Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Special Education

Contact Information

If you believe your child may have a disability and require special education services, please contact your school's psychologist or the special education office for referral information.

Special Education Office: (949) 580-3206
Special Education Department Fax:
(949) 454-1711


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

Coordinator, Special Education


Rae Lynn Nelson

Director I, SELPA

Mary Richino

Secretary, Director

Stephanie Strietbeck

Program Specialist I

Program Links

South Orange County SELPA

The South Orange County Orange County SELPA is a Multi-District SELPA which includes Saddleback Valley and Laguna Beach Unified School Districts.

For more information, please visit: South Orange County SELPA

South Orange County SELPA Community Advisory Committee

The South Orange County Special Education Local Plan Area (SOC SELPA) CAC seeks to join together parents, educators, lawmakers, service providers and other community members who want to make a difference in the education of all students. The CAC is here to inform and support with the goal of improving and protecting the education of our children.

For more information please visit: Community Advisory Committee

Career Start

The Career Start program empowers young people with disabilities to increase their level of independence by working collaboratively with community partners.

For more information, please visit: Career Start

Esperanza Education Center

Esperanza Education Center is home to the District's Adult Transition Program (Students 18-22 with moderate to severe disabilities), Career Start, and during the 19/20 school year also has one self-contained Foundational Classroom for students preparing to transition into adult programming.

For more information, please visit: Esperanza Education Center

La Tierra Early Childhood Center

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District Early Childhood Center offers special education and related services for 3-5 year old students with special needs to meet their individualized needs.

For more information, please visit: La Tierra Early Childhood Center


Child Find

The South Orange County SELPA actively searches for children ages 3-21 who may be in need of special education services. Any parent, family member, private school representative, or community member that may know of a child who may be in need of special education services should contact the child's school of residence or the South Orange County SELPA office at 949-580-3411. If the child is under the age of 2 year 10 months, please contact the Regional Center of Orange County at 714-796-5100.

Procedural Safeguards

Record Destruction Notice

This shall serve as notice that Special Education hard-copy records are generally only maintained for a three year to four year period. Outdated records are offered to parents prior to destruction. For those who have graduated/received certification of completion or discontinued, records are destroyed three years after date of scheduled graduation/completion. If students transfer to another district, Saddleback Valley Unified School District forwards Special Education records to the new school and does not maintain copies. Electronic data-base records may be kept beyond this time period. At the end of 2019/2020 school year, all Special Education records with graduation/completion date prior to 2016 will be destroyed.

Section 504

If you believe your child may be disabled under Section 504, please find additional referral information under the Student Services 504 web page.

Dyslexia Guidelines