• Meet the Instructional Services Team Staff


    Jennifer Sell
    Dr. Jennifer Sell
    Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
    Tel: (269) 250-9225
    Jenny has been in education for 25 years serving in a variety of roles. After graduating from Michigan State University, she was recruited to teach for Fort Worth Independent School District; a large district with 87,000 students. Jenny taught for eight years receiving an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education from Baylor University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. Upon earning her Masters, she was a principal for seven years for Fort Worth ISD and two years for Mancelona Public Schools in northern Michigan. In 2007 she received an opportunity to work for Charlevoix-Emmet ISD. While in her role as an Instructional Services Coordinator, she was able to follow her passion by supporting districts in the area of leadership development and continuous improvement. Jenny has a true love for learning and completed her Specialist in Educational Leadership in 2011 and recently finished her Doctorate in Educational Leadership both from Central Michigan University. On a personal note, she has two beautiful daughters: Sara, 19, and Emily, 17. All three of them share a passion for golf and enjoy playing the sport together.

    Ethan Alexander
    Ethan Alexander, M.A.
    Positive Behavior Supports Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9233
    Ethan is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist at Kalamazoo RESA.  He specializes in classroom management training. Ethan has also worked extensively in training and coaching in non-structured school areas such as playgrounds and cafeterias. With a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Ethan has over 10 years of experience in child and family therapy.  He has worked in home-based programs, day treatment facilities, as well as residential and in-patient psychiatric programs.  He is also the Executive Director of the Open Roads Bike Program, which helps teach youth social skills and bicycle mechanic skills.

    Patti Andrea
    Patti Andrea
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    Debbie Boersma
    Deborah Boersma, M.A.
    Literacy Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9216
    Debbie is a Literacy Consultant in the Instructional Center. Debbie received her education training and master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Western Michigan University. Debbie has 14 years of teaching experience including both the elementary and middle school settings as well as designing and implementing successful K-8 Summer School programs. Most recently, Debbie worked as a middle school reading interventionist and instructional coach. She also brings her expertise in the areas of using data and quality instruction to implement multi-tiered systems of support in the areas of reading and behavior. Furthermore, Debbie is the recipient of two local Teacher of the Year awards and is a DIBELS Next Mentor.

    Mary Burke
    Mary Burke, M.A.
    Science Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9238
    Mary Burke earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University and Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.   Her prior work experience was as a middle school science teacher for the past twenty years. In addition, she was an Instructional Specialist and Instructional Coach, providing professional development and coaching support to teachers. Mary worked as a teacher in residence at WMU for two years on the Enlist, Equip, and Empower grant and is a part time WMU instructor teaching the Elementary and Middle School Science Methods course.

    Katherine Clark
    Katherine Clark, M.A.
    Literacy Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9208
    Katherine Clark, M.A, currently serves as a Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach for Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center. She received her educational training at Western Michigan University with an early childhood endorsement as well as a master’s degree in the teaching of Reading. Prior to her career at Kalamazoo RESA, Katherine spent 16 years as an elementary teacher and instructional coach. Katherine served as an instructional coach in a priority school supporting teachers in all subject areas. Currently, Katherine supports local districts with the implementation of research based strategies to improve student outcomes. Katherine shares her expertise as a DIBEL’s Mentor and a trainer of Explicit Instruction.

    Soraya Coccimiglio
    Soraya Coccimiglio
    MiBLSi Content Specialist & Equity Coach
    Tel: (269) 250-9226

    Karen Goudie
    Karen Goudie
    Executive Secretary
    Tel: (269) 250-9210

    Lisa Jenkins
    Lisa Jenkins, M.A.
    School Improvement Facilitator
    Tel: (269) 250-9220
    Lisa Jenkins has been an educator for over 26 years. She began her career in Detroit Public Schools as an elementary and middle school teacher, team leader, instructional specialist, school improvement chairperson, and an administrative team member. Lisa comes to us as the School Improvement Specialist for Detroit Public Schools where she provided coaching and support to over 97 schools assisting them in developing effective practices for implementation of the school improvement process; reviewing and analyzing school data; targeting weaknesses and gaps; reviewing research to select the best model/research-based strategies to meet school needs in closing areas of deficit; and assisting in developing goals, objectives, strategies, and activities that were attainable, and sustainable in improving overall student achievement and impact school culture. Lisa has facilitated training in the School Improvement Framework, Multi-Tier Systems of Support, Tools for Continuous School Improvement, Sustainability, Consolidated Budget and Title I support, the Program Evaluation, and Change Systems that supported district and school level administrators, school improvement teams, and school level staff in building their knowledge and understanding of the continuous school improvement process. Lisa is a nationally certified teacher, holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and in Supervision and Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. She will complete her Educational Specialist degree from Oakland University in Early Childhood Special Education this winter.

    Nicole Kalmbach
    Nicole Kalmbach, M.A.
    Literacy Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9215
    Nicole Kalmbach, M.A. currently serves as a Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach for the Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center. She received her educational training at Western Michigan University with endorsements ranging from early childhood to eighth grade and has a master's degree in Educational Technology. She is currently attending Walden University in pursuit of an EdS degree in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment. Prior to her career at Kalamazoo RESA, Nicole spent 15 years working as an elementary teacher, Instructional Specialist, and District MTSS Coordinator. Within her role at the district level, she helped establish district wide systems to support all tiers of instruction, a district coaching model, and supported an initiative for English Language Learners. Currently, Nicole is involved in supporting local districts with the implementation of research based strategies to improve student outcomes. Nicole provides knowledge to educators with her expertise as a DIBELS Next Mentor, Trainer of Explicit Instruction, Rewards, and Phonics for Reading.

