Valley Center- Pauma Unified School District is dedicated to identifying, locating and assessing all students within the district from birth to 21 years of age who may have disabilities, and providing appropriate support and/or related services to those students determined by an educational evaluation.

Therefore at Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District we strive to provide the most effective methods of service delivery to the students enrolled in our programs. To this end, we have taken a research based approach to determine the methods that seem most appropriate, given the nature of our student population, the goals the IEP team has established for each student, and the ultimate goal we have for all of our students, which is to be as independent and successful as possible within the larger community.

Our program believes in the collaborative service model. This model emphasizes the provision of instruction by both classroom staff and support service specialists within the classroom setting. 

Each student’s individual program is data driven, with ongoing data collection and data analysis. Our data driven approach coupled with ongoing collaboration between parents, support staff, support agencies and classroom staff is a critical element in the ongoing assessment of student progress.

Doyan Howard

Doyan Howard

Director of Student Support Services

What is Special Education?

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [idea]. These are:

  • Autism

  • Deaf

  • Deaf-Blind

  • Emotionally Disturbed

  • Hard of Hearing

  • Intelectual Disability

  • Multiple Handicapped

  • Orthopedically Impaired

  • Other Health Impaired

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech-Language Impaired

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visually Impaired


The North Island Community Advisory Committee is a partnership of parents, educators and community members working together to promote effective special education programs. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is compromised of parents from all 10 districts. The CAC meets quarterly in different districts around the SELPA to share the perspective on local, state and national issues affecting children with disabilities.

Special Education Staff

Claudia Macias

Student Support Services Assistant

Nicole Nilsen

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Bianca Bristol

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Emily Cobb

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Juan Reynoso

Deaf - Hard of Hearing Specialist 

Chris Endris

Adapted Physical Education (APE)

Ginny Davis

Workability Coordinator/TPP Coordinator

Mark Wasserman


Melanie Summers

Primary School Psychologist 

Pamela Willer

Lilac School Psychologist 

Judy Baldassini

Middle School Psychologist 

Flora Howe

High School Psychologist 

Maiko Ikeda

Elementary School Psychologist 

Brooke Faith

Pauma School and Prep School Psychologist

Yliana Gonzalez

Primary School Counselor

Ivan Heredia

Elementary School Counselor

Leah Fry

Lilac School Counselor

Jennifer Macedo

Pauma School Counselor

Fetzum Hagos

Middle School Counselor

Nicole Yorba

High School Counselor

Mandy Brown

High School Counselor

Cindy Ochoa

Middle School Counselor

Susana Cook

High School Counselor

Corrine Matthew

OG and Prep School Counselor

Debbie Martineau

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Elise Wright

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Nancy Beck

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Laticia Omondi-Ochola

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Sara Kent

Bilingual- Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Alex Cunningham

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Celeste Guth

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Samantha Coelho

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Savannah Boyle

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Stephanie Jones

Program Specialist

Linda Ford

Program Specialist

Nicky Day

Social Worker

Lindy Kilcrease


Stanley Serisola