KHS would like to welcome Vice Principal Thom Sembritzki to the Viking staff.
Sembritzki has been in education for a total of 29 years. 16 were spent as athletic director at Lemoore and Dinuba High School, while the other 13 were spent as a science teacher and football coach.
He was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, but at the age of 17 he moved to Lemoore, California which was a big change for his teenage self. “I hated it. I left all of my friends and high school aspirations behind me,” Sembritzki said. The Valley might not have been his favorite place at first, but it’s where his educational career began to prosper as he got older.
Sembritzki went to both Reedley College and Fresno State. He earned a Physical Education BA and a minor in Biology at CSU Fresno. His love for sports and the need to help others succeed in what they enjoy is what brought him into education.
“I really wanted to become a coach and I knew that if I wanted to make a living doing it I would have to teach.”
Becoming the new vice principal is a whole new world for Sembritzki, but he seems to be adapting quickly to the changes.
“Everything is new at this point,” he stated. “Having to learn new policies and procedures at KHS is important, but more importantly is to learn the culture of a school. Every school has its own unique way of doing things.”
Sembritzki spent almost half of his educational career at Lemoore High School as the athletic director where he made many contributions to the school, such as developing the Lemoore Athletic Hall of Fame. Just last year Sembritzki transferred to Dinuba High School where he was also the athletic director. While he was there he proved to Dinuba and his staff how passionate he is about what he does.
“I want to do the very best job I possibly can for the student/athletes, coaches, staff, and community.” Even though Sembritzki has moved on to other positions, his time in athletics will never be forgotten. “What I”ll miss the most about being an A.D. is being around the coaches and players.
The relationships outside of the classroom are the ones that truly make the high school experience so rewarding,” He stated.
As an assistant principal, Sembritzki’s responsibilities have been altered, but he still does his best to make the students’ high school years an unforgettable experience.
The start of school may be difficult, but Thom Sembritzki has high hopes and goals for the future of each and every KHS Viking.