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  • Mark Boothby receives award for Excellence in Special Education

    “He cares about me”
    Student, mom join BOE in honoring Mark Boothby
    Along with a plaque, Mark Boothby received heartfelt thanks from student Greg Bassett at Kalamazoo RESA’s Board of Education meeting on April 17. The board honored Mark as winner of an Excellence in Special Education Award for his work as a teacher of students with autism spectrum disorder at Portage North Middle School. Greg, an 8th grader, told the gathering he “can’t bear thinking about” Mark not being his teacher after school ends. “He cares about me,” Greg said. “He’s a great teacher.”
    Greg’s mom, Elaine Catlin, nominated Mark because he “consistently goes the extra mile with all of his students,” she wrote. “He gears his teaching to each child’s individual needs even beyond the goals on the IEP. Mr. Boothby is genuinely concerned about more than just his students’ academic development but their emotional, social and behavioral as well. He is kind and patient. . . . Mr. Boothby’s nurturing relationship with my son will always be a highlight of his education.” The family and Mark are pictured here with Angela Telfer, Director of WoodsEdge Learning Center.
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  • "We're reminded every day that we are truly blessed"
    Kalamazoo Central graduate Devin Oliver helped lead University of Dayton’s basketball team to the NCAA’s Elite 8 this year. His biggest fan along the way was his sister Miya, who has Down Syndrome and is a student at our Young Adult Program. CBS Sports covered their special bond in this moving piece featuring the siblings and their parents: Kelvin Oliver, who recently retired as an officer from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, and Amy Oliver, a math and science consultant for the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency. Have a tissue handy! 
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  • Jacque Eatmon talks about student success and the importance of pre-Kindergarten
    Jacque Eatmon, Coordinator, Great Start Collaborative

    Jacque Eatmon, coordinator of the Kalamazoo RESA Great Start Collaborative, talked with Channel 3 News recently about The Learning Network's  collaborative initiative for kindergarten readiness. The initiative is funded by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here or on the graphic above to hear Jacque's interview.
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