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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

Ms. Marilyn Chrisler


Marilyn Chrisler serves as an Assistant Principal and Activities Director.  Marilyn started her educational 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

Ms. Deb Jaeger


Deb Jaeger serves as an Assistant Principal and Assessment Coordinator. She also works closely with the Special Education department. Deb attended Emporia State University where she earned her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Special Education and 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. She relocated to the Olathe area where she taught at Prairie Trail Middle School as an English teacher for 18 years. Most recently, Deb served as the Assistant Principal at Mill Creek Campus and the Director of the Summer Academy program in the Olathe School District.  Deb is passionate about education and the endless opportunities it provides for students. 

Associate Principal | Athletic Director

Mr. Brent Bechard


Brent Bechard is in his 2nd year at Mill Valley after serving as the AP/AD at Holton High School for 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 six years to his wife Beth. They have a two-year-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 be a part of the Jaguar community. He is looking forward to adding to the successful tradition of Mill Valley Athletics and Academics.

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