You are a vital part of your student's educational journey!


Johnson County School District 1 is excited to present the New West High School, an innovative high school experience designed from the ground up for Johnson County students.

Your student's experience at New West begins with individualized personal learning practices designed alongside our experienced, caring teachers. These practices will provide both guidance and direction as your student develops learning projects that they find relevant and meaningful.

Our commitment to innovative and alternative modes of learning means that your student will develop their skills in traditional content areas like math, reading, and writing; and life skills like collaboration, professionalism, problem-solving, and time management through projects they design and work through.

Our Staff

Michael Hanson, Teacher/Coordinator

Mr. Hanson graduated from a very small high school in southwestern Minnesota and attended his first couple of years of college at South Dakota State University before transferring to Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he earned his BA in English. He spent time as a bicycle guide in Alaska and a US Park Ranger in Colorado before coming to Wyoming to teach English in 2005. Mr. Hanson has a Master's degree in Education from Montana State University - Bozeman and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. He taught in Baggs and Lander before arriving at Buffalo High School in 2011. In his free time, Mr. Hanson enjoys playing guitar, running, and reading. He lives in Buffalo with his wife, Kari, who teaches kindergarten at Meadowlark, and his two girls, Horizon and Auggy.

Tara Hall, Teacher

Mrs. Hall grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Secondary Science Education. After graduation, she spent many years teaching science in Texas and Colorado and received her Master’s degree from Montana State University – Bozeman. In 2010, Mrs. Hall and her husband, Joe, decided to return to Joe’s hometown of Buffalo to raise their family. She has taught both math and science at Buffalo High School since 2011. She is excited about continuing to work with students in a more collaborative, project-based, and personalized learning environment at New West Education Center. Mrs. Hall enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children – Gabi, Maya, and Jacob. She also heads outdoors as much as possible to run, ski, or hike.

Required Supplies 2020-2021

Notebooks - 10

Folders - 10

1 box of pencils

1 box of pens


Good walking shoes. Students should have at least one good pair of close-toed walking shoes they can wear when we work on outside projects.

Students may find that they need or want specific supplies (such as note cards, 3-ring binders, highlighters, etc.) as the year goes on, but we recommend waiting on purchasing these items until you need them for a project. (This information is also found on the Students page).