Support Staff

Support Staff

Audiologist
  • Assesses and monitors the hearing of students who have a confirmed or suspected hearing loss.
  • Responsible for evaluating, selecting, and maintaining the hearing assistance technology used by such students in the school setting.
  • Consults with teachers, support staff, parents, and the students themselves to provide useful technological and audiological information.
  • Helps coordinate appropriate services with outside agencies.

District audiologist:                                         Responsible for:

Ms. Katie Bolt                                                   Entire district
Office:   West Oakview Elementary
Phone:   361-3470, x-26229

Occupational Therapist
  • Evaluates and provides direct or consultative services to students having difficulties related to using school materials (esp. fine-motor needs), effectively processing sensory input, and managing personal tasks within the school setting
  • Consults closely with teachers, support staff and parents about the student’s needs and the various intervention strategies that may prove to be helpful
  • Efforts may entail helping to improve functional sensory-motor skills, identifying appropriate adaptive equipment and assistive technology, and/or modifying the learning environment in order to maximize the student’s ability to function effectively

District occupational therapist:                        Responsible for:

Ms. Elin Groves                                                    Entire district
Office:   West Oakview Elementary
Phone:   361-3470, x-26236

Physical Therapist
  • Evaluates and provides direct service with students having needs related to gross-motor skills, gait, mobility, balance/equilibrium, etc. within the school setting
  • Consults closely with parents and staff who work with the eligible student on a daily basis, educating them about the physical capabilities and limitations of the student, helping them to manage the student’s physical environment, and assisting with adaptive equipment
  • Serves as liaison between the medical and educational teams as necessary

(Note:  By state law, a prescription from a physician is required in order for ongoing direct physical therapy to occur.)

District physical therapist:                     Responsible for:

Ms. Stephanie Anderson                        Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)
Office:   K.I.S.D.
Phone:   365-2299
Email:    stephanieanderson@kentisd.org

School Psychologist
  • Participates in Building Team/Child Study meetings to support regular education students referred for discussion by concerned parents or teachers.
  • Consults with parents and staff regarding student concerns.
  • Tests students referred for evaluation, usually by obtaining measures of ability, learning strengths and weaknesses, and levels of achievement.
  • Communicates results of testing with parents and staff, and as part of the IEP Team helps determine a student’s eligibility for special education services and develop an appropriate educational program.
  • In some cases, may provide direct or indirect support to students via ongoing consultations, designing and implementing intervention plans, or counseling.

District school psychologists:                      Responsible for:

Ms. Parker Penney                                          Early Childhood, East Oakview, Crossroads,
Office:   East Oakview Elementary                 High School, Alternative High School
Phone:   361-3460, x-25247

 

Mr. Todd VandenAkker                                    West Oakview, North Oakview, Highlands Middle,
Office:   West Oakview Elementary                High School, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing,
Phone:   361-3470, x-26224

Social Worker
  • Participates in Building Team/Child Study meetings to support regular education students referred for discussion by concerned parents or teachers.
  • Conducts evaluations and/or behavior assessments to identify students who would qualify for and benefit from social work services, then as part of the IEP Team helps develop an appropriate educational program.
  • Provides individual and/or group counseling services as prescribed in the student’s individualized education program (IEP).
  • Consults with parents and staff, helps design and implement behavior interventions, and serves as liaison between the school, home, and community agencies.

District school social workers:                      Responsible for:

 

Ms. Erin Anderson                                         Highlands Middle
Office: Highlands Middle School
Phone: 361-3440, X-23253

 

Ms. Meghan Burrows                                      East Oakview
Office: East Oakview Elementary
Phone: 361-3460 x25211

 

Ms. Lindsay Haveman                                     Crossroads Middle
Office: Crossroads Middle
Phone: 361-3430, x-22206

 

Ms. Laura Havey                                                North Oakview
Office: North Oakview Elementary
Phone: 361-3450, x-24242

 

Mr. Roger Kooi                                                   High School
Office: High School
Phone: 363-4857, x-28208

 

Ms. Elizabeth Maher                                         West Oakview (incl. Early Childhood)
Office: West Oakview Elementary
Phone: 361-3470, x-26218

(West SSW website)

 

