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The Vision of the SPED Department of MBUSD is to prepare our students to be valued and contributing members of our community. They will develop confidence, self-awareness, independence, connectedness, and self-advocacy, to lead a self-determined, fulfilled life.
The Mission of the SPED Department of MBUSD is to prepare all of our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society. We will continually strive for excellence in a student-centered learning environment that includes highly engaging, differentiated instruction and utilizes and harnesses all available resources. We will work with all stakeholders to empower our students with the ability to self-manage to develop and sustain meaningful relationships in all areas of their lives. 
Special Education Department Staff
Office Number: 310-318-7345

Dr. Kristopher Vegas
Director of Special Education
Click here for Special Ed Staff by school site
Rachel Welch
Special Education Coordinator
Kathy Martens
Interim Director, Early Learning
Click here for information on Manhattan Beach Preschool
Andrew Kilpatrick
Program Specialist

Emily Allen
District Psychologist


Kristi Contreras
Special Education Teacher / Private School Assessor

Samantha Pena
Special Ed. Dept. Assistant
SEIS Operator
SpEd Record Requests

Mary Jo Griss
Office Specialist