Palmdale School District

Launching a Lifetime of Learning

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    We are committed to provide quality services to students with extraordinary

    challenges thus affording at-risk students full access to the PALMDALE PROMISE

    including a rigorous education and a rich social experience, whether these

    barriers are caused by health, disability, academic or behavioral difficulties.


    Palmdale School District provides a full range of services to “at risk” and “special needs” students. The SESS Division provides direct services and support at every school site. Some students requiring more intensive support, may need to attend a campus outside their neighborhood.

    SESS provides services and programs through preschool, special education, and alternative education. We support and serve students and families through a wide range of educational professionals, including: highly qualified teachers, nurses, program specialists, counselors, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, para educators, principals, and other management and clerical support staff.

    The mission of SESS is to give students and families the support and services to help them reach maximum potential. This includes early identification of needs and early intervention (Response To Intervention – RTI) – fostering positive school attendance and connectiveness to school, concern for physical, social and emotional growth, access to community agencies, cultural tolerance and understanding and parent involvement.

Name Title Email Address
ADMINISTRATION - 661.789.6745
John Porter, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent
Danielle Handrich Executive Assistant
SPECIAL EDUCATION - 661.789.6746
Julie Elliott-Braswell, M.A. Director of Special Education
Rosa Armstrong Administrative Secretary
John Corugedo, M.A. Program Specialist I - Mild/Moderate
Irene Orloff, M.A. Program Specialist II - Disabilities/Medically Fragile
Aaron Yoscovitz, M.A. Program Specialist I - Mental Health/Foster Ed/Homeless Liaison
Jamie Ross, Aud.D. Program Specialist I - Audiologist/DHH
Emily Moran, M.A. Program Specialist I - Mild/Moderate
STUDENT SERVICES - 661.789.6744
Mike Perkins Director of Student Services
Joyce Swift Student Services Information Supervisor - Welcome and Enrollment Center
Lisa Reasoner Administrative Secretary
HEALTH SERVICES - 661.789.6718
Julie Ferebee Director of Health Services
Amanda Alvarado Administrative Secretary
Linda Jaramillo Principal
Lynn Williams School Secretary