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Finding information about learning differences, disabilities, and special education services can sometimes feel overwhelming.  We hope the following resources help you understand what types of special education services we offer, how to work with our department, and what your parental rights are.


SELPA Notice of Public Hearing
Special Education Services Offered

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the North Region SELPA provide a full continuum of services for students ages 0-22 who are eligible for special education and related services. Those services include (but are not limited to) access to:

  • General education classroom with specialized academic instruction
  • General education classroom with specialist services
  • General education classroom with related services
  • Special education classroom with specialized academic instruction
  • Instruction in settings other than classrooms with specialized academic instruction
  • Itinerant instruction in classrooms, learning centers and settings other than classrooms
  • Instruction in classrooms throughout the SELPA for individuals with exceptional needs who require intensive instruction and training
  • Instruction in the home, hospitals, or other institutions

For more information on the types of services we provide, please check our AUSD Special Education Services page.

Special Education Strategic Plan Group

In the spring of 2017, AUSD formed a committee to create a three- to five year plan for the delivery of special education services in AUSD. Based on recommendations from the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team, the committee was comprised of parents, community members, general and special education teachers, specialists, classified staff, and administrators.

Meeting Presentations, Summaries, and final report.

coronavirus information

Please go to our dedicated COVID_19 Special Education Resources page for details on our response to the current pandemic.

Extended School Year

AUSD Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities

For those students for whom the IEP team determined that Extended School Year (ESY) is appropriate:


ESY will be held from July 7th to July 31st.  The dates were delayed in an effort to provide time for possible consideration of other models versus virtual instruction only.  However, after a meeting with Alameda County Health Department representatives, the district has determined that an in-person or “flexible model” (partially in and out of the school building) would require more preparation time. 


A virtual format will be utilized. However, in addition to using technology for distance learning, the teachers will also work to make ESY more “hands-on”. Distance learning instruction will be “IEP informed”, in which staff will use the IEP to guide their effort to help students maintain skills.


Education specialists and related services providers will work from 8:30 to 12:30 each day.  Within this schedule will be Zoom classes, office hours and consultations.  Each case manager teacher will provide your child with a schedule of classes, consultations and related services supports (e.g. speech and language, occupational therapy). 

If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to the principals for the programs: 

PreK to Elementary:  Jill Drexel Hunter (

Secondary to Adult Transition:  Michael Lee (

Additional questions may be directed to the special education coordinators who support ESY:

PreK to Elementary:  Betty Lin (

Secondary to Adult Transition:  Mary Busby (

Individual letters and applications are being forwarded to families.  For questions regarding applications, contact:

Christina Nieves:

We hope that you and your families continue to stay well!

Special Education Contacts

Phone: (510) 337-7194

Fax: (510) 864-2309


Pamela Kazee

Director, Special Education 

(510) 337-7098 ext. 77098


Betty Lin

Program Coordinator, Elementary and autism programs

(510) 337-7033 ext. 77033


Mary Busby

Program Coordinator,  Secondary

(510) 337-7084 ext. 77084


Jill Drexel Hunter

Program Manager, Preschool

(510) 337-7128 ext. 77128


Gabriel Welcher

Program Manager, NPS

(510) 337-7928 ext. 77928


Myra Santome-Elias

Data Compliance Administrator

(510) 337-7093 ext. 77093


Mary Hallford

Budget Analyst

(510) 337-7177


Christina Nieves

Office Assistant

(510) 337-7000 ext. 77075


Tara Donoghue

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7041 ext. 77041


Lisa Fox

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7046 ext. 77046


Joan Ralph

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7041 ext. 77041


Mary Grace Basco

Preschool Specialist

(510) 337-7035 ext. 77035


Ingrid Ryan

Behavior Specialist

(510) 337-7046 ext. 77046


Carrie Green-Zinn

School Psychologist

(510) 337-7023 ext. 77023


Stefanie Cox

TSA - Special Education

(510) 337-7203 ext. 77203


Chandini Stanley

TSA - Special Education & Workability

(510) 337-7005 ext. 77005


Karyn Missaggia

Transition Services Specialist

(510) 337-7127 ext. 77127