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, SELPA Director

Simone Green  Executive Director, Special Education Fiscal Services & Operations

Kristen Devine  Director, County Programs and Related Services

Jenny Jimenez-Payne  Director, Cohort Schools K-12+

Margaret Farruggio  Director, Compliance

Scott Ostendorf  Supervisor, MS, HS, County Psychological Services

Cynthia Ortiz  Supervisor, PreK-8 Psychological Services

Maggie Michels   Cohort 1 Supervisor Alamo •  Alvarado • Bryant • Chavez • Dolores Huerta • Flynn • Glen Park  • Grattan • Harvey Milk • Junipero Serra • Lafayette • Las Americas • Marshall • McCoppin • Moscone • Sanchez • 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 • Bret Harte • Buena Vista/Horace Mann • Carver • Cobb • Drew • Hillcrest • Lawton • Lilienthal • Malcolm X • McKinley • New Traditions • Peabody • Revere • Rooftop • Starr King • Vis.Valley • Webster • Willie Brown 

Raj Sharma Cohort 5 Supervisor - Clarendon • Commodore Sloat • El Dorado • Feinstein • Guadalupe • Jefferson • Francis Scott Key • Lakeshore • Longfellow • Miraloma • Ortega • Sheridan • Stevenson • Sunnyside • Sunset • Ulloa • West Portal

Ben Neumann Middle Schools Supervisor  

Matt Lavoie High Schools Supervisor  

Chad Schimke Non Public Schools (NPS) Supervisor  

Corrina McGraw Early Childhood/PreK Supervisor   

Anacorina Lola  Related Services Supervisor

Thomas Graven Extended School Year and Covid Recovery Services Supervisor

Francine Demarco Related Services Program Administrator  

Michelle Bizeau  Private/Parochial Program Administrator 

Kara Schinella Transition Program Administrator 

Esther Adames Early Childhood Program Administrator

Cathy Sherman Behavior Analysts and SOAR Program Administrator 

Adriana Aro Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Administrator

Julia Martin Ombudsperson, Family/Community Engagement

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.