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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 presentations, as well as the final report, are available here

Special Education Contacts

Phone: (510) 337-7194

Fax: (510) 864-2309


Victoria Forrester

Special Education Director 

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77194


Sheri Jepperson

Coordinator of Moderate to Severe programs, preschool and ALL autism programs

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77033


Joanne Murphy

Coordinator of Mild/Moderate Elementary for the following schools: Haight, Edison, Maya Lin, Paden and Bay Farm

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77135


Jodi McCarthy

Coordinator of Elementary Mild/Moderate for the following schools: Earhart, Otis, Ruby Bridges and Franklin

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77094


Carole Sielaff

Coordinator for Secondary Special Education

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77084


Jill Drexel

Program Manager, NPS and Preschool

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77128


Myra Santome-Elias

Budget Analyst 

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77093


Christina Nieves

Office Assistant

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77075


Marty Garchar

Accounting Technician

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77177


Tara Donoghue

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77041


Kari Sachs

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77041


Joan Ralph

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77041


Mary Grace Basco

Preschool Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77035


Ingrid Ryan

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77046


Carrie Green-Zinn

School Psychologist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77023


Stefanie Cox

TSA - Special Education

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77203


Chandini Stanley

TSA - Special Education & Workability

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77005


Karyn Missaggia

Transition Services Specialist

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77127