LD East

Special Education

Local District East Special Education

  • 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 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

    Specialist, Least Restrictive Environment

    Miguel Agredano

    Laurie Cooley

    Maria Gabriela Garcia

    Grace Lopez

    Melisa Lugo

    Yolanda Rivera

    James Perrault 



    Program Specialist

    Anabel Alvarez 

    Toni Henderson

    Elida Nunez

    Lupe Pedroza






    Specialist, Behavior

    Ralph Bravo

    Behavior Specialist

    Jennifer Su

    Teary August

    Delia Flores, Psychological Services Coordinator 

    Psychological Services Specialist

    Martha Alvarado Holguin

    Alexandra Madrigal



    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.