KEARNEY — Starting in July, Heather Guilkey will take over the position of director of special education for Kearney School District after Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs Angie Currey resigned to accept a psychologist position with the Lee’s Summit School District.
“The other areas that Dr. Currey supervised will be split among other administration and support staff,” said Sonja Love Dewey, school district communications coordinator.
Guilkey is currently the process coordinator for secondary school students in Kearney’s district.
“She has been in teaching and supporting roles for special education for the past 14 years and has dedicated the past six of those to the students of Kearney School District,” states a district release.
In 2013, Guilkey accepted her first position to teach life skills at Kearney High School.
“During that time, she was a leader in her department serving as the department head in 2016-17. She also dedicated her time to students as the junior class sponsor, Science Olympiad sponsor and assisted with school dances to ensure that her special education students would feel comfortable attending the events without their parents. In 2017, she accepted the role she is currently in as the process coordinator for secondary students and in-district autism consultant,” states the district release.
“For the last six years I have worked mostly with our secondary students and families which always meant that I was only seeing the last half of their journey. I am excited to now have the opportunity to work with our elementary students and families so that I can be a part of the entire journey, early childhood through graduation,” she said. “The best part of my job is watching students grow and succeed.”
Superintendent Bill Nicely said Guilkey will be a thoughtful and confident leader for special education programs.
“Her expertise in federal programs is valuable, but it is her relationship with parents and teachers which sets her apart. This skill set will ensure the very best opportunities for our district’s special needs students,” he said.