Special Education Meet and Greet!

    Meet members of the Special Education Department on August 3rd from 4-6p at our Special Education Annex Office.  Gather information and resources to support a successful return to school this Fall.  Click here for more information.

    Job openings at San Juan Unified


    There are many members of the San Juan Unified community that will be retiring this year.  With that being said we have multiple openings at all levels of the district and in many different capacities. While we will be advertising these openings through district channels and platforms such as Edjoin and LinkedIn, the best form of marketing is through word of mouth in our community.   

    • We are offering recruitment information sessions for Classified Staff on July 31st at the District Office.


    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 Family Check-In Meetings during the 20-21 school year.  We are excited to announce that these meetings will continue for the 21-22 school year!  Our first meeting will be Thursday, August 26th from9a-9:30a followed by our evening offering on Monday, August 30th from 6p-6:30p.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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    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

    Adara Gunn; Admin. Asst.
    Jessica Lauder; Assistant Director
    Robert Morgan; Assistant Director/ Program Administrator
    Ralph Richardson Center
    ; Secretary
    Shakira Durham; Assistant Director
    Program Specialists
    Eric Anderson:  Supports Cambridge Heights, Coyle, Grand Oaks, Howe, Northridge, San Juan High, Whitney, Churchill, and Woodside
    Genesis Bell: Supports Mira Loma, Sierra Oaks, Charles Peck, Cameron Ranch, Dewey, Thomas Kelly, Del Paso Manor, and Pasadena
    Kerri Asbury: Supports Bella Vista, Green Oaks, Twin Lakes, Pershing, Trajan, Carmichael, and LeGette
    Mayleen Malone: Supports Sylvan, Mesa Verde, Greer, Encina, and Cottage
    Stacy Ahrens: Supports Rio, Arden, Arcade, El Camino, Starr King, Gold River, Del Dayo, and NPS
    Kamari Guinn: Supports Cowan, Mission, Deterding, Kingswood, Lichen, Mariposa, Schweitzer, Barrett, and Edison
    Jennifer Nelson: Supports all preschool programs, Dyer Kelly and Arlington
    Kim Patalingjug: Supports Carriage, Mariemont, Will Rogers, Skycrest, and Del Campo
    Lynne Koerner: Supports Carnegie, Pasteur, Casa Roble, Orangevale Open, Ottoman, Oakview, and NPS
    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 Bianca Reese
    Phone: (916)971-7525
    Records Fax: (916) 979-8580


Special Education Overview (English)






Last Modified on July 27, 2021