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Michele Kuczera
Child Find Coordinator
248.726.3077
mkuczera@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

I have been privileged to work in Rochester Community Schools since 1990.  I served as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in both our 3-5 and 0-3 programs, working with students with a variety of special needs including cognitive impairments, autism, emotional impairments, physical impairments, and speech delays for 22 years.  For the last 6 years, I have served on the Child Find Team as Coordinator.  I work with children and families to provide resources, arrange evaluations, observations, and help coordinate services for children with special needs ages 3-5.  I also help to oversee our 3-5 ECSE Programs and speech services.

A native of Michigan, I attended Michigan State University where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Teaching and Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement.  I then received a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where I also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Education for the Special Education department. I worked as a Resource Teacher and Basic Classroom teacher for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in NC and also in Utica Community Schools.

I have three grown children and live with my husband and dog in Macomb Township.  I feel very blessed by my opportunity to spend my career working with young children with special needs and their families.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about your child's development or about our programs and services.

 

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Elizabeth Roberts
School Psychologist
248.726.3068
eroberts@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

I am a School Psychologist so excited to work with 3-5 year old preschoolers and their families.  As part of the Child Find Team, I help support preschoolers with unique needs and to identify students eligible for special education services. While the multidisciplinary evaluations we conduct are fun and child-centered, these assessments provide information about a student's learning and development that guides our planning and recommendations for them.  In addition, I also enjoy collaborating and problem-solving with a team of colleagues to support preschoolers, families and teachers in Rochester Community Schools Pre-K classrooms.

As a native Floridian, I moved north to Michigan in 2008, first assisting with data collection for HighScope research on preschool GSRP programs. In 2010 I began my current position as School Psychologist with Rochester Community Schools working in early childhood. I graduated from Sewanee: Univeristy of the South in Tennessee with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I earned my Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. There I had experience in rural and small urban public school districts, as well as a clinic setting with clincial supervision, while providing a full range of psychological services for all ages of students.  After time off to be a full-time parent, I now live in Rochester Hills with my husband and have two daughters, a teenager and young adult  In my free time I enjoy traveling back down south to see friends and family, cooking and baking old-fashioned Southern dishes for my family, and exploring Detroit and the great Michigan outdoors.

I am dedicated to improving outcomes for all preschoolers and their families.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

 

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Kate Galli
Speech & Language Pathologist
248.726.3066
kgalli@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

My name is Kate Galli and I have been a Speech -Language Pathologist in Rochester Community Schools since 2002. My first five years were spent at the middle and elementary school levels. However, I quickly found my niche working with preschool aged children. I had the opportunity to work in preschool programs for students with autism, cognitive impairments, emotional impairments and speech and language delays for six years and also with our 0-3 program for one year. I am currently on the Child Find Team and also teach speech therapy classes for preschool students.

I attended Michigan State University where I recieved a Bachelor's Degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I then attended Wayne State University where a I received a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

I currenlty live in Troy with my husband, son, daughter, dog and cat. I absolutely love working with children and their families. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your child and their development.

 

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Amy Phaneuf
School Social Worker
248.726.3080
aphaneuf@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

My name is Amy Phaneuf and I am a School Social Worker. I have worked in Rochester Community Schools for 22 years; 14 at the high school level and the past 8 in Early Childhood Special Education and Child Find. As a School Social Worker, I provide social/ emotional/ behavioral supports to 3-5 year old students, their parents and the staff who teach them. Although I work in Special Education, I am also part of a team providing support to the students, families and staff who are part of the RCS general education preschool family.

I grew up in the town of Pinconning, Michigan. I attended Central Michigan University where I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I attended the University of Michigan where I received a Master's of Social Work Degree with a certification in School Social Work. Prior to working in RCS, I was a Substance Abuse Therapist in Lapeer and spent a year as a School Social Worker in Flint Community Schools and Buena Vista Schools in Saginaw.

I have worked with students with a variety of challenges in a variety of settings, including autism, cognitive impairments, anxiety and depression, speech difficulties, social difficulties behavior difficulties and more. Please don't hestitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns regarding the social/emotional/behavior development of your child.

 

 

 

Laurie Anton, OTR
Occupational Therapist
lanton@rochester.k1.mi.us

 

Born and raised in Michigan, I earned my BS in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and began my career at Crittenton Hospital in acute care. As my family grew, so did my interest in early childhood and development which led me to join the specialized team of therapists and educators of Rochester Community Schools. With over 30 years, I bring an expertise of fine motor development and functional fine motor skills needed to be successful in the educational model, while helping to identify developmental and physical challenges of children ages 3-5.

As a school Occupational Therapist, I also, have the unique experience of being part of a variety of special education teams from the ages of 3 years old to 26 years old. Having this perspective has been a valuable tool as a part of the Project Find 3-5 team. My personal professional goal is to support children in their educational journey.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time at our Northern Michigan "escape" cottage on Bois Blanc Island, where we enjoy the company of family and friends throughout the summer.

 

 

 

Julie Lalik, PT,DPT
Physical Therapist
jlalik@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

As a physical therapist in Early Childhood Education (ECSE) in Rochester Community Schools, I have the utmost pleasure of working with a team of special education experts, supportive families, and great kids. My role in ECSE consists of assessing and providing therapeutic and individualized interventions for students with physical challenges which hinder their function and participation in school-based activities. My primary focus is to make physical therapy one of the most fun times of day for students by implementing motivating, yet challenging gross motor activities through play.

Although I have been working as a physical therapist since 1997, I have practiced in both Early Intervention and the school setting since 2010. Since beginning pediatric practice in an educational setting, I have found true joy in my career. I earned my Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Oakland University and recently completed my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, in 2018, from Northeastern University with an emphasis in Pediatrics.

My husband, three teenagers, two dogs and I enjoy spending time at our family cottage in Lake City, Michigan. My hobbies include watching my children grow and enjoy their sports and activities( cross country, track, volleyball and theater) watching HGTV, and singing much too loud to county music in my car. I also enjoy serving at my church.

Please always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about your child's gross motor development.

 

 

 

Francine Klayo
Speech & Language Pathologist
fklayo@rochester.k12.mi.us