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

Yuri Chang


Shira Mowlem

Barron Park

Tina Chow
Angie Foster


Christina Schmidt (interim)

El Carmelo

Kathy Chen


Jackie Kaur
Houn Kim


May Guo   

Vaibhav Vaish

Fletcher Middle School

M. Yanagihara

Greene Middle School

Christine Baker
Pratik Jhaveri


Alev Buyukkokten

Juana Briones

Laurie Beyer

Lucille Nixon

Oxana Morozov


Rika Yamamoto

Palo Verde

Mele Tupou

Walter Hays

Gauri Deshpande


Yael Uziyel Naveh
Christina Schmidt


Ann Xu
Kimberly Eng Lee
Grace Downer


Mary Vincent