• BMMS Mental Health Team and Support Staff

     (Office Hours: 7:30 to 3:30 pm during regular school hours)

     Would you like to speak with a member of the team? Fill out our Student Referral Form! 

    Student Service Referral Form Link

     

    BMMS School Counselors

    Kristen Kircher (Last names A-K), School Counselor:

    kkircher@usd497.org785-330-2497

    Rebecca Byers, (Last names L-Z) School Counselor:

    rebecca.byers@usd497.org, 785-330-1870

    Role/Responsibilities:

    • Tier 2 mental health support - individual and/or group counseling
    • 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th-grade transition
    • New student tour and building schedules
    • School and community resources
    • Bullying and suicide prevention, digital citizenship, other student mental health concerns 

    Rebecca Lyles, Registrar: rlyles@usd497.org, 785-330-2536

    Role/Responsibilities:

    • Keeps student records
    • Manages enrollment, PowerSchool access, and attendance 

    Ivy Michel, School Psychologist, ivy.michel@usd497.org

    Role/Responsibilities:

    • Assist families and staff in navigating Special Education Process (Referrals, Evaluations, and Support)
    • Administers and interpret psychological assessments
    • Collaborates with grade-level teams to effectively implement the GEI (General Education Intervention) process
    • Improves school-wide systems to promote positive behavior and mental health

    Sunny Pippert, Social Worker: sandra.pippert@usd497.org, 785-330-1756

    Role/Responsibilities:

    • Provides Tier 3 mental health support (including social work services on IEPs)
    • Homeless Liason for BMMS
    • Accessing community resources to assist families
    • Social worker for specialized classrooms 

    Rose Murray, WRAP Specialist: rmurray@usd497.org, 785-330-4574

    Role/Responsibilities:

    • Tier 2 and 3 mental health support - individual and/or group counseling
    • Assist in behavior intervention plans and support
    • Liaison to Bert Nash or other mental health agencies, including medication referrals, mental health evaluations, or referrals