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May 9, 2006 > Kudos for the teacher

Kudos for the teacher

by Sabrina Mahajan

Sharron Valles, Speech-Language- Hearing Director with the New Heaven Unified School District was recently awarded the Special Education Recognition Award, sponsored by the Mission Valley SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) Community Advisory Committee.

In 1977, all California school districts and county school offices were required to join to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide all federal mandated special education programs and services to meet the unique needs of identified children residing within the region's boundaries. Each region developed and maintains a local plan describing how SELPA would guarantee and provide special education programs and services.

The Mission Valley Special Education Local Plan Area is the umbrella entity for the provision of the special education programs and services for identified children from birth to 22 years of age. SELPA is comprised of Fremont, Newark and New Haven school districts. These districts coordinate services to students in Southern Alameda County.

Valles began teaching in New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) in September 1972 as a Speech Specialist.  Currently she is the California State Speech-Language-Hearing Director for District 4 which includes all Speech Pathologists in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She said," I have the best job in the world.  I work with the most wonderful team of students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators anyone could imagine working with as a professional.  Everyday brings something new and exciting to tackle and learn."

The Special Education Recognition Award has been in existence since 2001.  The Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee sponsors this award as a way to recognize special educators, administrators or regular education staff for their contributions to districts. Fremont Unified School District hosted the April 10 awards and recognition evening with beautiful decorations and reception that followed.  Karen Saucedo, Special Education Director, presented the NHUSD awards. 

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