Special Education

Parent Rights

Santiago Charter Middle School is committed to providing a free, appropriate public education for all students in the least restrictive environment.  Placement and services for students with disabilities are assigned in accordance with a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is based on the student’s unique needs.


1.    Assist students to choose opportunities for success and development of self-advocacy.

2.    Commit to continued enrichment of skills and knowledge by special education personnel.

3.    Adapt as needed to serve an expanding and identified special education population.

4.    Expand inclusionary opportunities as appropriate.


1.    Provide support services per IEP for students with identified disabilities, enabling them opportunities for success in middle school.

2.    Satisfy legal mandates set by state and federal law (IDEA) regarding identified students with disabilities.

Special Education Staff

Kristi Franco – Program Coordinator


(714) 997-6366 ext. 8597


Dana Whitlock – Department Chair



Casey Adams – Teacher/Science



Jenny Grishaber – Teacher/History



Mike Ohta – Teacher/Mild/Moderate Program



Sandra Snider – Teacher/Mathematics



Wendi Johnson – School Psychologist



Lisa Garcia – School Nurse



Kelly Galloway – Speech Therapist



Kerrie Rowe – Occupational Therapist



Cynthia Robles – IEP Scheduling and Translations



Nanette Proctor – Special Education Transportation and SEIS



What is Special Education?

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are:

  • Autism
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visually Impaired

Where can I find parent resources?

Our SELPA, El Dorado County Charter SELPA, has a great website with many parent resources.  Their website is http://charterselpa.org/parent-resources/