Special Education

Local District East Special Education

  • The Special Education Service Center Staff provides instructional support and expertise with K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students with disabilities. These services may include strategies and professional development for core instruction, alternate curriculum, behavior support, and transition services. We are also here to provide schools and IEP teams with technical assistance regarding IDEA and California Education Code pertaining to special education. The many facets of Special Education such as, Psychological services, Related Services, Private School support, Early Childhood Special Education, and Inclusion Program Support, help equip our school teams with tools and strategies for all students. The mission of the Division of Special Education is “to provide leadership, guidance, and support to the school community in order to maximize learning for all students within an inclusive environment so that each student will contribute to and benefit from our diverse society." Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that "All Students are Life-Ready, College-Prepared, and/or Career-Ready for the 21st Century."


    Special Education Service Center East Staff

    Janet Montoya, Special Education Administrator 

    Specialist, Least Restrictive Environment

    Miguel Agredano

    Laurie Cooley

    Ebony DeWitt

    Vanessa Jimenez

    Carol Katayama

    Grace Lopez

    Annette Townsell

    Sabrina Vargas

    Program Specialist

    Elvira Alvizures

    Julio Chang

    Maria Gabriela Garcia

    Keshana Ledet

    Yolanda Rivera

    Specialist, Behavior

    Sylvia Martinez


    Behavior Specialist

    Michael Goldberg

    Lisa McLaughlin 

    Delia Flores, Psychological Services Coordinator 

    Psychological Services Specialist

    Martha Alvarado Holguin

    Alexandra Madrigal

    Enrique Saldana




    Arvin Garcia, Intervention Coordinator



    Leilani Poblete, Special Education Resource Nurse



    Other Units

    • Special Education Service Center- Operations can be reached via the Call Center at (213) 241- 6701, and can assist with:
      • Arranging transportation services
      • Provide technical assistance with implementation of Welligent Integrated System at school sites
      • Provide technical assistance processing assistant/trainee positions
      • Make needs-based decisions regarding opening/closing programs
    • The Due Process, Related Services, Compliance, Charter, and Private School units will continue to provide the services and functions as they have in the past. Contact these units through the Call Center at (213) 241-6701.
    • The Complaint Response Unit/Parent Resource Network (CRU/PRN) will continue to provide services and functions as it has in the past. Contact with this unit will continue through their existing telephone number (800) 933-8133.

    Please visit the Division of Special Education Website: http://sped.lausd.net for information about special education in LAUSD, including the special education process, policies and procedures, sources of support and assistance, and much more.