How to Contact Special Education

Contact Special Education

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

Special Education Contact List (scroll down for supervisor emails and school assignments)

Special Education Departments:

Not sure who to contact?  Call (415) 759-2222, fill out this form and we will respond right away.

For more information, visit the Special Education Website 


WHO’s WHO in SFUSD Special Education Services

Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services and SELPA Director - Jean Robertson 

Executive Director, Special Education Fiscal Services & Operations - Open

Executive Director, Instructional Programs - Jenny Jimenez-Payne 

Director, Compliance - Margaret Farruggio

Director, Elementary Schools - Maggie Michels,

Director, Secondary Schools - Matt Lavoie,

Ombudsperson - Julia Martin, Schedule a Meeting Today

Psychologist Supervisor for PreK-8, Private Parochial - Cynthia Ortiz-Front,

Psychologist Supervisor for Middle, High and County Schools - Open

Related Services Supervisor - Princess Tucker,

Related Services Supervisor - Cathy

Deaf Hard Hearing/Home Hospital Instruction/Tier 3 Literacy Supervisor- Open

Tier 3 Literacy PK-12+ Program Administrator - Saveth Seang,

Early Childhood/PreK Supervisor - Moira Zacharakis,
Argonne EES • Commodore Stockton EES J Serra Annex EES Jefferson EES John McLaren EES • Jose Ortega •  Carver/Leola Havard EES  • Noriega EES  • Theresa Mahler EES Tule Elk Park EES San Miguel EES Zaida Rodriguez EES

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

Elementary School Supervisor (Autism Focused & SOAR) - Gabriel Baker,
Alamo • Argonne D. Feinstein • El Dorado ER Taylor Flynn • Garfield • Glen Park • Grattan • Jefferson Lakeshore McKinley  Miraloma • Rosa Parks • Sherman • Sunset Starr King Tenderloin Yick Wo

Cross Categorical Elementary Supervisor- Sheree
Alvarado Bryant  BVHM • Chavez Clarendon  Cobb •  FS Key Hillcrest • Huerta J. Ortega  John Muir Lafayette Lawton  • Longfellow •  McCoppin  Moscone  Paul Revere  Peabody • Sanchez • Sheridan • Spring Valley • Sunnyside • Stevenson

Middle Schools, Supervisor - Sara
AP Giannini •  Aptos • Everett • Francisco •  Hoover  James Denman • James Lick  Martin Luther King • Marina • Presidio  Roosevelt  Vis Valley  Willie Brown  *Gateway Middle School

High Schools Supervisor - Andy Chung,
Asawa • Balboa • Burton • Galileo • June Jordan • Lincoln • Lowell • Marshall • Mission • O'Connell • SF International • The Academy • Wallenberg • Washington • *Gateway High School • Downtown • Independence • Ida B. Wells •  C.A.R.E Bayview • C.A.R.E Buchanan • Youth Chance • McAuley CEEP • Civic Center 7-12 • Hilltop 7-12 • El Camino Alternativo • Transition Center • Woodside (YGC) 7-12

Transition Program Supervisor - Kara Schinella,

Non Public Schools (NPS) Supervisor - Chad Schimke,

Non Public Schools (NPS) Program Administrator - Alexia Bogdis, 

Special Education Mental Health Program Administrator- Andi Hilinski,

Private/Parochial Program Administrator - Sara Koss,

Alternative Dispute Resolution/PD Supervisor - Adriana Aro,

Special Education Ombudsperson

Contact the Ombudsperson: 

Middle aged caucasian woman with long brown hair with a slight smile, wearing a blue and white blouse and a gold locket.

Julia Martin
Special Education Ombudsperson
555 Franklin St
Cell Phone: 415-319-4811
Click here to make an appointment

What is an Ombudsperson?

The word Ombudsman comes from a Swedish word that means “trusted representative.” The word has come to mean someone who assists consumers or citizens who are experiencing problems with corporations or government organizations. Our office is a member of the US Ombudsman Association and the International Ombudsman Association.

What Does the SFUSD Special Education 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 when they have concerns about their chid's special education services.
  • Provides an independent, confidential resource for students, families, employees, and community members, offering informal help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other special education related issues.
  • Promote inclusion of all students, especially those with disabilities during Inclusive Schools Week. 
  • 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 impartial, confidential and 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. Click here to make an appointment.

This page was last updated on May 6, 2024