Lana Reinhart

Reinhart to retire after 37 years at USD 239

After graduating from Emporia State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Topeka-native, Lana Waetzig, accepted her first job to teach at Minneapolis High School. Little did she know, 37 years later, she would be retiring from the same school she started her career in. During her tenure at USD 239, Lana has been under the leadership of four superintendents, eight principals, taught in numerous classrooms (even the blue building that was located in the parking lot behind the cafeteria), traveled to Delphos Attendance Center to teach, saw the MHS mascot change to the “Power Lion,” and has seen multiple renovations and additions to the school’s physical building. She has been a member of the KNEA over 15 years and served as co-negotiator for two years. 

Mrs. Reinhart has educated thousands of students during her career in many different classes. Some of those classes include Accounting 1 and 2, Gregg Shorthand, Forkner Shorthand, Office Practices, Lion Pride Connect Class, The Real-Life Game, Business Law, Business Math, Business Life Skills, Economics, Marketing, Personal Finance, Jr. High Keyboarding, and Entrepreneurship. She also taught a Web Design class where the students were responsible for writing articles and maintaining the school website. 

“While many subjects have not changed a lot in 37 years, Mrs. Reinhart has spent her career keeping up with the technology needs of the business curriculum and  adapting to the changing demand of the workforce needs. Almost every year we are adding technology, software, or content that Mrs. Reinhart has to learn before teaching it the next year,” says Mr. Terry Moeckel, principal of MJSHS.

Mrs. Reinhart was the co-head Pep Club sponsor during her earlier years at Minneapolis. She helped form the S.A.D.D. (Students Against Driving Drunk) chapter at Minneapolis High School, which won the “Best New Chapter” award. It was the largest club/organization at the school. S.A.D.D. held a yearly New Year’s Eve all-night lock in for the students, jello-wrestling tournaments, hay rack rides and movie nights at the Lindsey one-room schoolhouse. They also attended student retreats at Rock Springs Ranch. It was very important to Mrs. Reinhart to provide a positive and safe environment where students could have fun. Later in her career, she was the head coach of the MHS Scholars Bowl team, where she enjoyed seeing just how smart the students are!

While Mrs. Reinhart is looking forward to a retirement with no papers to grade and no teacher inservices to attend, she cherishes the millions of memories made in the walls of Minneapolis Jr/Sr High School and will forever be a Lion.

On Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 1-3 p.m., at the Minneapolis Jr/Sr High School, there will be a joint retirement reception held for Lana Reinhart and Linda Willoughby. All are welcome to attend.