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Welcome to Special Education

Welcome to Special Education

Under the direction of SELPA Executive Director, MaryAnn Frates, Special Ed Director, Linda Rowley Thom, and Asst. Director, Stephanie Sawyer, the special education department develops and implements effective programs, uniquely designed for individual students.  In addition, the department provides a variety of staff development opportunities for classified and certificated professionals.  Program Supervisors oversee special education programs at all levels.


SELPA Special Education Staff

MaryAnn Frates -

SELPA Executive Director 


Executive Secretary - Tanya Meyers (925) 552-2988


Linda Rowley Thom -
Director of Special Education


Executive Secretary -  Tanya Meyers (925) 552-2988


Stephanie Sawyer -

Assistant Special Education Director/Infant, Toddler & Preschool

(925) 552-5028


Program Supervisors

Kari Straface -

Program Supervisor
(925) 552-5012


Vanessa Horeis -
Program Supervisor
(925) 552-5043


Jenn Malakoff -
Program Supervisor
(925) 552-5015


Michelle Leavitt -
Program Supervisor
(925) 552-5066


Stephanie Caporusso -
Program Supervisor
(925) 552-5956

Rhonda Taft -
Program Supervisor

(925) 552-2934





Request for Special Ed Records

Click here to request your child's special education records.  You may submit your request by email to Jenny Olden at  You may also send it by US mail to 699 Old Orchard Dr, Danville, CA 94526; fax it to 925-820-5277 or drop it off at the District Office at the address above Portable D.

Organizational Chart

Click here to view the 2018-19 Special Education Organizational Chart.

Parent Survey of IEP Meeting Experience

Please give us your input on this confidential, seven question survey about the experience you had at your last IEP meeting.  The survey will help us improve the IEP experience for you.  Thank you for your time.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Special Ed Office Staff

Alma, Jenny, Lisa, Lan, Tanya, Margaret, Gwen

2017-2018 Special Education Survey Results

The following link reports the results of a survey administered to special education services stakeholder by Hanover Research.  The survey results are to help support special education staff members and strengthen the programs and services it provides to families.


Please click here to view the survey results

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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