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Special Education Department Contacts

Department Main Contact

If you have questions about Special Education programs or would like to request a review for assessment, contact Special Education at (650) 833-4257 or or browse the Department Web Site.

The PAUSD Special Education department offers Parent Education programs, often co-sponsored by the Palo Alto CAC. List of PAUSD Parent Ed

Director of Special Education & Coordinators

Alma Ellis and Stephanie Sheridan – Interim Directors of Special Education 

Victoria Luke – Coordinator of Special Education
Terman, Jordan, JLS, Palo Verde, Juana Briones, Addison, Hoover

Alma Ellis, M.A. – Coordinator of Special Education
Duveneck, Barron Park, Fairmeadow, Walter Hays, Nixon, Ohlone, Escondido


Mental Health:

Megan Brubaker
Lead Mental Health Therapist- (650)-833-4206 –

Wendy Goodridge
Mental Health Coordinator- (650)-833-4204 –

Post Secondary:

Tosh Lang

Project Search and FUTURES:

Brian Cordero


Soo Jin Cheng 



504 Plan Contacts

Your primary and first point of contact is someone at your school. In elementary and middle schools, the 504 leads are the school psychologists. In high school, it’s the vice principal. This page on the PAUSD website lists the contacts at each school.

If you need to get additional help, after working with your school contact, the District contacts are:
Brenda Carrillo – Student Services Director – (650) 329-3769 –
Lissette Moore-Guerra – 504 Program Coordinator – (650)329-3722



Parent Liaison Program

Translators and parent outreach from PAUSD

PAUSD provides a parent liaison to each school community as part of its Department of Academic Support. The liaison can assist both parents and students with communication issues, support academic progress, and clarify district assessments and state examinations. They can arrange communication & translation in Spanish, Chinese and other languages according to need.

PAUSD Parent Liaison Program

Parent Liaison Drop-In Hours



PAUSD Assistive Technology

Brian Gadus



School-Based Contacts

School-based staff are the ones that work the most directly with students. For contact information, go to your school website. Here is an overview of the people you should look for.


All Elementary Schools have a School Psychologist, Speech and Language Specialist, Reading Specialist and a Resource Specialist.  Go to your school’s website to find names and contact information for those people.

Barron Park, Briones, Escondido, Walter Hays and Ohlone have Study Centers/Special Academic Instruction Classrooms. Please talk with your case manager about the possibilities.

Middle School

All Middle Schools have a Resource Program/ Study Skills, Speech and Language, Academic Communication/Social Skills Class, Educationally Related Mental Health Services (EMRH) and the Reading 180 reading intervention program. There are classes with co teaching, specialized math instruction, but these vary every year.  Jordan and Terman both have a Futures program which resembles a Special Day Class. In these programs there are reading and math classes and there is some emphasis on vocational training.  The Futures programs run a smoothie business with the help of the students.  Jordan also has a Social Cognitive Class and a Therapeutic Support Class.  Please talk with your case manager about the options.

High School

For staff contact info go to the websites for the Paly Special Ed dept and the Gunn Special Ed dept.  All classes available to high school students are listed in the course catalog on the school’s websites. In high school the Futures program emphasis is mostly on vocational training and life skills. Both high schools also have Read 180 programs, Academic Communications & Study Skills classes, and a number of co-taught classes. Talk with your case manager about the options.