Announcement - PUSD

PUSD Update on Director of Special Education

Dear Piedmont Community,

Last week we learned that Hillary Crissinger has an opportunity to pursue a longtime dream of working in higher education, and she is retiring from public education and her time in the Piedmont Unified School District as Director of SPED and Student Services.

We want to thank Hillary for her loyal service and contributions to PUSD. She has been instrumental in the development of the Counseling Enriched Program at Piedmont High School, supporting the needs of students and families in need of alternative placement, ensuring that SPED services were safely and continuously delivered during the COVID pandemic, and much more.  Along with other PUSD retirees, Hillary will be honored at the June 9th Board meeting. We invite you to join us as we honor her service.

We are committed to a seamless transition in the SPED department, with continuity of services for each and every student we serve.  We are planning a rigorous and thorough process to find an outstanding Director of SPED and Student Services, including seeking feedback from parents, staff, and administrators.  In addition to the technical skills needed for this job, we want to learn what professional and personal attributes the community seeks for this position.  To do so, we are providing opportunities for anyone interested to provide feedback that will help us in screening candidates and drafting questions for the candidate interviews.

On Monday, June 14, there will be three scheduled times for special education teachers, paraeducators, classroom teachers, administrators, and community members to join a focus group discussion.  Please join one of the virtual Zoom meetings hosted by Cheryl Wozniak, Assistant Superintendent, and facilitated by Katy Babcock, Director of the North Region SELPA, and Naomi Hunter, PUSD Communications Consultant to provide your input.  Please see the times and links to each Zoom meeting at the end of this letter.

We are currently developing our schedule for recruiting and hiring for this position.  Once developed, we will communicate the schedule to our stakeholder groups.

Please join me in wishing the very best to Hillary!


Randall Booker


Focus Group Discussion Timeline

6/14 – 11:00-12:00

Topic: SPED Director Focus Group Mtg #1

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 7571 5668

Passcode: 828328

6/14 – 1:00-2:00 pm

Topic: SPED Director Focus Group Mtg #2

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 1829 2047

Passcode: 367570

6/14 – 7:00-8:00 pm

Topic: SPED Director Focus Group Mtg #3

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5324 7400

Passcode: 028748

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