• Dennis Ferrell

    Welcome to Student Services

    The Student Services Department, located at the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) office, is the department supporting the school sites in handling exceptional student issues, such as academic delays, behavior problems, and general assessment and evaluation.  Student Services supports 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 Health services.

    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.

    As a former teacher and coach of TUSD, I am fortunate to be part of a professional community that approaches its work with optimism and a tremendous sense of possibility.  Tehachapi Unified is a team of dedicated board members, talented and skilled teachers, committed support staff, capable and experienced administrators, involved families, and caring community members, working in collaboration to strengthen educational quality for our students.

    It is my pleasure to guide and direct the Student Services Department as it continues to support the District as it strives for excellence in all of our programs we offer to the families and students of the greater Tehachapi community.  The Department is looking ahead to an outstanding school year in 2016-17.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions you may have.

    Sincerely yours,


    Dennis D. Ferrell

    Director of Programs