• What : The Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) is a mandated organization whose purpose is to advise the district on the unique requirements of individuals with exceptional needs.  

    Congratulations to the  

    2024 You Make A Difference Award Honorees                      


    Jake Rockeman Award
    Emiliano Partida Nieva, De Anza High School 
    Nicole Prendas, Fairmont Elementary

    You Make a Difference Award

    Sonja Neely-Johnson, Administrator  
    Poppy Sheldon, Administrator - Lupine Hills Elementary
    Rosalind Brown and Ken Talken, Administrative Team - Transition Program
    Fara Gee, Speech & Language Pathologist - Ellerhorst Elementary
    Kimberly Castro, Psychologist - Chavez Elementary
    Dominique Hargraves, Classroom Support Aide, Transition Program
    Sonja Dougherty, Carmen Craighead, Penny Syharath, Instructional Aides Tara Hills Pre-K
    Jaila Session, First Student Driver - Brian Rutford Memorial Service Award
    Jenniffer Barasi, ESN Teacher - Soskin Middle School
    Michael Yap, RSP Teacher - De Anza High School
    Astrid Simone Howard Taylor, Gen Ed Teacher - Sheldon Elementary
    Jeffrey Rindels, Gen Ed Art Teacher - De Anza High School
    Glen Rockeman, 2nd Grade teacher, Tara Hills Elementary - Posthumous Award

    CAC Meeting Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year

    September 11, 2023
    October 12, 2023
    November 9, 2023
    December 14, 2023
    January 11, 2024
    February 8, 2024
    March 8, 2024 (You Make a Difference Awards Ceremony) 
    April 11, 2024
    May 9, 2024 
    To request oral translation, please email a request stating your preferred language to jbishop@wccusd.net by at least 5 days prior to attending the meeting.   
    Who: Membership on the CAC includes interested parents of regular and special education students, representatives of public and private agencies, both regular and special education teachers, and others interested in the delivery of services to special education students.

    How: The CAC performs the following activities:

    • Advises the district administration development of the Special Education Local Plan (the complete description of all programs and services offered to students receiving special education within the WCCUSD Special Education Local Plan Area);
    • Reviews the Local Plan and programs included in the plan;
    • Makes recommendations on annual priorities to be addressed under the plan;
    • Assists in parent education and disability awareness activities;
    • Hosts the Annual You Make a Difference Awards ceremony honoring staff and community members who go above and beyond their duties; 
    • Assists in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the Local Plan;
    • Acts in support of individuals with exceptional needs. 





Contact Us

  • Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
    Special Education  
    3000 Parker Road, Richmond, CA 94806
    Phone: (510)307-4669

    CAC Chair Persons:  
    Amparo Salgado
    Zelon Harrison