Meet Our Instructional staff

CORE WEST

  Michael Spagnuolo, Instructor

Hello! My name is Michael Spagnuolo (Span-yo-lo), and I love being a teacher! I am passionate about teaching the fundamental career and employability skills necessary for success! KTC CORE is a place where students can feel safe, learn a wide variety of vocational skills and soft skills, and increase their confidence and independence. I believe that being positive is contagious and it promotes the proper learning environment for success.

I have had the honor of working with students in special education throughout Kent County for over 15 years. My mission is to improve the lives of every student I'm privileged to work with. Before creating KTC CORE, I was a Work Based Learning Facilitator at Kent Transition Center. Previously, I started the R1TS #1 Transition Program at Rockford Public Schools, and started my career as a Child Care Worker at Grand Rapids Public Schools for ten years, working at KEC Beltline and Kent Vocational Options (KVO).

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is where I obtained my Special Education degree, with endorsements in Emotional Impairment, Cognitive Impairment and Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree at GVSU in Special Education Administration; being a lifelong learner allows me to implement best practices in my program. I completed my student teaching experiences at GRPS, Northview Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, and Caledonia Community Schools.

My wife, Melanie, and I have two sons, Dominic, and Isaiah and we love spending time with family. In my spare time, I enjoy yard work, cooking, reading, traveling, woodworking, many outdoor activities and working on projects around the house. For additional information, you can view my LinkedIn Page.

  Megan MacNaughton, CTE Specialist

As an educator who is passionate about seeing students succeed, I have had the privilege of teaching vocational skills for over seven years. Beginning with Grand Rapids Public Schools, I have coached in the Project SEARCH school-to-work program, Kent Vocational Options, and the downtown Grand Rapids job training program at First Place. Currently, I work for Kent Transition Center as a CTE Specialist for KTC CORE West, located at Visser Family YMCA in Grandville. At CORE West, I especially enjoy seeing students' vocational and personal growth!

A musician by training, I also teach piano and have served as Director of Music on the East coast and in the Midwest. With my husband, Roger, I own the recording studio, Acoustic Arts Music, where projects have included recording and producing nine award-winning instrumental CDs, providing the music underscore for a film documentary, producing an audio CD for the Lena Meijer Children's Garden grand opention, and providing the closing score for the December 2013 CBS holiday episode of "CSI".

I love gardening and sewing, have two grown children, Drew and Eric, and am the proud parent to a very spoiled, but affectionate cat, Boo Radley!