MiBLSi is very excited and proud to welcome these new staff members beginning fall of 2012.
Claire MacArthur - Technical Assistance Partner – Region 1 (Menominee ISD)
Claire, who is beginning her 29th year in education, is a MiBLSi veteran having been involved with the project since Cohort 1, participating as a Reading Coach and as a MiBLSi State Trainer. Claire is a native of the Upper Peninsula. Prior to joining MiBLSi she was a Teacher Consultant at Menominee County ISD for 22 years, starting there in 1990. Claire received her Bachelor Degree from Western Michigan University in Special Education, and her Masters Degree from Northern Michigan University in Learning Disabilities.
Marge Dixon – MiBLSi Regional Secretary – Region 1 (Menominee ISD)
Marge Dixon is currently holding many roles at the Menominee County ISD. She is The Special Education and Early On Assistant, and Data Coordinator. She also partners with her counterpart in General Education in completing Pupil Accounting and Auditing for the ISD. Marge holds a BA from Michigan State University. She lives with her husband and dog in Menominee and is an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan.
Tennille Whitmore – Technical Assistance Partner – Region 8 (Ingham ISD)
Tennille is also a MiBLSi veteran acting for many years as a MiBLSi Coach and State Trainer. Tennille received her Masters Degree in K-12 Literacy from Central Michigan University and has worked as a Middle School Math & Science teacher (1 year), 2nd grade teacher (6 years), and as the Title 1 Teacher/Director with Mid-Michigan Public Schools where she was also the District School Improvement Chair and School Improvement Building Facilitator.
Aaron Barnes - MiBLSi Content Specialist
Aaron completed his doctoral training in school psychology at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in function-based supports. Earlier training included a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Before joining the MiBLSi Professional Learning Unit as a content specialist, Aaron worked at a public university in Wisconsin where he trained future professionals in school psychology, school counseling, mental health counseling, and special education. Prior to this he worked to provide a continuum of behavior-focused supports across a multi-tiered model for 5 rural districts in Minnesota as part of the St. Croix River Education District. Aaron currently lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Emily, their infant daughter Lucia, and their lab-mix dog, Darwin.
Pam Radford - MiBLSi Content Specialist
This past year, Pamela M. Radford, Ph.D. served as the Statewide Administrator for the Illinois RtI Network, a State Personnel Development Grant in IL, with mission to improve the learning and performance of all students by building the capacity of schools to develop, use, and sustain a multi-tiered system of research-based instruction, curricula, intervention, and assessment by providing professional development through training, technical assistance, and coaching. Pam spent many years working for the Northern Suburban Special Education District, providing coaching and professional development to districts in using data based decision making to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. She coordinated professional development activities for member districts and served as a Northern Regional Coordinator for Illinois ASPIRE, a statewide professional development and technical assistance grant to support implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI). Her training and coaching experience include problem solving and data based decision making, functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans, Curriculum Based Measurement, and academic interventions. She has presented at national and statewide conferences and has published in school psychology journals on the topic of functional behavioral assessment in school settings. Pam received her doctoral degree in psychology from Western Michigan University in 2000.
Stephanie Dyer – MiBLSi Content Specialist
Stephanie received her Ed.S. in School Psychology from Michigan State University in 1992 and has worked in Calhoun ISD, Lansing Public Schools, Ionia Public Schools, and Ionia Intermediate School District as a school psychologist, behavior specialist, and autism consultant. For the past eleven years, Stephanie worked for Clinton County RESA as a school psychologist, Early Childhood special education supervisor, and primarily, as the Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Team coordinator. Stephanie was a founding member of both the RtI Core Team and the RtI Implementation Team at CCRESA and she served as a mentor coach. At the state level, Stephanie has been involved with the Statewide Autism Resources and Training grant as a state-wide presenter and content developer and sat on the team that recently developed Michigan’s ASD Strategic Plan. Stephanie has also worked with MiBLSi as a state trainer.