Special Education


Department Members: 

  • Joy Bischke - Occupational Therapist
  • Amanda Canelakes - Educational Specialist / English Fundamentals
  • Mary Courtney  - Workability Coordinator
  • Kelly Dunn - Assistive Technology
  • Alex Golland - Educational Specialist / English and Social Science Fundamentals
  • Sarah Gonzales - Speech Language Therapist
  • Joy Kummerle - Adaptive Physical Education
  • Mary Jeanette Lindebak - Functional Life Skills (FLS)
  • Francisco Lona -Educational Specialist / Social Science Fundamentals
  • Elizabeth Marshall -  Educational Specialist / English Fundamentals
  • Jessica Marinelli - Speech Language Therapist
  • Danielle Murphy - Educational Specialist / Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Pamela Packer - Educational Specialist / Learning Academy
  • Mary Sisti - Educational Specialist / Learning Academy
  • Tim Staycer - Educational Specialist
  • Ryland Wickman - Educational Specialist / Transitional Academic Program (TAP)
  • Greg Williams - Educational Specialist / Learning Academy
  • Susie Wingate - Educational Specialist / Transitional Academic Program (TAP)

What is Special Education? 

Students who meet the criteria for Special Education services as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the California Education Code are placed on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This plan outlines academic goals the student is trying to achieve and the support services the school has put in place to assist the student in reaching these goals. Additionally, each student on an IEP is assigned a case manager to oversee the plan and makes sure student's needs are being met.

In order to meet the IDEA regulations and California Education codes, Carmel Valley Middle School offers a variety of special education services to support students with a documented disability that are eligible for an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Core level academic courses
  • School psychologist services
  • Learning Commons
  • Speech and language pathologist services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Assistive technology
 Key links to help understand our Special Education program and find additional resources for support:

Transitional Alternative Program (TAP): Carmel Valley MS, Oak Crest MS, La Costa Canyon HS and Torrey Pines HS

TAP is a highly-supportive program that may be considered by an IEP team for moderate special education students who benefit from a highly individualized and modified curriculum delivered in a mixture of both special education (Foundational) and general education settings (mainstreaming to the maximum extent appropriate). These students necessitate specialized small group supports in order to benefit from their education. The specialized supports are tailored to address substantial needs in the skill areas including, but not limited to, foundational academics, behavior, pragmatics, health, community connections, career/vocational, social/interpersonal and independent living; individualization is determined based on each student’s needs.

Functional Life Skills: Oak Crest MS, Pacific Trails MS (2018-19), La Costa Canyon HS and Torrey Pines HS

Functional Life Skills (FLS) is a highly-supportive program that may be considered by an IEP team for moderate/severe special education students who benefit from a highly individualized, modified, functional-skill based curriculum delivered primarily in the special education (Functional) setting, with mainstreaming into the general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate. These students necessitate an increased amount of 1:1 or very small group supports in order to benefit from their education. The specialized supports are tailored to addressed significant needs in the skill areas including, but not limited to, functional/applied academics, behavior, pragmatics, health, community connections, career/vocational, recreation/leisure and social/interpersonal; individualization is determined based on each student's needs.

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education - On this page you will find information for parents and family members of children who receive or who may be eligible for special education services within the 14 school districts that comprise the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE).  It is designed to connect you to useful resources, to help you understand special education services, and to resolve concerns or questions you may have about those services.