Family Check-In Meetings
Special Education to host monthly Virtual Discussion between Families, Administration, and Staff
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on August 27th and 31st for our Special Education virtual "Meet and Greets". Our department plans on holding these virtual discussions once a month, so please check back for more dates. Information regarding these meetings will be posted here, on our department calendar on the right-hand side of this webpage, and sent out via our notification system (call, email, and text), so please update your notification preferences if you would like to receive this information. We understand that logging on last night proved to be difficult for many families. 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 next meeting!
Family Supports for Students with Disabilities Workshop Series
This is a once-a-month workshop facilitated by the Special Education team on various topics to support families. Topics include de-escalation strategies, study skill habits, what does IDLP mean for my student, and social-emotional learning.
Our first meeting will take place on 9/17/2020 at 6:30 pm and pertains to De-Escalation Strategies.
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Meeting ID: 892 949 8765
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