Under the Direction of Dr. Amy Lambert, the Special Education department is an integral part of the Tustin Unified School District and provides a full continuum of program options to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs in the Least Restrictive Environment. It is the collective belief of the Tustin Unified School District that every school age child is a general education student first, and that students with an IEP should have access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their nondisabled peers to the maximum extent possible.
Special Education is combination of educational and related service(s), as determined on an individual basis, to allow students with disabilities to benefit from their access to educational opportunities. The District staff of teachers, instructional assistants, speech pathologists, special education coordinators, licensed school psychologists, and other related service specialists are dedicated to providing exceptional individualized services to students while helping them become as independent as possible.
The Tustin Unified School District, in adherence with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law, provides a free, appropriate, public education for eligible students meeting residency requirements within the District boundaries who are between the ages of three and twenty-two. Additionally, the District serves infants with low incidence disabilities. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If you suspect a child has a disability, you can find information on making a referral or you can speak to someone in Special Education at (714) 730-7301 ext. 336.
Kate Christmas, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Special Education
(714) 730-7301 ext. 51314
Dr. Tami Schoen-Dowgiewicz
|Marie Sanchez||Administrative Secretary||Secretary for Assist. Superintendent||714-730-7301 ext 51336|
|Diana Markstrum||Secretary II||Records, Support for Coordinators||714-730-7301 ext 51386|
|Adriana Mendez||Secretary II||Autism Support, Transportation||714-730-7301 ext 51363|
|Sandy Yawata||Secretary IV||Mental Health Support||714-730-7301 ext 51391|
|Veronica Boggan||Information System Specialist||SEIS, CALPADS||714-730-7301 ext 51313|
|Candice Graven||Account Clerk||Medical, Paradigm||714-730-7301 ext 51364|