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Meet the Special Education Team


 Maria Gabriela Garcia - Specialist, Least Restrictive Environment

I am a proud product of LAUSD, Local District East. As a Specialist in the Division of Special Education I work hard to advocate for the equity and access of our students with different learning needs. I am committed to ensuring that services are delivered and that special education timelines are met. Through a coaching model, I support schools in developing effective systems to ensure compliance with timelines, provision of services, and the development of quality Individualized Education Plans. In order to provide support with instruction I work closely with school site administrators, teachers and staff developing research based instructional practices such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and positive behavior supports to create effective learning environments. Fostering successful learning environments allows students with disabilities meaningful access to common core state standards (CCSS) and the support documented in their IEPs. I firmly believe that working together we can ensure that all students succeed and thrive.






Elida Nunez - Program Specialist

I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Los Angeles and a proud product of LAUSD! With over 10 years of experience as an Education Specialist, I have had the opportunity of serving the needs of culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse students in the Boyle Heights community. Advocating for students with disabilities has always been my passion, and I will continue this work as a Program Specialist. I am excited to collaborate and support the East Los Angeles community to ensure students’ needs are met in all environments. 





Professional Development for Administrators

  • Administrative DesigneeSpecial Education Leadership Academy (SPELA)


Professional Development for Teachers

  • Woodcock Johnson IV

  • MCD Clerk

  • PLP/Goal Writing

  • RSP Teachers

    • Increasing Inclusive Opportunities Through Co-teaching

    • Service Delivery and Timeline Compliance

    • Setting Up Successful Learning Centers





Parent Workshops

  • IEP Process and Questions to Ask

  • Autism & Evidence Based Practices

  • Behavioral Practices for Parents of Students with Disabilities

  • Instructional Practices for Parents of Students with Disabilities



Contact Information

Maria Gabriela Garcia- Specialist, LRE
[email protected]

Yolanda Rivera- Program Specialist
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