KIVA Staff

KIVA Staff

We are proud to introduce the KIVA Staff: 


Dave Emeott - Lead Teacher

BA- Secondary Education, Mathematics, Central Michigan University
MA- Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
Michigan Department of Education Teacher of the Year Finalist -12-13

Currently in my 18th year of education we are excited about the options students have in their education. It is our goal at KIVA to meet students where they are at and help them to develop emotionally and educationally into productive individuals. Please contact me about all things pertaining to KIVA at


Lindsey Grysen - Math Teacher/Technical Support

BA- Secondary Education, Mathematics, Western Michigan University

I am entering my 6th year teaching at Kentwood Public Schools. The last 3 years have been spent teaching in an online/blended learning environment. I am honored to be involved in the development of KIVA and offering students the flexibility and accommodations needed to succeed.


Lisa Erhart-McManus, German Teacher

BA - Secondary Education, German, Western Michigan University
MA - School Counseling, Grand Valley State University

I have been teaching at East Kentwood High School for 19 years and I absolutely love the staff and students! I teach all levels of German and I also teach Public Speaking. I am excited to be part of KIVA and be able to provide a great online experience for our Kentwood community and beyond. I think the flexibility of this kind of education is thrilling and I can't wait to see the great results! Please contact me about the KIVA German courses at


Mrs. Janelle L. Miles, ELA Teacher

Awards: GVSU Shakespeare Festival-Graduate writing contest winner, 2008

BA in English and Education from WMU, 2001
MA in English Literature from GVSU, 2013


Kristen Outwater - Spanish Teacher

BA- Secondary Education, Spanish, Grand Valley State University
MA- Post-Secondary and Higher Education, Capella University

I have been in the field of education for 13 years. I have taught ESL with Zeeland Public Schools, Spanish with Kentwood Public Schools, and online Spanish for many school districts around Michigan. I love East Kentwood and I love the flexibility that an online education gives our students. I am excited to be a part of KIVA and be a part of diverse program offerings for our diverse students. Please contact me about the KIVA Spanish courses at


Chad VanHouten - Science Teacher

BS- Calvin College: Secondary Education: Biology and Chemistry
MA - Grand Valley State University - Educational Leadership
VanAndel Institute Partner in Science 2-Year Intern

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the amazing and bright students at East Kentwood High School. This is my 13th year of teaching at EK, and there is no where else I would rather be. I have taught Chemistry, Biology, AP Biology, Science Concepts, Credit Recover Science, ACT Prep, and multiple other science classes throughout my career. I am excited to add KIVA to the list of ways I can help our Kentwood Community.

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Kathryn Van Overen- Social Studies/Guidance

Degree: BA, History, Psychology, and Social Studies, Secondary Education, Hope College, 1992
MA, School Counseling, Grand Valley State University, 2006

East Kentwood has been my teaching home for 22 years. For the first 14 years, I taught social studies, including World Studies, US History, World Religions, Student Council, and Multicultural Issues. After my teaching experience, I became a school counselor with the privilege of working with the same students. This year is also my 4th as the department chair. I love working with students in any capacity, and am excited for this opportunity to help students with social studies course work and post secondary planning. Please contact me at