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The Tustin Unified School District has named Cherie Kuntz as Director of Special Education. She has served as coordinator of special education for the past 12 years.
Kuntz has worked in public education for 20 years – all in Tustin Unified. She joined the District as a resource specialist in special education at Tustin Memorial Academy. She was named the school's Teacher of the Year in 2002. Kuntz has also served as a District facilitator for special education.
Kuntz coordinates the special education program for students in all grades and up to age 22. Among her responsibilities, she oversees the Extended School Year Program, supervises the District Autism Program and Speech and Language Program, acts as a liaison for the Orange County Department of Education and Regional Center of California, and provides in-service training for District staff and parents. In 2006, she received the "I Made a Difference" Special Education award that recognizes teachers and staff members who made a difference in students' lives.
Kuntz has a bachelor's degree in physical education/ergonomics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in special education from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
Last month, Kuntz was honored as the 2017 Orange County Special Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17. ACSA annually recognizes outstanding administrators for their leadership skills, professionalism, creativity, innovation and commitment to a quality education. Region 17 represents 28 school districts in Orange County.
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