Special Education

Special Education Illustration

 

 

Tom Powell
Coordinator

Amber Passmore
Administrative Secretary
(209) 331-7080
(209) 331-7084 Fax

 

 

The Special Education Department provides guidance and support to district schools and staff to ensure the effective education and educational success for students with disabilities who are eligible for special education and related services under state and federal laws and regulations.  Special education is available for eligible children and youth from birth to age 22.  To refer a child suspected of being disabled or for more information on special education services, contact your local school or the Special Education Department. For further assistance or information, please call (209) 331-7080.

PARENT SURVEY

Lodi Unified School District is currently going through a verification review with the California Department of Education.  This process happens periodically and as part of it, parent surveys are included.  Your input, as a parent, is very important to this process.  Below is a link to the parent survey in a number of different languages.  Please complete the form about your special education child and mail it to the address listed on the survey.

Parent Survey Forms

Thank you for your cooperation.

Staff

Program Specialists

  • Program Specialists provide assistance and support to special education teachers and parents to ensure that students with disabilities are placed in effective programs and classes.  Program Specialists have advanced training and experience.  They help in problem-solving and in securing the necessary resources to implement students' IEPs.  Each Program Specialist is assigned to specific schools and program areas. 

Aisha Brice
(209) 331-7049

  • MIddle School: Henderson 
  • High School: Independence
  • Other: Community Day School and Turner Academy at Tokay Colony        
  • District-Wide Intensive Intervention

Non-Public Schools

  • Non-Public Schools Training
  • Out of District/State
  • School for the Blind
  • School for the Deaf

Stephanie Ennis
(209) 331-7057

  • Elementary: Creekside, Elkhorn, Morgan, Muir, Oakwood, Podesta Ranch, Silva, and Wagner-Holt
  • Middle School: Delta Sierra, McAuliffe
  • High School: Bear Creek, Middle College, and Plaza Robles

Karen Honkala
(209) 331-7053

  • Autism
  • Head Start (Liaison)
  • Infant Program (Mahin)
  • Preschool Assessment
  • State Preschool (Liaison)

Jennifer Jasper
(209) 331-8164

  • Elementary:  Adams, Clairmont, Davis, Live Oak, Mosher, Parklane, Sutherland, and Westwood
  • Middle School:  Morada
  • High School:  McNair

Joni Kort
(209) 331-7063

  • High School: Bear Creek
  • Compliance

Michele Liebelt
(209) 331-8145

  • Behavior Specialist (Consult)
  • CPI Trainer
  • District Liaison for PENT
  • EIBT/Non-Public Agencies (Case Carrier)
  • BIP Trainer

Amy Nomura 
(209) 331-7058

  • Elementary:  Houston, Lakewood, Lawrence, Lockeford, New Hope, Reese, Victor, Vinewood, Washington, and Woodbridge
  • Middle School: Millswood
  • High School:  Liberty and Lodi

Vacant
(209) 331-7023

  • Assistive Technology

Debra Sharp
(209) 331-7056

  • Elementary:  Beckman, Borchardt, Heritage, Larson, Needham, Nichols, Oak View, and Serna
  • Middle School:  Lodi
  • High School:  Lincoln Technical AcademyNeedham West, Project Connect, Rio Valley Charter, and Tokay

Liz Zastrow
(209) 331-7086

  • Ca Promise
  • Project Connect
  • S.S. Grant
  • TPP Grant
  • Transition
  • WorkAbility

 

 

 

 

Teachers on Special Assignment

These special education teachers provide specially designed instruction and consultation to other educational staff and to parents in the areas of:

  • Autism
  • Behavior
  • Evaluation and Eligibility
  • IEP Development
  • Community and Continuation Schools

For more information, please contact the Special Education Office at (209) 331-7080.

 

 

 

Renee Arruda
Autism Coach
Region 3

(209) 331-2022

Ashley Davis
Autism Coach
Region 2

(209) 331-2022

Samantha Freitas
Autism Coach
Region 4

(209) 331-7759

Tiffany Madariaga
Autism Coach
Region 1

(209) 953-8453

Kelsy Dibner
Assessment Support
(209) 331-2092

Robin Suttle
Assessment Support
(209) 331-7759

Jennifer Freitas
Assessment Support

(209) 331-7290

Herb Vochatzer
Community School Teacher
(209) 331-2215
 

Adaptive Physical Education

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) program staff evaluate a student's needs and, if eligible, work with the IEP team to develop a specially designed physical education service that is designed to help the student achieve state physical education standards and to make progress in fine and large motor activities, life-long physical health, and recreational skills.

For further information, contact one of the Adapted Physical Education teachers listed below:

 

Dave Clemons 
(209) 331-2341

 

Jon Grim 
(209) 331-7467

 

Todd Herrington 
(209) 331-7467

 

Kirk Klucznick 
(209) 331-7467

 

Scott Woznick 
 (209) 331-2341

Visual Impairment Education

The Lodi Unified School District offers several types of special education programs and services to students with visual impairments, both for those students who are blind or those student who have low vision and are eligible under state law.  The services include instruction in either a Resource Room or in an itinerant situation.  Braille, large print media, special equipment and materials are provided as required by each student.  Orientation and mobility services are also provided at the school and in the community.

