Special Education


Our mission is to provide students with special needs a foundation that is rich with opportunities to learn the necessary skills to pursue further education, or to obtain employment, and prepare them for a successful adult life. 


The student must be determined eligible under IDEA 2004 Act, have defined disabilities and experience a significant impact in their performance that cannot be addressed through their general education program.  Once the student is eligible for special education, an Individual Education Program (IEP) team (which includes the parents) is assembled, and meets to develop an IEP.  The IEP is the plan and includes goals, services and placement appropriate to the student’s identified areas of need.  The IEP is reviewed annually and revised as necessary.  Eligibility is re-determined every 3 years.

Most of the services can be provided for students with special needs at their local schools,  however, some services and programs are only available at specified schools throughout the District and may require enrollment at a designated site.

Parents who suspect that their child has a disability should discuss their concerns with their child’s teacher and request a referral to the Student Study Team (SST).  If the child continues to exhibit difficulties after receiving interventions, the student is then further assessed to determine eligibility for special education.

Student Support Team (SST)

The school based Student Support Team (SST), including but not limited to parents, teachers, school psychologists, administrators, and/or other related service providers, use current data collection procedures to identify students in need of intervention, support, and/or special education services. If the SST determines that special education services may be required, the team will conduct a multi-disciplinary assessment in all areas of suspected need.

Individual Education Plans

We review Student Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) at least annually, and students are re-evaluated every three years. At IEP meetings, the team will review student progress, educationally related support and services, educational placement, and will develop goals and objectives to meet the student’s needs. Each student’s IEP determines the extent of special education services and its location, and we base this on the students identified needs, abilities, and level of intervention.

Parental Rights


Students found eligible for special education services may receive a variety of services designed to meet their individual needs and allow them to access the curriculum. Related services may include but is not limited to:

  • Speech and Language     
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
  • Orientation and Mobility 
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health


Diana Marie Casato
Executive Director, Special Education
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Betty Benitez
Coordinator II 
626-939-4600 ext. 2313

Gina Ramallo
Coordinator II 
626-939-4600 ext. 4679

Sarah D'Errico
Program Specialist
626-337-0133  ext. 3036


Parrish Erickson
Program Specialist
626-337-0133  ext. 3035
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Maggie Russell
Program Specialist
626-337-0133  ext. 3034
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Mark Ware
Program Specialist - SEAS
626-931-1810  ext. 2221
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Bonnie Marker, LMFT
Clinical School Psychologist   626-960-3052 ext. 2246
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Veronica Navarro-Aguirre, M.S., LMFT
Clinical School Psychologist
626-960-3052 ext. 2244

Jose Juarez, LMFT
Clinical School Psychologist
626-960-3052 ext. 2227
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Zineta Dukaj
Behavior Specialist-Autism
626-337-0133 ext. 3039

Erika Tututi, BCBA
Behavior Specialist
626-337-0133  ext. 3037
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Rachel Luna-Banuelos
Secretary III
626-939-4600 ext. 4679
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Monica Macias
Secretary III
626-939-4600 ext. 4680
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Yvette Mikkelson
Clerical Assistant lll   
626-960-3052 ext. 4683
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Ana Robles
Behavior Specialist 
626-337-0133 ext. 3038

Lori Williams 
Coordinator II - Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders 
626-939-4600 ext. 4685
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