    Theresa King
    Theresa King
    Literacy Consultant
    Tel: - (269) 250-9217

    Theresa King, M.A. currently serves as a Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach for the Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center. She received her educational training at Michigan State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education (2004), a M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching (2007), and most recently obtained her Administrator Certification through the Certification Pathway Program (2013). Theresa began her career in the Lakeview School District where she served for nine years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and reading interventionist. In 2013 Theresa accepted the opportunity to serve educators through her roles as a School Improvement Facilitator and Literacy Consultant/Coach, with an emphasis on systems coaching, at the  Calhoun Intermediate School District in Marshall, MI. Through these roles Theresa supported the strengthening of Professional Learning Communities, MTSS, and professional learning systems through classroom and leadership coaching, and the development of continuous improvement processes. Theresa also provided extensive support in developing a system of Instructional Infrastructure in partnership with area districts through the creation of visions of high quality instruction, curricular design, and leadership teams to engage in continuous review to improve instruction for all learners. Currently, Theresa supports educators in the implementation of research based strategies to improve student outcomes in literacy through classroom coaching.


    Nancy Lindahl
    Nancy Lindahl, M.A.
    Positive Behavior Supports Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9231
    Nancy is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist with nearly 40 years’ experience as a Special Education Classroom Teacher and Behavior Specialist in urban settings. She has extensive experience working successfully with “hard to teach” students in both academic and behavioral areas. She has a real passion for working with students and families who are under-resourced, as well as coaching teachers in effective classroom management strategies. For ten years she was the Behavior Specialists in a charter school serving students in preschool through eighth grade. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Western Michigan University and the University of Western Australia in Perth. Nancy received her education training and master’s degree from Western Michigan University and is the recipient of several local, state and national teaching awards.

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    Melissa Nantais, Ph.D.
    MiBLSi Professional Learning Coordinator
    Tel: (269) 605-9933
    Melissa is the Professional Learning Coordinator for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Supports Initiative (MiBLSi) housed in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. Before starting at Kalamazoo RESA, Melissa was a faculty member in the School Psychology program at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has also worked as a school psychologist for two years with Kalamazoo Public Schools. Melissa also worked for seven years in the greater Cincinnati as a school psychologist and as an educational consultant, trainer and coach with a specialty in collaborative consultation for systems change related to Response to Intervention (RtI). Melissa received her B.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy in Psychology and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.

    Amy Pratt
    Amy Pratt, M.A.
    K-12 Math Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9343
    Amy is a Mathematics Consultant in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. She specializes in working with students who have a history of struggling with mathematics, as well as using data to inform instructional practices. Amy received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's degree in Teaching and Learning, both from Western Michigan University. Amy has 14 years of mathematics teaching experience in the middle school setting. Most recently, Amy worked as a math specialist, designing and implementing a school-wide mathematics intervention program.

    Diane Owen-Rogers
    Diane Owen-Rogers, Ph.D.
    K-12 Math Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9224
    Diane Owen-Rogers, Ph.D. is a Mathematics Consultant in the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in secondary mathematics education from Western Michigan University (WMU) as well as a doctorate in evaluation from WMU. Diane’s 16 years of service in the educational system includes experience teaching middle and high school mathematics, coaching K-12 mathematics, curriculum development, and school improvement efforts such as data analysis and strategic planning. Diane has instructed preservice teacher and graduate courses at the university level and has published her research in book chapters and conference proceedings. Additionally, Diane was a graduate research assistant on a National Science Foundation Assessment for Learning grant where she researched effective pedagogical practices related to formative assessment in STEM education and facilitated workshops on the local, national, and international levels. Diane brings expertise in applying Anti-Bias Education pedagogy to the classroom to promote access and equity.

    John Vail
    John Vail
    MiBLSi Technical Assistance Partner & Implementation Specialist
    Tel: (269) 250-9223
    John is a Technical Assistance Partner for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative through the Instructional Center at Kalamazoo RESA.  Most recently John spent three years as a middle school principal for a local district.  Prior to serving as a principal, John was an Educational Consultant for Kalamazoo RESA for six years.  During that time, he served as a trainer and coach for data-based decision making initiatives in instruction and leadership.  Twelve years in the business world as an engineer/project manager and now 20 years in public education gives John somewhat of a unique perspective on the interaction between schools and communities and their need to focus on important student outcomes. John received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and his masters and Educational Specialist degree from Western Michigan University.

    Mikel Vallier
    Mikel Vallier
    Math Consultant
    Tel: - (269) 250-9319
    Mikel taught for 16 years in Lakeview School District.  During that time, he worked as a math instructional coach and interventionist for Calhoun ISD.  He also is certified as a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist, and worked to help develop a math and reading intervention system for elementary and middle grades. 

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    Meranda Miller 
    MiBLSi Program Administrative Assistant
    Tel: (269) 250-9218
    Email: meranda.miller@kresa.org