Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

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.

Liza Zielasko
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

Donna Perez

Administrative Secretary

Liza Zielasko

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Elementary Education

Yvonne Estling

Yvonne Estling

Director, Elementary Education

Trish Shepherd

Secretary, Director
Alison Couch

Alison Couch

Coordinator, TK-6 Humanities/Literacy
Lisa Paisley

Lisa Paisley

Principal & Coordinator, TK-6 STEM

Marie Ferguson

Secretary

Secondary Education

Ron Pirayoff, Ed.D.

Director, Secondary Education

Benita Fitch

Secretary, Director

Lisa Lopez-Mcclelland

Coordinator, 7-12 Humanities/Literacy

Gina Castillo

Secretary

Robert Sherlock

Coordinator, 7-12 STEM

Shawna Knickerbocker

Secretary

Assessment & Accountability

Tama Adams

Tama Adams

Secretary
Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez

Coordinator, Assessment & Accountability

College & Career Planning

Kimberly Thomason

Coordinator, College/Career Readiness

Lisa Carrillo

Secretary

Samira Yaganeh

Guidance Specialist/Counselor

Educational Technology and Innovation

Kevin Fairchild

Kevin Fairchild

Coordinator, Educational Technology
Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

EdTech TOSA
Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Armstrong

EdTech TOSA
Kathleen Shafer

Kathleen Shafer

EdTech TOSA

New Teacher Induction

Trish Carter-Anderson

Trish Carter-Anderson

Instructional Coach

Services for English Learners

Rowena Mak, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Services for English Learners

Marie Bauch

Clerk III

Mary Benton

ELD Resource Teacher
Beth Borkowski

Beth Borkowski

ELD SDAIE Lang. / Literacy Coach

Karin Fortt

Bilingual Resource Teacher

Marisela Gonzalez

Translator Interpreter

Marcela Ibanez

Grant Funded Site Coordinator

Special Education

Diane Clark, Ed.D.

Director, Special Education

Mary Anderson

Coordinator, Special Education

Shawn Beese

Coordinator, Special Education

Trish Kelly

Coordinator, Special Education

Deborah Miller

Coordinator, Special Education
Erin Spillane

Erin Spillane

Coordinator, Special Education

Student Services

Francis Dizon Ph.D.

Director, Student Services

Tahni Blume

Secretary, Director

Marguerite Long

Coordinator, Student Services

Michelle O'Neill

Coordinator, Student Services

Timothy Tatum

Coordinator, Student Services

Danielle Deleon

Secretary