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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Programs for Children with Special Needs

Early Start: Ages 0-3 years

The Monterey County Office of Education provides developmentally appropriate educational intervention and parent/care giver training to infants and toddlers ages 0 through 3 who are:

  1. blind or visually impaired.
  2. deaf or hard of hearing.
  3. orthopedically impaired.
  4. have global developmental delays.

Our skilled professional staff ensures appropriate provision of services through interdisciplinary credentialed teams of providers for the child and his/her family. A team may include one or more of the following:

  1. service coordinator
  2. deaf and hard of hearing teacher (D/HH)
  3. occupational therapist (OT)
  4. speech and language pathologist (SLP)
  5. teacher of the visually impaired (TVI)

An individualized family service plan (IFSP) is prepared in conjunction with the family. It is based on appropriate evaluations that incorporate the team approach to best reflect the child’s needs. The intent of the program is to support families to acquire developmentally appropriate skills necessary to promote the child’s development.

To make a referral, please contact Cheryl Provost.

Cheryl Provost


Claudia Monteith

Phone: 831.422.8141 | Fax: 831.759.2061

Infant Program

MCOE West Campus - Room 5
901 Blanco Circle
Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: 831.237.0049

Regina Thomas
Infant Specialist

Melanie Crall
Infant Specialist

Greenfield High School - Room A
225 S. El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927

Phone: 831.385.1244 x24

Colleen Ewart
Infant Specialist

Elizabeth Swain


Charlotte Hemmer

Phone: 831.484.9897

Infant Services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

Jacquelynn Fitzpatrick
Phone: 831.755.0300

Karen Nalley Artalejo
D/HH Specialist
Phone: 831.449.1746 x250

Maria Sidiropoulou-Leontis
D/HH Specialist
Phone: 831.755.0300 x023

Jennifer Bodner
D/HH Specialist
Phone: 831.755.0300 x025

Kimberly Frazee-Gobel
D/HH Specialist
Phone: 831.755.0300 x021

Julie Fluke
D/HH Specialist
Phone: 831.755.0300 x021

Dr. Jonna Triggs

Phone: 831.755.0300 x434

Sue Thornton
Resource Specialist

Phone: 831.755.0300 x432

Infant Services for Visually Impaired Students

Lauri Duncan
VI Specialist
Phone: 831.755.0300 x070

Infant Services for Speech & Language Therapy Services

Alicia Hopkin
Phone: 831.755.0300 x013

Infant Services for Occupational Therapy Services

Georgette Criswell
Phone: 831.755.0300 x013


Terri Dye

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.6431

Connie Espinoza

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0345

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