Special Education Services

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


Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Technician:

The AT Technician assists the special education IEP evaluation teams ensuring proper technical support, guidance, and resources to meet each special education student’s IEP goals to meet specialized technology needs and maximize inclusion.

What is Assistive Technology?

"Wikipedia" definition - Assistive techology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them.

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Assistive Technology Process:

The Montcalm Area ISD Special Education Assistive Technology Team has adopted the following process, based on the SETT Framework, by Joy Zabula, to be used as a template to help the Individual student teams that wish to start an effective AT process.

Assistive Technology Consideration Process 

SETT AT Assessment Form

Data Collection Tool

AT Consideration and Resource Guide

Resources and Links


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
Lisa VanDyke, LPN
Lisa Lopez, 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~Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm and Vestaburg school districts
Mike Bishop, COTA~Montabella, Tri County, Vestaburg and Central Montcalm school districts and Seiter Education Center
Paula Dwyer, OT~Seiter Education Center, Little People Land and Parent Child Learning Group
Rosie Ells, OTR~Montabella school district and Lincoln Heights Elementary
Sherri Hebert, PT~Tri County, Central Montcalm and Greenville school districts, MAISD ECSE and Flat River Academy
Kristin Fransen, OT~Cedar Crest Elementary, Greenville Middle and High School and Turk Lake Head Start
Gina Gasper-Blasher, OT~Lakeview and Baldwin Heights Elementary
Becky Knoerl, PT~Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella,  and Vestaburg school districts
Michele Ludtke, OT~Tri County Area Schools and Walnut Hills Elementary
Tammi Schafer, PT~Parent Child Learning Group and Seiter Education Center
Deanna Small, COTA/PTA~Central Montcalm, Greenville, Montabella, Lakeview Tri County and Vestaburg school districts and MAISD ECSE
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.

Rebecca Tift-Barcy, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools
Laura Hoekema, Central Montcalm Public Schools
Kariann VanBurgel, Flat River Academy
Andrea DeMeyer, Greenville Public Schools
Lindsey Swarthourt, Greenville Public Schools
OPEN, Lakeview Community Schools
Liz Snyder, Montabella Community Schools and Seiter Center
Joshua Van Pelt, Tri County Area Schools
Ashley McBride, Tri County Area Schools
Carole Ford, Vestaburg Community School

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.

Tarra Boris, Central Montcalm Satellite Programs, Career Skills and Hometown Stanton
Tammy Brown, Early Childhood Programs and Seiter Education Center EI Programs
Melisa Miller, Elementary ASD Programs and MoCI Programs
Tonya Swanson, Seiter Education Center SCI Programs, Middle/High School ASD Programs and Non-Public Schools

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, Elementary and High School ASD Programs and High School MoCI Program
Rachel Petit, Seiter Education Center and Non-Public Schools
Tamara Kuhn, Early Childhood Programs and Hometown Stanton
Dena LeBlanc, Central Montcalm Satellite Programs and Elementary MoCI Program
Doug Hazzard, Tri County Area Schools and Middle School ASD and MoCI 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~Carson City-Crystal, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school districts
Cristi Bentley, Greenville Middle School and High School MoCI
Doris Demorest, Early Childhood~Central Montcalm, Greenville and Lakeview school districts
Allison Dykstra, MTSS Technical Assistant~Greenville Public Schools
Amanda Foster, General Teacher Consultant~Montabella Community Schools and MAISD EI Programs
Katie Gordon, General Teacher Consultant~Cedar Crest Elementary and Lincoln Heights Elementary and Central Montcalm Public Schools
Miranda Holmberg, General Teacher Consultant and MTSS Technical Assistant~Central Montcalm Public Schools
Marcy Jaques, General Teacher Consultant~Tri County Area Schools-Elementary
Chad Lucas, General Teacher Consultant~Central Montcalm Public Schools
John Mudie, General Teacher Consultant and MTSS Technical Assistant~Lakeview Community Schools
Andrea Nista, General Teacher Consultant~Lakeview Community Schools and MAISD ASD Programs
Autumn Odette, Visual Impairment Specialist~All Districts
Drew Reynolds, General Teacher Consultant~Tri County Area Schools-Secondary
Kim Simpson, General Teacher Consultant~Vestaburg Community School
Betsy Smith, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Consultant~All districts
Jennifer Stevenson, Orientation & Mobility Specialist~All districts
Jennifer Storey, General Teacher Consultant~Baldwin Heights Elementary, Walnut Hills Elementary and Flat River Academy

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