Special Education Administrative Unit


Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children from birth to age 22 who have disabilities. This is done at no cost to the parents. Special education can include special instruction in the child’s general education classroom, in a special education classroom, or in other settings. This definition of special education comes from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

To refer a child suspected of being disabled or for more information on special education services, contact your local school district. For further assistance or information, please call (209) 736-6016, Timini Highfill, Administrative Secretary. If  you need to send a fax for records request, please put attention Lesley Heckers, Information Analyst. SELPA/AU Department fax # 209-736-6048

If you have questions regarding the following Calaveras County Office of Education Special Education Programs please call the following clerical staff members:



Title Name Phone # Email
Administrative Secretary I to the SELPA Director Timini Highfill 209-736-6016
Program Secretary I Tawny Bennett 209-736-6020
Student Information Systems Analyst Lesley Heckers 209-736-6021 [email protected]




Title Name Phone # Email
Co-Assistant Superintendent/SELPA Director Sarah Goodman 209-736-6040 [email protected] 
Co-Assistant Superintendent/SELPA Director Janine Schumann 209-736-6057
 Program Manager Christina Bianchi 209-736-6087 [email protected] 
Program Manager Laura Machado 209-736-6042 [email protected]




Title Name Phone # Email
Program Specialist
Kim Buchanan 209-736-6041
Program Specialist
Scott Birkestrand 209-736-6018 [email protected]
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Kim Deiro 209-736-6070 [email protected]
Behavioral Health Clinician Susan Rezin 209-736-6081 [email protected]
Behavioral Health Clinician Robin Gavoor 209-736-6076 [email protected]
Lead School Psychologist Jen Clark 209-736-6066 [email protected]