Special Education Programs

Special Education programs are available to students within Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. Some programs are at a satellite location while others are housed at one of our facilities. Each program is discussed in greater detail below.

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The MAISD provides seven categorical classrooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; four of which are satellite programs located with the Greenville Public School District and three within the Seiter Educational Center. Students are placed on more restrictive programs based on IEP team decisions, with the goal to return to their local school district.

Satellite Programs

Cassady Watts, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4810
Rachel Tabron, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4724
Aimy Germain, Adminstrative Assistant~616-225-4866

Kayne Culbertson-Deur, Teacher~Lincoln Heights Elementary
Jodi Fessenden, Teacher~Lincoln Heights Elementary
Terry Platte, Teacher~Central Montcalm Middle School
OPEN, Teacher~Greenville Middle School
Farrah Saunders, Teacher~Greenville High School

Seiter Education Center Programs

Rachel Tabron, Special Education Supervisor~616-226-4724
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

OPEN, High School Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Emily LePard, Middle School Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Amanda Moore, Elementary Teacher-Seiter Education Center

The goal of MAISD categorical classrooms for students with Emotional Impairments is to provide support to students experiencing emotional and/or behavioral challenges in school. The MAISD provides six such classrooms which are located as satellite programs in local school districts and the Seiter Educational Center. 

A team problem-solving approach, involving the EI classroom staff, program supervisor and school social worker is utilized to help students improve academic, social, and life skills, as well as to build self-esteem and employability skills. Through this intensive support, the goal is for students to make positive behavioral choices, and eventually, return to their home school. 

Satellite Programs

Kristen Larson, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4826
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

OPEN, Teacher~Central Montcalm Upper Elementary
Kelley Ludlum, Teacher~Central Montcalm Middle School
Tracy Walczewski, Teacher~Central Montcalm High School

Seiter Education Center Programs

Kristen Larson, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4826
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

Shawn Bouman, Lower Elementary Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Terry Eubank, Middle School Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Hannah Finegan, Upper Elementary Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Allen Demorest, High School Teacher~Seiter Education Center
Tyler Schultz, Lower Elementary Teacher~ Seiter Education Center

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The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District offers programming to support students who have significant hearing impairments. Presently, there are three classrooms for the Deaf/Hard-of-hearing (D/HH); all located within the Central Montcalm Public School District. Students in the D/HH classrooms have the opportunity to receive small group instruction and support from highly-trained teachers throughout the school day, while also participating in the general education setting for many of their academic subjects. 

The D/HH classrooms use a variety of communication methods to assist students in accessing information. Language development remains the primary focus of the MAISD D/HH classrooms. Other outcome areas include basic academic skills, use of hearing, primary communication mode, specialized alternative communication strategies and devices, productivity, and personal/interpersonal skills.

Kristen Larson, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4826
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

Nancy Jerry, Teacher~Central Montcalm Schools
Betsy Smith, Teacher Consultant

College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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MAISD operates three programs for students K-12, identified with Moderate Cognitive Impairments.  All programs are located within the Greenville Public Schools as a satellite program.  The emphasis is to help students become as independent as possible and gain functional life skills.

Cassady Watts, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4810
Rachel Tabron, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4724
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

OPEN, Teacher~Lincoln Heights Elementary
Jennifer Cruz, Teacher~Greenville Middle School
Tim Dugan, Teacher~Greenville High School

The goal of MAISD programs for students with Severe Cognitive Impairments is to help students become as independent and productive as possible. The MAISD provides three such classrooms which are located at Seiter Educational Center.

Rachel Tabron, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4724
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

Heather Keur, Severe Cognitive Impairments PreSchool/Elementary Teacher
Jennifer Storey, Severe Cognitive Impairments Middle School/High School Teacher
Jill Stevens, Severe Cognitive Impairments Transition Teacher

Transition Center

The Transition Center Program and The Treasure Shop is designed to help provide training for adult crew members (aged 18-26) who are not yet ready to meet the demands of adult living, but have completed four to five years of high school in a special education program.  These student are on track to receive a Certificate of Completion once they exit the Transition Plus Program.  Students focus on four important skills: employability, self-advocacy, daily living and communication.

Montcalm Area ISD Transition Center (MTC)
618 W Main Street
Stanton, MI  48888

Cassady Watts, Special Education Supervisor and Transition Coordinator~ 616-225-4810
Christy Healy, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4706

Bob Hemmingsen, Transition Program Teacher~616-225-6198
Kory Stevens, Transition Program Teacher~616-225-4760

SCI Transition​

SCI Transition is for students aged 18-26, identified with severe cognitive impairments.  The SCI Transition program is located at Seiter Education Center. The purpose of the program is to provide individualized support to allow young adults to transition successfully from their role as a high school student to that of an adult in his/her own community. Students benefit from both classroom lessons as well as daily opportunities for community based instruction in multiple settings throughout the county.​

Rachel Tabron, Special Education Supervisor~616-225-4724
Aimy Germain, Administrative Assistant~616-225-4866

Jill Stevens, Transition Program Teacher~616-225-4786