Educational professional accomplished in developing and providing training and consultation with multiple stakeholder groups, assisting with implementation of research-based strategies and initiatives, and collaborating with other professionals to provide the highest level of education for individual students.
Training in implementation of MTSS at all school levels
Experience in planning and presentation of training modules for adult learners
Experience in facilitating functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior support plans for students at all grade levels and abilities
Training in ADOS and evidence based strategies for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Knowledge of special education rules and regulations, as well as initiatives at the ISD and LEA levels
July 2012-CurrentDirector of Special Programs | Caledonia Community Schools | Caledonia, MIOversaw all aspects of programs and supports for students with disabilities including personnel, evaluation, program development and training for 4,800 student district. Director of early childhood center and programs serving over 400 children in childcare, community based programs, preschool, and early school-age classrooms. Other responsibilities include coordination and implementation of MTSS at the district level, healthcare planing and homebound services, and compliance with federal programs (Title IX, ADA, IDEA, etc.).
July 2010-July 2012Principal/Special Education Supervisor | Ken-O-Sha Center at Van Auken | Grand Rapids, MI
Supported implementation of special education programs and services for infant, toddler, and preschool aged children with special needs in a center-based program serving Kent ISD. Responsibilities included coordination of Child Find for multiple school districts, hiring, training and evaluation of teachers and staff, and implementation of building and district level initiatives.
June 2002-July 2010School Psychologist | Grand Rapids Public Schools | Grand Rapids, MIProvided evaluation and academic and behavioral consultation services at Ken-O-Sha Diagnostic Center and Campus Early Childhood Center. Responsibilities included coordination with multiple school district, consultation with special and general education teachers, and consultation with parents of young children in both home and school settings. Additionally, provided assessment tool training at the ISD level for the evaluation of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
2015K-12 Administration and Special Education Director Endorsements: Special Education AdministationGrand Valley State University
2002Ed.S.: School PsychologyMichigan State University
1999Bachelor of Arts: PsychologyHope College
Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education