Meet our Support Staff


Mary Musto, Teacher Consultant


I'm Mary Musto, Teacher Consultant and Interventionist for the Transition Center. I love working in education and love to learn. This love of learning has lead me to completing several degrees. I have a Bachelors Degree from Aquinas College and Masters Degrees from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in both Gifted & Talented and Special Education. I have completed graduate work in Teaching, Curriculum & Educational Policy from Michigan State University and am currently enrolled in a Behavior Analysis program at GVSU.

I have several certifications, to include Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Special Education Supervisor, Teacher Consultant.

My husband and I are proud parents of three daughters and we have one very large dog. I love to keep active and especially enjoy biking.

 

Staff photo of Toni Verburg

 

Toni Verburg, Math Support Specialist

 

Hello! I am Toni Verburg, Math Support Specialist at Kent Transition Center.  I assist the program instructors with math lessons and meet with students who need individual support in math.  My background is in Finance, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University.  I worked as a Financial Advisor before staying home to raise my kids and then did substitute teaching which made me realize that I love to teach! I hope to show students the value of learning math for their everyday lives.

My husband owns his own residential framing company which keeps him very busy. We have three children.  We all enjoy being outdoors in our free time.  We love to go camping, fishing, swimming, boating and golfing in the summer time.  My kids play several sports so you can always find us at a cross country meet, a basketball game, a soccer game or a baseball game.  I am excited to be in my first year at KTC!

 


Lonnie Whitaker, Student Success Coach


I'm Lonnie Whitaker and I am a Student Success Coach at Kent Transition Center.  I support students to help develop specific work skills and career & employability skills that are needed to be successful on a worksite.

I have been at KTC since 2014 and prior to that I worked as a Behavior Interventionist for Forest Hills Public Schools. I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Education degree from Grand Valley State University.
 


Eric VanDyke, Responsible Thinking Process Facilitator / Safety & Security