Mrs. Brenda Beehler

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Mrs. Brenda Beehler

Brenda Beehler is the 9th & 10 grade Special Education teacher at LaVille Jr- Sr High school. She was an elementary teacher for nine years in the WaNee School System. She then decided to focus her teaching in Special Education. Brenda and her husband, Brian, have two children. Their daughter Megan, is a junior at Indiana State, while their son, Jared, made the move to attend LaVille and is a current junior. Brenda has a business and education degree from Indiana University South Bend an she is currenly working on her Masters in Special Education. When Brenda is not at school she enjoys reading, watching and playing sports (mainly basketball). She also enjoys horseback riding and being outside with her family. 

Ms. Corey Duncan

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Ms. Corey Duncan

Corey Duncan has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Bethel College. She also has a middle school (5th-9th) math endorsement. She is 2 classes away from getting her masters degree and has a goal of getting a masters in curriculum. She is also the head girls basketball coach. 

Ms. Dunlap

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Angie Dunlap is a 1998 graduate of Argos High School. She attended Bethel College and was a 4 year player on the women's soccer team. Angie received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health from Bethel. She started teaching at LaVille in 2003. She is the Physical Education Department Head, an assistant coach for the Varsity Girls' Soccer Team, an assistant coach for the Varsity Girls' Basketball Team and an assistant coach for the Varsity Track and Field Team. In her free time Angie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Miss Carrie Edison

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Miss Carrie Edison

Miss Carrie Edison comes to LaVille Jr-Sr High School with three years of experience and a bachelors from Bethel College. Carrie had taught for the past two years at Argos Community Schools. She is teaching Spanish I and 7th and 8th grade Project Leed the Way courses here at LaVille Jr-Sr High School. 

Mr. Michael Edison

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Mr. Michael Edison

Michael Edison received his undergraduate degree in social studies education at Bethel College in 1999. He was able to further his education at Indiana Wesleyan with both a masters in education and an administrators degree. This is his 10th year working at LaVille, "I absolutely love working with the other administrators, teachers, and staff members". This January will be his 5th year as the assistant principal here at LaVille. I addition to serving as an administrator he is also the head boys basketball coach at LaVille.

In his spare time he loves spending time with his family. He and his wife have been blessed with 6 children. Between kids and the 3 golden retriever puppies at his house they are able to stay quite busy. 

Mr. Mark Elliott

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Mr. Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott grew up in Defiance, Ohio and graduated from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. He was in the US Army from 2012 to 2015 stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. In 2016 he began as a full time Algebra II teacher at LaVille. He is also the assistant baseball coach. 

Mrs. Heather Haas

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Mrs. Heather Haas

Heather Haas graduated from Brandywine Jr-Sr High School in Niles, MI in 1994. She received her A.S. from Southwestern Michigan, Dowagiac Campus in 2001. She received her BS in biological science in 2005 and her teaching certifiction from IUSB through the transition to teaching program in 2009.

Mr. Ron Haramia

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Mr. Ron Haramia

Ron Haramia teaches junior high math for both 7th and 8th grade. He comes to LaVille with over 20 years of teaching experience including junior high, high school and at the college level. He was most recently teaching math at Ivy Tech Community College. He has is bachelors from Western Oregon University and a masters from IUSB. 

Miss Maelee Holderread

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Miss Maelee Holderread

Maelee Holderread's experience leading health classes through the PSI program sparked her desire to become a teacher. In 2013, she graduated from LaVille Jr-Sr High School. She went on to earn her BA in English Education from IPFW in 2017. Maelee teaches student publications and freshman English. She is also the pep club sponsor. 

Currently, Maelee's favorite book is Little Women. She enjoys singing in the choir at Shiloh Church. Being close to her family in her hometown brings her joy. 

Mrs. Jodi Kayser

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Mrs. Jodi Kayser

Jodi L. Kayser teaches US History, ACP US History and Economics in our Social Studies Department. Jodi is also the Department Head for Social Studies. She is originally from the area and graduated in 1996 from LaVille High School. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Social Education and a Master of Liberal Studies. Both of her degrees were obtained through Indiana Univerity South Bend. This is her 17th year at LaVille Junior-Senior High School. In addition, she moonlights as a professor of H105 and H106 at Indiana University South Bend.

Jodi has been married to her husband, Matthew for 15 years. She is an avid reader and also enjoys running in her spare time. She has run 3 full marathons and 16 half marathons so far and has no plans to stop running either any time soon. 

Mrs. Debbie Kopetski

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Mrs. Debbie Kopetski

Debbie Kopetski graduated from LaVille Jr-Sr High School and received her bachelor's degree in special education from Indiana University South Bend. She has taught at LaVille for 29 years. She currently teaches the functional skills program helping students become as independent as possible. "My older sister, Becky, was severely mentally and physically handicapped, so special ed is an area that is close to my heart". Debbie is also the senior class co-sponsor and loves planning the graducation ceremony with the seniors. She loves being a teacher and you will also find her some evenings and most weekends working at Dickie's restaurant at Swan Lake.

She has been married to Greg for 26 years and they have a daughter, Kaitlyn, who graducated from LaVille and the University of Indianapolis. They also have a son Kyle, who graduated from LaVille and is now a junior at IUPUI. The Kopetski family enjoy sports and love the Chicage teams; the Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and the Blackhawks. The Kopetski's love to spend time together whether at a Cubs game, in the backyard pool or visiting their children in Indianapolis where they both live. 

