20-21 Summer Programs



    Family Check-In Meetings

    Special Education to host monthly Virtual Discussion between Families, Administration, and Staff

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for our March Family Check-In Meetings.  Please join us either on Monday, April 26th from 6p-6:30p or Thursday, April 29th from 9a-9:30a.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 814 2903 3818
    Passcode: 691128 
    Family Workshop

    Transitioning from Middle to High School with an IEP

    The Special Education Department hosted a family workshop on April 15th at 6p via Zoom.  This workshop addressed some frequently asked questions about a student's transition from middle to high school with an IEP.  You can view a recording of this presentation here along with a copy of the slideshow.


    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) 971-7525

     Vanessa Adolphson; Director
    Adara Gunn; Admin. Asst.
    Jessica Lauder; Assistant Director
    Stacy Ahrens; Interim Assistant Director
    Joann Day; Interim Assistant Director/Program Administrator
    Ralph Richardson Center
    Haley Balbi; Secretary
    Program Specialists
    Eric Anderson:  Supports Coyle Ave., Howe Ave., Schweitzer, Cambridge Heights, Churchill, Gold River, and Del Paso Manor
    Konstantina Caster: Supports Sierra Oaks, Rio Americano, Del Campo, Charles Peck, Oakview, and Edison
    Laura Davis: Supports Arlington Heights, Barrett, Legette, Skycrest, Trajan, Carmichael, Del Dayo, and Pershing
    Lynne Koerner: Supports Carnegie, Greek Oaks, Pasteur, Casa Roble, Ottoman, Non-Public Schools, and Orangevale Open
    Wendy Rodriguez: Supports Encina, Mariemont, Cameron Ranch, Dewey, Greer, Bella Vista, Thomas Kelly, and Whitney
    Kamari Guinn: Supports, Cowan, Mission, Deterding, Kingswood, Lichen, Arcade, Grand Oaks, Mariposa, and San Juan High School
    Jennifer Nelson: Supports all preschool programs, Dyer Kelly and Starr King
    Kim Patalingjug: Supports Carriage, El Camino, and Non-Public Schools
    Melvin Yee: Supports Sylvan, Mesa Verde, Mira Loma, Cottage, Twin Lakes, Woodside, and Arden
    Program Administrators
    Dayle Cantrall; Program Administrator
    Laurel Ruff Center
    LeAnn Thiele; Secretary
    Sunny Lofton; Program Administrator
    La Vista Center
    Conny Nelson; Secretary
    For Special Education records, please send requests to:
    Phone: (916)971-7525; Option 2
    Email: spedsjc@sanjuan.edu
    Records Fax: (916) 979-8580


Special Education Overview (English)






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