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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 or 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

    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.

    Contact the Department

    The Central Office Special Education Team supports all schools, programs, and families to ensure students receive the highest quality services possible.

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    Additional Department Contacts

    Special Education Records


    Fax: 206-252-0895

    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 →

    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

    Regional Supervisors and Program Specialists

    Northeast Region

    Mike Bylsma, Northeast Regional Supervisor or 206-743-3556

    photo of Michelle BammertMichelle Bammert, Northeast Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0824


    • Bryant
    • Cascade Parent Partnership
    • Eckstein
    • Green Lake
    • Hazel Wolf
    • John Rogers
    • Roosevelt
    • Sand Point
    • TOPS
    • Wedgwood

    photo of Elaine ParnellElaine Parnell, Northeast Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0875


    • Cedar Park
    • Decatur
    • Jane Addams
    • Laurelhurst
    • Nathan Hale
    • Olympic Hills
    • Olympic View
    • Sacajawea
    • Thornton Creek K-5
    • View Ridge


    Northwest Region

    photo of Theresa SwansonTeresa Swanson, Northwest Regional Supervisor or 206-252-0876


    Photo of Catherine CookCatherine Cook, Northwest Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0863


    • Ballard High School
    • Ingram
    • Licton Springs
    • Northgate
    • Rober Eagle Staff
    • Salmon Bay K-8
    • Viewlands
    • West Woodland
    • Whitman
    • Whittier

    Caitlin O'Shea, Northwest Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0132


    • Adams
    • Bagley
    • BF Day
    • Broadview Thomson
    • Cascadia
    • Center School
    • Greenwood
    • Hamilton International Middle School
    • John Stanford International
    • McDonald
    • North Beach

    Central Region

    photo of Devin GurleyDevin Gurley, Central Regional Supervisor or 206-252-0874


    photo of amanda mcnaughtonAmanda McNaughton, Central Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0846


    • Bailey Gatzert
    • Frantz Coe
    • Franklin
    • John Hay
    • John Muir
    • Leschi
    • McGilvra
    • Meany
    • Seattle World School
    • Washington

    Jenn Pelland or 206-252-0845 


    • Catherine Blaine
    • Garfield
    • Lawton
    • Lowell
    • Madrona
    • McClure
    • Montlake
    • NOVA
    • Queen Anne
    • Stevens
    • Thurgood Marshall


    Southeast Region

    photo of Beth ThorsonBeth Thorson, Southeast Regional Supervisor or 206-252-0262


    photo of Marcella HelgesonMarcella Helgeson, Southeast Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0861


    • Cleveland
    • Mercer
    • Hawthorne
    • Interagency Academy
    • Aki Kurose
    • Rainier Beach
    • South Lake
    • South Shore K-8
    • Emerson

    Lisa Young, Southeast Regional Program Specialist or 206-743-3544


    • Beacon Hill International
    • Dearborn Park
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Graham Hill
    • Kimball
    • Maple
    • Dunlap
    • Orca K-8
    • Rainier View
    • Wing Luke
    • Van Asselt


    Southwest Region

    photo of Gordon FowldsGordon Fowlds, Southwest Regional Supervisor or 206-252-0886


    Judy Ferguson, Southwest Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0841


    • Alki
    • Arbor Heights
    • Concord
    • Fairmount Park
    • Highland Park
    • Lafayette
    • Madison
    • Middle College
    • Pathfinder
    • West Seattle High School

    Emily Caucci photoEmily Caucci, Southwest Regional Program Specialist or 206-252-0969


    • Chief Sealth
    • Denny
    • Gatewood
    • Genesee Hill
    • Roxhill
    • Sanislo
    • Louisa Boren
    • West Seattle Elementary


    Early Childhood (Child find/Preschool/Birth-Three/EEU)

    photo of Beth Carter

    Elizabeth Carter, Early Childhood Supervisor or 206-252-0665


    photo of James AlysonJames Alyson, Preschool Program Specialist or 206-252-0849


    Heidi Gainer, Birth-to-three Coordinator or 206-252-0835

    photo of Teresa GoldenTeresa Golden, Preschool Admin Data Specialist or 206-252-0809


    Private School Referrals/Service Plans or 206-252-0800

    photo of Robin OlneyRobin Olney, Supervisor or 206-252-0870


    Katie Hardeman, Private School Program Specialist or 206-252-0862

    photo of Stephanie RinconStephanie Rincon, Private School Program Specialist or 206-252-0860


    photo of Lexi GarbergLexi Garberg, Private School Admin Specialist or 206-252-0495


    Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    photo of Michael DickneiteMichael Dickneite, Supervisor or 206-252-0332


    16 to 21-year-old Transition/BRIDGES

    photo of Sherry StudleySherry Studley, Supervisor or 206-252-9934


    photo of Glen BoydGlen Boyd, Program Specialist or 206-252-0837


    photo of Wyeth JesseeWyeth Jessee, Chief of Student Support Services or 206-252-0830


    photo of Trish CampbellTrish Campbell, Director of Special Education or 206-252-0058


    Nicole Fitch photoNicole Fitch, Director of Special Education School Based Services or 206-252-0058


    Beth Mills photoBeth Mills, Director of Special Education Operations or 206-252-0058


    photo of Kari HansonKari Hanson, Director of Student Support Services or 206-743-3547