Early Childhood: Exceptional Education Needs Teacher: Bryanna Clendenning, BSE/EC:EEN- Bryanna graduated for The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in 2017. She obtained a teaching licensure through the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. She also received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2014 from Gateway Technical College. Bryanna has worked with children for over 10 years in childcare settings as well as the public school settings. Her passion is working with young children, as well as their families, to facilitate the skills that are necessary to maintain a healthy educational career throughout life.
Occupational Therapist - Kaitlyn Hasen, BS/OTR - Katie has worked with the pediatric population for over 20 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison in 1996. She specializes in autism spectrum disorders, sensory integrative difficulties, and is a certified infant massage instructor. She has 3 children of her own, with one child having autism. She feels very passionate to assist and educate others with their journey with a special needs child.
Physical Therapist - Michelle Kreiter, BS/PT- Michelle has been with RCOC as a Physical Therapist since January 1999. Michelle graduated from Marquette University in 1991 with a BS in Physical Therapy. She has a passion for all children with special needs, but do gravitate to diagnoses of Downs Syndrome and Spina Bifida. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a special interest/emphasis on children and families. Michelle has certifications with special needs Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. She also teaches adult yoga in her hometown.
Service Coordinator - Kelly Lindstrom, BS - Kelly began working at RCOC in September 2002. She has a Bachelors degree in Science emphasizing in Special Education. She has a total of 13 years experience working with children. She has three young children of her own, and her sister has special needs.
Service Coordinator - Amanda Johnson, MA
Growing up in a large blended family, with siblings of varying abilities and challenges, provided me with patience and understanding as well as a desire to help individuals and families reach their highest potential and desired goals. I went on to explore human development beginning with children and spent 3 years as an infant and toddler teacher. During my time as a teacher, it became apparent that families need support from the people involved in their children’s lives. I started a breakfast program at the center where children could have a hot meal at a table together then proceed with routines of the day as if they were at home; brushing teeth, washing faces, getting dressed, etc.. The program was accompanied by age-specific nutritional training for parents to carry-over in the home. My passion for helping others never wavered. I went on to study Neurological Disorders and Psychology, working with the young adult and aging population, in vocational and residential settings, helping people with special needs reach for the greatest quality of life with the least amount of restriction. Ultimately leading me to RCOC. I’m grateful to be a part of the Birth to 3 program, helping children and families learn and grow together! 😊
Service Coordinator - Julie Kistner
High school: Marian Catholic High School (home of the famous nun from the Chicago White Sox game, Sister Mary Jo)
College: Prairie State College
College: Loras College- psychology major
Work: Easterseals CFC12
Played college softball.My favorite band is the shaggs
Speech/Language Pathologist - Katie Canning, MS/CFY
Katie graduated with a Master's Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University in 2017. She has experience working with children in a pediatric community clinic and elementary school setting. Katie has always been passionate about working with children, and became particularly interested in the Birth to 3 population during a pediatric clinical rotation in graduate school. Her areas of focus include speech sound disorders, language difficulties, and autism.
Speech/Language Pathologist - Karen Lien, MA/CCC
Speech/Language Pathologist - Christina Spaeth, MA/CFY
Christina graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa in 2018. She has experience working with children in the hospital, schools, and adaptive athletic programs. Christina has always loved working with children and became interested in Birth-3 when working at RCOC as an SLP assistant in 2016. Her focus areas are: language difficulties, autism, feeding/swallowing, and speech sound disorders. She has a sister with significant disabilities and is passionate about helping parents and siblings on the journey of a child with special needs.