• 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.  

    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. 

    CAC Meeting Dates for the 2022-2023 School Year

    September 12, 2022
    October 3, 2022
    November 7, 2022
    December 5, 2022
    January 9, 2023
    February 6, 2023
    March 6, 2023
    March 10, 2023 (You Make a Difference) 
    April 10, 2023
    May 1, 2023    
    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 Special Education Students 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 in 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. 
    Congratulations to the  
    2023 You Make A Difference Award Honorees 

    Join the CAC in recognizing these outstanding individuals during: 
                the 36th Annual 
    You Make a Difference Awards Ceremony
            Friday, March 10, 2023
                 7:00 p.m. 
          DeJean Middle School 

    Jake Rockeman Award

    Gianna Trujillo       Collins Elementary School 
    D'Nari Cox            Collins Elementary School 
    Tiana Jones          Collins Elementary School
    Henry Alberto       Collins Elementary School 
    Lydia Lester          Collins Elementary School 
    Ezekiel Wong        Collins Elementary School  


    You Make a Difference Award

    Jacob Gran                                   Vice Principal  - El Cerrito High School

    Wanda Walker                               Instructional Assistants - Fairmont Elementary School
    Namgyal Yabtsang                          

    Judy Gerloff                                  Special Education Staff   

    Martin Castillo                               General Education Foreign Language - El Cerrito High School

    Gia Mason &                                 General Education and Special Education Teaching Team 
    Maria Mirandilla                             Ohlone Elementary School

    Eric Hughes                                  Special Education - Vista Virtual Academy   

    Jason Baena                                 Special Education Full Inclusion - Tara Hills Elementary

    Martin Gardner                             Special Education CEC   - Pinole Valley High School

    Marlene Trempy                            Special Education ISP -  De Anza High School   

    Lauren Ryan                                 Special Education RSP -  El Cerrito High School

    Brenda Porter                               Brian Rutford Service Award - First Student  



Contact Us

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

    CAC Chair Person:  Claudia Vierra Allen
    CAC Vice-Chair Person:  Zelon Harrison
    CAC Secretary: Open 

    To nominate a deserving staff or community member
    for You Make a Difference 2023, 
    You Make a Difference 2023 Nomination Page