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The Mild/Mod SDC class headed by Ms. Ziegler is designed to support Special Education students in their middle school journey. Our special education team is well trained in instructional practices and strategies to guide, teach, and assist students with access to curriculum and efforts to realize their goals. We are passionate and committed to supporting our students and their families throughout their time at Stacey Middle School.


The Pathways program headed by Mr. Sims is a  behavior-first program that focuses on the unique needs of each student individually. They help students to better their behavior and social emotional well-being in order for them to be successful members of society.

Designed to include:

  •       2:1 to 3:1 Staff Ratio
  •       Positive Reinforcement System with built-in tangible rewards
  •       Individual and/or group counseling by the school psychologist
  •       Trained Staff (Behavioral/ProAct/ABA)
  •       Daily Character Curriculum 

Our Pathways students love to give back to the school and community. Below they are doing a sock  "Sock Drive". Students collected personal care items and donated them to Share Ourselves shelter in Costa Mesa. They donated 20 socks with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap and combs!

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Here they are helping make our campus beautiful and litter free. Thank you!!!

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The VOICES program headed by Mrs. Emily Piramo stands for: Vocational Opportunities and Instruction with Community Experiences for Students. This program is based on California content standards that are used in the classroom and the community to help the student become a well rounded individual. We focus on functional applications of the curriculum and go into the community to practice these skills.


Mrs. Piramo has been teaching special education at Stacey for 7 years in the VOICES program which is a functional academic program that teaches our students through vocational and academic curriculum. She teaches math, reading, social studies, science and this year for the first time is teaching life skills in collaboration with general education.


The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) is a program to help students who struggle. Our department consists of three Resource Specialists, Mr. Cota, Mrs. Dimick and Mrs. Granger, as well as three instructional assistants. Working together we specifically target students with IEPs who spend the majority of their day in a general education setting, however we consult and support the general education teachers and students who may need a bit more support than the typical student.


Our RSP program administrates a Reading Intervention Program that is a collaborative effort between general education and special education.  It includes Language! Live and Read 180 as replacement curriculum, as well as an elective class that offers more instruction and support for specific reading needs.  It offers a modified math class for students with more intense mathematics needs which focuses on learning how to really improve math reasoning skills in a collaborative setting.  It offers support for our students in general education classes in both math and Study Sync (our general education ELA curriculum). Our RSP program also offers study skills classes for students with organizational and assignment completion needs.  


  • Mr. Manuel Cota has 19 years’ experience as a Resource Specialist at Stacey Middle School, teaching reading, writing, math, and social studies. His mentoring of students in the classroom extends as a sports coach and facilitating restorative circles for middle school boys.


  • Mrs. Karen Dimick has been a teacher for over 40 years, and here at Stacey for over 20.  She has enjoyed working with the RSP team as a Resource Specialist for 18 years. She teaches reading, writing, math and our Reading Intervention course in conjunction with Mrs. Granger.


  • Ms. Lisa Granger has been teaching at Stacey Middle School for 15 years, with 7 of those in the RSP program. She teaches reading, writing, and math in collaboration with general education teachers, a Reading Intervention class with Mrs. Dimick, and supports all subjects, including social studies and science within a study skills class. She also enjoys students visiting her room after school to seek help with homework and engage with others in a fun board game club.
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Psychologist -

Aisha L. Gutierrez is a psychologist that works within the educational system to help children with emotional, social, and academic issues. With the assistance of the Special Education team, school psychologists help to deal with various behavioral issues, learning difficulties, disabilities, emotional problems, and other concerns. Our goal is to collaborate with parents, teachers, and students to promote a healthy learning environment that focuses on the needs of children.
Speech Therapist -
Tara Schammann has worked for 20 years as an SLP in the schools ranging from assessing and treating preschool age students to middle school students. She has also worked in private practice as well as contract work for Regional Center of Orange County to assess and treat children under the age of 3. Speech-Language Pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and fluency disorders in the schools to aid in a student’s ability to successfully access curriculum and communicate with peers and adults in their environment. 
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