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    Who should I contact?

    At your child’s school

    The first person to answer questions and resolve issues that you might have is often your child’s teacher or special education case manager.

    The School Principal/Assistant Principal is responsible for setting the tone and addressing issues concerning discipline, instruction, and the climate of the school.

    School contact directory →

    District Central Office

    The Central Office Special Education Team supports all schools, programs, and families to ensure students receive the highest quality services possible. When a question or a concern arises that cannot be addressed at your student’s school, there are resources and contacts available to get your need met.

    Special Education Office contact information →

    Special Education Ombudsperson

    The Special Education Ombudsperson is a resource available to families who would like guidance or information regarding services, placement, or general questions about Special Education with Seattle Public Schools.

    Ombudsperson contact information →

    Program Specialists

    Each region, as well as the Private School, Early Childhood, and Transition teams have Program Specialists on staff to support and guide IEP teams. Program Specialists are Special Education Teachers on special assignment to provide an added layer of support to your student’s teacher.

    Regional Program Specialist Directory →

    Special Education Regional Supervisors

    Special Education Supervisors are another resource available when there are student needs that rise above what schools and Program Specialists are able to address.

    Regional Supervisor Directory →

    Program Supervisor Directory →


    The Director of School-Based Special Education and the Director of Special Education are also available to address more complex questions and concerns when needed.

    Director information →

    Department of Special Education Services


    Fax: 206-252-0053

    Special Education Records


    Fax: 206-252-0895

    Special Education Ombudsperson

    Learn about the role of the Special Education Ombudsperson.

    Margo Siegenthaler


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    Referral to Special Education

    Birth to 3 years of age

    Within Reach of Washington State toll-free at 800-322-2588

    3 to 21 years of age

    ENROLLED in Seattle Public Schools

    Communicate with the staff at the school your child attends for Pre-Referral and Referral

    NOT ENROLLED in Seattle Public Schools

    3–5 years old: use Child Find

    Regional Supervisors and Program Specialists

    Northeast Region

    Northeast Regional Supervisor

    Joe Berdins or 206-252-0841

    Northeast Regional Program Specialists

    Michelle Bammert or 206-252-0824

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    • Hazel Wolf K-8
    • Jane Addams Middle School
    • Bryant
    • Green Lake
    • Licton Springs K-8
    • John Rogers
    • Roosevelt
    • Sand Point
    • View Ridge
    • Wedgwood
    Alessandra LaRosa or 206-252-0802


    • Cascade Partnership Program
    • Eckstein
    • Nathan Hale
    • Laurelhurst
    • Olympic Hills @ Cedar Park
    • Olympic View
    • Sacajawea
    • Thornton Creek K-5
    • TOPS K-8

    Northwest Region

    Northwest Regional Supervisor

    Teresa Swanson or 206-252-0876

    NW Regional Program Specialists

    Catherine Cook or 206-252-0863


    • Adams
    • Ballard High School
    • Hamilton International Middle School
    • Ingraham High School
    • McDonald International School
    • John Stanford International
    • Viewlands
    • West Woodland
    • Whitman
    Maki Ichikawa or 206-252-0833

    Maki Ichikawa


    • Cascadia Elementary
    • Daniel Bagley
    • Broadview Thomson K-8
    • The Center School
    • B.F. Day
    • Greenwood
    • Loyal Heights
    • North Beach
    • Northgate
    • Salmon Bay K-8 @ Monroe
    • Whittier

    Central Region

    Central Regional Supervisor (Interim)

    Devin Gurley or 206-252-0874

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    Central Regional Program Specialists

    Laurie Chirichigno

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    • Catharine Blaine K-8
    • Frantz Coe
    • Franklin
    • Garfield
    • McClure
    • Nova
    • Washington
    Elaine Parnell or 206-252-0875

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    • Bailey Gatzert
    • John Hay
    • Lawton
    • Leschi
    • Lowell
    • Madrona K-8
    • Thurgood Marshall
    • Montlake
    • John Muir
    • Queen Anne
    • Stevens
    • Seattle World School

    Southeast Region

    Southeast Regional Supervisor

    Beth Thorson or 206-252-0262

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    SE Regional Program Specialists

    Marcella Helgeson or 206-252-0861

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    • Cleveland
    • Dunlap
    • Hawthorne
    • Interagency Academy
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Aki Kurose
    • Rainier Beach
    • South Lake
    • South Shore K-8
    • Van Asselt
    Lisa Young or 206-743-3544


    • Beacon Hill International
    • Dearborn Park
    • Emerson
    • Graham Hill
    • Kimball
    • Maple
    • Mercer
    • Orca K-8
    • Rainier View
    • Wing Luke

    West Seattle Region

    West Seattle Regional Supervisor

    Spencer Pan or 206-252-0887

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    West Seattle Regional Program Specialists

    Gordon Fowlds or 206-252-0886

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    • Alki
    • Chief Sealth
    • Concord
    • Highland Park
    • Lafayette
    • Madison
    • Pathfinder
    • Roxhill
    • Sanislo
    Amanda McNaughton or 206-252-0846

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    • Arbor Heights
    • Denny International
    • Fairmount Park
    • Gatewood
    • Genesee Hill
    • Middle College
    • Boren K8 STEM
    • West Seattle Elementary
    • West Seattle High School

    Program Supervisors

    Early Childhood

    (Child find/Preschool/Birth-Three)

    Elizabeth Carter or 206-252-0665

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    Program Specialists

    Heidi Gainer or 206-252-0849
    Jennifer Pelland or 206-252-0845

    Private School Supervisor

    (Private School Referrals/Service Plans)

    Robin Olney or 206-252-0870

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    Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Supervisor

    Michael Dickneite or 206-252-0332

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    18-21 Year Old Transition/Bridges

    Sherry Studley or 206-252-0842

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    Program Specialist

    Glen Boyd or 206-252-0837

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    504 Plans Supervisor

    Sherry Studley or 206-252-0842

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    Chief of Student Support Services

    Wyeth Jessee or 206-252-0058

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    Director of Special Education

    Michaela Clancy or 206-252-0058

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    Interim Director of Special Education

    Trish Campbell or 206-252-0058

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    Director of Student Support Services

    Kari Hanson or 206-252-0058

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