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special education local plan area (SELPA)

North Santa Cruz County SELPA Local Plan

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education is a specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004).  A student may qualify for Special Education services as an individual with special needs in one of the following areas:  Deaf/hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind, Visually impaired, Speech-Language impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Orthopedically impaired, Intellectually Disabled, Emotionally Disturbed, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Other Health Impaired.  A student receives support from Special Education as identified on his/her Individual Education Plan.

 

Scotts Valley Unified School District offers a continuum of Special Education support which includes:  push-in, resource, and Special Day Classes.

 

At each IEP meeting, the team is required to consider a continuum of options for service, beginning with the least restrictive.  Their job is to determine which combination of services provides the required benefits with the least restriction in environment.  Federal law requires that the placement be as close as possible to the child's home, and that the child is educated in the school he or she would attend if non-disable, unless the IEP team determines that the child requires some other arrangements.

Special Education Programs/Directory

Scotts Valley serves a wide range of students with special needs: 

  • Students that have mild to moderate disabilities are typically served within Scotts Valley Unified School District.  Students with mild to moderate disabilities may have learning disabilities, speech and language delays, minor health disabilities, or have a mild form of autism. 
  • Students with moderate to severe disabilities, including severely handicapped, pre-school through 5th grade are frequently served by Scotts Valley Unified School District.   Additionally Pre-school through 22-years may be served by other programs determined to appropriately provide a public education. 

If you suspect your child has a disability, do not hesitate to contact the Director of Special Education or your site administrator.

Early detection and intervention is important!

Special Education Personnel

Director of Student Services                  

Interim:  Sandi Reimer
(831) 438-1820 ext. 103
sreimer@scottsvalleyusd.org

School Psychologist                   

Michelle Hodsdon
mhodsdon@scottsvalleyusd.org            

Juliet Drumm
jdrum@scottsvalleyusd.org  

 

Administrative Assistant

Beth Hyytinen
(831) 438-1820 ext. 102
bhyytinen@scottsvalleyusd.org

Adapted Physical Education  (APE)                   

Lewis LaHood
llahood@scottsvalleyusd.org

Behavior Support Aide

Leslie Gerlack
lgerlack@scottsvalleyusd.org

Occupational Therapy

Kelsey Warthemann
kwarthemann@scottsvalleyusd.org

Program Specialist

Katrina Schickenberg
kschickenberg@scottsvalleyusd.org

 

Brook Knoll Special Education Teachers/Providers

K-5:  Mild-to-Moderate

Samantha Nielsen
snielsen@scottsvalleyusd.org                  

Resource Teacher

Lisa Jacobs
ljacobs@scottsvalleyusd.org

Speech

Georgia Cambra
gcambra@scottsvalleyusd.org

 

 

 

Vine Hill Special Education Teachers/Providers

Resource Teacher

Kristy Greenberg
kgreenberg@scottsvalleyusd.org                 

 

Speech

Kirsten Maure
kmaure@scottsvalleyusd.org

 

 

Middle School Special Education Teachers/Providers

Mild-to-Moderate Special Day                    

Chris Cheman
ccheman@scottsvalleyusd.org

Caitlyn Reynolds
creynolds@scottsvalleyusd.org

Resource Teacher

Liz Pennington
lpennington@scottsvalleyusd.org

Cheryl Ruyle
cruyle@scottsvalleyusd.org

Speech

Caroline Norton
cnorton@scottsvalleyusd.org

 

 

 

 

High School Special Education Teachers/Providers

Resource / Mild-to-Moderate

Special Day Class Teachers:

Erik Axelsson
eaxelsson@scottsvalleyusd.org   

Cheryl Ruyle
cruyle@scottsvalleyusd.org
                  

Jenny Daniels
jdaniels@scottsvalleyusd.org

 

Speech

Caroline Norton
cnorton@scottsvalleyusd.org