Contact: Dr. Joseph Quarles

310-450-8338, ext. 220

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2002

Board Appoints Two Positions

Director and Coordinator of Special Education

At its meeting of May 2, 2002. the Board of Education appointed a new Director of Special Education and a new Coordinator of Special Education.

Effective July 1, 2002, Cindy Atlas will assume the position of Director, Special Education. Cindy comes to us from San Diego where she was Director of Special Education for the San Diego City Schools. With a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a Masters in Special Education, Ms. Atlas is uniquely qualified to head our Special Education Services. Past positions held in addition to Director of Special Education include Special Education Program Manager, Special Education Resource Teacher/ Investigator - Due Process/Mediations, and Special Education Diagnostic Resource Teacher.

Cindy was instrumental in the development of many IEP processes, policies and procedures and has extensive knowledge of the legal aspects of special education. Ms. Atlas is an effective communicator and is looking forward to working with parents, school staff and the community on special education issues.

From the State of New York comes Mary Ellen Toomey, who will serve as the new Coordinator of Special Education. Ms. Toomey has been a special education teacher since 1975 and has earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. She has had experience in a variety of settings including as a staff developer for regular and special education, as a teacher of graduate level courses and she has led over fifty workshops for educators. Mary has worked in the area of inclusion and is known for her ability to work collaboratively with staff, parents and the entire community.

The District is fortunate to have these two highly qualified educators to lead our Special Education program.



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