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...



Christen Kochanski

B.A. Elementary Education - Learning


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...


Katie Petty

Bachelors Spec. Ed., Masters Ed. Theory


Katie Petty is in her first year as a High School English Teacher at Lake Michigan Academy. Katie has been teaching for almost eleven years...


Heather Reynolds



Heather Reynolds began her teaching career in Iowa where she assisted K-12 home-schoolers for thirteen years and taught in an elementary...


Paul Shade

B.A. Social Studies


Paul Shade is a second 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...


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.