Special Education


East Grand Rapids Public Schools Special Education Department
 
William Behrendt, Director of Special Education
Catherine Oosse, Administrative Assistant

East Grand Rapids Public Schools offers a continuum of special education programs and services including early childhood services, resource programs, and categorical classrooms. Special education professional staff includes: special education teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and teacher consultants. Our professional staff members provide instruction and support for our students with disabilities and their families.  East Grand Rapids Public Schools also collaborates with other public school districts within Kent County and Kent Intermediate School District to provide educational options for our students.

EGRPS Parent Advisors for Special Education (PASE) Go To Top of Page

PARENT CONTACT
  Carol Lippert  Email: Lippert_carol@yahoo.com
 
 
2017-2018 PASE MEETING DATES
  Kent Intermediate School District
  2930 Knapp Street Ne
  Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  (616) 364-1333

  Monday, September 25, 2017
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
  Monday, October 23, 2017
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
  Monday, December 4, 2017 
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
  Monday, January 22, 2018
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
  Monday, March 12, 2018 
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
  Monday, April 30, 2018
    7:00-8:30 p.m.      Coldwater Room
 

Extended School Year ServicesGo To Top of Page

    • Summer 2017 Extended School Year Services to be determined.
    • The requirement for Extended School Year service is determined individually for each student by the IEP Team.

    Michigan Special Education ReferenceGo To Top of Page

    Do you know where you can easily find policy and regulatory information about Special Education?

    There is an online database for state and federal special education documents called the Michigan Special Education Reference (MI-SER). The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) oversees the MI-SER as part of its commitment to better serve its stakeholders.

    The MI-SER can easily be accessed from the OSE website at www.michigan.gov/ose-eis.
     

    Special Education StaffGo To Top of Page

    WOODCLIFF EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT CENTER
    Diepstra, Stephene                School Social Worker
    Werner, Amanda                 Speech and Language Pathologist
     
    WOODCLIFF PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE
    Early Childhood Special Education Program
    Gedra-Kaloper, Carly               Teacher
    Diepstra, Stephene                School Social Worker
    Werner, Amanda               Speech and Language Pathologist
    Olsen, Hannah               Occupational Therapist
     
    Preschool Speech - Home & Community Program
    Werner, Amanda                      Speech and Language Pathologist
     
    BRETON DOWNS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Goucher, Patricia                      School Psychologist
    Kamyszek, Katie                     Speech and Language Pathologist
    Kenward, Chris                     School Social Worker
    Olsen, Hannah                     Occupational Therapist
     
    Resource Program
    Vanderplow, Nicole                  Teacher  
     
    LAKESIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Krieg, Mel                       Speech and Language Pathologist
    Kenward, Chris                        School Social Worker
    Platt, Joanne                        School Psychologist
    Olsen, Hannah                        Occupational Therapist
     
    Resource Program
    Brownley, Holly                        Teacher
     
    WEALTHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Platt, Joanne                    School Psychologist
    Werner, Amanda                    Speech and Language Pathologist
    Olsen, Hannah                    Occupational Therapist
     
    Resource Program
    Gedra-Kaloper, Carly             Teacher
     
    EAST GRAND RAPIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL
    VanderZyden, Melissa           School Social Worker
    Krieg, Mel           Speech and Language Pathologist
    Platt, Joanne           School Psychologist
    Olsen, Hannah           Occupational Therapist
     
    MOCI Program
    Fouch, Jill               Teacher
    Diepstra, Stephene               School Social Worker
    Krieg, Mel               Speech and Language Pathologist
    Olsen, Hannah               Occupational Therapist
     
    Resource Program
    Adams, Andrea                    Teacher
    Longo, Casey                    Teacher
     
    EAST GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL
    Diepstra, Stephene               School Social Worker 
    Goucher, Patricia             School Psychologist
    Kamyszek, Katie             Speech and Language Pathologist
    Olsen, Hannah             Occupational Therapist
     
    MOCI Program
    Brooks, Sandy                 Teacher
    Kamyszek, Katie                  Speech and Language Pathologist 
    Olsen, Hannah                 Occupational Therapist
     
    Resource Program
    Aardema, Christina       
        Teacher
    Menichino, Lisa              Teacher
     
    ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC SCHOOL
    Brownley, Holly                   Teacher Consultant
    Kamyszek, Katie                   Speech and Language Pathologist
    Olsen, Hannah                   Occupational Therapist