Hello! I am in my fourteenth year at Weld RE-1 and my ninth year as Counseling Secretary at Valley High School. I love coming to work every day! I work with three exceptional counselors and a great staff, but the best part is being around the students. It is so exciting to watch them as they progress from freshmen to seniors. They are the best part of my job. I have three college-aged children who are all Valley grads. We are here to help your student with whatever they may need.
Megan Patterson, Counselor
Class of 2020 (Juniors) Class of 2022 (Freshman H-N)
Hi! My name is Megan Patterson and this is my 2nd year at Valley. I work with the Junior class and Freshman with last names starting with H-N. I love Valley and the students I get to work with every day. Please stop by with questions or just to say hi!
Aside from being a counselor, I coach volleyball here at the school and am a club coach for ClubOne Volleyball. Before I started at Valley, I worked in a residential treatment facility for convicted youth while I was getting my master's in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I completed my undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University in Washington. I also played a year of DII volleyball at a small school in North Carolina. I grew up just north of Seattle and attended a large, public high school there.
I love being active in any way possible whether that be playing volleyball or soccer, running, hiking or walking my dog! My husband and I love to camp, watch movies, hang out with our friends, be in the sun and travel!
Can't wait to meet you! Go Vikings!
Stephanie Cress, Counselor
Class of 2021 (Sophomores) Class of 2022 (Freshman O-Z)
Hello, my name is Stephanie Cress. This is my fourth year at Valley High School, and my fifth year as a school counselor. I am truly excited for what the year is going to bring. I will be working with all Sophomores and Freshman who have the last names O-Z. So, if you have any questions please stop by my office or the counseling office.
My life before my years as a Viking started out as a military kid who grew up in-between Germany and the United States, one main benefit of this being that I was able to learn German fluently and see quite a few places in Europe. For my years post high school, I've attend Highland Community College in Kansas for my Associate's in Arts with an emphases in Criminal Justice, Washburn University for my Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Northern Colorado for my Masters’ in School Counseling and Thomas M. Cooley Law School for my Juris Doctorate.
Outside of school, I'm an avid runner (half-marathons and marathons), a fan of the German men’s soccer team and a U.S. women’s soccer fan. Last by not least, I'm a huge dog lover, my husband and I have 2, a Border Collie/Lab mix and a Weimereimer. Both of whom we adopted from shelters in the area. If I am not at work or running on country roads, you will find me taking hikes with my husband, hanging out with friends, and sometimes just lounging on my couch catching up on what is going on in the world.
Looking forward to a great 2018-2019 school year! Go Vikings!
Kate Pierce, Counselor
Class of 2019 (Seniors) Class of 2022 (Freshman A-G)
Hi! My name is Kate Pierce and this will be my third year at Valley and as a school counselor! I graduated high school from a small mountain town in Colorado and then went on to Colorado State and the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked many jobs in between-ask me how many if you’re curious! I’m happy to finally be in a school counseling position that has been calling my name for a number of years!
I am a Colorado native and my husband and I have lived in Milliken for the past 6 years with our two young children and two silly boxer dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I absolutely love watching movies, reading great books, and traveling anywhere and everywhere!
I’m really looking forward to getting to know the students and their families here in the community. Please stop by if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to get to know each other!