ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Trent Stern
Dr. Stern grew up in Northeast Colorado and attended the University of Kansas where he earned his bachelor's and master's degree in education. He joined Blue Valley in 1997 and for 18 years he served as an English language arts teacher, reading specialist, department chair, and football coach at Harmony Middle and Blue Valley West. Dr. Stern went on to serve on the district's education services support team for two years and earn his doctorate in educational leadership from Baker University before becoming an assistant principal at Oxford Middle in 2017.
In his 24th year in education and 3rd as principal of OTMS, Dr. Stern is immensely proud of the students, staff, and community that make up Overland Trail. He and his wife Jill, also a Blue Valley educator, have three children. Their oldest daughter is a graduate of Blue Valley West, and they have boy-girl twins who attend Blue Valley High.
Dr. Stern believes that ALL kids deserve to feel safe, respected, challenged and loved. He strives to build and cultivate a school culture that inspires students to dream, create, learn and grow. This vision is possible because of the talented, caring, and committed adults working together to empower kids.
Dr. Stern is honored to serve the OTMS community as principal and looks forward to continuing to build positive relationships with students, staff, and families and provide meaningful educational experiences that develop the whole child and build on the rich tradition at Overland Trail Middle.
ABOUT THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Lisa Stolper
Lisa Stolper is entering her thirteenth year in education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Relations from Tulane University, a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Baker University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University.
Dr. Stolper has taught elementary, middle, and high school. Her career began in Denver, CO as an elementary bilingual special education teacher. Upon moving to Kansas City, Dr. Stolper taught one year of middle school Spanish in Missouri. In 2011, Dr. Stolper began her career in Blue Valley as a Spanish teacher at Pleasant Ridge Middle School. Following her time at Pleasant Ridge, Dr. Stolper taught Spanish at Blue Valley West High School. After receiving her master's degree, Dr. Stolper spent a year as the Administrative Intern at Blue Valley North High School and subsequently became the Assistant Principal at Pleasant Ridge Middle School, where she spent two years. The 2020-2021 school year will be Dr. Stolper’s third year as Assistant Principal at OTMS.
Dr. Stolper believes that all students can learn and deserve to feel a sense of safety and belonging while at school. Ensuring that all students feel safe and welcome is the responsibility of every staff member in the building. Above all else, Dr. Stolper believes that relationships are at the heart of education. The relationships that students build with their teachers, their peers, and their parents help educate them, nurture them, and shape who they will ultimately become.
Dr. Stolper loves the OTMS community and the family feel that is present amongst all stakeholders. Dr. Stolper is proud to be a Falcon!