Shane Thill

Second Chance Director & Assistant Principal

Shane Thill has been the director of Second Chance since its inception in 1993.
Shane is also an assistant principal of Mitchell High School.  

Motto:  Educating the mind without the heart is no education.

BS in History with minor in Geography in 1991 from South Dakota State University.

Masters in Educational Leadership in 2004 from the University of Sioux Falls.

Specialized courses in Student Behavior, Motivation, and Success as well as Classroom Management and Poverty.  

Shane is a member of the National Alternative Education Association and the National At-Risk Educational Network.  

2016 National Life Changer of the Year Winner


Darrel Anderson


Quote:  We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.
         -Peter De Vries-ote:  

Darrel Anderson has been teaching High School Math, and Computers since 2004. Darrel is the Second Chance Database Manager and Website Advisor.  He is currently the past Mitchell Education Association President and current Grievance Chair.

BS (1986) in Mathematics with minor in Computer Science (1987) from South Dakota State University.

Masters in Education with emphasis in Teaching and Leadership (2009) from SouthWest State University, Marshall, MN.

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Riley Berggren


Riley has been teaching with Second Chance since 2018.  

Quote:  "You just can't beat the person who never gives up"

                                 -Babe Ruth


B.S. in Biology specializing in education, South Dakota State University 2018


Julie Olson


Quote: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" by Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Julie Olson, MHS Science teacher joined the Second Chance High Staff in 2013.

BS (1985) Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

MA (1987) Biology - Aquatic Toxicology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

Currently working on PHD with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Julie has been teaching at Mitchell High School since 2002. (4 years at Emery before that) Awards, honors, and positions Julie has received/undertaken:
Past Mitchell High School Teacher Of The Year.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science 2007
Outstanding Biology Teacher for South Dakota 2006
Next Generation Science Standards writing team
President-elect South Dakota Science Teachers Association
National Biology Teachers Association OBTA district chair
PAEMST District Chair
Mitchell city library board
Science fair and Science Olympiad advisor
SDSU Best Robotics advisor
Society for Science and the Public Fellow
MHS Leadership committee
Advanced Ed Certification co-chair for MHS
2016 National Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.


Lisa Neugebauer


Motto:  "Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  it is the courage to continue that counts."  
                 - Winston Churchill ​

Lisa Neugebauer has been the Second Chance High School Language Arts instructor since 1996. Lisa was selected as the Mitchell High School 2013 Teacher Of The Year and Mitchell District 2013 Co Teacher Of The Year.  

Lisa is the Second Chance Newsletter advisor, Concession Stand advisor.

BA Education – 1997 Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SDBA Special Education – 2003 Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD

Masters of Science in Education (M.ED): Leadership and Administration – 2005 Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD - Emphasis in Reading and Literary

Endorsements in Secondary English, Literature, Speech

Dakota Writing Project/Digital Writing Project


Pat Moller


Motto:  There are really only two things in this world that you can control...your attitude and your effort.

Pat Moller is returning to the high school after teaching four years at the middle school.  He will be with Second Chance High one block each day.  Pat has been with Second Chance High since 2013.

BA (2002) in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Dakota State University in Madison, SD.

Masters in Education with emphasis in Teaching and Leadership (2009) from SouthWest State University, Marshall, MN.

Endorsement in Driver's Education from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD.

Pat was the Mitchell District and South Dakota 2012 Teacher Of The Year.  


Jasmin Vant


Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

BA (2014) in History Education from Dakota Wesleyan University with minors in Spanish and music.
Endorsements in Secondary History.

Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in Learning, Teaching and Leadership. (2019) Southwest Minnesota State University.

Alumni Medal of Scholarship in Education from DWU
Alumni Medal of Scholarship in History from DWU
DWU Future Teacher's Organization Local Leader Award

Jasmin joined the Second Chance High Staff in the fall of 2015 coming from a year of teaching at the Mitchell Abbott House. Jasmin teaches the Social Studies classes at Second Chance High.



Emily VonEye

Para Educator

Emily VonEye is the Para Educator at Second Chance.

Quote:  Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yoruself.  ~George Bernard Shaw~

Education:  Associate of Applied Science Degree from MTI.

Licensed Foster Parent.  Adopted 3 children in 2011 and 3 more in 2020.