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Schoppe takes the district's AD reins

With the completion of 2014 bond projects such as the LPHS multi-purpose center, natatorium, softball field and tennis courts, his position will also include responsibility for the oversight of these outstanding facilities and their usage.

In addition to developing and implementing physical education, health and extracurricular programs for all grade levels, Schoppe will lead the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The SHAC, which includes LPISD employees, parents and community members, strives to improve student and staff performance by promoting age-appropriate wellness programs and health, balanced and active lifestyles.

He will also coordinate professional development activities for the district’s coaches and physical education teachers.

Schoppe is a product of La Porte schools and a long-time educator and administrator in the district.  His experience includes working as a teacher/coach, assistant principal and associate principal at La Porte High School and principal of Viola DeWalt High School. He previously served as athletic director for seven years.

His experience also includes serving as a teacher/coach in Clear Creek ISD, assistant principal and football coach in Crosby ISD and head football coach and athletic director in Santa Fe ISD.

An honor student and standout athlete at LPHS, he went to the University of Houston, where he played football and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in education and a biology minor. While in college, he was an Academic All-American and was named to the All-Southwest Conference Academic Team three years.

Schoppe completed his master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

“I'm excited to be stepping back into the athletics realm of the education system, but I'm just as elated to be a part of the physical education part of things,” Schoppe said. “To be able to work with PreK through twelfth (grade) PE gives me an opportunity to be involved in the physical well-being of a lot of children. That factored a lot into my decision to take this next step in my career as an educator.”

La Porte ISD also announced the selection of Jason McConnell as head basketball coach at
La Porte High School.  McConnell is a former teacher, coach and campus administrator in the district.