• How to Obtain Services

    Kalamazoo RESA, along with the local districts and Public-School Academies in our service area, provides a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities birth to age 26 at no cost.

    Public schools have an obligation to find children/young adults who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education and related services. This process is known as "Child Find."

    If disability is suspected, contact the following based on the child/young adult’s age:
    • Birth-3: Contact Early On at (269) 250-9649      
    • Ages 3-5: Contact PET  at (269) 250-9670 or Build Up
    • Ages 5-17: Contact the classroom teacher and/or building administrator
    • Ages 18+: Contact your teacher or instructor
    Each school district in Kalamazoo RESA's service area is a member of a special education regional service area. Questions about special education, how to obtain services, or what to do if a disability is suspected can also be directed to these regional offices, as well as KRESA. The location and contact information are listed below: 

    Central Service Area – Kalamazoo Public Schools

    Director: Rikki Saunders
    Email: saundersrt@kalamazoopublicschools.net
    Phone: (269) 337-0161
    Fax: (269) 337-0169
    Address: 1220 Howard St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

    Eastern Service Area – Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Parchment

    Director: Janan Zimmerman
    Email: janan.zimmerman@garams.org
    Phone: (269) 484-2128 
    Fax: (269) 484-2113
    Address: 1076 N. 37th St., Galesburg, MI 49053

    Southern Service Area – Portage, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg

    Director: Jeanine Mattson-Gearhart, Ed. D.
    Email: jmattsongearhart@portageps.org
    Phone: (269) 323-5010
    Fax: (269) 323-5011
    Address: 8107 Mustang Dr., Portage, MI 49002

    Kalamazoo RESA

    Executive Director for Special Education: Angela Telfer
    Email: angela.telfer@kresa.org
    Contact: (269) 250-9346
    Fax: (269) 250-9322
    Address: 1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage, MI. 49002

    Program Improvement and Accountability Director: Shelly Hawthorne
    Email: shelly.hawthorne@kresa.org
    Contact: (269) 250-9228
    Fax: (269) 250-9322
    Address: 1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage, MI. 49002

    Early Intervention and Special Services Administrator: Jen Sova
    Email: jennifer.sova@kresa.org
    Contact: (269) 250-9678
    Fax: (269) 250-9671
    Address: 4606 Croyden Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. 49006