Teacher continues family tradition
Following in his father's footsteps, Lansing High School teacher Rod Briggs has melded teaching and coaching into a career that's spanned 18 years.
Briggs arrived at Lansing High School this fall to take on the roles of history teacher, head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach - much like the multitasking his dad performed as a football coach and teacher at Atwood in northwest Kansas.
"I always pretty much knew when I was little that that's what I wanted to do, just because that's what I observed growing up," Briggs said.
Briggs' children have a similar vantage point.
His oldest daughter, Amy, a freshman at LHS, and his youngest daughter, Stacy, attend schools where their parents teach.
Briggs' wife, Michelle Briggs, teaches kindergarten at Fort Leavenworth's Eisenhower Elementary School, where Stacy attends kindergarten.
Rod Briggs laughs when he remembers taking driver's education class at Atwood High School with his father as the teacher.
"It's the only class I got a C in in high school," he said with a smile.
The couple's children have yet to sit in their parents' classrooms, though Briggs has been teaching Amy how to drive on their own time.
The family came to Lansing from Liberal High School, where Briggs taught and coached for four years. He's also taught in Wichita, Parsons and Ulysses and completed an administrative practicum in Garden City.
Briggs said the appeal of living in a town with good schools and a "small-town feel" near Kansas City lured the family to northeast Kansas.
He said the high academic standards and expectations for students in the Lansing school district were what he liked most about his new job.
Briggs teaches world history, American history and contemporary American history.
In his free time, Briggs enjoys running.