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Special Education



The Salinas Union High School District Office of Special Education Services provides supports, resources, guidance, and professional development opportunities to district school site staff, parents, and teachers in an effort to engage students in dynamic learning opportunities that encourage the development of requisite skills that enable students to create interesting and productive lives.
The Special Education Services Department provides a continuum of programs, services, and supports for students with special needs from 7th grade through age 22. The SUSHD’s goal is to provide the services and supports necessary to enable students with disabilities to access curricular and extra-curricular activities in the general education setting.

Our role is to support the vision and mission of our district’s Special Education Services Department:

Vision: The Salinas Union High School District Special Education Services Department will support the needs of students with diverse disabilities to ensure they know their rights and are prepared to further their education and/or training to achieve sustainable employment. 

Mission:  The mission of the Salinas Union High School District Special Education Services Department is to identify and meet the diverse needs of each student with disabilities in order to maximize their independence with dignity. 

See the Guardian-Support with IEP page for lists of the Case Managers, Psychologists, Speech Therapists, and MCBH Therapists at each site. Additionally, the following individuals work district-wide.

Itinerant Services
Beverly Grant, Special Education Department Nurse
Dr. Antony Thomas, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Shakilla Player, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Ciara Fitzpatrick, Occupational Therapist (AHS, SHS, ESMS, WMS, LPMS)
Nicole (Talbot) Lincoln, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
Dr. Melissa Brown, Occupational Therapist (EAHS, NSHS, RSJHS, HMS, SEC)
TBD, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
Berlin Bernaldo, Adaptive Physical Education (APE)
Kelsi Jordan- Griffith, Physical Therapist (PT)

Vocational Education Service Providers

April Davis, Vocational Evaluator
831-753-4209 ext. 1212

Lucia Rodriguez, Vocational Evaluator
831-753-4209 ext. 1210  

Rachel Barnes, Transition Partnership Program Job Developer
831-753-4209 ext. 1209

Katrina Shah, Transitional Partnership Program Job Developer
831-753-4209 ext.1249  

Audrey Sharp, Transition Coordinator/Vocational
831-753-4209 ext. 1211


Special Education Services
584 South Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone (831) 796-7050
Fax     (831) 796-7033

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Jennifer Smith
Director, Special Education Services
831-796-7050 ext. 1079

Petra Martinez-Diaz
Assistant Director Moderate/Severe Programs
Office at the Adult Transition Program (ATP)
831-796-6900 ext. 1420

Brendan Bloom-Sweeney
Assistant Director Mild/Moderate Programs
831-796-7050 ext. 1027 

Renate Rios
Senior Administrative Secretary to Director
831-796-7050 ext. 1079

Jessica Jimenez-Tafolla
Administrative Secretary to Assistant Directors
831-796-7050 ext. 1027

Nelli Juarez
Parent Involvement Coordinator

Graciela Martinez
Student Information System Specialist
(SIRAS, web-based IEP system)
831-796-7050 ext. 1029

Timothy Martinez
Typist Clerk II  
Records Requests (follow link to request form)
831-796-7050 ext. 1027

Veronica Espinoza
Instructional Coach
Moderate/Severe Programs

Desiree Williams
Instructional Coach
Mild/Moderate Programs

Ruth Grimes
Itinerant Ed Specailist  

Susan Meade
Itinerant Ed Specailist

Itinerant Ed Specialist

Special Education Interpreter/Translators
Beatriz Martinez  ext. 1064
Paulina Pacheco  ext. 1059
Yesenia Acevedo ext. 1060
Monica Cortez      ext. 1062  
Brenda Gonzalez ext. 1061  
Lizbeth Gregorio  ext. 1064
Aracely Farias      ext. 1067