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staff and student highlights
Interview with Mr. Lozano- New DHS Principal
Mrs. Hofacket is one of the many new admins this year. She has many years of experience under her belt in education explaining “This is my 20th year in education”. Before becoming a principal at Memorial
and coming to DHS, she taught English for 14 years. Hofacket explained “I am very excited to be back at DHS and I feel at home with high school students. They are the coolest!” Mrs. Hofacket also has her
bachelor's degree in secondary education focusing on English. She has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on English and History and a Graduate Certificate in Administration from WNMU. Her many achievements include being a national board-certified teacher and playing volleyball as an outside hitter during her time at NMSU. A personal goal of hers this school year is to memorize all the staff’s names by the end of the school year and all the students in two. She also expressed how much she loves teaching, reading, and eating tacos. She is very excited to be at the high school this year and to watch all her sons in one place!
Mr. Nickelson honored with Memphis Rugby Hall of Fame
Breanay Chavez and Anette Rangel
Mr. Nickelson has recently been put into the Memphis Rugby Hall of Fame, due to his leadership while being in the rugby team and coaching the team. He was brought up by his fellow teammate that he used to play with. Mr. Nickelson encouraged players to be positive and disciplined and taught them to be very hardworking. He has inspired the school to make more teams for rugby and made an all-girls team. Because of his positive and leading attitude, the teams have been very successful and have improved from how they were back then. Here are some comments that Mr. Nickelson made about this exciting thing. He says that rugby was a
part of who he is and that he started because his friend told him to go to a scrimmage after that he fell in love with it. Mr. Nickelson said he is still in touch with some of his ex-players and they talk about how the rugby teams have improved. He was very emotional speaking about this, but we had to add this because it shows how much rugby meant to him.
Mrs. Torres - New Teacher at DHS
By Isabel Jimenez
One of our newer teachers at DHS Mrs. Torres has been a teacher for about 18 years. She loves DHS because her co-workers are helpful, and her kids are chill. When handling difficult students, she treats them with tender love and care and tries to give them hope for their futures by chatting and praising good behavior. She wanted to start teaching because she wanted to be there for kids who are outcasts like she was in high school. She also wanted to be a safe place for students. She decided to work at DHS because she and her wife love the small-town feel. She is originally from El Paso, but she moved because she wanted a change of pace. Her old high school became an Early College High School, and she was thinking DHS could be a blended Early College one day too.
Mr. Libby - Thank you for grilling at every home game!
STUCO - 2023-2024
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