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Special Education Faculty
Department Chair I Gregory Pitts
Esther Andersen
Robert Cherry
Jorge Cierra
Charles Corrigan
Phillip Edwards
Diane Gonsalves
H. David Gonzalez
Kelly Keith
Kimberly Lopez
George Mickelopoulos
Jennifer Moore
Jared Myers
Lois Peters
James Phelan
Anna Maria Pherson
Valita Ruetschle
Arthur Russell
Debbie Saenz
Jessica Sigler
Arron Tamthai
Diane Toppel
Tina Ustation

Students Special Education is specialized instruction that is available to students who qualify according to a set of criteria outlined in state and federal law. Special Education services are offered to eligible students from birth through age 22 by all public school districts.

Students who qualify have personalized IEPs that are designed to remediate their areas of needs given their disability. We have modes of instruction designed to support students with varying levels of need.  Our goal is to ensure students have access to their education in the least restrictive environment—the general education classroom - whenever possible.

Click here for a list of our Special Education program instructional offerings.

Click here for information on the Roles and Responsibilities of Samohi personnel to help with the implementation of your student’s IEP.

For more information regarding Special Education services offered at Samohi, including eligibility, please visit the SMMUSD Special Education Division website.

16-17 Samohi Program Offerings (pdf)
School Personnel Roles in Special Education (pdf)
Transition Handbook (from the Tri-Cities SELPA) (pdf)








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