A new beginning for Lowry teachers

A new beginning for Lowry teachers

By Luz Magaña Posted June 9, 2022

As the years go by, teachers come and go at Lowry. This is something that is seen yearly in the hallways.

Next year Lowry will welcome Mr. Shaun Taylor as the new vice-principal. Taylor has been at French Ford Middle School and is prepared to move to better things at Lowry. Taylor was also the principal of Wells Combined School and the principal of Spring Creek High School,

“Coming back home to Winnemucca has been a goal for a while, the opportunity to work at the school that provided me so many opportunities and to raise my child in the same community that helped shape me, I couldn’t pass up,” said Taylor. Taylor will be replacing Mr. Dustin Christean, as Christean has decided to leave Lowry for the junior high.

In addition to Taylor, Lowry is also welcoming Mr. Paul Merkel, the new biology and Introduction to cap teacher. Merkel has previously taught in Las Vegas for 22 years and was last at McDermitt for three years. Merkel enjoys being a teacher because he likes interacting with students and loves being in northern Nevada,

“I want to be part of a larger educational community while staying in northern Nevada”.

This is exciting and we welcome Merkel to Lowry.

Ms. Hannah Sampson will be a new counselor next year. She has completed two Associates degrees and a bachelor’s degree in human services. She  enjoys the work and is ready to take on the job,

“I chose to become a counselor because I enjoy creating a counseling relationship with the students and watching them excel at their academics and personal achievements”.

With Mr. Jesse Zamudio moving into the physical education department, Mr. Byron Jeppsen will be taking over teaching Spanish. In 1998, Jeppsen began his career as a Social Studies teacher and is ready to come back to Lowry. Jeppsen has a lot of teaching experience and is ready to come back.

“I have really enjoyed teaching at French Ford, but chose to come back to Lowry because it’s a great school and I’m proud to be a Lowry Buckaroo.”  

Mr. Rawley Jackson will be a new math teacher. He will also be coaching football. He is somewhat familiar with Winnemucca since his mother is the Principal at French Ford.

Lowry is ready for this change and is ready to see what these teachers can offer.

Zamudio is excited for the upcoming school year. Zamudio has always been involved in school sports whether it was in school or being a coach for basketball, he now wants to take this passion and make it enjoyable for all students,

“P.E. was my favorite class as a youth, and my hopes are that I can make it a favorite for my students”.