Special Education is an integral part of the public education system. It is specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEAicon-outbound-link.gif) emphasizes the student's participation in the general education curriculum and expands the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to include general education teachers. Under IDEA students who are eligible for special education have the right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPEicon-outbound-link.gif). Santa Cruz City Schools offers a full range of service options for eligible students.


  District Office 429-3410
Stacy O'Farrell
Nina Eklof
Administrative Secretary
ext 201   
Staci LaCagnin     
Program Manager
Brad Ruth
Program Specialist
ext 209   
Helen Stuart
IEP Compliance Coordinator
ext 205   
Tracy Thomas
Behavior/Inclusion Specialist      
ext 210    
Anna Brito
Account Technician
ext 202     
Debby Molina
Hearing Specialist
ext 207   
Julie Santana
Hearing Specialist
ext 208   
Patti Keck
Program Assistant - Records
ext 211   
Rachael Kleffer NPA/NPS Coordinator ext 253   


WorkAbility/Transition Programs  

429-3476 / 429-3494 fax

Debbie Nargi-Brown, Coordinator


Debbie Nargi-Brown Coordinator
Becky Cole Teacher
Nina Willcox
Victoria Downey Career Development Specialist
Robin Evenden School Community Coordinator
Nadine Gregg Career Development Specialist
Kristen Osterkamp Career Development Specialist


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

From Erika Zavaleta, our CAC Representative:

I am a parent representative for the district's Special Education programs.  My son is 5 years old and in kindergarten in the Westside Special Day Class.  I attend district and Local Plan Area meetings to give input and learn on behalf of of the parents of students with special education needs in Santa Cruz.  I also try to connect parents to each other and to special education resources, workshops and opportunities in the area.  Please be in touch with your comments and questions so we can keep improving our kids' and families' experiences!  I can be reached through Nina Eklof, Administrativee Secretary, at .  (Se habla espanol.)

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