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Alternative Education Contact Info

John Rice
John Rice
Senior Director
Alternative Education Program
(831) 466-5724


John Armstrong
Director
Alternative Education Program
(831) 466-5728


Denise Sanson
Assistant Director
Alternative Education Program
(831) 466-5739


Rosa Rosas
Department Office Coordinator, AEP
(831) 466-5722


Michael Paynter
Director, Student Support Services
Foster Youth Services, AEP
(831) 466-5729


Adam Wade
Coordinator of Technology, Testing, & Accountability
(831) 247-3923


Melissa Gomez
Student Data Specialist II, AEP
(831) 466-5725


Sandra Pedroza
Student Data Specialist, AEP
(831) 466-5728


Mariel Washburn
Student Data Specialist, AEP
(831) 466-5770


Denise Pitman-Rosas
Guidance Counselor II, AEP and Project Coordinator/BASTA
(831) 466-5736


Julia (Jules) Skelton
Fiscal Accountant
(831) 466-5721


Main phone #: (831) 466-5728
Fax #: (831) 466-5730

Alternative Education Program Pages
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Alternative Education Programs January 2015 Graduations

Alternative Education Graduate Student

The Alternative Education Program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education held two mid-year graduation ceremonies on January 19th for students from 10 school programs. Both ceremonies were intimate affairs, during which teachers and students were afforded the opportunity to celebrate each other and to comment on the students' successes.

Alternative Education Graduate Student Michael Watkins, County Superintendent of Schools, Sandra Nichols, SCCOE Board of Education President, Deb Tracy, ROP Teacher, and Jeanne Milnes, OASIS educator, were all featured speakers.

Graduation is a time-honored tradition that reflects a significant achievement on behalf of the students and their families. This special event is made all the more meaningful when students have overcome adversity to graduate. A diploma can be the catalyst that will afford students the opportunity to a more prosperous and productive future.

Congratulations to the Alternative Education Program graduates of 2015 and their families!

Alternative Education Graduate Student


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