Liberty is pleased to announce two new staff members, Mr. Matt Lohman and Mrs. Candice Monahan. Mr. Lohman will teach our 5th-12th grade Social Studies classes, and Mrs. Monahan will teach k-12 computer technology. Both provided a little background in order for Liberty students and families to get to know more about them.
Mr. Lohman was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Wray in 1993. He graduated from Wray High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Southwestern in Kansas. He also has two Associates degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, one in Aviation Maintenance Technology and the other in Instructor of Technology in Military Science. He recently retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service.
Two years ago, Mr. Lohman and his family, wife Erin and sons Tynan and Jameson, returned to the Joes/Kirk area. When asked why he considered a second career in teaching, Mr. Lohman said, "With me being gone for so long and missing so much of the kids' lives, becoming a teacher and seeing them everyday is my way of not missing another moment." About teaching, Mr. Lohman also stated, "I love kids and am a firm believer that knowledge is power, and I can ensure our kids are prepped for the world they are stepping into."
When asked what he is most looking forward to this year, he said, "I can't wait to bring fun back into history and empower these kids."
Mrs. Monahan was born and raised as the fifth generation on the family farm here in eastern Colorado. She is a Liberty graduate and has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Colorado State University. Most recently, Mrs. Monahan was a nationalHealth Services Director in Behavioral Health Clinical and Specialty Programs for a top Fortune 500 company. She and her husband Chris have been married for 16 years and have have two sons, Bode and Ryker. She enjoys gardening, wake surfing and her chickens.
When asked why Mrs. Monahan considered a second career in teaching, she stated, "I decided to pursue a career in education because of my family. My children have been asking me to change careers so that we could have more time together as a family. I've been in the Behavioral Health field for 20 years and and have worked at a macro level for the past 14 years.Changing careers provides the opportunity to be more present with my family and our local community."
What is she looking the most forward to this year? "I am really looking forward to the school year! I am most excited about getting to know each of my students better and creating a learning environment within my classes where we can all grow."