Special Education Family Newsletter

February 2022

Dear Families,

As this year progresses quickly we have many exciting opportunities throughout our district including a free literacy workshop and several special education parent learning opportunities. As we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time, we thank you for your continued support as we continue to work together for our students.

With gratitude,

Nereida Gutierrez

Director, Special Education

Congratulations to our VUSD STAR - Alejandra Hoffman, District Interpreter

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities & Parent Resources

VUSD Free Literacy Parent Workshops: March 2, 2022 & March 16, 2022 (6pm - 7:30pm)

Literacy Parent Night Flyer (English & Spanish)

California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN)

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education SELPA is proud to partner with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN ) by promoting the use of evidence- based practices for students with Autism. CAPTAIN is part of the California Department of Education Statewide System of Support in collaboration with Marin County SELPA

Please click here for resources: CAPTAIN Website

Community Advisory Committee:

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 via zoom

CAC Meeting Agenda (English and Spanish)

VUSD Special Education Department Presents:

Strength Based IEPS: April 5, 2022 (5:30 - 6:30pm) Location: TBD

What's Happening Around the District

Welcome to Our New Hires

Ed Specialist-Mild/Moderate teacher - Marie Lyons (VMMS)

Ed Specialist-Mild/Moderate teacher - Doreen Orzo (Bobier/Maryland)

Special Education Community Liaison - Araceli Sanchez

Special Education Community Liaison - Doris Cruz

VUSD Employment Opportunities

Vista Unified continues to look for dependable people that are excited about working with our students. Vista has a need for both permanent and substitute employees! We can get you working immediately! Come work with a district that is making a difference in the lives of children!

For more information, click below:

Instructional Assistant II - LH/CH/SP

Instructional Assistant - Behavior Intervention

Special Education Assistant IV - SH/PH

Special Education Department Contact Info.

Nereida Gutierrez, Director, Special Education, nereidagutierrez@vistausd.org

Steffanie Rupp, Coordinator, Special Education, steffanierupp@vistausd.org

Chris Altona, Principal, Vista Adult Transition, chrisaltona@vistausd.org

Rachel Schmidt, Principal, California Avenue School, rachelschmidt@vistausd.org

Katherine Abraham, Program Supervisor, katherineabraham@vistausd.org

Tracy Zachry, Program Supervisor, tracyzachry@vistausd.org

Jennifer Gruman, Program Supervisor, jennifergruman@vistausd.org

Kursten Carlson, Program Supervisor, kurstencarlson@vistausd.org

Jean Potter, Administrative Secretary, Special Education, jeanpotter@vistausd.org

Araceli Sanchez, Community Liaison, Special Education, aracelisanchezmart@vistausd.org

Special Education Department: specialeducationdept@vistausd.org

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