Special Education » Special Education

Special Education


Dr. Derek Cooley - Special Education Director
Kathy Erdmans - Special Education Secretary
Katie Burpee - Occupational Therapist
Chris Mayer - School Psychologist

Godwin Heights Public Schools provides supports in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for ALL students.  If an academic, social/emotional, speech or fine/gross motor concern arises with a student, a formal intervention is activated.  Please contact the building principal to begin this process.

Diagnostic services are available to any resident of the Godwin Heights School District, Anchorpoint, West Michigan Lutheran High School, or registered home-schoolers.  Psychological, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language and social work testing are available.

Godwin Heights provides Special Education Support Services in all four school buildings.  Godwin Heights is using the criteria of “Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses” to determine the existence of a specific learning disability.  Social work, speech and language, and occupational therapies are also available.

Godwin Heights Public Schools is part of Region III of Kent County which is comprised of Byron Center, Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, Grandville, Kelloggsville, and Wyoming Public Schools.  Godwin Heights houses the High School Regional Emotionally Impaired program (REI) as well as two elementary Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms and one middle school ASD classroom.

Support for non-school aged students is provided through the following options: itinerant services (speech & language, social work and/or occupational therapy) and our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.

For more information, contact Derek Cooley, Special Education Director at 616-252-2090, or Kathy Erdmans, Administrative Assistant at 616-252-2090.