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PROGRAM SPECIALISTS

KENDALL FORRESTER
805.306.4500 Ext. 4331

SARASWATHI "SARA" NAMBI
805.306.4500 Ext. 4311

ERIN MACINTYRE
805.520.6619 Ext. 3105

LAINE PODELL
805.306.4500 Ext. 4306

BRIAN WENZEL
805.306.4500 Ext. 4307

ELLEN FRIEDLAND
805.306.4500 Ext. 4303

CRAIG CHAVEZ
805.306.4500 Ext. 4304

JODI LOOMIS
805.306.4500 Ext. 4399

VC SELPA 

The Ventura County SELPA office is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education ​Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

California Department of Education (CDE) (CDE) This component of the CDE provides support for program specialists and school psychologists in serving our special populations.

TRI-COUNTIES REGIONAL CENTER

TCRC provides person and family centered supports for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community.

HOW DO PROGRAM SPECIALISTS HELP STUDENTS?

Our amazing team of Program Specialists are a wonderful resource, in addition to your school site principal or case manager. Specifically, our Program Specialists:

  • Direct services for students including the identification, diagnosis, follow-up and referral of students with problems related to attendance, mental health or learning disabilities.
  • Coordinate Special Education student placements and services.
  • Collaborate with staff regarding the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2) process.
  • Provide or recommend appropriate services for groups of exceptional students and their parents.
  • Recommend placement of individual students with special needs.
  • Develop special programs and curriculum for Special Day class and RSP students.
  • Provide special consultation and case conferences with student services personnel.
  • Assist in implementing California and Federal regulations and developing special education programs.
  • Develop, provide and determine needs for professional development activities in Special Education and Response to Instruction and Intervention.
2023-2024 PROGRAM SPECIALISTS ASSIGNMENTS

School/Assignment

Specialist

Arroyo Elementary

Ellen Friedland

Atherwood Elementary

Brian Wenzel

Berylwood Elementary

Brian Wenzel

Big Springs Elementary

Brian Wenzel

Crestview Elementary

Erin MacIntyre

Garden Grove Elementary

Sara Nambi

Hollow Hills Elementary

Erin MacIntyre

Justin Early Learners Academy

Erin MacIntyre

Katherine Elementary

Ellen Friedland

Knolls Elementary

Ellen Friedland

Madera Elementary

Laine Podell

Mountain View Elementary

Jodi Loomis

Park View Elementary

Sara Nambi

Santa Susana Elementary

Ellen Friedland

Sycamore Elementary

Sara Nambi

Township Elementary

Brian Wenzel

Vista Elementary

Ellen Friedland

White Oak Elementary

Craig Chavez

Wood Ranch Elementary

Erin MacIntyre

Hillside Middle School

Laine Podell

Sinaloa Middle School

Craig Chavez

Valley View Middle School

Sara Nambi

Royal High School

Laine Podell

Santa Susana High School

Brian Wenzel

Simi Valley High School

Craig Chavez

Apollo High School

Craig Chavez

Phoenix/Triton/NPS/Residential

Jodi Loomis

Monte Vista School

Craig Chavez

Post-Secondary Programs

Ellen Friedland

Private Schools (ISP)

Brian Wenzel

NPS/RTC/VCOE/Gateway

Craig Chavez

Kendall Forrester

Assistant Director, Student Support Services

Sara Nambi

Erin MacIntyre  

Jodi Loomis

Laine Podell

Craig Chavez

Brian Wenzel

Ellen Friedland