• Dennis Ferrell, Director

    Welcome to the Special Education Department

    The Special Education Department, located at the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) office, is the department supporting the school sites in handling all Special Education programs, the Section 504 program, Psychological services, Speech Language services, Related services (Adapted Physical Education, Assistive Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy), and the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

    The Department also acts as the District liaison with outside agencies including the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) office and the Kern County Consortium SELPA.  Together we plan and provide educational programs for students with disabilities in partnership with general education staff, administrators, and parents.

    The 2018-19 adacemic year features many changes throughout the District, including new Special Education teachers, related services specialists, and students moving from one site to another, including those aging up to the middle school and high school levels.   

    It is my pleasure to guide and direct the Special Education Department as it continues to support our students with special needs and strives for excellence in all of our programs we offer to the families and students of the greater Tehachapi community.  I am excited about all that awaits the Special Education department in the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing the academic growth and maturity of our students, working in partnership and collaboration with parents and families, and supporting all of the individual school sites in the TUSD.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions you may have.


    Dennis D. Ferrell

    Director of Special Education