Special Education Services

Special Education services available to students within Montcalm Area Intermediate School District are discussed below.


Assistive Technology

Please visit our technology page for more information.

Colleen Norton, 616-225-4820


In order to provide high quality medical services to students, MAISD contracts nursing services through Spectum Health.  A Registered nurse and Licensed Practical nurses are available for direct support, as well as through MedNow.  Spectrum Health MedNow is a telehealth program that is a fast and convenient  way to receive care using technology to bridge the distance between the student and provider.

Brenda Bartula, RN~616-225-4796
Via Adams, LPN
Christie Bilski, LPN

Occupational/Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy
The occupational therapist may provide direct service or consultation for children who have impairments of a fine motor nature.  In addition, students with sensory deficits may be appropriately served by an occupational therapist.  Services may be offered individually or in small groups and are delivered directly or via consultation.  The occupational therapist may also be a member of a multi-disciplinary evaluation team.

Physical Therapy
The physical therapist may provide direct service or consultation for children who have impairments of a gross motor nature.  Services can be offered individually or in small groups and can be delivered directly or through consultation.  The physical therapist may also be a member of a multi-disciplinary evaluation team.

Rena Baxter, OT~Central Montcalm, Montabella, Vestaburg and Carson City-Crystal school districts
Mike Bishop, COTA~Montabella, Tri County, Lakeview and Central Montcalm school districts
Paula Dwyer, OT~Seiter Education Center, Little People Land and Hometown Stanton
Sherri Hebert, PT~Tri County, Central Montcalm and Greenville school districts
Kristin Fransen, OT~Greenville Public Schools
Gina Gasper-Blasher, OT~Lakeview and Greenville Public Schools
Becky Knoerl, PT~Greenville, Montabella, Vestaburg, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview school districts
Michele Ludtke, OT~Tri County Area Schools and Project Search
Tammi Schafer, PT~Parent Child Learning Group and Seiter Education Center
Deanna Small, COTA/PTA~Greenville and Tri County school districts, Little People Land & Seiter Education Center
Jonelle White, COTA~Parent Child Learning Group
Marnie Wittenbach, PT~Parent Child Learning Group

PDF DocumentOT/PT Guidelines

School Psychologist

The school psychologist's main function is in the evaluation of children who have been referred for an initial evaluation or reevaluation of special education eligibility.  The school psychologist often services as the leader of the multi-disciplinary evaluation team assigned to evaluate a child.  In addition, the school psychologist provides insight into learning styles, accommodations, strengths/weaknesses, etc. for classroom teachers and parents.

Kariann VanBurgel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools & Vestaburg Community School
Laura Hoekema, Central Montcalm Public Schools
Andrea DeMeyer, Greenville Public Schools
Lindsey Swarthourt, Greenville Public Schools
OPEN, Lakeview Community Schools
Joshua VanPelt, Montabella Community Schools and Seiter Center
Kelli Sowers, Tri County Area Schools
Dr. Laura Wyglinski, Tri County Area Schools

School Social Worker

The school social worker may provide direct service to eligible students in need of support in the affective area.  Through play, individual discussion or group experiences, children can develop better understanding of feelings and improve relations with others.  Also, the school social worker may consult with staff and parents regarding behavior, emotions and other issues.  In addition, the school social worker may be a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the evaluation of a student.

Tammy Brown, Early Childhood Programs and Greenville Satellite Programs
Dave Nord, Central Montcalm Satellite Programs and Seiter Education Center
Tonya Swanson, Greenville Satellite Programs and Seiter Education Center

Speech and Language Therapy

The speech and language therapist may provide direct service or consultation for children who have articulation, fluency or language impairments.  Services may be provided individually, in groups or with an entire class as in deemed appropriate.  In addition, the therapist participates in evaluations of children and provides consultation to classroom teachers and parents.

Liz Campbell, Greenville Satellite Programs and Middle School MoCI Program
Doug Hazzard, Seiter Education Center
Tamara Kuhn, Early Childhood Programs and Hometown Stanton
Dena LeBlanc, Central Montcalm Satellite Programs and Greenville Satellite Programs
Tammy Youmans, Early Childhood Programs

Teacher Consultant

Teacher consultants (TC's) serve as part of the diagnostic team; evaluating students, assisting in planning programs and in consulting with teachers.  In some incidents, TC's also provide instruction to students with impairments who are enrolled full time in regular education.  Students of any eligibility category might be served through the TC model.  TC's cannot teach a subject or give grades, but are primarily responsible for remediation, study skills or coordinating the student's program.  Providing support to the regular education or special education teacher is also part of the TC's responsibility.  Students who receive the support services of a TC graduate through the regular education course of study.

Matthew Balengar, Early Childhood~Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school districts
Doris Demorest, Early Childhood~Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Greenville and Lakeview school districts
Jennifer Emelander, Orientation & Mobility Specialist~All districts
Amanda Foster, General Teacher Consultant~Montabella Community Schools
OPEN, General Teacher Consultant~Tri County Area Schools-Secondary
Ruth Ann Gomez, General Teacher Consultant~Vestaburg Community School
Katie Gordon, General Teacher Consultant~Carson City-Crystal Area Schools
Miranda Holmberg, General Teacher Consultant~Central Montcalm Public Schools
Marcy Jaques, General Teacher Consultant~Tri County Area Schools-Elementary
Chad Lucas, General Teacher Consultant~Central Montcalm Public Schools
OPEN, Visual Impairment Specialist~All Districts
John Mudie, General Teacher Consultant~Lakeview Community Schools
Betsy Smith, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Consultant~All districts
Jennifer Storey, General Teacher Consultant~Baldwin Heights Elementary and Walnut Hills Elementary
Amy Wierzbicki, General Teacher Consultant~Cedar Crest Elementary and Lincoln Heights Elementary
Kay Wood, General Teacher Consultant~Greenville Middle School and High School

Transition Coordinator

Please access the link below for transition resources in Montcalm County, forms for teachers to use, transition law, helpful information for parents and other transition related information. 

Marcia Crocetto, Transition Coordinator~616-225-5780
External LinkTransition Live Binder

PDF DocumentStudent Rights Handbook

PDF DocumentProject Search Application