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.
Anya VanElderen, Math Support Specialist
Hi! My name is Anya Van Elderen, and I am the Math Student Support Specialist at the Kent Transition Center. I support students in developing the math skills that they need for their career and everyday life. Money, measurement, fractions, and personal finances are some of the skills that we focus on at KTC.
I have been at KTC since 2014. I have worked in education since 2005, including working as a Bilingual Paraprofessional, an elementary ELL Teacher, and an Adult ESL and GED Instructor. I enjoy helping students understand the parts of different concepts and then seeing them apply those concepts to their lives. The Transition Center provides students with many opportunities to do this!
Some other things I enjoy are reading, playing soccer, kayaking, and traveling.
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.