New school year, new Lebanon high school staff members. As the 2018-2019 school year is in full swing, LHS has added four new staff members to their team. LHS welcomes receptionist Sara VanDokkenburg, art teacher Ronda Villines, resource teacher Nicholas Carothers and PE teacher Jacob Turner.
Resource teacher, Nicholas Carothers, previously teaching and coaching at Clinton Central. Carothers grew up in Chicago and later went to Indiana University where he studied Kinesiology.
Since then, Carothers has developed an extensive background in coaching basketball and has an impact on young athletes across Indianapolis, as he has coached and trained semi-professional teams like the Indianapolis Bandits. Carothers also has conditioned many collegiate level athletes.
Since former lady tiger basketball coach Beth Devinney resigned, Carothers takes head coach position and brings in his assistants. Carothers has been coaching basketball for more than 10 years and is excited for a new fresh start with the Lebanon Tiger girls basketball team.
“I saw the opportunity was open and I knew I had to take it. At Lebanon, basketball is big and I want to have a place where I can make a positive impact on this special group of girls,” said Carothers.
Prior to working and coaching at Lebanon, Carothers used to coach Clinton Central girls’ basketball program where he went 8-14 last year.
“I love the ladies attitudes and how they are all so open to being pushed to their fullest potential. I’m excited to see where the season goes and I think one my biggest goals is give the girls what they need to beat Webo,” said Carothers.
LHS welcomes receptionist Sara VanDokkenburg as she takes over the front office, after Lisa Graham resigned. VanDokkenburg is a Lebanon graduate where she attended to University of Indianapolis to study Athletic Training. Years later, she started her own cleaning business before working for the school corporation.
“I’m a very busy mom and I’m always on the go, so it’s nice to have the convivence of having the same work and school schedule as my kids,” said VanDokkenburg.
When VanDokkenburg isn’t working, she is an active mom attending all sporting events like cross country meets, swim meets, soccer games.
“Everyone has been welcoming and friendly. One thing I love about my job is seeing all the kids and their friendly faces. One of my goals for this year is getting more involved in student activities,” said VanDokkenburg.
The new PE teacher, Jacob Turner has been relatively new to LHS as the weight room advisor, but it hasn’t been until this year that he has got his teaching license.
“Now that I have my teaching license the only thing that is different is the administrative business side of it,” said Turner.
Turner has been the weight room advisor, coaching and providing workouts for athletes and students for over a year now.
“I like seeing all the different kids at all different stages. As a weights coach, I see roughly three hundred students a day and its very rewarding to see the kids progress,” said Turner.
LHS welcome “new” art teacher Ronda Villines who works part time for first semester of the school year. Villines works full time at Lebanon Middle School as an art teacher and comes once every other day to teach art at the high school.
For the 2018 school year, there was an abundance of students who’d signed up for intro to 2d art course, Villines excitedly filled the spot.
“I look forward to students enjoying what they are doing and I hope they become inspired to take another art class in the future. I truly believe art can change the lives of many,” said Villines.
Villines has taught art at the high school level for 13 years and then moved to the middle school where she has been working there for 7 years. Altogether, this is her 20th year as an art teacher in the Lebanon school corporation.
“I’ve been told, when I was a five-year-old, I told people that when I grew up I wanted to be an art teacher. It wasn’t until my high school art teacher at Lawrence North who inspired my passion for art and teaching. Now here I am coming up on 20 years of teaching my passion,” said Villines.
As for the new LHS teachers and staff members, 2018-2019 school year will be finished in a blink of an eye. Lebanon High School welcomes these teachers and staff members with open arms, in hopes of having a successful school year.
“I love the school spirit and how when I walk down the halls of the school, I get greeted with such friendly faces,” said Carothers.