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, Student Information Systems 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 Email Timini
Program Secretary II Tawny Bennett 209-736-6020 Email Tawny
Student Information Systems Analyst II Lesley Heckers 209-736-6021 Email Lesley
Title Name Phone # Email
Assistant Superintendent/SELPA Director Sarah Goodman 209-736-6040 Email Sarah
Program Manager Christina Bianchi 209-736-6087 Email Christina
Program Manager Laura Machado 209-736-6042 Email Laura
Title Name Phone # Email
Program Specialist Kim Buchanan 209-736-6041 Email Kim
Program Specialist Scott Birkestrand 209-736-6018 Email Scott
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Kim Deiro 209-736-6070 Email Kim Deiro
Behavioral Health Clinician Susan Rezin 209-736-6081 Email Susan
Behavioral Health Clinician Robin Gavoor 209-736-6076 Email Tawny
Lead School Psychologist Jen Clark 209-736-6090 Email Jen