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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 

    Teresa Swanson, Regional Supervisor

    Catherine Cook, Program Specialist

    Caitlin O'Shea, Program Specialist 

    Jenn Pelland, Program Specialist  

    Cathy Reesman, Regional Supervisor

    Christian Herdener, Program Specialist

    Lisa Young, Program Specialist  

    Gordon Fowlds, Regional Supervisor 

    Judy Ferguson, Program Specialist 

    Emily Caucci, Program Specialist

    Rob Vander Stoep, Regional Supervisor

    Amanda McNaughton, Program Specialist

    Robin Olney, Regional Supervisor


    Concie Pedroza, Chief of Student Support Services

    Trish Campbell, Executive Director of Special Education 

    Tarra Mitchell, Director of Special Education 

    Devin Gurley, Director of Special Education 


    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


    16 to 21-year-old Transition/BRIDGES

    Sherry Studley, Supervisor

    Glen Boyd, Program Specialist