Special Education

email: specialed@paloaltopta.org

We are here for you! PTA Special Education Reps are still at work from their desks at home to support you if you have questions. Please reach out to us.

During this difficult time, many support groups are available online. These two organizations are excellent resources:

Parents Place

Parents Helping Parents

This list of At Home Resources for Students with Exceptional Needs may be helpful to parents during the school closure. It was created by Palo Alto CAC and PTA, and will be updated regularly.

COVID-19 Resources for Students with Exceptional Needs

The goal of the Special Education Committee is to support families of children and youth with learning challenges and special needs by providing a forum of respectful communication between
families, the community, and the school district. We aspire to educate and advocate on the issues in our community, to foster
understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

Our initiatives include:
 Coordinating district-wide community awareness events
 Providing family support groups and parent education workshops
 Advising the Board of Education and PAUSD district administrators on matters pertaining to special
education and inclusion.

PTA Special Education / Inclusion Reps

Your PTA Special Education / Inclusion Representative is available to talk to you and to connect parents with resources, and promote inclusion. Find your rep below. We aim to have a rep on every campus. If your school does not have a rep, consider volunteering. Read the description.

In addition to serving at their local site, PTA reps are supported by PTA Council through the VP Special Education, Christine Baker, and by the CAC. The PTA has a long standing relationship with the Palo Alto CAC (Community Advisory Committee for Special Education).



Pre-K / Greendell



Shira Mowlem

Barron Park

Yanling Wang


Christina Schmidt (interim)

El Carmelo





Vaibhav Vaish

Fletcher Middle School

Tina Chow

Elaine Heal

Greene Middle School

Christine Baker



Juana Briones

Laurie Beyer

Lucille Nixon

Kimberly Eng Lee


Jay Gluckman

Palo Verde


Walter Hays

Gauri Deshpande


Y. C.


Ann Xu
Momo Yanagihara

Grace Downer

Yael Uziyel Naveh


Mary Vincent