Special Education

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA  92128
Phone: (858) 521-2800  Ext. 2216, Fax: (858) 485-1501

Meet the Directors

Jodi Payne Heather Schauder Tiffany King
Family Engagement, Support and Resolution Elementary Secondary
jpayne@powayusd.com hschauder@powayusd.com tiking@powayusd.com

With over 30 years in Special Education, Jodi now serves as the Director of Family Engagement, Support and Resolution. Jodi supports all the District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Due Process cases. She has made a concerted effort the last couple of years to support our families’ resolving conflicts more effectively, at the lowest level whenever possible.  The partnership with our Parent Engagement Liaison and our families has enabled the creation of the Parent Ambassador Program.  The unique program was founded on the need to have parents as partners.   She also supports the District Resource Nurses and School Psychologists. Jodi started her career with PUSD as a Poway Academy of Learning (PAL) teacher before becoming a Program Specialist for 15 years and ultimately, a Special Education Director in 2016. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family including her three children and her husband. Sports and athletics are an important part of her family, especially supporting The Ohio State University.

Heather Schauder supports the elementary special education programs for Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade across the District.  Heather’s 23 years serving students with disabilities from preschool through post-high school include experience and expertise as a School Psychologist, Lead School Psychologist, and PUSD Program Specialist.  In her current role as a Director of Special Education, Heather continues to value and prioritize fostering collaborative relationships with families, staff, and community partners. She is a proud PUSD parent of two daughters who attended our schools from K through 12.  When she is not in the office, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, trying new restaurants, travelling, and serving the community.

Tiffany King supports the District’s middle school, high school, Adult Transition, and Alternative special education programs.  Tiffany began working in Poway Unified in 1999 as an Instructional Assistant and later continued to support students and families in special education as a high school Special Education Teacher, Department Chair, and Program Specialist, before promoting to the position of Special Education Director.  In her spare time, Tiffany works as an adjunct instructor with Azusa Pacific University and San Diego County Office of Education where she supports special education credential and intern candidates. Tiffany has a passion for equity, inclusion, and preparing students for post-secondary goals and pathways.  When she is not working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her three children and husband.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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