CAC for Special Education

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education


Thank you to everyone who nominated an individual for the annual CAC AWE Awards. We received many nominations for some truly incredible individuals who have been working hard to serve our students with disabilities and make sure all students can live up to their full potential. It is our honor to share this year's AWE Award winners and Nominee's:


Cynthia Sawchuck, Inclusion Teacher at George Washington High School
Douglas G. Rich, Literacy-Math Specialist at McKinley Elementary
Eisa Al-Shamma, Special Education Teacher at Grattan Elementary
Elisa Hider, School Bus Driver a San Francisco Unified School District
Logan K.P. Crawford, Case Manager/Education Specialist at Mission HS
Leslie Lum, Special Education Teacher / Paraeducator a Ruth Asawa School


Amy Matarazzo, PE Teacher at Miraloma Elementary
Gloria Flores, Paraeducator at Galileo High School
Lindsey Kirk, Special Education Teacher at The Helix School-NPS
Lita Hernandez, Paraeducator at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary
Marrietosh Cunanan Richards, Special Education Teacher at Balboa HS
Raymond Lie, 7th Grade Avid Teacher at A.P. Giannini Middle School
Room 101 Teacher and Paras (Kellie King, Linda Tran, Lita Hernandez, Suzie MacKenzie)
at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary 
Vherny Rustrian, Attendance Liaison at Ida B. Wells H.S.

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UPCOMING CAC Event - Thursday, May 25th

TOPIC: SELPA Local Plan & Special Education Budget

Please join the CAC for a community conversation about the SFUSD SELPA Local Plan. Attendees will be able to provide feedback on the 2023-2024 SFUSD Special Education Budget and Special Education Service Plan. The information gathered at the meeting will inform SFUSD Special Education and CAC priorities for the coming year.

Please register in advance for this meeting. 

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August 25, 2022 - Back to School - SFUSD Special Education

September 22, 2022 - Mental Health Supports

October 27, 2022 - Board of Education Town Hall

November 17, 2022 - Joint Meeting with AAPAC on Early Literacy

December 8, 2022 - Inclusive Schools Week Keynote Event: Inclusion in SF: From Birthplace of Disability Advocacy to Today

January 26, 2023 - Navigating Special Education for Families of Color featuring Dr. Mary Bacon

February 23, 2023 - Community Conversation on SFUSD Budget + LCAP

March 23, 2023 - Behavior Best Practices - Featuring Kim Hopkins from Ross Greene's Lives in the Balance

April 27, 2023 - Advocates Worthy of Excellence (AWE) Awards

May 25, 2023 - SFUSD SELPA Local Plan (Special Education Budget & Service Plan)

June 22, 2023 - Sensory Processing



The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education is to champion effective special education programs and services and advise the Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members are parents of students with disabilities. 

Joining the CAC gives community members an opportunity to have their opinions heard and make a difference in the way special education is conducted in our area. Find out more on the CAC membership page.

For more information about the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education read the article: Making Special Education Work for All Students by Disability Rights of CA or visit

This page was last updated on May 2, 2023