Our Administration

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Dr. Gail Holder

Gail Holder serves as the Principal of Mill Valley High School.  Gail started her teaching career in Coffeyville, Kansas at Field Kindley High School.  From Coffeyville, Gail taught at SM West for a year before returning to her alma mater, Olathe South High School where she taught English and coached dance for 25 years.  After Olathe South, Gail served the Olathe District as the ELA Coordinator and Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning for two years.  In 2018, Gail began her time as an Assistant Principal at Olathe East High School where she was the Curriculum and Instruction and Assessment Assistant Principal.  After serving the Olathe East community for two years, Gail was afforded the opportunity to serve Mill Valley as the building principal.  Gail received her Undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Kansas, her Ed Specialist Degree from Pittsburg State University, and her Doctorate degree from Baker University. Gail is a strong believer in the power of education and all it offers students both now and in the future.  Additionally, she strongly believes that all students can learn and she will work with students to provide them with the very best that Mill Valley can offer.

Associate Principal | Activities Director

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Ms. Marilyn Chrisler

Marilyn Chrisler serves as an Assistant Principal and Activities Director.  Marilyn started her education career as a business teacher in Great Bend, Kansas.  From Great Bend, she taught at Fort Osage High school and then relocated to Olathe where she taught at Olathe South High School.  After teaching for 13 years, Marilyn was the Coordinator of Federal and State Programs where she ensured full funding for all programs under Career and Technical Education for the district.  In addition to writing and facilitating the Carl Perkins Grant, she also facilitated the Local Consolidated Plan for the district.  

Associate Principal | Curriculum and Assessments

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Ms. Deb Jaeger

Deb Jaeger is coming to Mill Valley with 25 years of experience as an educator. Deb attended Emporia State University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, Masters degree in Special Education, and a Masters degree in School Leadership. She went on to earn her National Board Certification in Literacy. Deb began her teaching career as a special education teacher at Emporia Middle School. After five years, Deb and her family moved to the Olathe area where she taught sixth grade at Rolling Ridge Elementary and looped up with her students to Oregon Trail Middle School. In 2004, Deb opened Prairie Trail Middle School as an English teacher. Deb has recently served as the Assistant Principal at Mill Creek Campus and the Director of the Summer Academy program in the Olathe School District. Deb and her husband, Tate, have two children. Morgan is a senior at Olathe Northwest High School and Hunter is a senior at the University of Arkansas. Deb is passionate about education and the endless opportunities it provides for students. She is thrilled to join the Jaguar family and its reputation of excellence.

 

Associate Principal | Athletic Director

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Mr. Brent Bechard

Brent Bechard is coming to Mill Valley after serving as the AP/AD at Holton High for the previous four years. Brent also grew up in Holton and graduated from Holton High School in 2006. He started his education career in the Olathe School district as an elementary physical education teacher and basketball coach.
Brent graduated from Baker University in 2010 with his degree in physical education and health. During his four years at Baker he was a member of the men’s golf team. In 2016 he graduated from Emporia State University with his Masters in School Leadership.
Brent has been married for five years to his wife Beth. They have a 10-month old boy named Bruin. When Brent isn’t on the golf course or hunting you can find him spending time with his family. He looks forward to the day he can take Bruin golfing and hunting. They are all big supporters of Kansas Athletics, and enjoy attending KU volleyball, football, and basketball games.
Brent is extremely excited to become a part of the Jaguar community. He is looking forward to adding to the successful tradition of Mill Valley Athletics and Academics.