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About the Special Education and Student Services Department

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The Special Education and Student Services department provides appropriate interventions and instruction, through quality teaching, for students with special needs to overcome challenges in order for them to become successful, contributing members of society.

The Office of Special Education and Student Services supervises and supports the areas of Special Education, Section 504, Alternative Education and School Health Services.
The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires each school district to report annually on progress of their students eligible for special education.
Special Education and student Services Staff

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Mr. Marcelo Congo
Director Of Special Education and Student Services
Ms. Cinthia Landin
Intern School Psychologist
My background includes providing a range of support services to students of diverse backgrounds, personalities, cultures, and socioeconomic conditions. I have served populations in various districts in Southern California. I hold a Bachelors of Science with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Currently, I am pursing my Educational Specialist Credential for Educational Psychology and License Professional Clinical Counselor. As the school psychologist, I provide assessment and counseling services to students referred for appropriate educational services, and promoting appropriate mental health services. My roles include:
  • Conduct initial and triennial assessments of students enrolled in special education and write corresponding reports 
  • Select, administer, score, and integrate with other data, providing written results of psychological and educational testing and measurements; interpret results to parents, teachers, administrators and others as legally appropriate
  • Work in cooperation with Special Education teachers to conduct evaluations of new students suspected of having learning disabilities and write corresponding report 
  • Counsel with students regarding emotional/personal issues
  • Implement peer counseling/self-esteem groups 
  • Serve as a liaison and consultant to other professionals involved in student appraisals including administrators, speech therapists, nurses, and counselors for the purpose of correlating all available information regarding individual children 
  • Consult with school personnel on a variety of psychological concerns such as those relating to instructional programs, individual needs of children, and behavioral management 
Ms. Sharmeen Mahmud
A Counselor for 15 years, having served in LAUSD, Alhambra Unified and Centralia School District.  Holds a Masters in Marriage Family and Child Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education as well as a California Administrative Services Credential.
List of services provided:
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Anti-bullying Prevention and Intervention
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  • Facilitation of Social Emotional Learning curriculum schoolwide.