Family Check-In Meetings
Special Education to host monthly Virtual Discussion between Families, Administration, and Staff
Our next Family Check-In Meeting series will occur over the next two weeks. Our morning meeting will be taking place on Thursday, September 24th from 9-10a, and the evening meeting will be Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 6-7p. Please click on the corresponding days on the calendar on the right-hand side of this page for the Zoom links. Just a reminder effective August 28, 2020, meetings with students requires authentication. Students (and families) who used Zoom last year have until the 28th to be sure that they “switch” to our San Juan Zoom license so that they will not be locked out of the Zoom live sessions. Support for teachers to turn on authentication for meetings with students on or after August 28 and support for learners and families to switch to the San Juan Zoom license is included in the Distance Learning Hub and also on the "Using Zoom for Live Interactions" and “Zoom Settings” documents. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting!
Family Supports for Students with Disabilities Workshop Series
Strategies for Success
Thank you for taking the time to join our De-Escalation Workshop on September 17th, 2020. Our next meeting in this parent workshop series will be presented in two parts, the first of which is taking place on October 22nd at 6p via Zoom. This presentation will give families tools to use and implement at home to provide the structure necessary for their student's success. The second part, scheduled to take place on October 29th at 6p via Zoom, will discuss ways to motivate your student to invest in their education. Please click on the corresponding dates on our calendar on the right-hand side of this webpage for Zoom information. We look forward to seeing you there!
Special Education Department
The San Juan Unified School District is a single-district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). As such, we write and implement our own local plan and we are responsible for our own policies, procedures, and programs. We serve over 4,700 students in a variety of programs from infancy through age twenty-two. We employ over 280 special education teachers and specialists and over 290 instructional assistants and classified staff. Special education programs and services are provided at each of our 80 schools in the District.
San Juan provides a rich professional learning environment. We invest in training teachers and building teams of experts. Our approach has been to cultivate experts and implement model programs.
San Juan teaching staff have access to all training and materials available to any other teacher at any site. Special education teachers are included and valued as members of the teaching/learning community. For specialized teachers and students, San Juan maintains a rich Instructional Media Center - a library of special education materials reserved for special education staff. Materials are reviewed, selected, and purchased by teacher committees.
San Juan school principals receive training in special education. In addition, the District employs 9 program specialists, two program administrators, three assistant directors, and one special education director to coordinate the program. Our District and our staff are truly collaborative.
San Juan maintains traditional Special Day Class and Resource Specialist programs. In addition, San Juan has cultivated preschool centers, inclusion sites, and specialized cluster programs to serve students with low incidence disabilities.
Our Human Resources department works with applicants to resolve questions concerning out of state credentials, NCLB compliance, and intern credentials. Our work year, salary and benefits are all comparable.
Department Contact Information
Special Education Field Office
4825 Kenneth Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608
Phone: (916) 971-7525Vanessa Adolphson; DirectorAdara Gunn; Admin. Asst.916-971-7953Megan Hudson; Assistant DirectorStacy Ahrens; Interim Assistant DirectorJoann Day; Interim Assistant Director/Program AdministratorRalph Richardson CenterHaley Balbi; SecretaryProgram SpecialistsEric Anderson: Supports Pasadena, Coyle Ave., Mariposa, Howe Ave., Schweitzer, Grand Oaks, Cambridge Heights, Churchill, Gold River, and Del Paso ManorKonstantina Caster: Supports Sierra Oaks, Rio Americano, Del Campo, Charles Peck, Oakview, and EdisonLaura Davis: Supports Arlington Heights, Barrett, Legette, Skycrest, Trajan, Carmichael, Del Dayo, and PershingLynne Koerner: Supports Carnegie, Greek Oaks, Pasteur, Casa Roble, and Orangevale OpenWendy Lane: Supports Encina, Mariemont, Cameron Ranch, Dewey, Greer, Lichen, Bella Vista, Thomas Kelly, and WhitneyJennifer Nelson: Supports all preschool programs, Dyer Kelly, Cowan, and Starr KingKim Patalingjug: Supports Carriage, Mission, Northridge, Deterding, Kingswood, Will Rogers, El Camino, Woodside, and ArcadeMelvin Yee: Supports Sylvan, Mesa Verde, San Juan, Mira Loma, Cottage, Twin Lakes, and ArdenProgram AdministratorsDayle Cantrall; Program AdministratorLaurel Ruff CenterLeAnn Thiele; SecretarySunny Lofton; Program AdministratorLa Vista CenterPam Thibodeau; SecretaryFor Special Education records, please send requests to:Phone: (916)971-7525; Option 2Email: email@example.comRecords Fax: (916) 979-8580