Special Education

Early diagnosis and intervention can be a key component for a child's future success. Any child found to have an impairment that interferes with educational performance and meets the eligibility criteria, according to the rules of Michigan, is eligible for special education services.

Overview

It is mandatory in the State of Michigan to provide an educational opportunity for children with handicaps or impairments from birth through age twenty-six. Early diagnosis and intervention can be a key component for a child's future success. Any child found to have an impairment that interferes with educational performance and meets the eligibility criteria, according to the rules of Michigan, is eligible for special education services.

What are the essential ingredients necessary for a satisfying, meaningful life? Self-esteem, reasonable expectations and meaningful activity would definitely rank high on the list of rights of every individual. Keeping these rights for students in mind, the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District (MOISD) Special Education staff and parents have developed an exemplary program that can begin at birth and continue until age twenty-six. Our programs provide children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to achieve their goals.

Delivering Excellence

For the vast majority of students with special needs, excellent services are provided in the regular education environment with added support. Local districts provide special education classrooms and MOISD supplies staff who can offer extra help.

There are many students in the MOISD, whose parents, teachers and administrators have decided that they need a more restrictive placement offering more intensive help. These students attend programs at one of our many satellite classrooms located in buildings throughout our constituent districts or our Education Center facility located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Special Education Department
 

Kimberly Tufnell 
Director of Special Education

Carol Phelps
Supervisor of Special Education

  • Early On
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Technical Assistance/Planner/Monitor

Christy Miller
Supervisor of Special Education​​

  • Elementary Emotionally Impaired Program (Crossroads Charter Academy)
  • Middle School Emotionally Impaired Program (Big Rapids Middle School)
  • Satellite Resource Rooms (GT Norman and Riverview)
  • Itinerant Services

Beth Bond
Supervisor of Special Education

  • Mecosta Osceola Education Center
  • Homebound

Pat Craven
Supervisor of Special Education

  • Muskegon River Youth Home
  • Pineview Homes

Wendy Lyons
Administrative Assistant

Carol Lewis
Secretary