Special Education

From the ABCUSD Special Education Office
The Special Education Office has an experienced team of professionals to support you and your child.  Please do not hesitate to call the Special Education Office or Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for questions or concerns that your school site team has not addressed.
For Special Education District Office Support
See the staff assigned to your child's school site below.
Confidential Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services Available at no cost to families
Call: Purchin Consulting at (310) 202-1155 or mpurchin@purchinconsulting.com
Online Independent Study
ABCUSD is committed to providing support to students with disabilities during this unprecedented time.  If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and you have applied for the AB130 Independent Studies program, you will be contacted to participate in an IEP meeting to discuss your request for a change of placement.  
Special Education Leadership Team
Dr. Soco Verduzco, Director of Pupil Support Services
Jeanett Beard, Interim Secretary III, ext. 21156
Dr. Roshelle Chavez, SELPA Director
Patricia "Patty" Perez, Secretary III, ext. 21180

Vanessa Smith, Special Education Supervisor
Cathy De La Torre, Interim Secretary II, ext. 21110
Cherrell Harris, Special Education Program Specialist
Sarah Garcia, Secretary, ext. 21060
School Sites 
Early Intervention Program
Aloha, Bragg, Burbank, Elliot, Gonsalves, Juarez, Melbourne, Nixon, Willow
Carmenita, Ross
Artesia High School, Tracy High School, Independent Study
Dr. Eddie Hernandez, Special Education Supervisor
Elizabeth "Lisa" Gonzalez-Pakulski, Secretary, ext. 21144
Stacia Abe, Special Education Program Specialist
Sarah Garcia, Secretary, ext. 21060
School Sites
Carver, Cerritos Elementary, Furgeson, Hawaiian, Kennedy, Leal, Niemes,
Palms, Stowers, Wittmann
Haskell, Fedde, Tetzlaff
Cerritos High School, Gahr High School, Whitney High School