Programs and Services


Teacher Consultant Services–Students who are primarily mainstreamed into general education classes may have access to the support of a teacher consultant. The teacher consultant works in conjunction with the general education teacher to support the students’ IEP goals and may work directly or indirectly with a student.



  • 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:

Ms. Jessica Lund
Office:   West Oakview Elementary


Responsible for:
Entire district



  • 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:            

Ms. Marina Leja
Office:   Special Services
Phone:   (616) 320-2340 (cell, text preferred)



Responsible for:
Entire district
Kent County
D/HH Parent-Infant Program (Northview)

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.  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:

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



Responsible for:
High School



  • 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:

Assigned by Kent I.S.D.


Responsible for:
Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)

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:

Assigned by Kent I.S.D.


Responsible for:
Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)

Resource Room Support–Students who need more direct specialized instruction may require Resource Room support. Direct instruction is provided to the student in the area(s) of identified need by a certified special education teacher. The amount of support a student receives is based on how much assistance he/she needs with the particular skill deficit, and may occur either outside of or within a regular education classroom. This level of service is provided in each building within the district.


ElementaryMiddle SchoolHigh School

In each elementary school building — East Oakview, North Oakview and West Oakview — there is a Resource Room program. Students generally receive special education support in a specified content area to work on IEP goals and remediate deficit areas. The student’s general education teacher works closely with the special education teacher in developing a schedule for support and determining appropriate curriculum adjustments or modifications when needed.

Resource Room support at Highlands and Crossroads Middle schools is provided in several ways.  One means of providing special education support is through an inclusion model, which is also called “team-teaching.”  Within the general education classroom, both a general education and special education teacher provide instruction to all students.  However, curricular modifications and adaptations for special education students are made as needed within that setting, thereby requiring minimal pull-out instruction.  At the same time, more traditional pull-out “remedial” instruction is still an option at both middle schools (5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade), where students can receive instruction in certain core academic skill areas in the context of a smaller classroom setting.  Finally, students can also take advantage of academic support classes designed to assist students with work from their general education classes.

Special education classroom support at Northview High School is considered “departmentalized.”  That is, special education teachers teach specified classes and curricula within the special education department.  In choosing classes within the high school setting, Northview would like students and their parents to consider long-term goals.  While the Individualized Education Planning (IEP) Team will determine the student’s placement within general education, special education and/or team-taught classes, actual course schedules are developed individually with his/her caseload teacher.

Categorical Program Classroom–For students who may need more extensive special education support, a categorical classroom provides a setting where they are able to receive the major portion of their educational program (often more than 50% of the school day) as specified in the IEP. These classrooms are located in selected schools throughout the district. Depending on their specific needs and abilities, students still interact with their general education peers and may attend certain general education classes during the school day. Within the Northview district, such programs are mostly within the elementary and middle schools.

Center-Based Programs–On occasion, the district may be unable to adequately meet the needs of certain students as determined by the IEP Team. In these cases, students may be placed in a more appropriate program operated by a neighboring district. Every effort is made to provide a program as close as possible to his/her local district. The curriculum and specialized services utilized by Center-Based programs are designed to meet the individual needs of students with similar learning characteristics.  For example, Northview has operated a Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) program for many years (  A contact person from the Northview school district (or, for outside students attending a Northview program, the student’s home district) works as a liaison between the student’s parents and the attending program. Transportation to and from that program is provided at no cost to the parents.