How to Contact Special Education

Contact Special Education

Due to Covid 19, the Special Education Services Department Offices are closed. However, Special Education staff are working remotely and are checking their voicemails and emails daily.

Special Education Services Office
3045 Santiago St. 
San Francisco, CA 94116
Phone: 415-759-2222
Fax: 415-241-6087

WHO’s WHO in SFUSD Special Education Services

Jean Robertson  Chief,  Special Education Services

Jenny Jimenez-Payne  Director of School Services

Margaret Farruggio Director of Compliance, Staffing, PD

Kristen Devine  Director of County Programs - Early Ed, NPS, Private/Parochial

Anacorina Lola  Related Services Supervisor

Scott Ostendorf  Psychologists Supervisor

Julia Martin  Ombudsperson

Maggie Michels   Cohort 1 Supervisor (Alamo •  Alvarado • Bryant • Chavez • Dolores Huerta • Flynn • Glen Park  • Grattan • Lafayette • Las Americas • Marshall • McCoppin • Harvey Milk • Moscone • Sanchez • Junipero Serra • Sutro)

Kee Fricke-Pothier Cohort 2 & 4 Supervisor (Argonne • Bessie Carmichael • John Yehall Chin • Chinese Immersion • Cleveland • Edwin & Anita Lee • ER Taylor • Garfield • Gordon J. Lau • MissionEd • Monroe • SF Public Montessori • Muir • Jean Parker • Rosa Parks • Redding • SF Community • Sherman • Spring Valley • Tenderloin • Yick Wo)

Ricki-Jo Scott Cohort 3 & 4 Supervisor (Alice Fong Yu • Carver • Cobb • Drew • Bret Harte • Starr King • Malcolm X • McKinley • New Traditions • Peabody Webster • Vis.Valley • Hillcrest • Buena Vista/Horace Mann  • Lawton • Lilienthal • Revere • Rooftop)

TBD Cohort 5 Supervisor (Clarendon • Commodore Sloat • El Dorado • Feinstein • Guadalupe • Jefferson • Francis Scott Key • Lakeshore • Longfellow • Miraloma • Ortega • Sheridan)

Corrina McGraw Early Education/PK Supervisor  

Ben Neumann Middle Schools Supervisor  

Matt Lavoie High Schools Supervisor  

Chad Schimke Non Public Schools (NPS) Supervisor  

TBD  Private Parochial Program Administrator 

Kara Schinella Transition Program Administrator 

Cathy Sherman Behavior Analysts and SOAR Program Administrator 

TBD Related Services Program Administrator  

Adriana Aro Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Administrator

TBD Early Education/PK Program Administrator  

Looking for more information? View the SFUSD Special Education: Cohorts for School Year 2020-2021 contact list.

Special Education Ombudsperson

Contact the Ombudsperson:

Julia Martin, Special Education Ombudsperson


Phone: 415-319-4811

The SFUSD Special Education Ombudsperson is the family, community and staff liaison for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  The Ombudsman's office can: 

  • Assist parents and guardians in navigating Special Education Services and when they have concerns regarding special education services for their children at school sites or districtwide. 
  • Provide training to SFUSD and San Francisco community stakeholders, such as Navigating Special Education Services, IEP 101, Engaging and Empowering SFUSD Families, Effective Communication between Special Education Families and Educators, and other issues related to special education services and families.   
  • Address the need for educational surrogate assignment (the Ombudsperson is the educational surrogate coordinator for the district, which matches students in need of representation with volunteers to help advocate for their educational needs.)

Ombudsperson support is confidential, free of charge to all SFUSD families and often leads to resolutions before legal action is needed.  If needed, translation/interpretation can be provided.

The vision of the Office of Ombudsperson is to ensure children with special needs receive all services and supports needed to benefit from public education by fostering an environment where collaboration and cooperation exist between parents, staff and administration.