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2023 Outstanding People for Education Winner. Don is a community volunteer from Wayland who works with students from the Transition Center.

- Don Baker

Ashlee Berens

2023 Outstanding People for Education Winner. Ashlee is a para-educator in the Tech Center's Vet Tech program.

- Ashlee Berens

Holly Krosschel

2023 Outstanding People for Education Winner. Holly is the Recreational Therapist at Hillside Learning Center.

- Holly Krosschell

Michelle O’Connell

Michelle is a new Paraeducator at the Transition Center. She has over 20 years experience in the health care industry.

- Michelle O’Connell

Denise Buckley

Denise is a new Bus Attendant. She has over six years driving a semi-truck and was an attendant for Allegan Area ESA earlier this school year.

- Denise Buckley

Carol VanDenBerg

Carol is a new Paraeducator at Hillside. She has multiple years’ experience working as a paraeducator in Illinois and has been a substitute since moving to Michigan.

- Carol VanDenBerg

Mikayl Kipen

Mikayl is a new Bus Mechanic. He has been a diesel mechanic for over 10 years. Mikayl enjoys farming, tractors, and spending time with family.

- Mikayl Kipen

Michelle Fielbrandt

Michelle is a new Paraeducator at the Tech Center. She is a registered nurse and has experience in home health and as a school nurse.

- Michelle Fielbrandt

Ashley Ristau

Ashley is our Regional Level III Program Coordinator. She has been a special education teacher for 16 years and most recently a director of special education.

- Ashley Ristau

MArtiza Aguilar

Maritza is a new GSRP Third Teacher. She is currently enrolled at LMC and taking classes in social work. She has experience working in an assisted living home.

- Maritza Aguilar

Renee Palumbo

Renee is a new Paraeducator at Hillside. She has experience in home care for the elderly, along with most recently working at Perrigo.

- Renee Palumbo

Brittany Tyler

Brittany is a new Consultant for K-12 Education. She worked at Barry County Community Mental Health for over 10 years and then as a school based liaison for the past year.

- Brittany Tyler

Kristy VanWort

Kristy is a new Physical Therapy Assistant. She has over 20 years’ experience as a PTA in various settings, including Mary Free Bed and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

- Kristy VanWort

Maddie Rudolph

Maddie is a new Occupational Therapist, Early On. She recently completed her degree with Grand Valley State University, along with two years of experience as a special needs caregiver. .

- Madeleine Rudolph

Amber Basset

Amber is a new GSRP Associate Teacher. She has over six years of office and administrative experience.

- Amber Bassett

Mindy Sturman

Mindy is a new Administrative Associate. She has several years’ experience at Allegan Public Schools in the special education department and also worked for Van Buren ISD as their nutrition coordinator.

- Mindy Sturman

Dovie Christman

Dovie is a new Bus Driver. She has experience as a quality technician at a pharmaceutical company.

- Dovie Christman

Brian Stanek

Brian is a new Paraprofessional at Hillside. He has experience being an employment coach, along with sales and cooking.

- Brian Stanek

Ashlie Newell

Ashlie is a new Occupational Therapist. She has been an occupational therapist at a charter school prior to joining us.

- Ashlie Newell

Seth Sausaman

Seth is a new Paraprofessional at Hillside. He has several years’ experience in retail and most recently a department supervisor.

- Seth Sausaman

Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez is a new GSRP Associate Teacher. She has over 20 years of experience in early childhood, and used to work for Allegan Area ESA.

- Jessica Hernandez

Keiley Cole

Keiley Cole is a new GSRP Third Teacher. She recently completed her associates degree and has several years experience in the customer service industry.

- Keiley Cole

Carol Low

Carol Low is a new Bus Driver. She has over 15 years of experience as a bus driver and dispatcher.

- Carol Low

Crystal Goudy

Crystal is a new GSRP Third Teacher. She has over 15 years of experience in customer service/management roles and then worked at Kent ISD in a GSRP classroom.

- Crystal Goudy

Elsa Wheeler

Elsa is a new GSRP Lead Teacher. She has over 10 years of early childhood experience.

- Elsa Wheeler

Lindsay Huffman

Lindsay is a new GSRP Lead Teacher. She has several years of preschool and daycare experience.

- Lindsey Huffman

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca is a new Tech Center Paraeducator and a Tech Center alumni. She has been a graphic designer and intern for the past few years.

- Rebecca Robinson

Jodie Kurtz

Jodie is our new Transition Services Supervisor and has over 20 years of experience in the education field.

- Jodie Kurtz

Becky Corbett

Becky is the new GSRP Supervisor. She has experience as an elementary teacher and principal along with being a director of early childhood at Allegan Public Schools.

- Becky Corbett

Lydia Amante

Lydia is a new GSRP Third Teacher. She was a student at the Tech Center in the Teacher Education program and was placed in the Martin GSRP program last year.

- Lydia Amante

Linda Heintzelman

Linda is a new Bus Attendant. She has over 15 years in customer service and most recently worked at a trucking company.

- Linda Heintzelman

Denise Buckley

Denise is a new Bus Attendant. She has over six years experience driving a semi-truck and most recently was a school bus driver.

- Denise Buckley

Michelle Stanek

Michelle is a new paraeducator at Hillside Learning Center. She has experience working in special education classrooms, along with working with adults with disabilities in different settings.

- Michelle Stanek

Andrea Dulac

Andrea is a new instructor at the Tech Center. She has several years of experience in the restaurant industry, owned a food truck, and has experience as a training leader for Amway.

- Andrea Dulac

Kia Delaney

Kia is a new instructor at the Tech Center. She has been in education for several years and also has entrepreneur experience.

- Kia Delaney

Lexi Nestle

Lexi is a new Paraeducator at Hillside Learning Center. She has experience working in a childcare setting for the past five years.

- Kimberly (Lexi) Nestle

Elizabeth Garcia

Elizabeth is a new Paraeducator at Hillside Learning Center. She has previous experience as an assistant manager in retail and has been a stay-at-home mother.

- Elizabeth Garcia

Kellie Pattison

Kellie is a new Teacher at Hillside Learning Center. She has over 12 years of teaching experience in a center-based program.

- Kellie Pattison

Melissa Galvan

Melissa is our new Behavioral Health Consultant. She has been in the social work field for 16 years and worked in schools, child welfare, community mental health, and private practice.

- Melissa Galvan

Alexandra Jackson

Alex is a new GSRP Associate Teacher. She lives in Allegan and has recently returned from a mission trip working with Ukrainian refugees and teaching children in Romania.

- Alexandra Jackson

Audrey Meyers

Audrey is a new Paraeducator at Hillside Learning Center. She lives in Allegan and has experience working at an adult foster care facility and also as a youth specialist at the Youth Home in Allegan.

- Audrey Meyers

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