Teachers & Staff: Where did they come from?

Editors’ Note: In early November, we asked staff members at DCHS to send in information about themselves with regard to their academic careers.  The following is a list of staff members and their information in the order they were received.  Thanks to those who submitted information.  If you would like your information to appear in this story, please send an email to [email protected].

Dustin Fergerson, History Teacher: DCHS Class of 1997.  Graduated from Kansas State University.  This is his ninth year at DCHS.

Bruce Austin, Agriculture Teacher: “I graduated from DCHS in 1980. I graduated from DCCC and K-State with a BS in business. After more than 20 years of being a flower shop owner, three years ago I joined the staff at DCHS as an Agriculture teacher teaching floral design. I am now working on a Masters degree in CTE (Career and Technical Education) from Pittsburg State University. My mother and siblings are alumni of DCHS and now my twin sons are students.”

Jennifer Lehmkuhler, Science Teacher: DCHS Class of 1999.

Phil Schut, Business Teacher & Business Department Chair: “I attended Williamston High School (Hornets) in Williamston, Mich.  I graduated in 2002.  We had cool graduation glasses because of the double 2s.”

Beverly Hertel, Library Clerk: “I graduated from DCHS in 1978 as Bev Lloyd.  I began working for the district as a para at Miller in the preschool special education classroom, then moved to Beeson and worked in the Kindergarten classroom for several years. In 2003, I moved to the high school and became a library clerk. Reading is my passion and I enjoy getting kids hooked an a new author or series, especially when they didn’t enjoying reading at all. It is also so rewarding to see some of the kids I worked with when they were really small grow into responsible young adults. :)”

Kris Moore, CAD Teacher: DCHS Class of 1996.

Jennifer Waldron, English Teacher: “I graduated from Ulysses High School in 1998. I came to DCCC in 1998 to study journalism. Before going on to a 4-year school, I decided to work as a journalist to make sure I liked the career. Turns out, I hated it. Too many hours and not enough appreciation. So I decided to go to my second choice – teaching. I worked for a few years to save up money and took education classes at DCCC. I then went to FHSU in the fall of 2005 and graduated in December 2008 after doing my student teaching at DCHS. I’ve evolved from a Tiger to a Conq to a Tiger to a Demon. I like where I ended up. :)”

McKenzie Lueders, Science Teacher:  “I graduated from DCHS in 2004—and I’m a proud DCHS teacher now!! :)”

Dennis Hamilton, Physical Education Teacher: DCHS Class of 1976. This is his 24th year as a Physical Education teacher and coach.

Michael Martinez, Associate Principal: Beaver High School, Beaver, Okla., Class of 1992

Cherry Deges, Assistant Principal & CTE Coordinator: Fort Supply High School, Fort Supply, Okla., Class of 1985.

Julie Stegman, Social Studies Teacher: “I’m a DCHS Graduate (1980). Married my HS sweetheart. My husband, Tony, was a 1979 graduate from DCHS. My five daughters graduated from DCHS.

Dana Essenburg, Secretary: DCHS Class of 1973.

Dave Linsenmeyer, School Psychologist: “I graduated from Duchesne High School, in St. Charles, Mo., in 1994.

Jennifer Mendoza, Counselor: DCHS Class of 1991.


Maribel Razo, Bilingual Paraprofessional: DCHS Class of 2001.

Janet Keeten, Teacher: Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, Texas, Class of 1981.

Paola Alarcon (maiden name Hernandez), Parent Liaison/Heritage Panel Coordinator: “I graduated from DCHS in 2004. I was actually part of the Dodger staff for three years. I graduated from Fort Hays University last year with a Bachelor’s in Justice Studies.”

Cecilia Dominguez, World Languages Teacher: “Graduated from DCHS in 1971, have taught in the district for 30 years.”

Kayleigh Cecil, Mathematics Teacher: “I graduated in 2004. From there I went to DCCC to play softball, where I was an academic All-American and graduated from there with an associate of arts in 2006. After that, I went to Joplin, Mo., to attend Missouri Southern State University to continue on in my education goal and also to finish up my softball career. I graduated in 2009 with my bachelors in science of education. Then, I came back home and started teaching at good ol’ DCHS as a math teacher and coaching the best sport of softball.”