Special Education Family Newsletter
November and December 2022
As the holiday season approaches, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past few months. Our staff has shown their commitment to our students by providing high quality instruction and engaging lessons to meet the unique needs of our learners. Many families and staff members have participated in training and professional collaboration sessions to provide more opportunities for our students. I am grateful for all of you, our students and staff. I wish you a restful and joyous winter break with your loved ones.
Director of Special Education
2022-2023 District CAC Priority Goals
Priority # 1: Academic and
1.1. Access to academic inclusion
1.2. Access to social inclusion
1.3. Ability awareness activities
1.4. School-wide and personal safety
1.5. Inclusive education training for general and special educators (including paraprofessionals), families and students
Please Welcome Our New SPED Staff!!
SPED Supervisors, Kinga Nagorny and Charyn Socket Berg!!
Kinga Nagorny has served the Vista Unified School District for over 16 years as an Education Specialist, moderate/severe at elementary and secondary levels. In addition she supported many of our teachers, students and programs as an intern teacher mentor, Induction Mentor as well as a teacher on special assignment in a Learning Loss position. Kinga Nagorny will be the new Supervisor for the Elementary Mild/Moderate Programs.
Dr. Charyn Socket Berg currently serves as an intern supervisor with the University of San Diego where she supervises both interns and student teachers in receiving mild/moderate, moderate/severe special education credentials. She has also worked as an assistant professor with Argosy University and holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her work with graduate students, she served the Phoenix Union High School District for 26 years as a special education classroom teacher, department chair and administrator. Dr. Charyn Socket Berg will be the Supervisor for all Secondary Mild/Moderate Programs.
PARENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITES
A Deep Dive Into Your Procedural Safeguards- Flyer attached with specific details
Committee Advisory Meeting (CAC)
Mental Health Resources for Teens
A popular San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) resource from 2022 has been updated with new apps, information, and support for teen mental health and well-being. The English and Spanish versions of the Teen Guide to Mental Health can be downloaded from the SDCOE Student Support Services website. It is one of the many mental health resources listed on the site. Visit the SDCOE Facebook page to download image files for sharing on social media.
California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN ):
North Coastal Consortium of Special Education (NCCSE), Regional Center, FRC/FEC 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
findhelp.org by findhelp - Search and Connect to Social Care
Search and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help starts here: 19,524,096 people use it (and growing daily) If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, chat with them online via their website, or text HOME to 741741 (multiple languages available).
What's happening at our schools?
Vista Adult and Transition Center (VATC) exhibit at the Vista Art Festival
Cal Ave Parent Workshop
Congratulations to our Special Education VUSD Stars
October 2022 VUSD Stars
Staff Training: Orton Gillingham
Eight of our staff members including ed specialists and speech pathologists attended 30-hours of a hands-on, interactive, and personalized coursework that provided a complete understanding of IMSE’s enhanced Orton-Gillingham method, the essential five components to literacy, and the tools necessary to apply it in the classroom.
Special Education Community Liaison
Please don't hesitate to communicate with our Community Liaison. We are here to facilitate communication between VUSD and families.
If you need assistance please reach out to Doris Cruz.
Phone number: (760) 726-2170 ext. 92914
VUSD is hiring - Spread the word!
Do you know of anyone who is looking for a job in education? If so, please encourage them to apply for our open positions.
Education Specialist-Moderate/Severe Teacher (2022/2023 School Year)
Education Specialist-Mild/Moderate Teacher (2022/2023 school year)
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION, Permanent & Substitutes (OPEN and CONTINUOUS Application)
Special Education Department Contacts
Nereida Gutierrez, Director, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steffanie Rupp, Coordinator, Special Education, email@example.com
Rachel Schmidt, Principal, California Avenue School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Abraham, Principal, Vista Adult Transition Program, email@example.com
Dr. Charyn Socket Berg, Program Supervisor Starting mid-January
Jennifer Gruman, Program Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinga Nagorny, Program Supervisor, email@example.com
William Foley, Program Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dafnee Ramirez, Administrative Secretary, Special Education, email@example.com
Debra Harris, Data Tech, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Fortin, Data Tech, email@example.com
Doris Cruz, Community Liaison, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Department: email@example.com
Special Education Department
Address: 1234 Arcadia Avenue Vista, CA, 92084
Phone number: (760) 726-2170 ext. 92914