Who We Are


Kristina Eppinga

B.S. Special Education,

M.A. in School Counseling

Kristina Eppinga has been a part of Lake Michigan Academy’s program for fourteen years. ᅠShe is currently teaching Social Skills and Health...



Sarah Holderbaum

B.A. English Education


Sarah Holderbaum has been teaching English and math at the high school level since coming to Lake Michigan Academy in 2012...



Christen Kochanski

B.A. Elementary Education - Learning


Mrs. Christen Kochanski graduated from Aquinas College in 2006 with a major in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and a minor in...


Erin Olson

B.A., M.Ed (Special Education)

Erin Olson has been teaching at Lake Michigan Academy for eight years. Currently, she teaches upper elementary students...


Paul Shade

B.A. Social Studies

Paul Shade is a first year teacher at Lake Michigan Academy. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies, with minors in...


David Staal

B.A. Education - English, Language Arts

David Staal is in his sixth year of teaching here at Lake Michigan Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University...


Katie Thompson

B.A. Education - Learning Disabilities


Katie Thompson has been teaching high school math at Lake Michigan Academy for five years. In that time she has taught Geometry,...



Garret VanGessel

B.A and B.M.E Music Ed. and Biology


Garret VanGessel has been teaching middle school science and history at Lake Michigan Academy since 2013. He is also the founder...



Priscilla Veneklase

Assoc. of Arts, B.S


Priscilla Veneklase has been the high school science teacher at Lake Michigan Academy for five years. She has an Associates of Arts...



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LMA is a regional resource and the only dedicated school in West Michigan to educate students with learning disabilities.