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Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative

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Nathanael Norman
Director of Ark Valley Cooperative


Nathanael is the Director of the Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative and has been working for the district since 2020. Previously, Norman was the Assistant Director of Special Education at Keystone Learning Services in Ozawkie, serving eight school districts in northeast Kansas. Norman began his teaching career in 2006 in Bakersfield, Calif. His family moved to Stafford in 2009 and he taught special education in two districts. He was building administrator for Haskin's Learning Center, a special education school in Pratt.

Mandy Henry
Mandy Henry
Special Education Coordinator

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 Coordinator 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.


Debra Engelbrecht
MIS/Medicaid Clerk

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 McGee
Compliance Clerk

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. 


Andrea Saffle
Human Resource/Administrative Assistant

Andrea is the Human Resources/Administrative Assistant for the Ark Valley Special Education Cooperative. Andrea has been a paraeducator working at Valley Center Intermediate School in the mixed abilities classroom.