About KEC Oakleigh
Kent Education Center at Oakleigh serves students K-8 who have significant emotional impairments and persistent behavioral concerns. The goal is to teach coping skills and strategies that will allow students to self-regulate their behaviors and transition back to their local school program. We use methods such as Zones of Regulation, Mindfulness, and Restorative practices to address students' behavioral and emotional learning needs. For teaching Social Skills, we use Girls and Boys Town.
KEC Oakleigh provides programs and services on behalf of the member districts in Kent County. Enrollment is determined through the Individual Education Program (IEP) team process.
Here is a link to view our Special Education Directory of service providers in Kent County area schools.
Principal - Lisa Merritt
Lisa Merritt, principal
Get to know our principal
Lisa Merrit has worked in the center based programs, operated by Grand Rapids Public Schools and now Kent ISD, since 1991. She began her career as a teacher of students with multiple impairments at Lincoln Developmental Center (LDC). She stepped into the principal position at LDC in July of 2004. In 2014, she became principal at Lincoln school and served until November 2017 when she became principal at KEC Oakleigh.
Lisa loves working with students with special needs saying, "Simply put, I love advocating for students with the most significant barriers to learning and success. There is nothing more rewarding than helping these students and their families."
Lisa's vision is for Oakleigh to operate as a short term, intensive program for students. The goal is to teach coping skills and strategies that will allow students to self-regulate their behaviors and transition back to their local school program.
Kent Educational Center Oakleigh
2223 Gordon NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504