Lincoln Developmental Center
Pine Grove is part of the Lincoln Campus continuum and is staffed with caring and dedicated staff who feel privileged to support student learning. Many great things are happening at Pine Grove.
Programming includes speech, physical and occupational therapy as needed, as well as school-wide art therapy, sensory room opportunities, music therapy, adapted physical education and aquatics through a full-function therapeutic pool.
The MOVE (Mobility, Opportunity Via Education) philosophy and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) are woven into instruction.
Pine Grove students and staff utilize the acronym HAWK (Helpful, Aware, Willing, Kind) to guide how we work together. Pine Grove facilities allows for students to utilize the hallway and other open spaces for therapy, a courtyard garden, kitchen and laundry area to practice and incorporate daily living skills. In addition to alignment with the Michigan Essential Elements and the Michigan Curriculum Framework, an emphasis on communication and activities of daily living are embedded in teaching and learning at Pine Grove.
Pine Grove's Students
Students at Pine Grove are grade kindergarten through age 26 who live in NEED TO LIST THEM the southeastern districts of Kent ISD. Each student who attends our school qualifies for special education and has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Most of the students’ learning needs are in the areas of severe multiple impairment, cognitive impairment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Joining the Pine Grove Family
Students have the opportunity to attend Pine Grove if they live in one of Kent ISD's southeastern school districts NEED TO LIST THEM!! and an IEP decision is made that the student should attend a center-based program. The student's home district initiates the enrollment process.
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Get to know our principal
Laura Ochoa began a career in education in 1999, after working in business and the health field. Laura has a teaching certificate with endorsements in cognitive and emotional impairments. She held a variety of teaching positions in general and special education classrooms and taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Laura became a school administrator in 2009, and has since served as a special education supervisor, curriculum coordinator and principal/administrator at KVO (Kent Vocational Options), Project SEARCH, Community Transition Campus and as a co-principal at Lincoln School. She joined the Pine Grove family as principal in 2019.
Laura genuinely enjoys working with students with special needs, saying, "One of the most amazing aspects of my job is that I get to do what I love. Each day I am able to work with students, the staff who teach and support them and the parents who entrust them to our team. It is very rewarding to see students grow, explore, and make academic and social gains."
Pine Grove Learning Center is a school where students are challenged to learn and grow in a positive learning environment. The learning is supported by talented and dedicated staff who use the curriculum as a guide for instruction geared to meet the needs of each student. Together with parents, the staff at Pine Grove seek out the best approach to instruct each student to communicate and develop skills needed for life.
Administrative Assistant - Deb Dubbink
Deb Dubbink, Administrative Assistant
Deb started working for Grand Rapids Public Schools as a parapro in 1986. In 1990, she became an elementary school secretary. Then, in 2008 she became the administrative assistant for, what was then Grand Rapids Oral Deaf, now the Kent ISD Oral Deaf program, and has been here since.
Deb's experience with children with special needs extends into her personal life. She and her husband have adopted many children with special needs including a now adult daughter who attends another of Kent ISD's special education center programs. She enjoys her work with the Oral Deaf program and says, "I love to see the growth of what they can do even with the barriers that they have."