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Welcome to the Mountain Empire Unified School District Special Education Department 

  We believe our students can obtain a high level of academic and functional achievement through increased opportunities in the least restrictive environment as determined by their Individual Education Plan. They can acquire the skills necessary for enhancing communication, establishing positive social relationships, and gaining independence that enables them to transition from school to adulthood and become productive members of our community.

Bill Dennett

Director of Pupil Services and Special Education 

(619) 473-8869

                                                                            Yennifer Shuster 

Administrative Secretary 

(619)473-8869, ext. 1144



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Resource Specialist Program (RSP)

This program provides services for students who are assigned to regular classroom teachers for a majority of the school day.  Instruction or consultation is given by a specially credentialed teacher and an instructional aide.  Eligibility is determined by a site IEP team.  This program is available at all elementary sites and the high school.

 Jessica Bloom-MEHS

Geri Bullock - Campo

Christina Chovan - Campo

Fatima Duran - Camp Lockett 

Jackie Grisafi - SPED Preschool Teacher 

Kristen Heinemann - Potrero 

Matt Heinemann - Pine Valley

Cole McComber - Descanso 

Brigida Mcinvale - MEHS

Darren Pyle - MEHS

Ben Rivera - Potrero

Emily Rodgers - Alternative Schools 

Erin Rosa- Campo

Nikki Tverberg  - Clover Flat

Speech and Language Program

The Speech and Language Program provides specialized instruction or consultation services for students with problems in articulation, and expressive and receptive language.

Nicole Ishihara - Descanso, MEHS

Megan Jeong - Campo, Camp Lockett

Taylor Kubo - Campo, MEHS

Karen Ramos - Clover Flat

Elizabeth Wise - Potrero 

Occupational Therapy (OT)

A registered occupational therapist provides individual and group therapy for students who qualify as well as consultation services for staff and parents.

Leigh Powell 

Audiological Services

Audiological Services provide monitoring of hearing aids and fitting of FM systems.  Routing hearing tests and monitoring of middle-ear functioning is provided for those who qualify or are referred by the IEP team.

Diedre D. Schloyer, Au.D.

CCC-A,AU 1793

Doctor of Audiology/Educational Audiologist 


Special Day Classes (SDC)

These classes provide the least restrictive educational environment for students who must spend most of the school day in a special learning environment because of the nature of their disability.  Instruction is provided by a specially credentialed teacher and an instructional aide.  Classes are located at the Campo Elementary School and at the high school.  Transportation services may be provided.  Placement eligibility is determined by the IEP team.


      Kerry Parsons – MEHS
      Christie Dougherty – Campo Elementary

Adapted Physical Education (APE)

The Adapted Physical Education Program provides small group instruction in the development of motor skills, physical fitness, and recreational interests to meet individual student needs.

Michael De Lamarter

Health Nursing Services

Nursing Services provides vision and hearing screening assessments. In addition, service may include the identification of health or physical conditions which interfere with a child’s learning and a referral for community health services is provided.

Maggie Doolittle

Transition Planning

Student age 16 and older must have a transition plan in the IEP and updated annually to include appropriate instruction in community experiences, the development of employment and other post school objectives and, when appropriate, independent living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Hearing Itinerant

The hearing itinerant program offers therapeutic or educational management of hearing- impaired students.  Consultation services are provided for educational staff and parents.  The East County Special Education Plan Area (SELPA) provides the Hearing Itinerant teacher for our district. 

Cristi Saylor

School Psychologists

Josie Munoz

Jeanette de la Rosa

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WorkAbility 1

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WorkAbility1 is a California school and community transition program working to benefit students, employers, and the community at large, which successfully meets the needs of local job markets.  WorkAbility1 promotes independent living and provides comprehensive pre-employment  worksite training, employment and follow -up services for youth in special education who are making the transition from school to work.

WorkAbility1 provides Special Education students the opportunity to obtain marketable job skills while completing their education.

Vision/Mission Statement

The Vision of the Mountain Empire Unified School District, Special Education Division is that all individuals with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

For more information on the WorkAbility 1 program, qualification requirements, application process and to pick up an application, please contact:


Alyssa Stoffel 

WA1 Coordinator

(619) 473-8869 ext. 1112

Staff Members