For more information, please contact one of the teachers or Stephanie Ennis , Program Specialist, at 331-7057.

 

Nina Goldberg
(209) 331-7083

Sandra Robles
(209) 331-7083

Vacant
(209) 331-7082

Young Adult Programs

The Lodi Unified School District offers special education services to eligible students with disabilities until the year in which they turn 22 if the student has not graduated with a regular high school diploma.  Several programs and classes are available in Lodi and Stockton and provide classroom and community based experiences and instruction.
For more information, please call one of these teachers or Stephanie Ennis, Program Specialist at (209) 331-7057.

 

 

Jennifer Bauer 
Needham West Young Adult Program
(209) 331-7365

 

Richard Kent 
Plaza Robles 
(209) 953-8624

 

Rebecca Shaw
Needham West
(209) 331-7969

WorkAbility Staff

Musarat Khan 
(209) 943-8059
Bear Creek High School and Plaza Robles High School

 

Gabriel Ortiz
(209) 943-8059
McNair High School and Project Connect

 

Barbara Roehrich
(209) 331-7086
Tokay High School, Liberty High School, and Katnich CDS

 

Tammy Valente
(209) 331-7086
Data and Needham West School

 

Debbie Van Zant
(209) 331-7086
Lodi High School

 

Kelsey Walters
(209) 331-7086
Lincoln Technical Academy and ID/D

 

Vacant
(209) 331-7086
Job Coach

 

Office Support

Pamela Bauserman
Paraeducators
Timecards for Paraeducators
(209) 331-7318

Susan Heuer
Special Education Information System (SEIS)
CASEMIS, DRDP, and State Reporting 
Compliance
(209) 331-7088

Claudia Lewis
Records Requests
Special Education Records
(209) 331-7077

Kelly Costamagna
I.E.P. and Records Review
Compliance
(209) 331-7087

Vacant
Assessment Forms and Testing Materials
Transportation
(209) 331-7078
 

Teacher Information

These are some local, state, and national resources that you may find of value for information, referral, and readings.

 

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
General: (916) 319-0800
TTY/TDD: (916) 445-4556

 

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

 

The Federal Resource Center for Special Education (FRC)
Academy for Educational Development (AED)
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009-5721
Phone: (202) 884-8000
Fax: (202) 884-8400
TTY: (202) 884-8200
e-mail:  web@aed.org 
http://www.rrfcnetwork.org

 

Western Regional Resource Center
1268 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97401
Phone: (541) 346-5641
e-mail: noregon@edu

 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Academy for Educational Development
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
V/TTY: (800) 695-0285 or (202) 884-8200
Fax: (202) 884-8441
e-mail: nichcy@aed.org
http://www.nichcy.org

 

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) 
Vanderbilt University
Peabody College, Box 328
Nashville, TN 37203-5701
Phone: (615) 322-8150
Fax: (615) 343-1570
e-mail: nrcld@ku.edu
http://nrcld.org

 

Center on Instruction

Employment Opportunities

There are many opportunities for employment as a Special Education Teacher, Speech and Language Specialist, School Psychologist, and Paraeducator.

For a list of current job openings GO HERE
Please contact the Personnel Office of the Lodi Unified School District employment forms and information at

District Office:
James Areida Education Support Center
1305 E. Vine Street
Lodi, CA 95240

Information:
(209) 331-7000
(209) 953-8111

24 Hour Job Line:
(209) 331-7099
(209) 953-809

Parent Rights

For copies of your rights as a parent of a student with disabities who is or may be eligible for special education and the rights of the student, please click below.

Parents Rights/Procedural Safeguards (in English) 
Parents Rights/Procedural Safeguards (in Spanish)


For further information about your rights and those of your child, you may wish to review or contact these resources:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division 
Family Resource Network

Workability

A California Transition Program
Students Learn to Earn

WorkAbility I is a career/vocational training program for Lodi USD high school special education students.  The program is designed to promote career awareness and exploration, provide vocational assessments, community connections, and paid and unpaid work experience while students complete their secondary education program.  WorkAbility I is grant funded and administered by the California Department of Education.

WorkAbility supports transition services and activities in classrooms at all the Lodi USD high schools and young adult programs by providing: career/vocational curriculum, vocational assessment tools, service learning projects, classroom career speakers, job shadowing opportunities, industry tours, school based businesses, college connections and visitations.

Referral Process for Paid Work Experience Students can be referred by their special education teachers, parents, support agency for paid work experience.  Priority for individual job placement is given to seniors and exiting students.  Short-term paid work experience is available for freshmen and sophomores.

For more information contact Liz Zastrow, Program Specialist, (209) 331-7086.

WorkAbility Staff

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