Carolyn Nunes, M.Sp.Ed.
Carolyn Nunes received her Special Education Teaching Credentials (Severely Handicapped and Learning Handicapped) and Masters Degree in 1979 from the University of San Diego. Upon graduation, Carolyn began her teaching career in San Diego Unified School District (a district of 130,000 students) where she served as a Special Education Teacher, working with students with severe disabilities.
In 1998, Carolyn was appointed to the position of Special Education Program Manager, for the district, with responsibility for Early Childhood, Autism, and Communication Handicapped programs. As a unified district, these programs spanned services for students from birth to age 22.
Two years later, Carolyn became the Director, Special Education for the district expanding her responsibilities to include low incidence programs, coordination of extended school year for all students receiving special education in the district and data collection and reporting for the Special Education Division.
In 2006, after 27 years with the district, Carolyn accepted the position of Senior Director Special Education for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). Carolyn’s position with the County Office of Education has three components:
- Overseeing the special education services for students being served in SDCOE programs,
- Collaborating with outside agencies and our six SELPA Directors to coordinate with local education agencies to develop MOUs and Interagency Agreements for services,
- Providing professional development for our 42 school districts in San Diego County.