Technical Assistance Specialist Ed.D., Special Education University of Kansas In January, 2010, Margy Hornback celebrated her 40th year anniversary as an educator in Kansas. Dr. Hornback’s varied experiences in education are essential to the work she does today as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS). KITS is a training and resource system for early intervention networks and early childhood special education programs throughout Kansas. The goal of Margy’s technical assistance is to provide quality, inclusive early childhood programs to improve positive outcomes for all children. Collaboration among existing community early childhood programs ensures the efficient use of resources to support the provision of quality early childhood programs. She says, “You can’t wait until kindergarten for kids to be successful.” When asked what she likes about her work, Margy replies, “I like everything about what I do. I never get bored. I work as part of multiple and diverse teams (KITS team, school teams, state teams, community teams, professional development teams, early childhood teams). Every day is something different to anticipate and enjoy. Every day is a learning opportunity that builds on my past experiences. What I do impacts service delivery systems and children and their families. That is what it is all about—improving positive outcomes for children and increasing opportunities for meaningful family engagement in that process.”
Margy offers this advice, “Never stop learning and never be afraid to move out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. That is how you keep growing personally and professionally. That is how you make a difference.” Growing up in Parsons, Margy has strong ties to the community. She and her husband have two sons and four grandchildren and live in Burrton, KS.