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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 

MaryAnn Frates

Executive Secretary - Tanya Meyers (925) 552-2988


Linda Rowley Thom -
Director of Special Education

Linda Rowley Thom

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) 552-2956

Rhonda Taft -
Program Supervisor
(925) 552-2934

Request for Special Ed Records

Click below to request your child's special education records.

Student Records Request

 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.

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.

Please 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