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Academic Resource


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Menlo-Atherton offers an amazing special education program that supports over 200 M-A students. Our team includes 12 highly qualified teachers, 19 instructional associates, our school psychologist, and our speech and language therapist.

We work collaboratively with each other, fellow general education teachers, and the administration to provide the most positive high school experience for our students.

Our Programs:
M-A has four special education programs. Each program is designed to support students and their particular needs.

Resource Specialist (RSP)
STARS  - Therapeutic Resource Program
Independent Living Skills
Social Academic Class (SAC)
Academic Resource Teachers

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Academic Resource Teachers

Gittes, Julia 





Chavez, Carla

Study Skills & Co-Teach

S-9, E-6

Chavez, Luis Study Skills  D-8

Cristerna, Art

Study Skills & S TARS English

D-8, H-4

Flores, Karina Study Skills & Co-Teach G-3

Gittes, Juliea

Study Skills

Kirk, Scott

Department Head, STARS


Komure, Jaimie

Study Skills

Lorenzo, Valeria

Study Skills


Milia, Cary

Study Skills

D-7, B-4

Molieri, Mike



Nocedal, Elisa

Co-Department Head, Study Skills 


Price, Susan

Independent Living Skills


Rubin, Laurin

Study Skills

G-3, F-15

Soto, Alex

Study Skills & Co-Teach Algebra

D-9, D-17

Soto, Christy

Independent Living Skills


Stuart, Andrew

Study Skills, & Co-Teach Mod Euro History

D-7, G-11


Resource Specialist

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Resource Specialist (RSP)
The RSP program at M-A is designed to provide academic support to students with special needs, provide access to the general education curriculum, and focus on supporting individual student needs. There are a total of six RSP teachers and six instructional associates in the program.
STARS - Therapeutic Resource Program

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The Stars program at M.A. is designed to provide academic and social/emotional support for students with special needs. There are two teachers and five instructional associates that support the program.


Scott Kirk

Mike Molieri

Independent Living Skills

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This program is designed to support students with more intensive special needs. The classes are designed to provide academic life skills to students with varying disabilities. All academic classes, along with driver’s education, and adaptive and modified P.E. are taught in this program. There are two teachers and five instructional associates.

Susan Price

Christy Soto

Social Academic Class

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The SAC program is primarily designed to assist and support students with high functioning autism, Asperger’s Disorder, PDD-NOS, and other social pragmatic concerns. The program is intended to aid students in developing social pragmatic skills in both the public and private spheres. Students learn about the importance of how social skills, critical thinking skills, and independence skills can positively impact their lives throughout high school and beyond. There is one teacher and four Instructional Associates for the SAC program.

Jenn Taylor Smith