Special Education

Local District East Special Education Support Center (SESC)

  • Janet Montoya

    Janet Montoya, Special Education Administrator 

    Janet Montoya is currently the Special Education Administrator for Local District East.  She has dedicated 28 years providing quality service to the schools, students and communities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her professional experience and commitment as a Special Education Administrator has provided leadership to all stakeholders around setting high expectations for students with disabilities. She has also provided leadership and support towards closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities in integrated settings.  Ms. Montoya has served in various capacities for the Division of Special Education which include teacher, Professional Development Advisor, Least Restrictive Environment Specialist, Unit Coordinator District E, Administrator of Special Education Local Districts 4 and 5, and Special Education Service Center East Administrator. She believes that we should ensure that “All students are Life-Ready, College Prepared and/or Career Ready for the 21st Century.”  Ms. Montoya has been instrumental in supporting and developing teams in analyzing, strategizing and implementing systems to address compliance regarding the Modified Consent Decree component as well as Federal, State, and District mandates. She has also coordinated and developed District-wide professional development for teachers, administrators and parents in an effort to build the capacity of all stakeholders in the area of Special Education.

  • 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."

    Local District East Special Education Service Center's goal is to ensure that "All Students are Life-Ready, College-Prepared, and/or Career-Ready for the 21st Century."

    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

    • Working with schools to implement strategies and professional development for core instruction, alternate curriculum, behavior support, and transition services.
    • Providing schools and IEP teams with technical assistance regarding IDEA and California Education Code pertaining to special education.
    • Supporting the many facets of Special Education, such as, Psychological services, Related Services, Private School support, Early Childhood Special Education, and Inclusion Program Support,
    • Helping to equip our school teams with tools and strategies for all students. 


    Special Education Service Center East Staff


    Miguel Agredano (Least Restrictive Environment)

    Laurie Cooley (Least Restrictive Environment)

    Ebony Dewitt (Special Education)

    Grace Lopez (Least Restrictive Environment)

    Carol Katayama (Special Education)

    James Perreault (Special Education)

    Yolanda Rivera (Least Restrictive Environment)

    Program Specialists

    Toni Henderson

    Elida Nunez

    Guadalupe Pedroza

    Mayra Rodriguez

    Gabriel Vazquez



    Specialist, Behavior Support

    Ralph Bravo

    Behavior Specialist

    Jennifer Su

    Ariel Castaneda


    Psychological Services Coordinator 

    Delia Flores

    Psychological Services Specialists

    Martha Alvarado Holguin

    Alexandra Madrigal


    Special Education Resource Nurse

    Leilani Poblete

    Early Childhood Special Education, Program Specialist

    Marla Gudiel



  • 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.