Special Projects

Alissa Trollinger
Tel: (602) 364-4004
E-mail: Alissa.Trollinger@azed.gov

The Special Projects Unit is comprised of multiple areas that are quite distinct from each other:

Accessible Instructional Materials

Judy Olaiz, Assistive Technology Administrative Assistant

This unit assists Public Education Agencies to obtain textbooks and other core instructional materials for students on IEPs who require alternative formats to access printed text.

Assistive Technology (AT)

Ann Gortarez, Bruce Kennedy and Mary Keeney, Assistive Technology Specialists

The Assistive Technology (AT) team provides ongoing statewide assistive technology training, technical assistance, and resources to guarantee that all students and school personnel have equal access to appropriate AT strategies and services.

Data Management

Peggy Staples and Chris Brown, Data Management Specialists
La’Thea Nevills, Data Collection Coordinator

The Data Management team is responsible for the collection, review, validation, verification, and analysis of special education data in Arizona.

Secondary Transition

Andi Asel, Ana Núñez, Lorrie Sheehy, and Susan Voirol, Transition Specialists
Sophia Estrella and Jeannette Zemeida, Administrative Assistants

The Secondary Transition team works with student, families, school personnel, and other state agencies to address transition planning.

Secure Care

Secure Care Specialist
Tel: 602-542-3855
Email: Jeanette.Zemeida@azed.gov

The Secure Care team works toward successful reintegration of students from secure care facilities to community and life.

Surrogate Parents

Ann Brusca, Program Specialist

The Surrogate Parent Office recruits, trains and appoints volunteers to serve as educational surrogates for students with disabilities when no other individual can fulfill the role of “parent” as defined by the IDEA. This office also provides training and technical assistance to Public Education Agencies, State Agencies, parent groups and other organizations.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Exceptional Student Services contracts with a training consultant to provide training services to Arizona educators, parents, and interested community members in the basics of working with students with traumatic brain injuries in school and community settings.