• Mrs. Lanelle Collins

    Welcome to Round Lake Transition Center, where transition is our mission!

    Mrs. Collins Graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Special Education, and has also earned a M.Ed. in Leadership Administration from National Louis University. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 2000. In 2008, she secured a position, in Round Lake Area School District 116, as a Dean of Students. This is her 12th year working in an administrative capacity in Round Lake. She has served as Assistant Principal for John T. Magee Middle School and Round Lake Middle School, in the areas of curriculum and instruction, and student services. Those positions allowed her to enhance ways to build culture and improve discussions around classroom instruction, and behavior in all classrooms with a focus on Special Education, and all aspects of student services.

    Currently, Mrs. Collins, serves as the Special Education Coordinator for the Round Lake Transition Center. Where the focus is to facilitate the transition from school to post-school activities, for young adults between the ages of 18-21 years of age, in the areas of independent living skills, post-secondary education, social/leisure activities, and competitive integrated employment.

    This year we have secured the Secondary Transitional Experience Program grant, (STEP) which will allow us to train students within the Round Lake community by developing partnerships with local businesses as training sites. Currently we have secured Walmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Lake’s Bowl, Richard’s Chicken, and Ribs, Polar Wire, Oak Hill Assisted Living Facility, and LA Fitness. In addition, the Transition Center students have created our own dog treat business. (Arf-Arf Treats) The treats come in 3 flavors, wheat free, vegetarian, and meat flavored, and can be purchased on our website for .50 cents a bag, by using the following website. www.arfarftreats@rlas-116.org

     

    Ms. Gina Costa

    Gina Costa is the Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) for the Round Lake Transition Center and the Out Placement Representative. Gina has been teaching for 11 years and has been an educational team leader on various teams for the past seven years. Gina attended Illinois State University for her bachelor's degree in education and received her master's degree from Northeastern in administration. Gina was a SILT leader for 2nd grade and her special education team last year. Gina is very excited to be working with the transition staff and students this year.