Dan Hanks, a highly skilled and experienced School Psychologist and School Counselor who is dedicated to helping all students reach their learning potential has been selected to serve as the MVSD’s Special Education Coordinator and School Psychologist.
Dan grew up in Alaska, moved to Montana, and finally landed in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dan graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and Master’s degrees in School Psychology and School Counseling.
Dan has been working in the mental health field for fifteen years, working in a variety of settings including residential treatment and adaptive community support systems. Dan has worked as a School Psychologist in specialty school environments and as a Mental Health Counselor in private practice. Dan’s counseling specialties include working with individuals with learning differences, persons on the Autism Spectrum, and students with ADHD.
In addition to his work within the K-12 school setting, Dan is a founder of Northwest College Support and Cultivation Counseling in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Working to develop students who graduate prepared to pursue the widest range of post-secondary opportunities possible, we anticipate his experience working with young adults in a post-secondary setting will serve our students well.
When asked to describe himself, Dan replied, “I’m a quixotic combination of therapist, nerd, philosopher, and dog musher”. Apparently he’s somewhat humble as well. Dan isn’t just a musher, but he competes for team USA with his four-legged best friends in the sport of Skijor.
Please join us as we welcome Dan Hanks!