School is back in session and there are some new faces at both Shelby High School/Junior High and Shelby Elementary.

Brennan Hayes is a Shelby native who grew up and attended school in Shelby. Following high school he went on to graduate from the University of Montana Western and has spent the past four years teaching and coaching in Whitehall. 

Hayes is excited to be back in his hometown and teaching fifth grade at Shelby Elementary. When he’s not busy in the classroom or at a sporting event he enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing.

“I am excited to be teaching and coaching where I went to school,” said Hayes. I’m looking forward to a great year with all of you!”

Tim Lange is also starting his first year at Shelby Elementary as the sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Lange graduated from MSU-Bozeman and has taught all grades for over a decade now.

Lange grew up in southeastern Montana on a ranch and loves camping, fishing, listening to music, playing sports and games, as well as writing poetry and stories. Not only a teacher, Lange also has coached football and basketball and has been a basketball referee.

Kristen Hirst didn’t grow up in Shelby but she knows the area well as she proudly calls Valier her hometown. Hirst also attended the University of Montana Western and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Hirst will be putting her minor to use as the new Special Education teacher for Shelby students in grades seven through 12.

Hirst has spent the past five years working as the Special Education in Valier for grades kindergarten through 12. In addition to teaching she enjoys being around her friends and family, listening to live music, reading, painting and hanging out with her two-year-old Golden retriever, Cali.

“I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and many more to come!”

Megan LaRoque is not only excited to be teaching seventh through 12th grade Art but also about being back in her home state of Montana.

“After college I taught science for three years in North Dakota,” said LaRoque. “However, I missed Montana and am happy to have the chance to be back in my home state!I am thrilled to teach art this year, as art has been a lifelong passion of mine.”

LaRoque, a Whitefish native, attended college and graduated from MSU-Billings with a bachelor’s degree and finished her post-baccalaureate teaching licensure program at Western Governors University.

In her free time, LaRoque and her son enjoy 4-H, camping, hiking and dinosaur fossil hunting, fishing, sports and board games.

“During good weather we are often found outdoors, exploring new places with our red heeler nicknamed ‘Adventure Dog’,” she smiled.

Lexy Fisher is a Havre native who has spent the past two years teaching and coaching in Cut Bank. Fisher is excited to be a Coyote this year, teaching business and computer classes at SHS and also being the varsity volleyball coach. In addition to teaching and coaching, Fisher also serves as the Business Professionals of America advisor.

Fisher graduated with a business degree from Northern and earned a Master’s from MSU-Billings. She received her education degree from UM-Western. She and her husband, Kyle, have an eight-year-old daughter, Zoey.

“We spend our free time traveling and exploring the outdoors of Montana as much as we can,” concluded Fisher.

The 2020-2021 school year is off to a great start and we hope all, students and staff alike, have a fantastic year.

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