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Special Education/Student Services

We are committed to provide quality services to students with
extraordinary challenges thus affording at risk students full access to a rigorous
education and a rich social experience, whether these barriers are caused
by health, disability, academic or behavioral difficulties. 
John Porter

Assistant Superintendent
Executive Assistant
(661) 456-1457
39139-49 10th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550



Julie Elliott-Braswell
Director of Special Education
Rosa Armstrong
Administrative Secretary Special Education
Julie Ferebee
Director of Health Services
Amanda Alvarado
Administrative Secretary Health Services
Mike Perkins
Director of Student Services
Joyce Swift
Student Services Information Supervisor
Welcome Center


Program Specialists
John Corugedo        
Ruthanne PhillipsDisabilities/Medically Fragile
Jamie RossAudiologist/ DHH
Yellen Learning Center
Vacant, Principal



Palmdale Discovery Center - Early Childhood Special Education(ECSE)/Autism Program
Irene Orloff, Program Specialist II/AdministratorLucy Vincent, Secretary
Oak Tree Community Day School
Tim Howell, Principal/Administrator
Palmdale Independent Achievement Center (formerly Long Term Independent Study)
Annette Heins, Teacher
Laura Mitobe, Teacher
Palmdale School district provides a full range of services to “at risk” and “special needs” students. The SESS Division provides direct services and support at every school site. Some students requiring more intensive support, may need to attend a campus outside their neighborhood.

SESS provides services and programs through preschool, special education, and alternative education. We support and serve students and families through a wide range of educational professionals, including: highly qualified teachers, nurses, program specialists, counselors, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, para educators, principals, and other management and clerical support staff.

The mission of SESS is to give students and families the support and services to help them reach maximum potential. This includes early identification of needs and early intervention (Response To Intervention – RTI) – fostering positive school attendance and connectiveness to school, concern for physical, social and emotional growth, access to community agencies, cultural tolerance and understanding and parent involvement.

Last Modified on October 17, 2014