District Office Staff

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Dr. Cory Gibson


Dr. Gibson joined the Valley Center administrative team in July of 2012.  He has worked in a wide variety of positions within schools since 1992. Experiences include that of a custodian, paraeducator, substitute teacher, teacher, counselor, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.  Prior to joining the Valley Center School District, he served as the superintendent of the Halstead-Bentley School District.

Gibson’s two children, Ashtyn and Jayton, both attend Valley Center schools. His wife, Jennifer, is the registrar at Valley Center High School.

His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Building Level Leadership, and an Educational Specialist Degree in District Level Leadership from Pittsburg State University.  He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas December 2016.

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Dr. Mike Bonner

Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Bonner joined the Valley Center administrative team in July 2012, and has a total of 32 years in education. Prior to Coming to Valley Center, Bonner was the principal at Maize High School. His experience also includes being the principal at Mulvane Middle School; Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Rose Hill Middle School; and 13 years of teaching and coaching in three districts.

Primarily responsible for human resources and federal and state programs, Bonner also oversees the maintenance and grounds, technology, transportation, food service, and custodial departments, as well as many operational aspects of the district.
Bonner earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary of the Plains College, and his Master’s Degree, district-level license, and Doctoral Degree from Wichita State University. His family includes his wife Kelly, daughter Mikela, and four small dogs. He enjoys being active and hiking in Colorado every chance he gets.  

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Adelyn Soellner

Executive Director of Academic Affairs

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.

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Nathanael Norman
Director of Ark Valley Cooperative
Nathanael is the Director of Ark Valley Cooperative. 

Bio to come 

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Susan Harris
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.

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Molly Rainey
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.

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Sara Haden
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.

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Carla Clark

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.  She updates the webpage and handles much of the social media and communications.  Carla has been with the district since 2007.

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Desirae Tyler
Administrative Assistant 

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. 

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Debbie O'Rear
Payroll Clerk 

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.

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Shelly Thomas
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.