Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative
Special Education Director
Mandy has worked with the Valley Center School District since 2013 as a school psychologist and Instructional Coach. She is currently in a new role as Special Education Director with the Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative. Prior to coming to Valley Center, Mrs. Henry served as a School Psychologist for the Blue Valley School District and as a School Psychologist and Special Education Coordinator for the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education in Salina, KS.
Mrs. Henry pursued a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology at the University of Kansas, along with a building level leadership license at Ft. Hays. Her family includes a husband, Justin, a 17-year-old daughter, McKenzie, and a 15-year-old son, Brent. She enjoys attending sporting events and playing pickleball.
Special Education Coordinator
Mandy received her bachelors degrees in psychology and human development and family life, as well as her education specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Kansas. Mandy has been a School Psychologist for 22 years, with 20 of those years being in Valley Center. In addition to her role as School Psychologist, she has served as a mentor to school psychology interns and practicum students, been a mentor to special education teachers, participated on many district and building leadership teams, and has served as an educational advocate. She has also done many workshops and presentations on the topic of Dyslexia and currently serve as the Communications Director on the Kansas Association of School Psychologists board. Mandy lives with my her husband, her 14 year-old, and their dog in Maize.
Debra prepares, inputs, and retrieves student information as well as supports and facilitates the Medicaid process from beginning to end. She has worked in the MIS/Medicaid Clerk position previously for four years. Debra started her career as a paraprofessional in preschool. She transitioned to assisting with tele-health services and that led her to the MIS/Medicaid position.
Laurie is the Special Education Compliance Clerk for Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative and joined the Valley Center team in July 2021. She is a California native that was looking for a change of pace. She has over 20 years of experience working in education. She takes care of reviewing IEPs for accuracy, ordering supplies, Early Childhood Screening appointments, processing Special Education referrals, and Initial Evaluation paperwork. She and her husband Kevin have three daughters: Abigail 22, Emily 10, and Samantha 4. In their spare time they enjoy exploring Valley Center and Wichita.
Human Resource/Administrative Assistant
Andrea is the newest addition to the AVSEC staff. Her responsibilities include onboarding new hires, maintaining the state Categorical Aid Personnel system for AVSEC, acting as the clerk for the Superintendent’s Council and Special Education Advisory Council, answering/directing phone calls, and tracking Para Inservice Hours. Prior to working in the District Office, she worked just over four years as a para in Mixed Abilities classrooms at the Intermediate and Middle Schools. She has more than10 years of experience working in an administrative role at a spa and an area church, and has worked for over 10 years managing fireworks stands during the summer. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, making cake balls, baking, reading, writing, traveling with friends, and spending time with family.