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    The easiest way to get in touch is through the special education contact form:

    Contact Form

    Department contact information
    Fax: 206-252-0895

    Special Education Records
    Fax: 206-252-0895


    Support in other languages

    Amharic and Oromo
    Work Cell: 206-445-3848
    District Phone: 206-252-0121

    Chinese: Cantonese, Mandarin, Taishanese
    Work Cell: 206-475-1860
    District Phone: 206-252-0013

    Work Cell: 206-471-9386
    District Phone: 206-252-0778

    Somali, Arabic
    Work Cell: 206-430-2492
    District Phone: 206-252-0880

    Work Cell: 206-471-2414
    District Phone: 206-252-0767


    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.

    Additional Department Contacts

    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

    Mike Bylsma, Regional Supervisor 

    Michelle Bammert, Program Specialist 

    Elaine Parnell, Program Specialist 


    • Bryant Elementary 
    • Cascade Parent Partnership
    • Cedar Park Elementary
    • Decatur Elementary
    • Eckstein Middle School
    • Green Lake Elementary
    • Hazel Wolf K-8
    • Jane Addams Middle School
    • John Rogers Elementary
    • Laurelhurst Elementary 
    • Nathan Hale High School
    • Olympic Hills Elementary 
    • Olympic View Elementary
    • Roosevelt High School
    • Sacajawea Elementary
    • Sand Point Elementary 
    • Thornton Creek Elementary
    • TOPS K-8
    • View Ridge Elementary
    • Wedgewood Elementary

    Teresa Swanson, Regional Supervisor

    Catherine Cook, Program Specialist

    Caitlin O'Shea, Program Specialist


    • Adams Elementary
    • Bagely Elementary
    • Ballard High School
    • BF Day Elementary
    • Broadview-Thomson 
    • Cascadia Elementary
    • Hamilton Middle School
    • Ingraham High School
    • Licton Springs K-8
    • Lincoln High School
    • Loyal Heights Elementary
    • North Beach Elementary
    • Northgate Elementary
    • Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
    • Salmon Bay K-8
    • Viewlands Elementary
    • West Woodland Elementary
    • Whitman Middle School
    • Whittier Elementary

    Devin Gurley, Regional Supervisor 

    Jenn Pelland, Program Specialist 


    • Aki Kurose Middle School
    • Denny Middle School
    • Franklin High School
    • Garfield High School
    • Lowell Elementary
    • Madison Middle School
    • Meany Middle School
    • Mercer Middle School
    • Stevens Elementary
    • Washington Middle School

    Cathy Reesman, Regional Supervisor

    Christian Herdener, Program Specialist

    Lisa Young, Program Specialist 


    • Bailey Gatzert Elementary 
    • Cleveland High School
    • Dearborn Park Elementary 
    • Dunlap Elementary 
    • Emerson Elementary 
    • Graham Hill Elementary 
    • Hawthorne Elementary
    • John Muir Elementary 
    • Kimball Elementary
    • Leschi Elementary
    • Maple Elementary
    • Martin Luther King Elementary 
    • Orca K-8
    • Rainier Beach High School
    • Rainier View Elementary 
    • South Lake High School
    • South Shore K-8
    • Thurgood Marshall Elementary
    • Van Asselt Elementary 
    • Wing Luke Elementary

    Gordon Fowlds, Regional Supervisor 

    Judy Ferguson, Program Specialist 

    Emily Caucci, Program Specialist 


    • Arbor Heights Elementary
    • Boren STEM K-8
    • Chief Sealth High School
    • Concord Elementary
    • Fairmount Park Elementary
    • Gatewood Elementary
    • Genessee Hill Elementary
    • Highland Park Elementary
    • Lafayette Elementary 
    • Middle College
    • Pathfinder K-8
    • Roxhill Elementary
    • Sanislo Elementary
    • West Seattle Elementary
    • West Seattle High School

    Rob Vander Stoep, Regional Supervisor

    Amanda McNaughton, Program Specialist 


    • Catharine Blaine K-8
    • Center School
    • Coe Elementary
    • Interagency
    • John Hay Elementary
    • Lawton Elementary
    • Magnolia Elementary
    • McClure Middle School
    • Nova High School
    • Queen Anne Elementary
    • Ryther
    • Seattle World School

    Robin Olney, Regional Supervisor


    • Alki Elementary
    • Beacon Hill Elementary
    • Greenwood Elementary
    • John Stanford Elementary

    Maggie Mattmiller, Program Specialist


    • Madrona Elementary
    • McDonald Elementary
    • McGilvra Elementary
    • Montlake Elementary


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

    Heather Brown, Director of Early Learning

    James Alyson, Preschool Program Specialist 


    Private School Referrals/Service Plans 

    Robin Olney, Supervisor

    Katie Hardeman, Private School Program Specialist

    Stephanie Rincon, Private School Program Specialist

    Lexi Garberg, Private School Admin Specialist 


    Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    Maggie Mattmiller, Program Specialist


    16 to 21-year-old Transition/BRIDGES

    Sherry Studley, Supervisor

    Glen Boyd, Program Specialist


    Concie Pedroza, Chief of Student Support Services

    Trish Campbell, Director of Special Education 

    Nicole Fitch, Director of Special Education School Based Services