My child is enrolled in Special Education. Do you enroll students with an IEP?
Yes! All students in special education are looked at on a case by case basis to ensure that FAPE can be met in our independent study setting. After submitting your application and all relevant documents, our Special Education Enrollment Coordinator will call you to discuss your child’s unique needs.
My student has a 504 Plan. Can that be honored in an independent study environment?
Although a 504 Plan is a general education function, a 504 Plan is a legal document that must be adhered to by any public school. We honor 504 plans and tailor them to meet each student’s specific needs in our setting.
How are SAI services provided?
Students who have Specialized Academic Instruction designated as a service on their IEP will be assigned an Special Education teacher. That Special Education teacher will meet with your student, at a frequency determined in the IEP, to work on specific areas of need as stated in the IEP goals.
How are IEP meetings held?
Our IEP meetings are typically held via teleconference at a mutually agreed upon time by all IEP team members.
What services do you provide?
Some of our most common services are Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) and Speech Therapy. Services are unique to each student’s needs and are addressed on an individual basis with the IEP team. We provide our services in person, or, if the parent chooses, many services can be provided virtually through our online, virtual classroom.
My child needs extra support, but I’m not sure he needs special education. Are there other options?
All IEM schools have a Student Success Team (SST) in place to support struggling students. This team consists of the parent(s) and school personnel who help determine appropriate interventions for your student.
We strongly believe that your child's education and well-being is essential to your child's future. To that end, we do have legal obligations under the federal law that governs Special Education. This law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). There may be communications from time to time regarding the legally mandated Special Education services that we are required to provide your child while he or she is identified as a Special Education student. There will also be regular discussions between your child's providers and you regarding your child's progress. We have found that with regular communication, we can ease those inherent worries. We do encourage pro-active communication. If you do have any concerns that arise, please contact the Special Education office at 619-698-KIDS (5437).
We are looking forward to serving your child so that they can experience success.
is a public charter school and is able to provide the appropriate services that your child requires, as designated in your child's IEP. Services are delivered in person, or virtual services are an option.
Along with IEM’s Guiding Principles, the Special Education Department, working collaboratively with experienced educators and passionate families, is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing the skills, compassion and confidence to allow all students to reach their full potential.
Maria Carr is the Director of Special Education for Innovative Education Management and serves Sky Mountain, Ocean Grove and South Sutter Charter Schools. She holds a clear multiple subject credential, clear special education credential as well as a clear administrative credential. She graduated from National University with a Master's degree in Special Education.
Maria has 12 years of experience in California charter schools as a Director of Special Education and was previously a high school Special Education teacher who served students in alternative settings. She also has experience at the adult level having taught as an ESL teacher as well as a University adjunct.
Maria has presented at conferences such as the California Charter School Development Conference as well as the CCSA conference and is slated to present in October at the CEDR conference. She has also published articles in T.H.E Journal as well as The Educational Therapist Journal.
Maria looks forward to working collaboratively with each student and his or her family.
Rebecca Metoyer has been a teacher, college instructor, 504 coordinator and administrator in education for 16 years. She started her career in La Habra and Garden Grove Unified School District. She attended California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her Master of Science in both Special Education and later earned a Master of Science in Reading. She spent the next four years working at local community colleges and universities teaching Reading and supporting aspiring student teachers. In 2009, Ms. Metoyer began working with independent study charter schools in California. In her time with charter schools, she has worked with families to ensure that children are supported to maximize their full potential.
Marilyn Clifton has worked for IEM Inc. since the fall of 2014. She brings experience as a School Psychologist for both a brick and mortar school and from an independent study program. Marilyn has also worked in both environments as a Special Education Teacher and Case Manager supporting students from kindergarten through high school. Marilyn received her Bachelors of Science degree in Child Psychology with a minor in Family Relations from Chico State University. After working as a substitute teacher for ten years, she enrolled in the special education program at Dominican University, clearing the credential with Sonoma State University. With higher aspirations, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Academic Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Authorization from the University of LaVerne. Due to the economic crisis California experienced in education a few years ago, Marilyn decided to further her career with a second Master’s degree as a School Psychologist, completing this degree at Brandman University. Marilyn supports student at both Ocean Grove Charter School and South Sutter Charter School and enjoys watching them thrive in our program.
Jennifer Chwialkowski has worked for IEM Schools since the fall of 2011. During this time, she has worked as a special education teacher, a special education teacher trainer, and school psychologist. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College and then decided to pursue a career in education. She enrolled in the multiple subject credential program at Dominican University of California. During her first year as a kindergarten/1st grade general education teacher she decided to pursue a career in special education and enrolled in the moderate/severe teaching credentialing program at Chapman University and Sonoma State University. She lead and implemented a partial-inclusion program and was nominated as the local Wal-Mart Teacher of the year for 2008. Jennifer decided to pursue a career as a Resource Specialist with a statewide public charter school and returned to Chapman University to obtain her Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential. After four years as a Resource Specialist providing online Specialized Academic Instruction, Jennifer decided to pursue a career in school psychology. She received her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology from Brandman University. For the last nine years, Jennifer has worked with families, therapists, and teachers throughout the State of California providing services through multiple independent study programs and charter schools. Jennifer is a wife to her husband of over 20 years and mother of two daughters.
Leya joined IEM in 2012 with over 20 years of teaching experience in home school, independent study, private, and public school settings. Leya has worked in virtual education since 2007 as both a special education teacher/case manager and as an administrator. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She went on to earn her general (K-8, clear) and special education (mild/moderate, clear) teaching credentials from California State University at Northridge. Leya has a certificate for teaching autism and additional coursework in serving students with emotional disturbance. Leya lives in Encino, California with her husband and their cats. She currently works with Ocean Grove Charter School as a Program Specialist and Special Education Teacher.
Rachel Posadas has worked with IEM Charter Schools since the spring of 2012 but has been working in the education field since 2003. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of the Pacific (UOP) in 2001. She then went on to earn her Master of Education and general education credential from UOP in 2002. After working in General Education for two years, Rachel joined a three year internship with Project Pipeline to earn a special education credential (mild/moderate). She currently holds certificates for teaching Autism and English as a Second Language as well. She has experience working in general education classes (K-7) and special education classes (K-12). She enjoys working with students in order to best support their learning success. She currently works as a Program Specialist for South Sutter Charter School.
Christy McNurlan joined the IEM Special Education team July of 2015. During her career she has worked not only as a special education teacher, but also as a Lead Education Specialist. Christy has eight years of experience working with Independent Study and online programs. Christy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University. She enrolled in a dual credential program at California State University San Marcos. Christy received her general education and special education (mild/ moderate and moderate/ severe) credentials. Her time in the classroom consisted of working in a 9th -12th grade moderate- severe classroom focusing on functional skills, daily living, and inclusion as well as teaching in a 3rd- 5th grade mild- moderate special day classroom. Quickly after completing her credential she returned to the university to complete her Masters in Special Education. Christy enjoys being able to work closely with students and their families along with the school staff to ensure the success of all students. Christy currently supports Sky Mountain Charter School as a Program Specialist.