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Stephen Perry

Director of Educational Services


Heartspring Director of Educational Services Stephen Perry knew he wanted to be in education when he was a sophomore in high school. His English teacher showed his class “To Sir with Love” starring Sidney Poitier and that sparked an interest in teaching. Specifically, teaching the students others may label difficult, the ones who may need it the most.

Throughout his career in education Stephen has made connections with the students and the staff he worked with, whether it be as a teacher or an administrator. Stephen started his career at United Methodist Youthville in Dodge City, Kan. where he worked with teens who had been incarcerated. The work was difficult, but very rewarding. He then taught at Coleman Middle School as a teacher and part-time administrator and also at Hamilton Middle School as an administrator of special education. He was then offered a job as an administrator at Northwest High School.

While at Northwest High School, Stephen made some major changes. He began the Gap Program for children who were identified as at risk. The program used statistical data to provide interventions in core areas like math and reading to make sure students stay in school and graduate. He found teachers who had the same type of passion he had and made them part of the program so they could use that passion to help students grow. After his success there, he went to Wichita South High School where he made major changes to the special education department as the lead administrator.

In 2008, he moved to Heartspring to take the Director of Educational Services position. The thing he loves most about Heartspring is that every child has his or her own educational plan. Since he’s been here, Stephen has made decisions that have improved what Heartspring has to offer. He put together an educational staff who are experts in their fields. He began the structured activity based leisure program, the walk-through accountability process and IEP reviews. One of the biggest projects he’s been a part of is the revamping of the vocational program to prepare students for life after they leave Heartspring.

Stephen’s passion has been nationally recognized. He was awarded the National Model of Excellence in Education award and was featured in their magazine. When he’s not working he enjoys woodworking, planting trees and shrubs and spending time with his family.

Meet Our Team

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Rachel Mayberry

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Ben French

Admissions Coordinator

Travis Grover

Teacher, APE

June Henkelman

Curriculum Development Coordinator

Verlene Warner

Music Teacher / Vocational Trainer

Jennifer Wilson

Medical Office Manager

Teri Hubbard

OT/PT Coordinator

Lynlea Southards

CARE Specialist

Mary Stadler

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natasha Inman

Autism Specialist

Desiree Andrews

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Lacy Cary

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Alexandra Cave

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Christy Calvert

Evaluation and Donor Communication Administrator

Hannah Hrencher

Special Events Coordinator

Emma Koehn

Development Assoc, Research & Community Involvement

Jessica Snow

Development Administrative Assistant

Jillian VanCampen

Development Associate, Annual Giving

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