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East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Tradition of Excellence

Special Education

East Grand Rapids Public Schools Special Education Department

 
Joanne D. Platt, Special Education Supervisor
Dawn Beemer, 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)

Parent Contact:
Carol Lippert
  
Kent ISD PASE Website
 
2020-2021 PASE Meeting Dates:
Kent Intermediate School District
Educational Services Center (Park in Lot #11)
2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.365.2297
- Monday, October 5, 2020     6:30 pm
Monday, December 2, 2020     6:30 pm
- Monday, January 11, 2021     6:30 pm 
- Monday, March 1, 2021     6:30 pm
- Monday, April 26, 2021     6:30 pm 

Extended School Year Services

- Summer 2021 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 Reference

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 Staff

WOODCLIFF EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT CENTER
Grabow, Jim             School Social Worker
Werner, Amanda                Preschool Itinerant Speech
 
WOODCLIFF PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE
Early Childhood Special Education Program
Gedra-Kaloper, Carly             Teacher
Grabow, Jim                       School Social Worker
Werner, Amanda             Speech and Language Pathologist
Goucher, Patricia             School Psychologist 
Connelly, Trina             Occupational Therapist
 
 
 
BRETON DOWNS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Goucher, Patricia             School Psychologist
Lehman, Marissa               Speech and Language Pathologist
Kenward, Chris             School Social Worker
Connelly, Trina                     Occupational Therapist
 
Resource Program
Hamann, Jacquelyn             Teacher
 
LAKESIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Krieg, Mel             Speech and Language Pathologist
Kenward, Chris                    School Social Worker
Ahlers, Lauren             School Psychologist
Connelly, Trina                      Occupational Therapist
 
Resource Program
Brownley, Holly                      Teacher
 
WEALTHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ahlers, Lauren                       School Psychologist
Werner, Amanda             Speech and Language Pathologist
Connelly, Trina             Occupational Therapist
Kenward, Chris                    School Social Worker
Doyle, Jen             School Social Worker
Fouch, Jill             ASD Program Teacher
 
Resource Program
Menichino, Lisa             Teacher
 
EAST GRAND RAPIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Grabow, Jim                          School Social Worker
Krieg, Mel             Speech and Language Pathologist
Ahlers, Lauren             School Psychologist
Connelly, Trina             Occupational Therapist
 
Resource Program
Gullett, Shelly             Teacher
Longo, Casey              Teacher 
 
EAST GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL
Diepstra, Stephene             School Social Worker 
Goucher, Patricia                   School Psychologist
Krieg, Mel             Speech and Language Pathologist
Connelly, Trina             Occupational Therapist
 
Resource Program
Sparks, Hope                         Teacher  
Goins, Lori             Teacher  
Lehman, Marissa              Speech and Language Pathologist  
Connelly, Trina             Occupational Therapist