Special Education Department

WELCOME TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT!

 

Special education is the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needed support. All students who qualify for Special Education services receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines how our schools will meet each student’s individual needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students with special needs be provided with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) that is appropriate to each student's needs. This includes early intervention services for infants and toddlers, pre-school for students starting at age three, services for school age children in grades K-12, and transition services for eligible students up to age 22.

 

Those of us in the field of Special Education are very passionate and committed to supporting our students who qualify for Special Education services, the students’ needs, and their families. Our special education teachers are well trained in instructional practices and strategies to support students with access to curriculum and efforts to realize their goals. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our department. We are happy to help you in any way we can.

 

The mission of Lynwood Unified School District, the cultivator of innovative thinkers, is to ensure each student fearlessly achieves his or her highest academic and personal aspirations while contributing to the greater society through a unique system distinguished by people of great character who inspire and lead by example; the instilling of courage to be creative; the transformative uses of technology; safe and clean environments and the honoring of all voices of our community.

Contact Information

 

Administrative Team:

Hector H. Marquez, Ed.D.

Director of Special Education

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

hmarquez@mylusd.org 

 

Rejielyn Cerdenio, MOT, OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

recerdenio@mylusd.org 

 

Lavyddya Anderson, M.Ed.

Coordinator of Special Education

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

landerson@mylusd.org

 

Yvette Mayhorn-Harps, Ed.D.

Coordinator of Special Education

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

yharps@mylusd.org 

 

Susan Turner-McMullen, M.S., PPS

Coordinator of Special Education

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

sturnermcmullen@mylusd.org 

 

Health Services Specialist:

Sue Poh, RN,PHN, CSN

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

spoh@mylusd.org 

 

Program Specialists:

Kyu Parks, M.Ed.

Program Specialist: Elementary & Secondary Education

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

 kpark@mylusd.org 

 

Dora Rios, M.Ed.

Special Education Department

310.886.1600 x8139

Program Specialist: Elementary & Secondary Education

dcrios@mylusd.org 

 

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW):

Jessica Elvira, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jessica Saldivar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Laura Velasquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Adapted Physical Education:

Brittney Franks, Adapted Physical Education (APE) Specialist

Brendan Moriyama, Adapted Physical Education (APE) Specialist

Kathleen Rickerl, Adapted Physical Education (APE) Specialist

Ray Uhls, Adapted Physical Education (APE) Specialist
 
Physical Therapist
Ramon Carriel, Physical Therapist
 
Office Staff:
Alexandra Chavez, Secretary
Danielle Trujillo, Office Assistant II
Maria Mora, Office Assistant II
Tisbeth Gutierrez, Technician Specialist
Martha Puente, Technician Specialist
Queen Vaaulu, Technician Specialist
 
Interpreters/Translators: 
Brenda De Anda, Interpreter/Translator
Giovanna Gutierrez, Interpreter/Translator
Perla Martinez, Interpreter/Translator
Gabriela Torrico, Interpreter/Translator