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Kelly Vigants

Kelly Vigants

Kelly Vigants
Kelly Vigants

Associate Professor
School of Education
Phone: (231) 591-3183
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Western Michigan University, Education and Human Developement
  • Graduate Certification, Western Michigan University, Kinship Care
  • EdS, Grand Valley State University, Educational Leadership
  • MEd, Grand Valley State University, Early Childhood Education
  • BS, Grand Valley State University, Behavioral Science, Sociology

Graduate/Post-Graduate Training

  • Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas


I have been an early childhood educator for over 25 years. I have been in various roles including preschool teacher, childcare center director, consultant, literacy coordinator, and parent educator. I am a first-generation college graduate. I have a master's degree in early childhood, a specialist degree in educational leadership, graduate certification in kinship care, and a doctorate in education and human development. I enjoy working with, and encouraging, education students at Ferris State University.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions


  • Oral Presentation
    Stoetzel, L., Vigants, K., Michigan Reading Association Annual Meeting, "From ideas to action: Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Literacy Goals," Lansing, MI, (March 12, 2022).
  • Oral Presentation
    Vigants, K. (Author & Presenter), Michigan Association of School Boards Winter Institute, "Creating School Policy with a Trauma-Sensitive Approach," (February 2020).
  • Oral Presentation
    Vigants, K. (Presenter), Michigan Head Start Association, "Mental Health in the Workplace: Staff Wellness in Action," (February 2020).