Mr. James VandenHeuvel                               District
Office: High School
Phone: 363-4857, x-28301

Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Participates in Building Team/Child Study meetings to support regular education students referred for discussion by concerned parents or teachers
  • Conducts speech and language assessments to identify students who would qualify for and benefit from speech or language services
  • Provides therapy to identified students as prescribed in his/her individualized education program (IEP)
  • Consults with parents and staff, and helps coordinate services with outside agencies

District speech/language pathologists:                      Responsible for:

Catherine Goetze                                                             West Oakview (Early Childhood)
Office: West Oakview
Phone: 361-3470, x-26227

 

Ms. Suzanne Gilewski                                                     West Oakview
Office: West Oakview
Phone: 361-3470 x26210

 

Ms. Penney Helmer                                                        West Oakview
Office: West Oakview
Phone: 361-3470, X-26229

 

Ms. Laurel Horman                                                         Highlands Middle
Office: Highlands Middle
Phone: 361-3440, x-23231

 

Ms. Gayle Jones                                                             East Oakview, North Oakview
Office: East Oakview
Phone: 361-3460, x-25246

 

Ms. Carolyn Steeby                                                         North Oakview, Crossroads
Office: North Oakview, Crossroads
Phone: 361-3450, x-22229

Teacher Consultant - Autism
  • Works individually with students at school
  • Consults with teachers, support staff and parents on an individual basis
  • Assists teachers in making specific adaptations for students with autism in the general education setting
  • Helps coordinate appropriate services with outside agencies

District autism teacher consultant:                      Responsible for:

Ms. Denise LaCroix                                                  Entire district
Office:   West Oakview Elementary
Phone:   361-3470, x-26237

Teacher Consultant - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Works individually with students at school or at home
  • Teaches sign language to students, teachers, support staff and parents at school or at home
  • Consults with teachers, support staff, parents and students on an individual basis
  • Helps coordinate appropriate services with outside agencies

District D/HH teacher consultant:                      Responsible for:       

Ms. Jane Swainston                                              Entire district, Kent County, D/HH Parent-Infant Program (Northview)
Office:   Highlands Middle School
Phone:   361-3440, x-23256

Teacher Consultant - High School

Presently, the Northview Public Schools employs a non-disability specific teacher consultant primarily within the high school setting.  She assists students identified with disabilities who are taking all of their coursework within the general education curriculum, including helping them with projects and exams when needed.  The teacher consultant also collaborates with general education teachers to help modify or adapt curriculum to better fit students’ individual learning styles.

District high school teacher consultant:                      Responsible for:

Ms. Julie Haveman                                                           High School
Office:   Northview High School
Phone:   363-4857, x-28305

Teacher Consultant - Orientation/Mobility
  • Consults with teachers, support staff and parents regarding the physical capabilities and needs of the student; provides information regarding adaptive equipment; and assists staff and/or the student with the adaptive equipment itself
  • Helps coordinate appropriate services with outside agencies as needed

District mobility teacher consultant:                      Responsible for:

Assigned by Kent I.S.D.                                              Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)

Teacher Consultant - Visual Impairment
  • Responsible for providing Functional Vision Assessments, when needed
  • Provides appropriate Braille and large print materials
  • Provides Braille instruction for student and paraprofessional, if deemed necessary
  • Responsible for evaluating, selecting, and maintaining the vision assistance technology used by such students in the school setting
  • Consults with teachers, support staff, parents, and the students themselves to provide useful technological and vision information
  • Helps coordinate appropriate services with outside agencies

District VI teacher consultant:                       Responsible for:

Ms. Nancy Calvi                                                Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)
Office:   Kent I.S.D
Phone:   616-540-4095 (cell)
Email:    nancycalvi@kentisd.org

Transition Coordinator
  • Assists students, their families and educational staff in the student’s transition from school to the work force and other adult life processes
  • Helps develop, implement and facilitate various programs to address the vocational and transition needs of students
  • May be involved in developing IEP Transition Plans and related services, as well as helping to establish community agency connections for post-high school support

District transition coordinator:                        Responsible for:

Ms. Kim Norman                                                High School (through Kent I.S.D.)
Office:   Northview Special Education
Phone:   361-3446, x-21155