After graduating from Valley Center High School in 1996, Mr. Lehr received his bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University in 2002, his master's degree in school leadership from Baker University in 2008, and his district-level licensure from Emporia State University in 2020.
Mr. Lehr has broad educational experience. He began his teaching career as a teacher and coach at Garden City High School from 2002 to 2004, was a teacher and coach at Hesston High School from 2004 to 2005, and was a coach and teacher at Newton High School from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, Mr. Lehr rejoined the district he graduated from when he became assistant principal of Valley Center Middle School. From 2013 to 2022, he was principal of Valley Center Intermediate School. In 2022, he briefly left USD 262 when he was selected as Superintendent of Schools for USD 439, Sedgwick Public Schools. During his time at Sedgwick, Mr. Lehr had been involved with a $13.8 million bond project, developed a strategic plan, and updated business and employee systems. He has also served on the Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative's Executive Board alongside the superintendents from the Burrton and Valley Center school districts.
On May 5, 2023, the Board of Education selected Mr. Lehr to serve as Superintendent of Schools for USD 262 Valley Center Public Schools.
Mr. Reed grew up in Wichita and graduated from Heights High School. He graduated from Newman University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and a minor in biology. In 2004, he graduated from Baker University with a master’s degree in school leadership. He completed his District Level License in 2012 from Fort Hays State University.
Mr. Reed was previously the Superintendent of Schools for USD 332 in Cunningham, Kansas. Prior to that, he was the K-8 principal in Anthony, Kansas, for six years. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Reed worked in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools as a science teacher and football and wrestling coach at North High School. He also taught at Heights High School and Maize Complete High School.
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Mrs. Soellner joined the Valley Center district administrative team in July of 2019 and has a total of 28 years in education. Prior to joining the district administrative team, Soellner was the principal of Wheatland Elementary School here in Valley Center. Her experiences also include being an assistant principal at McCandless Elementary and a Curriculum Specialist both with Hutchinson Public Schools. Additionally, Soellner was a Professional Development provider at ESSDACK and taught 13 years in two different districts.
Her primary responsibilities as the Executive Director of Academic Affairs include Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development.
Soellner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from Emporia State University; her Master’s in Teaching from Friends University; a Master’s of School Leadership Pre-K – 12 from Baker University; and her district-level license from Wichita State University.
Her family includes her husband, Ron, and daughter, Abigail. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as crafting and reading.
Director of Human Resources
Alexander earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Seward County Community College, her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University, and her Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from Fort Hays State University. She is a Society for Human Resources Management-certified professional.
She has extensive experience in human resources and expert knowledge of employment regulations, benefit providers, and internal system management. She is skilled in staff management, training and development, leadership, employee relations, legal compliance, benefit administration, payroll administration, and employment investigations. She was most recently a senior human resources consultant with HR Consulting of Kansas, LLC.
HR Administrative Assistant
Serving as the assistant superintendent’s administrative assistant, Carla handles the human resource responsibilities including processing applications and new hires, teacher licensure, substitute teachers, FMLA and unemployment. Carla has been with the district since 2007.
Academic Support Coordinator
Mrs. Deas earned her Bachelor of Arts Secondary English Language Arts from Wichita State University in 2011 and her Masters of School Leadership from Baker University in 2014. She has worked in education since 2011 and in a school leadership position since 2016. She joined Valley Center School District in 2011. Her professional license endorsements include Secondary English Language Arts 6-12 and School Leadership PreK-12.
I grew up in the Moundridge area (on a small farm) and graduated from Moundridge High School, Hutchinson Community College, and Fort Hays State University. After college, I started my payroll career in Kansas City working for a payroll service company for 10 years. I then moved to southern California where I spent the last 30 years working for a few Los Angeles payroll service companies leading implementation, customer service, training, and tax teams. I joined the district on 1/3/23 as a payroll clerk.
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/BOE Clerk
Sara is the administrative assistant for the superintendent, board clerk, answers phone calls/questions, handles workman’s comp issues, and school lunch program applications. She’s been with the district since 2008.
Director of Finance
Susan is the Director of Finance and started working for the district in 2001. Before joining the district she spent 20 years in banking where she was the VP & Trust Operations Officer. At Valley Center, she is responsible for overseeing all the aspects of the Business Department including accounts payable, payroll and the budget. She also serves as the District's Insurance/Benefits Coordinator. Susan has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Fort Hays State University.
Having been with the district since 2001, Debbie has worked at both the building and district office level. She is currently the payroll clerk and responsible for tracking pay, hours, and leave for all district employees.
K-12 Academic Affairs Coach
Mrs. Orr earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University in 2007, her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University in 2010 and a National Board Certification for Literacy: Reading-Language Arts in 2018. She began her teaching career in Valley Center in 2007, and has been a proud Hornet ever since! Her professional license endorsements include Middle School Social Studies, Reading Specialist, ESOL and School Leadership PK-12. Mrs. Orr is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Psychology through Wichita State University.
Director of Communications
Amy is responsible for sharing the stories of the district's schools, teachers, students, staff, and achievements, using a variety of communication tools. Amy updates and maintains the district website, shares news and information on social media, is the first point of contact for members of the news media, develops publications, and works to increase engagement within the Hornet family. She has a degree in Mass Communications, over 20 years of experience in non-profit communications, and received certification in the Kansas State University Digital Marketing program in 2021.
Director of Food Service/Wellness
Molly is the Director of Food Service and started working for the district in 2011. Molly's duties include overseeing the operation of National School meal programs-breakfast, lunch and Summer Food Service Program. Prior to joining Valley Center, she served as a Food Service Director in the private school sector. Molly has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Wichita State University.
Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
As the accounts payable clerk, Shelly makes sure the invoices are received and the bills get paid. Shelly has been with the district since 2006.
Desirae is the district office administrative assistant/receptionist and assists callers and visitors to the district office. She also assists the Executive Director of Academic Affairs. Desirae has been with the district since January 2018.