Program (HAL) called Discovery Education Model (DEM).
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Marty Woodward
Learning Center
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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 22 year of teaching. Eighteen of those years have been here at Platteview Central. I started my career teaching behavior disorder students in a classroom and hospital setting in Iowa. For the last 20 years, I have been the learning center teacher at Platteview Central. 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.
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McKenzie Bullers
Learning Center Paraprofessional
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About McKenzie Bullers

I graduated from Platteview, and I have an associate’s degree in architecture engineering, which I freelance in my spare time. I have three kids who keep me busy with everything from dance classes to sporting events. I have Kloye, who is an 8th grader at PCJHS, Graison, who is a 4th grader at Springfield Elementary, and Josie, who is busy being an active toddler.

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Carolyn Conover
Assistant Office Manager
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About Carolyn Conover

Sick of braving the bitter winters of North Dakota as a widow, my mother moved us to the foothills of Colorado where I enjoyed the sun and the slopes until I moved to North Carolina to study politics. My Russian language class schooled me more in the language of love than the language of the motherland, and my man and I got married in no time. I finished my bachelor's degree in political science at the University of West Florida local to our first duty station. I have cherished the many adventures and opportunities God has given us through the Air Force. We love to travel, design homes, and build them. I get a kick out of my four children and their nonsense, and have hope they get a kick out of mine. I delight in hikes along golden fields of corn with my four-legged friend, combine harvesters at dusk (I covet a chance to ride in one.), snow capped hay bales, teaching the Sunbeams (three to four year-olds) at church, and participating in occasional grassroots political efforts. I enjoy dance parties in the kitchen, even if it's just party of one, singing at the top of my lungs with my kids in the car, and snowball fights...which I tend to lose. I embrace meeting new people, going new places, and trying new things. I don't deserve the endless miracles heaven sends my way. This job is one of them.

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Denise Farr
Custodian
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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 B–3, elementary K–6, special education K–12, and middle school English and social science 4–9. 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.
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Samantha Lawrence
Media Center
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About Samantha Lawrence

Hello! I'm Samantha Lawrence, a parent of many kids making their way through the Springfield Platteview public schools, and an eight year resident of this amazing town. My husband and I moved into the district in 2010, and it has been the best decision we have ever made for our family. Our children, ages 20, 18, 15, 12, 10, and 6 keep every minute full! We enjoy movies, game nights, and long summer days at our cabin. When I'm not here in the media center I'm out doing photography, or trying to find time to read a good book. I'm looking forward to many years of getting to know the kids of PCJHS. They are an incredible group surrounded and supported by the best teachers and administration around! 

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Carol LeRoy
Paraprofessional
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About Carol LeRoy

I moved to Nebraska in August 2009 after retiring from a school district in San Diego, California, where I worked at for almost 25 years. I came to be with and help out my daughter and her family. I have three grandchildren here in Nebraska; Breanna is in her second year at Metro, Faith is a senior at PHS, and James is a freshman at PHS. I stay busy with sports with the grandkids, church activities, and working with Job's Daughters International and Order of Eastern Star. I love working at Platteview Central!
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Bobbi Murphy
Health Aide
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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.
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Melissa Neill
Paraprofessional
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About Melissa Neill

Hi, I'm Melissa Neill. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in Medford, Oregon. After high school, I took a year off and lived with a family in Monterrey, Mexico, where I studied Spanish and played softball. Once back in the U.S., I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I received my BA degree in languages from the University of Portland. I was married on the Big Island of Hawaii and lived there for eight years before we moved to Seattle, Washington. 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. After living in Seattle for five years, we moved to Gretna, and I worked in the district at Westmont as a para in the kindergarten, first, and third-grade classes. When we left Nebraska in 2009, we moved to Canton, Georgia and then in 2011 to Twinsburg, Ohio. In 2015, we moved back to Nebraska and currently live in Omaha. My husband, Troy, works for Kiewit Infrastructure; my oldest daughter, Ke'alohi, is majoring in biology at UNO, and Pi'ikea is a junior at PHS. We are excited to be back in Nebraska, and I am especially thrilled to be working back in the district as a para at PC!
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Dennis Schroeder
Custodian
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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.
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Tren Svendsen
Office Manager
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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!
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Trista Welsh
Media Center Paraprofessional
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About Trista Welsh

Hi! My name is Trista Welsh. I am a recent graduate (20+ years) of Platteview High School. My husband Tom and I live in Springfield, and have three children. One of which is also a Platteview Alum, and two more to go. I previously worked for five years at Springfield Elementary as an educational assistant in kindergarten as well as other grade levels. I love kids and the energy that they bring to the world around them. Middle school is a different playing field, but I'm getting to know the kids, and enjoying every minute of it. Come see me in the library!

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