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Special Education


Finding information about learning differences, disabilities, and special education services can sometimes feel overwhelming.  We hope the following resources help you understand what types of special education services we offer, how to work with our department, and what your parental rights are.


Special Education Services Offered

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the North Region SELPA provide a full continuum of services for students ages 0-22 who are eligible for special education and related services. Those services include (but are not limited to) access to:

  • General education classroom with specialized academic instruction
  • General education classroom with specialist services
  • General education classroom with related services
  • Special education classroom with specialized academic instruction
  • Instruction in settings other than classrooms with specialized academic instruction
  • Itinerant instruction in classrooms, learning centers and settings other than classrooms
  • Instruction in classrooms throughout the SELPA for individuals with exceptional needs who require intensive instruction and training
  • Instruction in the home, hospitals, or other institutions

For more information on the types of services we provide, please check our AUSD Special Education Services page.

Special Education Strategic Plan Group

In the spring of 2017, AUSD formed a committee to create a three- to five year plan for the delivery of special education services in AUSD. Based on recommendations from the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team, the committee was comprised of parents, community members, general and special education teachers, specialists, classified staff, and administrators.

Meeting Presentations, Summaries, and final report.

extended school year (ESY) 2019

The Alameda Unified School District will provide Extended School Year school services for students with exceptional needs who have an IEP that require special education and related services in excess to the regular academic year. This service is noted in the student's IEP.


ESY will be located at Ruby Bridges Elementary (Pre K-5) and Wood Middle School (Gr. 6-12) starting June 24 through July 19, 2019 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm M-F.


ESY administrators are Jill Drexel ( for Elementary and Michael Lee ( for secondary. 


If you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Department at (510) 337-7075.

Special Education Contacts

Phone: (510) 337-7194

Fax: (510) 864-2309


Pamela Kazee

Director, Special Education 

(510) 337-7098 ext. 77098


Betty Lin

Program Coordinator, Elementary and autism programs

(510) 337-7033 ext. 77033


Mary Busby

Program Coordinator,  Secondary

(510) 337-7084 ext. 77084


Jill Drexel

Program Manager, Preschool

(510) 337-7128 ext. 77128


Gabriel Welcher

Program Manager, NPS

(510) 337-7928 ext. 77928


Myra Santome-Elias

Budget Analyst

(510) 337-7093 ext. 77093


Christina Nieves

Office Assistant

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77075



Accounting Technician


(510) 337-7177


Tara Donoghue

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7041 ext. 77041


Lisa Fox

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7046 ext. 77046


Joan Ralph

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7041 ext. 77041


Mary Grace Basco

Preschool Specialist

(510) 337-7035 ext. 77035


Ingrid Ryan

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7046 ext. 77046


Carrie Green-Zinn

School Psychologist

(510) 337-7023 ext. 77023


Stefanie Cox

TSA - Special Education

(510) 337-7203 ext. 77203


Chandini Stanley

TSA - Special Education & Workability

(510) 337-7005 ext. 77005


Karyn Missaggia

Transition Services Specialist

(510) 337-7127 ext. 77127