How to Contact Special Education

Contact Special Education

Have a Special Education Question? Contact the departments below:

You can also call the Special Education Services Office at (415) 759-2222 or fill out this form and we will get back to you.

For more information, visit the Special Education Website or view the Special Education Contact List

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


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, Early Education 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

OPEN Supervisor, Related Services 

OPEN Early Childhood/PreK Supervisor Argonne EES Commodore Stockton EES J Serra Annex EES Jefferson EES John McLaren EES Leola Havard EES Noriega EES Presidio EES Theresa Mahler EES Tule Elk Park EES San Miguel EES Zaida Rodriguez EES

Nicole Fricke-Pothier (Learning Center/RSP)  Elementary School Supervisor - Alice Fong Yu • Bret Harte • Bessie Carmichael • Claire Lilienthal • Commodore Sloat • Carver • Chinese Immersion • Cleveland • Drew • Edwin & Anita Lee • Gordon J. Lau • Guadalupe  • Harvey Milk • John Yehall Chin • Junipero Serra • John Muir • Marshall • McKinley • Mission Education Center • Monroe • New Traditions • Jean Parker • Redding • Rooftop • SF Community • SF Montessori • Spring Valley • Sutro • Ulloa • Visitacion Valley • Webster • West Portal

Margaret Michels  Elementary School Supervisor (Autism Focused & SOAR) - AlamoArgonne El Dorado ER Taylor Feinstein Flynn Garfield • Glen Park  Grattan  Jefferson Lakeshore Miraloma Rosa Parks/Raphael Weill Sherman Sunset Starr King Tenderloin Yick Wo

Ricki-Jo Scott  Elementary School Supervisor (Cross-Categorical & DHH) - Alvarado Bryant Buena Vista Horace Mann Cesar Chavez Clarendon Cobb Dolores Huerta Francis Scott Key Hillcrest John Muir Jose Ortega Lafayette Lawton Longfellow Malcolm X McCoppin Moscone/Las Americas Paul Revere Peabody Sanchez Sheridan Stevenson Sunnyside

Ben Neumann Middle Schools Supervisor  

Matt Lavoie High Schools Supervisor  

Chad Schimke Non Public Schools (NPS) Supervisor  

OPEN Extended School Year and Covid Recovery Services Supervisor

OPEN Related Services Program Administrator  

Michelle Bizeau  Private/Parochial Program Administrator 

Kara Schinella Transition Program Administrator 

OPEN Early Start and Community Programming

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
555 Franklin St
Cell Phone: 415-319-4811

What Does the Ombudsperson Do?

The SFUSD Special Education Ombudsperson is the family, community and staff liaison for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  The Ombudsperson'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 staff 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 disabilities 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.

How to Request Support

Families and staff can contact the ombudsperson via email at or via phone at 415-319-4811.

Drop in office hours are available at 555 Franklin Street Monday - Thursday from 3-5pm. 


This page was last updated on July 21, 2022