Mr. Brian Lawler

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Mr. Brian Lawler

Mr. Brian Lawler is not new to Union-North United School Corporation, but will be making a move to LaVille Jr. Sr High School where he will be teaching Physical Education.  For the past three years, he has been teaching at LaVille Elementary.  Brian has also been the head baseball coach since his start at Union-North.

Mr. Nick Lieto

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Mr. Nick Lieto

Nick Lieto is the director of bands at LaVille Jr-Sr High School. He teaches 6th grade band at the elementary school. At the high school he teaches 7th & 8th grade bands, high school concert band, competitive marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble, and jazz ensemble. Nick is a graduate of Monroe High School in Monroe, Michigan and he has his bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from Western Michigan University. 

"I always saw myself at a smaller school, simply because I am more family oriented and love getting to start and end with the same kids". He currently resides in Lakeville with his wife and their two golden retrievers. He is enjoying every second of being the Director of Bands at LaVille. 

Miss Annie Marshall

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Miss Annie Marshall

Miss Annie Marshall recently graduated from Montana State University where she majored in English Education and minored in Music. She will be starting her education career at LaVille Jr-Sr High School where she will take on the role of Media Center Specialist. Annie will continue to enhance what our Media Center has to offer students and staff while providing additional support to the English/Language Arts Department. 

Mr. Nathan McKeand

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Indiana State University - Educational Specialist License (Superintendent's License)

Mr. Nathan McKeand

Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members, 

 Welcome back to another school year at LaVille Jr. Sr. High School.  This is my fifth year at LaVille and it has been an honor serving as your Principal.  I am looking forward to seeing what great things this year has in store for us!   

 LaVille Jr. Sr. High School provides a small learning environment with a competitive curriculum and many opportunities for students to get involved.  There are approximately 580 students working with a dedicated staff.  We offer a one-to-one learning environment where students are exposed to various forms of technology.  It is our goal to meet student’s needs and prepare them for life beyond high school through career exploration, dual credit coursework, and providing the necessary supports along the way. 

  I am looking forward to the 2017-18 school year and continuing to work with the LaVille community.  This will be an exciting year and I am proud to be a part of it!

Sincerely,

Nate McKeand   

Mr. Wayne Thomas

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Mr. Wayne Thomas

Wayne Thomas teaches the business classes at LaVille Jr-Sr High School, where is was hired in 2016 after serving as a substitute teacher for two years. Wayne grew up in Mishawaka and is a Caveman Alumni, class of 2004. After high school, he volunteered in the US Navy to serve aboard a submarine for five years, the USS Alaska. Upon returning to Indiana, he received a bachelor's degree in business management from Grace College and a masters degree in Christian leadership from Liberty University. Wayne proudly serves as the advisor for the school's DECA Chapter, building excitement for the future leaders at LaVille. 

Wayne has been married for six years to his wife and they have two sons. The four are avid Cubs fans, attending minor league games in South Bend and the adults also make an annual pilgrimage to Wrigley Field together when they get a chance. They also enjoy other Chicago sports during the all-too-long baseball offseason. 

Mrs. Elise Walter

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Mrs. Elise Walter

Elise Walter teaches English 10 and Honors English 10 at LaVille Jr-Sr High School. She spent most of her life in Michigan and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Baker College. Elise previously taught at Plymouth High School and is excited to be a Lancer! 

In her spare time, Elise likes to hang out with her husband, Matt, watch Netflix, read anything she can get her hands on, play board games, and see movies. To her, anything that can tell a great story is worth the time! 

Mr. Clint Watts

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Mr. Clint Watts

Mr. Clint Watts is a proud 2006 graduate of LaVille Jr-Sr High School. He attended Joliet Junior College, Indiana University South Bend and North Carolina State Univerity, where is became certified to teach Agriculture Education. The farm, 4-H and FFA were such an integral part of his development growing up that he knew exactly what he wanted to do when he graduated high school. His largest influence on his choice of occupation was his high school agriculture teacher. He is excited to be teaching where he has so many fond memories. Clint said "My hope is that I can provide those same and even better opportunities to the students at LaVille Jr-Sr High School".

Mr. Ray Wenger

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Mr. Ray Wenger

Mr. Ray Wenger has taught at LaVille Jr-Sr High School for 8 1/2 years. He teaches 7th and 8th grade math. Mr. Wenger was born in Elkhart County and is a proud graduate of Purdue University, where he earned is BA in Education and his certification through Bethel College. He is married to his wife Tina, they live on 3 acres in the Goshen area with their daughter Abigail. Abigail is a current LaVille student. You can frequently see the Wenger's at LaVille events, they consider going to events to be quality family time and a fine investment in our students' futures. Mr. Wenger said "LaVille's arrow is trending straight up, because we have terrific people passing through our doors daily". 

Mr. Vinnie Wallace

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Mr. Vinnie Wallace

Mr. Vinnie Wallace comes to LaVille Jr-Sr High School with many years of experience in IT and AV Production. Vinnie graduated from LaVille in 2011 and then came back to work after a few years doing AV work. He is working in IT at the corporation and helps in many other areas of our schools. Vinnie also enjoys working with the youth at church and working in a family business.