Meet Our Internship Facilitators
Hello! My name is Mike Kelley and I am the Internship Facilitator for Regions 3 and 4. Included in these regions are Grand Rapids Public Schools and all the school districts located within the southwest corner of Kent County. I have been at Kent Transition Center (KTC) for the last eight years and taught in Grand Rapids Public Schools for 16 years prior to coming to KTC. I have several advanced degrees and enjoy learning about current issues in education. Before becoming an educator, I held various positions within the private sector relating to customer service, sales, management, and construction.
My wife, Angie, and I have three children. I enjoy working in the garden, building things, and playing guitar. What I like best about being a teacher is having the opportunity to help students who are struggling in school and I enjoy watching students succeed in real work environments.
Hello! My name is Ben Trentham and I am the Internship Facilitator for Regions 1 and 2. These areas include Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, Kenowa Hills, Kent City, Kentwood, Lowell, Northview, Rockford, Sparta, and Thornapple Kellogg I visit students at least once per month, and am responsible for maintaining their attendance records, grades, and collaborating with my team and local schools districts (LEA's) to ensure each student reaches their fullest potential.
I was born and raised in Holt, Michigan, which is just outside of Lansing. After high school, I attended Eastern Michigan University where I received a Bachelor's in Special Education with endorsements in Cognitive Impairments and Secondary Education. While at Eastern, I had the opportunity to participate in teacher-assisting and student teaching at Chelsea High School, Pathfinder Middle School (Pickney, Michigan), and Okemos High School. I moved to Grand Rapids in 2010 and began teaching for Grand Rapids Public Schools, where I also acted as the assistant varsity baseball coach. I am currently working on completion of a Master's degree in Special Education at Grand Valley State University.
During my free time, I enjoy all sports (mostly baseball), watching tv and movies, spending time with friends and family, and visiting cities around the country.