Student Services

The Student Services Department at Plaza Middle School utilizes a collaborative approach to provide services and support to students, while empowering their families for the greatest level of student academic, social and emotional success.

Plaza Middle School has two full-time School Counselors and one full-time Social Worker.  The three of us work as a team to serve all students at Plaza!  


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Matt Calvin, 816-359-6068
Counselor; Heroes, Legends, Kinghts, Phoenix

Matt came to the Park Hill School District in 2007 after teaching and counseling for 8 years in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia University and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University.  Matt spent his first three years as a school counselor at Park Hill High School and moved to his current counseling position at Plaza Middle School in 2010.




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Sara McGinnis , 816-359-6037 
Counselor; Incredibles, Olympians, Thunderbirds

Sara came to the Park Hill School District in 2018, after teaching and counseling for 14 years in a previous district. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Most recently in 2017, Sara became a Registered Play Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri.


pictureAshley Shroyer, 816-359-5880
Social Worker

Ashley came to the Park Hill School District in 2018 after 9 years working for non-profit organizations within the Kansas City Metro area. She has experience working in the foster care system, residential facilities, and community mental health. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Truman State University, and a Masters in Social Work from The University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ashley has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2009, and recently obtained her Clinical Social Work License in 2017. Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Kansas and Missouri.



Plaza Middle School Confidential Resource Checklist (pdf)
Free and Reduced Meals Information
List of resources on Mental Health and Healthy Living webpage