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OHS Alum Comes Back to Teach Social Studies

OHS Alum Comes Back to Teach Social Studies

By: Libby Schilz

 

You might have thought there would be no more OHS students coming back to teach right? This year, we welcome former OHS student, Mr. Keegan Hoppens, as our new social studies teacher. Mr. Hoppens was born and raised here in Ogallala and played football and track, along with other extracurricular activities. I had a chance to sit down and get to know Mr. Hoppens a little better in order to introduce him to the OHS community. When asked why he wanted to become a teacher, Mr. Hoppens said that the impact all of his teachers had on him and his desire to work with students are what really motivated him.

 

Mr. Hoppens chose to teach social studies because when he was in high school, he really connected more with his social studies teachers and coaches more than any other teachers, and he was really fascinated with  military history and political science. He also wanted to learn the genealogy of his family,  and he thought learning history was a great way to help with that.

 

Mr. Hoppens attended UNK where he played football for four years. While there, he  became heavily involved with youth. He coached at Kearney Catholic, helped foreign exchange students get settled in, and was involved in many more activities and clubs.

 

When asked why he wanted to come back, Mr. Hoppens said that it was always his dream to come back to Ogallala to teach, because he was so familiar with the area, tradition, and the people, and he thought it would be an honor to teach  students at his alma mater, but the real reason he came back is because Ogallala is his home.

 

Teaching isn’t the only thing Mr. Hoppens is doing. He is also the 7th grade football offense coach. When I asked him what sports he likes to play, Mr. Hoppens replied by saying he likes to watch college/professional football and international soccer and loves to play racquetball.  

 

Finally, when asked if he had to choose another career besides teaching, Mr. Hoppens said he couldn’t imagine doing anything else besides teaching and coaching. It was a big part of his life in college, working with kids, and he wants to be the teacher that his students can connect with really well like he did with his teachers, and he wants to be there for all of his students when they need him the most.

 

As you can see, Mr. Hoppens is very passionate about teaching, and being back in his hometown and working with people he knows has motivated him even more. Mr. Hoppens was inspired by his teachers to come back to OHS, I wonder if he will inspire one of his students to come back? We’ll just have to wait and see. Welcome back home Mr. Hoppens!

 

 

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