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Our Location

The Special Services Department is located adjacent to North Monterey County High School, in a building north of the main campus. 

13994 Castroville Blvd.

Castroville, CA 95012

831 633-6168

Fax:  831 633-3341



Special Services Department

Together We Make a Difference

The special services department is a division of Educational Services that is responsible for the leadership, administration, and supervision for special education and health services.  Our special education programs serve eligible students with mild to intensive needs ranging from preschool to adult transition programs.

All special education services are determined at the individual student level through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The IEP process is student-centered and focuses on a student’s strengths, unique needs, goals, and necessary services and supports that are reasonably calculated to provide the student an educational benefit in the least restrictive environment.

Marie Nolen

Director of Special Services                

(831) 633-6168 x 103


North Monterey County Unified School District Mission Statement

The Special Services Department supports the District's mission, "An innovative community school system, we equip preschool to adult students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes they will need to pursue their life goals responsibly and creatively in a radically changing society."

The Special Services Department, “Together We Make a Difference”

The Special Services Department supports the District Mission by continually developing and providing leadership to the following specialized District Services and Programs:

Programs within this division include:

·      Special Education

·      Section 504 Plans

·      Health Services

·      Home and Hospital Instruction

Staff within this division include:

·      Curriculum and Instructional Specialist

·      Special Education Teachers

·      Adaptive Physical Education Teacher

·      School Psychologists

·      Speech and Language Pathologists

·      Speech and Language Pathologist Assistants

·      Occupational Therapist

·      Physical Therapist

·      Special Education Assistants

·      Paraprofessionals

·      Nurses

·      Licensed Vocational Nurse

·      Itinerant Health Assistant

·      Secretary/Translator

·      Data Specialist

·      Translator


The Special Services Department is committed to the Department motto, “Together We Make a Difference.”

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you need assistance related to the services provided by our Department.

Special Services Department

13994 Castroville Blvd.

Castroville, CA  95012

Phone 831.633.6168

Fax 831.633.3341


Special Services Department Directory

Special Services Office Hours:  8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Office Staff


Marie Nolen, Director

831-633-6168 x103

Maureen Vanderpool, Instructional Program Specialist

831-633-6168 x105

Carol Ruvalcaba, Secretary/Translator

831-633-6168 x103

Ana Medina, Pupil Data Specialist

831-633-6168 x102

Raymond Otero, Legal Translator/Interpreter

831-633-6168 x104


Adapted PE Services


Jesus Galindo

831-633-5221 x3352


Health Services

831-633-6168 x 107

Rita Whiteford, School Nurse                                                                                                 


Kelly McWaid, School Nurse        


Erica Fernandez, Licensed Vocational Nurse


Michelle Hinners, Licensed Vocation Nurse

831-633-2405 x2306 

Susannah Lopez, Health Assistant & MAA Coordinator  


Juan Martinez, Paraprofessional/Psych Tech 



Occupational Therapists

831-633-6128 x205

Kathy Su


Amanda Geurts



School Psychologists


Kellie Wall, Castroville & Prunedale

831-633-6168 x201

Danielle Martucci, Elkhorn & Preschool Program

831-633-6168 x203

Jennylyn Santiago, NMCMS & Echo Valley

831-633-6168 x202

Saralinda Subbiondo, NMCHS & Central Bay HS

831-633-6168 x204


Speech-Language Therapists


Maria Reynolds, Prunedale & NMCMS                                  

831-663-3963 x208

Logan Tyler, Echo Valley & Preschool

831-663-2308 x2235

Sue Hirsch, NMCMS & NMCHS  

831-663-6168 x103

Megan Cavalin, Elkhorn & Preschool Programs    

831-633-2405 x320