Huron School District #2-2




Leah Branaugh

7th Grade Math


My name is Leah Branaugh.  I am in my 7th year teaching math at HMS. This is my 4th year teaching 7th grade and I spent 3 years teaching ESL math in grades 6-8.  I am also the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach and the Assistant Boys Tennis Coach.  I am originally from Yankton, SD.  I graduated from USD in Vermillion, SD. In my spare time you can usually find me playing tennis!



Sharon Engelhart

7th Grade Science & Geography Teacher


Hi, my name is Sharon Engelhart.  I am currently teaching 7th grade Science and Geography.  I have been a teacher for 20 years with my last 12 years teaching at Huron Middle School.  I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 24 years. We have two girls; Lisa who is a 9th grader and Bethany who is a 8th grader.  They keep us very busy with tennis, volleyball, marching band, orchestra, vocal, and track.  We enjoy camping, fishing and watching movies as a family.  I look foward to antoher great year at Huron Middle School.



Heidi Blue

7th Grade Science & Geography


My name is Heidi Blue.  I am currently a 7th grade Life Science and Geography teacher at the Huron Middle School.  This is my fourth year with the Huron Middle School and I look forward to an exciting year.  I am also a Certified Athletic Trainer and will be helping out at sporting activities as needed.  I have been married to my husband, Robbie Blue, for 11 years.  We have two children, Oliver (7) and Harper (5).


Myranda Holtrop

7th grade Language Arts/Reading


Hello! My name is Myranda Holtrop. I am currently teaching 7th grade Language Arts/Reading and coaching the girls' varsity soccer team.  This is my 4th year of teaching with the last three years at HMS.  I got married this past summer to my husband, Schuyler, who teaches 5th grade.  We enjoy spending time together  watching sports and attending athletic events--especially the Packers and USD.


Tim Buddenhagen

7th Grade Stripes & 6-8th Physical Education


This is my 30th year teaching in the Huron School District.  My most recent teaching assignment is 6th-8th grade Physical Education. I have been active in this role since 2000.  Some of you may remember me as an 8th grade American History teacher.  I held that position from 1987-2000.  

I also coach in our school district. I am currently the head girls' basketball coach.  I have been head boys’ basketball coach for the past 17 years and also help out with the varsity track program.  I was also very lucky to be the head football and girls’ basketball coach and assist in the Cross Country program with legendary coach Roger Loecker.  I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of outstanding students during my teaching and coaching career.

My wife Shelly is the Director of the Nordby Center for Recreation and she is the head volleyball coach in Huron.  We have 3 fantastic children.  Jordan and TyAnn are Huron graduates of 2008 and 2011 and Tenley is currently attending Huron High School.


Tim Nihart

7th grade Math


Hello, my name is Tim Nihart.  This will be my 28th year teaching, which I have taught 10 of those years here at Huron Middle School.  I am a 1986 HHS graduate and a 1991 graduate of Huron University.  My wife Jill is a Beadle County Court Services officer and I have son Justin who teaches at Tri-Valley,  a daughter Tia who is a certified PA, and another daughter Tara who teaches 1st grade at Buchanan K-1 Center.  I love to spend time with my family and especially my two grandsons Holden and Bentley. 


Michelle Johnson

7th grade STRIPES and 6-8th Art


Hi, my name is Michelle Johnson and I have been teaching at HMS for 20 years.  I currently teach 7th grade STRIPES and 6th-8th grade art.  I am the Student Council advisor at HMS.  My husband, Paul and I have three sons.


Victoria Erwin

7th Grade Language Arts & Reading

  I am in my 5th year teaching English language arts at HMS.  I graduated from HHS in ’02 and from DWU in ’06. I have two children and two dogs. This is my second year of teaching 7th grade Language Arts. I enjoy working with all children to discover the world of reading. 


 Truman Savery

  7th SPED

  Hi, my name is Truman Savery and I teach Special Education, Stripes, and Drivers Education.  I am glad to be teaching in Huron, SD.  I have a great family here in Huron and have enjoyed teaching in this community.  You will find me involved in many activities in Huron and find out that being involved has become one of my hobbies.  I also enjoy exploring and playing instruments.  I have a background in teaching music education and special education since I graduated Chadron State College in 2000.