Special Education

Special Education Illustration



Tom Powell

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.


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.


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

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

Ashley Davis
(209) 331-7023

  • Assistive Technology

Karen Honkala
(209) 331-7053

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

Jennifer Jasper
(209) 331-8164

  • Elementary:  Houston, Lakewood, Serna, Victor, Vinewood, and Woodbridge
  • Other:  Needham West and Turner Academy at Tokay Colony
  • District-Wide Intensive Intervention
  • Non-Public Schools

Amy Nomura 
(209) 331-7058

  • Elementary:  Lawrence, Lockeford, New Hope, Reese and Washington
  • Middle School: Henderson and Millswood
  • High School:  Independence, Lodi and Liberty
  • Other: Valley Robotics Academy

Debra Sharp
(209) 331-7056

  • Elementary:  Beckman, Borchardt, Heritage, Larson, Needham, Nichols and Oak View
  • Middle School:  Lodi
  • High School:  Tokay 
  • Other: Mahin and Rio Valley Charter

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

Samantha Freitas
Autism Coach
Region 4

(209) 331-7759

Tiffany Madariaga
Autism Coach
Region 1

(209) 953-8453

Assessment Support
(209) 331-2092

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

(209) 331-7083

(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


(209) 331-7086
Job Coach


New Panel

Office Support

Pamela Bauserman
Timecards for Paraeducators
(209) 331-7318

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

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

Special Education Information System (SEIS)

Assessment Forms and Testing Materials
Outside Agency Records Requests and Filing
(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 


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


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


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

(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


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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