Educational Services

SVUSD educators strive to ensure that every student has the opportunity and access to achieve academically, socially and emotionally, as well as be prepared for college and career beyond graduation. Our educational programs emphasize research-based instructional strategies that promote responsive, equitable and innovative learning environments for all students. Schools offer unique curricular emphasis in all grade levels and in various content areas including, science, mathematics, language arts, gifted and advanced placement classes, International Baccalaureate, second language support or immersion, and career technical education. In addition, the academic environment at schools is enhanced by a variety of athletic opportunities, fine and performing arts programs and other student activities.

Thank you for entrusting us to educate your children; it is a great privilege.

Laura Ott
Assistant Superintendent

  • MISSION
    Excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • VISION
    Preparing all SVUSD students for college and career success through intentionally designed, innovative, and highly effective instruction.
  • INSTRUCTIONAL LEARNING GOAL
    Implement research-based instructional strategies and highly effective professional development that promotes responsive, equitable, and innovative learning environments for all students.


Contact Information

Assistant Superintendent

Laura Ott

Assistant Superintendent

Donna Perez

Administrative Secretary

Elementary Education

Liza Zielasko

Director, Elementary Education

Trish Shepherd

Secretary, Director

Lisa Paisley

Principal & Coordinator, TK-6 STEM

Marie Ferguson

Secretary

Alison Couch

Coordinator, TK-6 Humanities/Literacy

Secondary Education

Ron Pirayoff, Ed.D.

Director, Secondary Education

Benita Fitch

Secretary, Director

Lisa Lopez-Mcclelland

Coordinator, 7-12 Humanities/Literacy

Kristy Owens

Secretary

Kelly Skon, PhD

Coordinator, 7-12 STEM

Shawna Knickerbocker

Secretary

Assessment & Accountability

Cathy Kane

Coordinator, Assessment & Accountability

Lisa Schleger

Secretary

College & Career Planning

Kimberly Thomason

Coordinator, College/Career Readiness

Debra Friedman

Guidance Specialist, College/Career Readiness

Lisa Carrillo

Secretary

New Teacher Induction

Vicki Wong

Program Specialist, Professional Development

Lisa Carrillo

Secretary

Services for English Learners

Gema Segovia

Secretary Translator

Marie Bauch

Clerk III

Mary Benton

ELD Resource Teacher

Beth Borkowski

ELD SDAIE Lang. / Literacy Coach

Nancy Cunnington

Literacy Coach

Karin Fortt

Resource Teacher

Marisela Gonzalez

Translator Interpreter

Marcela Ibanez

Grant Funded Site Coordinator

Special Education

Diane Clark, Ed.D.

Director, Special Education

Mary Anderson

Program Specialist III

Sarah Bouer

Program Specialist III, EdD

Trish Hammond

Program Specialist III

Deborah Miller

Program Specialist III

Rae Lynn Nelson

Coordinator, Mental Health

Student Services

Monique Yessian

Director, Student Services

Francis Dizon, PhD

Coordinator, Student Services

Rae Lynn Nelson

Coordinator, Mental Health

Timothy Tatum

Program Specialist

Tahni Blume

Secretary, Director

Monica Rivas

Secretary
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