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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! 

Counseling Team

photo of Mallory

Mallory Malone came to the Park Hill School District in 2019 after teaching and counseling for 12 years within the Kansas City metro area. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Missouri Western University, Masters of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University, and Ed. Specialist in Human Services and Professional Counseling from University of Central Missouri. Ms. Malone also completed the play therapy program through KC Play (Now Heartland Play Therapy Institute).

Outside of school, Mrs. Malone enjoys spending time with her family by creating new traditions and exploring new things together. 

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Laci Cox is joining our team starting the 21-22 Academic Year! Ms. Cox is new to Park Hill School district and is excited to join the Plaza family this year. She worked as a counselor at Fort Osage High School for the last 4 years. Prior to being a school counselor, she worked as a Therapeutic Behavior Support Specialist at Maryhurst (in Kentucky) and a Liability Adjuster for Farmers Insurance. Ms. Cox earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Murray State University, a Master's degree in counseling from UMKC. She is currently working on obtaining her Ed Specialist in Mental Health in Schools through University of Missouri and her LPC (licensed Professional Counselor).

Social Worker

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Ashley Shroyer 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. Mrs. Shroyer has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2009, and recently obtained her Clinical Social Work License in 2017. Mrs. Shroyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Kansas and Missouri.

Important Information

For more information on resources, see the Student and Family Support page on the district website.

  • If you are having a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
  • If you need a Safe Place, go to any QuikTrip, Police Department, or Fire Department and tell them you’re in need of a "Safe Place" and they will help.  Or call 816-741-8700.
  • For mental health support:
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255 (24-hour access)
    •  text 741741 (24-hour access)
    • CommCare Access Crisis Intervention:  888-279-8188 (24-hour access)           
  • If you are in need of other community resources or assistance, visit or dial 211 (United Way).


Mallory Malone

Laci Cox

Ashley Shroyer
Social Worker