Our Administration

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Nanette Clatterbuck

Principal, Lake Michigan Academy CEO, Learning Differences Resource Group

B.S. Special Education, Psychology, ​M. Ed. Educational Leadership

Nanette Clatterbuck, M. Ed., is presently the chief executive officer of Learning Differences Resource Group (LdRG). Prior to serving in this role, she worked for Aquinas College where she served as the Dean in the …

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Amy Barto

Academic Services Specialist

B.A. Elementary Education & English, M.Ed. with a Concentration in Learning Disabilities, K-12

Amy Barto has played many different roles at Lake Michigan Academy over the years, including Classroom Teacher, Summer Program Director, and two …

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Kristina Eppinga

School Counselor

​B.S. Special Education, M.A. in School Counseling

Kristina Eppinga’s primary responsibility is serving as the school’s Counselor. She also teaches Social Skills and Health classes to all age levels at the school. Kristina …

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David Staal

Technology Coordinator, Employability Director

​B.A. – English, Language Arts & Literature with an emphasis in Elementary Ed

Prior serving at Lake Michigan Academy, David was a Mental Health Worker at Forest View Hospital. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University …

Our Faculty

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Brian Hall

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University. Following college, he received ABA training…

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Christen Kochanski

B.A. Elementary Education – Learning Disabilities

Christen graduated from Aquinas College in 2006 with a major in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and a minor in …

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Erin Olson

​B.A., M.Ed. – Special Education

For seven years, Erin taught high school history. Most recently, she took on the responsibility of teaching in the upper elementary …

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Heather Reynolds


Heather earned her Bachelor of Science along with her teacher certificate from Faith Baptist Bible College. She began her teaching .

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Paul Shade

B.A. Social Studies

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies with minors in History and Political Science from Grand Valley State University in …

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Garret VanGessel

B.A. and B.M.E Music Education & Biology

Garret is the founder of the LMA music program and also serves as the director of Lake Michigan Academy’s summer program. …

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Priscilla Veneklase

Associate of Arts, B.S.

Priscilla attended Grand Rapids Community College where she earned an Associates of Arts Degree.  She continued her education at .