ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL

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Dr. Amy Pressly

Dr. Amy Pressly, principal, has wanted to be an educator since she was little. Having grown up with a mother and step-father who were both educators, Amy has always know her calling was to help educate young people. After attending Grove City College (Grove City, PA) and earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education, she began her teaching career in Onslow County, North Carolina. She taught for the Department of Defense and Onslow County Schools for eight years before joining the Blue Valley School District. During her time in North Carolina, she earned her Master's Degree from East Carolina University in Curriculum and Instruction and her certification for K-12 Building Administration. While in Blue Valley, she has been a teacher at Harmony Middle School, assistant principal at Pleasant Ridge Middle School, associate principal at Blue Valley North and principal at Blue Valley Northwest. During that time, she earned her Doctorate of Education in School Administration from Saint Louis University. When she is not at school, she loves being a mom and a grandmother (Tutu as her grandchildren call her) or spending time with her two mini goldendoodles Twizzler and Meli.  Her free time is spent relaxing at their lake house, reading, quilting, and crafting. Pinterest is her favorite website!

 

She loves that she gets to work with such amazing students each day. She believes​ that high school educators have the unique opportunity to help these young adults deepen their understanding of themselves, their goals and dreams as well as their relationship and importance to the world beyond the walls of the high school.​

ABOUT THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL/ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

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Mr. John Hilton

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ABOUT THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL/ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR

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Mrs. Kelsey Bakalar

Mrs. Kelsey Bakalar, assistant principal and activities director, decided to become a teacher in 8th grade after going to work with her dad for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” She earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Kansas. She then went on to earn an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from the University of Kansas. After a 16 year teaching career, she decided to pursue administration, and earned an M.S. in school leadership from Baker University. This will be Mrs. Bakalar’s 20th year in education. 

 

Mrs. Bakalar began her career at Mill Valley High School, where she was awarded the KSDE Horizon Award, which recognizes first year teachers, and the Council for Exceptional Children General Educator’s Award. She taught English and served as the head cheerleading coach while at MVHS. She then spent 13 years at Blue Valley High School as an English and AVID teacher, and sponsored activities including cheerleading, student council, advisory, and the mentorship program. While at BVHS, she was nominated twice by the staff for the Teacher of the Year. 

 

A passion during her teaching career included serving/supporting other teachers, in addition to serving students. She also grew to see that she could support students on a much larger scale at the administrative level. It was these experiences that motivated her to return to school herself. After earning a degree in school leadership, she served as an administrative intern at Blue Valley North and Leawood Middle School. She then spent two years as the assistant principal and activities director at Gardner Edgerton High School. As an administrator, she is committed to providing opportunities for students to be connected at school and to supporting staff growth.

 

Mrs. Bakalar and her husband Justin have two children, Lola and Hudson. She spends most of her time outside of NW as an Uber driver, taking her children to their various activities. She also enjoys reading, snuggling her dogs, and cheering for KU basketball.

ABOUT THE INTERIM ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

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Ms. Val Jennings

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ABOUT THE INTERIM ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

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Mr. Sean Reilly

Mr. Reilly comes to BVNW with over 40 years of educational experience. His love affair with education was fostered through his participation in athletics and activities. “I know I was extremely fortunate to have had coaches who were also passionate teachers. Their belief in me and demanding excellence from me was the inspiration of my pursuing a career in education and athletics.” 

The son of Irish immigrants Mr. Reilly grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan Island in New York City. “The greatest classroom I ever had was my neighborhood. We had people from all over the world, living in harmony, pursuing their American dream. We were a sociologist petri dish of studying diversity and assimilation long before it became vogue. This experience shaped my teaching philosophy and I believe developed in me a desire to help students empower themselves to fulfill their dreams.” 

 

Though a New Yorker by birth, Mr. Reilly considers himself a Kansan by choice! He has taught, coached, and been an administrator on both sides of the state line, in the urban core as well as in the suburbs. No matter the threshold of the school he crosses he remains guided by the words of his mentor and friend Dr. Joe Novak, “remember kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”  

 

In his spare time Mr. Reilly loves to cook. “I did not develop my wonderful physique by just reading the menu! “!  He enjoys long walks with his boxer and looks forward to the weekends when his grandkids play Gulliver’s travels with him. Come summer he loves spending time with his wife Teresa on the Jersey shore as well as traveling in Ireland where he often leads tours.