• 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 Psychologists, Speech Therapists, and MCBH Therapists at each site. Additionally, the following individuals work district-wide.

    Itinerant Services
    Beverly Grant, Special Education Department Nurse
    Robbyn Wood, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
    Donna Ozawa, Occupational Therapist (ESMS, NSHS, RSJHS, SHS)
    Melissa Brown, Occupational Therapist (AHS, EAHS, HMS, LPMS, WMS)
    Cornisha Goldsmith, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
    Berlin Santana, Adaptive Physical Education (APE)
    Kelsi Compton- Griffith, Physical Therapist (PT)

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

    Yvette Ramos, Transition Partnership Program Job Developer
    831-753-4209 ext. 1209
    Lucia Rodriguez, Vocational Evaluator
    831-753-4209 ext. 1210
    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
    (house next to District Office)
    431 West Alisal Street
    Salinas, CA 93901
    Phone (831) 796-7050
    Fax     (831) 796-7033

    Jennifer Smith picture

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

    Diana Hagerty
    Assistant Director Moderate/Severe Programs
    Office at Adult Transition Program
    831-796-6900 ext. 1420

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

    Petra Martinez-Diaz
    Interim Assist Director Special Projects
    831-796-7050 ext. 1027

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

    Nelli Juarez
    Administrative Secretary to Assistant Directors
    831-796-7050 ext. 1027

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

    Timothy Martinez
    Typist Clerk II  
    Records Requests
    831-796-7050 ext. 1027

    Veronica Espinoza

    Instructional Coach
    Moderate/Severe Programs
    831-796-7050 ext. 1090

    Desiree Williams
    Instructional Coach
    Mild/Moderate Programs
    831-796-7050 ext. 1090

    Ruth Grimes
    Bridge Teacher
    Private Schools 
    Student in Transition

    Susan Meade
    Itinerant Ed Specailist

    Theresa Rainey
    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