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Special Education

Our Special Education Department is committed to working with families to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) designed to meet the individual needs of every student who qualifies. This plan includes related services within the school setting to support each student’s ability to access the curriculum and ensure that every student receives a free and appropriate education.


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.

Related Services

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

Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)

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.

Understanding The IEP Pprocess


A message from your Director

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Dear Parents,

Our special education programs support the student by providing specially designed instruction and related services to students with disabilities. This allows them to develop university and career readiness skills, and achieve the same overall foundation for success as students in general 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.

Our goal is to work with the parents and students to provide an appropriate educational program that provides each student with the tools that they need to thrive and be prepared for further 21st century education and skills for life.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Diana Marie Casato

Diana Marie Casato
Executive Director, Special Education
(626)939-4600 EXT. 4680


Diana Marie Casato
Executive Director, Special Education
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  Frank Maier
Coordinator II of Sp. Ed. Elementary
626-939-4600ext. 2313
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  Yolanda Cork-Anthony
Coordinator II of Sp. Ed. Secondary
626-939-4600ext. 4712
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Michelle Atkerson
Program Specialist, Special Education

626-337-0133  ext. 3036
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Parrish Erickson
Program Specialist, Special Education
ext. 3035

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Maggie Russell
Program Specialist, Special Education
ext. 3034

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Mark Ware
Program Specialist, Special Education
ext. 4679

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  Bonnie Marker, LMFT
Clinical School Psychologist    
626-960-3052ext . 2246
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  Lili Florez, LCSW
Clinical School Social Worker
626-960-3052ext. 2244
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Jose Juarez, LMFT
Clinical School Psychologist
ext. 2227
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  Claudia Cerda, LCSW
Clinical School Social Worker
626-960-3052ext . 2245 
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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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Sylvia Sanchez
Secretary III
626-939-4600ext . 4683
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  Monica Macias
Secretary III
626-939-4600 ext. 4680
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Areina Antunez   
Clerical Assistant lll   
626-960-3052 ext, 2221 
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Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we've put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.  Click the Back to School button below to download the article.

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