Ensuring inclusion and equity for different learners in Birmingham Public Schools.

Welcome to

FRIENDS of Different Learners

FRIENDS is an independent organization of parents, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

Disability Awareness Workshop 2022
Disability Awareness Workshop 2022

Connect with FRIENDS

Stay connected with and up to date on important news and events for families raising different learners in Birmingham Public Schools.

Building Representatives

Contact your FRIENDS building representative for questions or advice on how to navigate the special education program in your school.

Adult Transition Program

Catherine Lewandowski 

Birmingham Covington School

Amy Slosar

Berkshire Middle School

Carnella Johnson

Beverly Elementary

Jen Moore

Bingham Elementary

Sara Grezlik

Derby Middle School

Carrie Chapie

Greenfield Elementary

Jessica LaRose

Groves High School

Alicia Acey

Harlan Elementary

Gloria Dunn


Stacie Makris

Pembroke Elementary

Deanna Predium

Pierce Elementary

Trish Olevnik

Quarton Elementary

Carrie Chapie

Seaholm High School

Catherine Lewandowski

West Maple Elementary

Renee Blohm


Thank You to Our Volunteers

Friends of Different Learners is proud of the many volunteers who lend enthusiastic support, strong leadership, and heartfelt advocacy to our organization and community.  Countless hours and boundless energy allow our many annual projects like the Appreciation Awards, Camp & Resource Fair, Disability Awareness Workshop, and LINKS to continue to flourish.

Contact Us


P.O. Box 233, Birmingham, MI 48012-0233