San Leandro

Unified School District



835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510-667-3500
Fax: 510-667-6234

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Special Education

The purpose of Special Education is to provide a high-quality, safe and inclusive educational program that supports students with special needs to reach their full academic and behavioral potential in preparation for life and success in college and career through specialized services provided, to the maximum extent possible and appropriate, in the general education learning environment. 

Special Education Program Beliefs

  • Effective general education is the key to improving special education.
  • Collaboration among educators leads to improved student achievement.
  • Each student has the right to a challenging, rewarding and inclusive education.
  • All students can learn and it is our responsibility to ensure that they do.

Colleen Palia
Director of Special Education
Phone: 510-667-6206 

Jessica Ortiz
Assistant Director of Special Education
All Secondary Programs
Phone: 510-667-6212 

Doris Kwok
Assistant Director of Special Education
All Elementary Programs
Phone: 510-667-6211 

Julie Avilla
Program Specialist
Preschool Programs & High School Resource and Mild-Moderate Programs
Phone: 510-618 4600 ext 2188

Lyla Belli
Mental Health Program Support Provider
All Mental Health Programs and Non-Public Schools
Phone: 510-618-4400 x 3765

Theresa Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant

Ludibina Duenas
Office Technician

Business Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Phone: 510-667-3507
Fax: 510-297-0508

2255 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577