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


Excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.


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

Lisa Paisley

Principal & Coordinator, TK-6 STEM

Marie Ferguson


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


Kelly Skon, PhD

Coordinator, 7-12 STEM

Shawna Knickerbocker


Assessment & Accountability

Cathy Kane

Coordinator, Assessment & Accountability

Lisa Schleger


College & Career Planning

Kimberly Thomason

Coordinator, College/Career Readiness

Debra Friedman

Guidance Specialist, College/Career Readiness

Lisa Carrillo


Shawna Knickerbocker


New Teacher Induction

Vicki Wong

Program Specialist, Professional Development

Lisa Carrillo


Services for English Learners

Rowena Mak, Ed.D.

District Coordinator, Services for English Learners

Janette Rodriguez


Marie Bauch

Clerk III

Mary Benton

ELD Resource Teacher
Beth Borkowski

Beth Borkowski

ELD SDAIE Lang. / Literacy Coach

Nancy Cunnington

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/Interim SELPA Director

Mary Anderson

Program Specialist III

Sarah Bouer, Ed.D.

Program Specialist III

Trish Hammond

Program Specialist III

Deborah Miller

Program Specialist III

Rae Lynn Nelson

Coordinator, Mental Health, Director I, SELPA

Student Services

Monique Yessian

Director, Student Services

Francis Dizon, PhD

Coordinator, Student Services

Rae Lynn Nelson

Coordinator, Mental Health, Director I, SELPA

Timothy Tatum

Program Specialist

Tahni Blume

Secretary, Director
Monica Rivas

Monica Rivas

Guidance Counselor (A - D)

Lisa Sheffer

School Nurse Assistant