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Special Education

Students with Individualized Education Plans receive specialized support individually, in small groups, and within their classrooms. The Special Education teaching staff works closely with the General Education staff and other support staff to tailor a program for their students that works best for their unique needs. 

Terri Sherseth, Speech Teacher        

Fun Facts:

My family: I live in Petaluma with my husband, Rick. I have two wonderful daughters; Lizzie (23) who is moving temporarily to New Zealand in October and Jenna (26) who works and lives in San Diego. We are starting to plan her wedding for Fall 2016! 
Where we live: I grew up in San Anselmo and have lived in Petaluma for 20+ years. 
Recent adventure: My husband, best friend and I recently turned 60 and we celebrated by taking a dream trip to Africa.  We made it to the top of Mt. Kilamanjaro and went on a safari. In my free time: I love traveling and being with my family and friends. I enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, gardening, going to the movies and reading. I also LOVE working with children!

Patti Lounibos, Resource Teacher

Fun Facts:
  • Grew up in Petaluma and is a fourth generation Petaluman
  • Has seven siblings (4 sisters and 3 brothers)
  • Comes from a tribe of teachers
  • Hobbies: reading, running, swimming, sewing, playing music (guitar and ukulele) 
  • Loves learning something new everyday
  • Loves helping others reach their potential (adults and children)
  • Has been "working" at Valley Vista for nearly 10 years (student teaching, substituting, and now permanent staff)
  • Has ran an marathon
  • Wants to swim an open water event someday