Yuma Elementary School District One
ONE Community Pursuing Excellence
Exceptional Student Services Group

Exceptional Student Services

Yuma School District One Exceptional Student Services provides services for students between the ages of 3 and 14 with special needs. All students with disabilities categorically eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), regardless of severity, may receive services. These include students with impairments in speech and language, hearing, health, and vision; developmental delays; emotional and learning disabilities; intellectual disabilities; autism; traumatic brain injury; multiple disabilities; and other health impairments. For more information, contact the Exceptional Student Services office at (928) 502.7800.

Services Provided

We offer services across the continuum from full inclusion in the general education classroom, to off-campus alternative setting, to homebound services. A team of individuals familiar with the student's needs determines the least restrictive environment (LRE) for eligible students. Recognizing the goal to provide an integrated, inclusive learning community, we make best efforts to place students in their home school. If placement in the home school does not meet the needs of the student, we will provide transportation to the service school.


Approximately 50 special education teachers and paraprofessionals provide service to our Exceptional Students. Specialists include our school psychologists and assistants, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. We also provided extended school year services when deemed appropriate.


We offer preschool classes for eligible students from their third birthday to age five (prior to kindergarten). We determine eligibility based on a child's developmental level by measuring for significant speech or language delays, moderate developmental delays, or severe developmental delays. Learn more on our Preschool page.


Technology is important for students with special needs. We utilize iPads and computers to help students develop skills and to access our district's digital content. Additionally, some students utilize highly specialized equipment for communication and literacy acquisition. 

Independent Living Skills

We equip some of our classrooms with cooking and laundry facilities to help our students who need to learn basic independent living skills.

Meet Our Exceptional Staff

Post Complex
400 W. 5th Street, Yuma, Arizona 85364
Phone: (928) 502.7800 | Fax: (928) 502.7818

Shannon Rouff
(928) 502.7783

Amy Gist
Administrative Secretary
(928) 502.7792

Mary Beth Turner
Preschool Coordinator
(928) 502.8129

Lisa Culver
ESS Coordinator
(928) 502.7752

Yolanda Sandate
ESS Coordinator
(928) 502.7797

Leticia Valencia
ESS Coordinator
(928) 502.7784

Brenda Duran
ESS Technician
(928) 502.7751

Catherine Dort
ESS Technician
(928) 502.7782

Ruth Ramos
ESS Technician
(928) 502.7781

Liane Martinez
ESS Technician
(928) 502.7780

Dr Willard Williams
School Psychologist
(928) 502.7787

Megan Taylor
School Psychologist
(928) 502.7774

Leslie Trevino
School Psychologist
(928) 502.7790

Ashley (Taylor) Rutkowski
School Psychologist
(928) 502.7793

Amy Thompson
School Psychologist
(928) 502.7794

Aurora Cazares
Psychologist Assistant
(928) 502.7799

Maria Lizarraga
Psychologist Assistant
(928) 502.7760

Claudia Meza
Psychologist Assistant
(928) 502.7798

Robyn Nelson
Physical Therapist
(928) 502.7756

Michelle Baum
Occupational Therapist
(928) 502.7809

Amy Smith
(928) 502.7808

Shannon Manigault
(928) 502.7808

Gail Woodard
(928) 502.7807

Alana Barnicle
Speech Pathologist
(928) 502.7900

Andrea Martinez
Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant
(928) 502.8500

April Averett
Speech Pathologist
(928) 502.8600

Bethany Erickson
Speech Pathologist
(928) 502.8200

Char Rodriguez
Speech Technician
(928) 502.8140

Elke Timlin
Speech Technician
(928) 502.8800

Heather Smith
Speech Technician
(928) 502.7600

Kalli Nelson
Speech Pathologist
(928) 502.8150

Marlee Sarnes
Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant
(928) 502.7700

Mary Rouff
Speech Pathologist
(928) 502.8000

Mayte Bramstedt
Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant
(928) 502.7500