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Special Education Director - North Sector

Cluadio Dovalina-Guzman

Claudia Dovalina-Guzman


(956) 473-2058


The Division of Special Education Instructional Improvement and State Assessment provides leadership and guidance to ensure quality, effective and personalized instruction to United ISD children and youth with disabilities.  Instructional coordinators offer professional development opportunities to assist teachers to improve their content knowledge and instructional delivery in addition to providing guidance on teaching and compliance issues with state assessment for special education students.  The teaching staff implements alternative or specialized teaching strategies to work with and actively engage struggling students in academics due to physical, sensory, cognitive or learning differences.  Technology is an integral portion of providing access to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE); therefore, core curriculum materials may need to be presented through specialized formats using instructional or assistive technology to enable students to meet their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and reach grade level curricular standards.

The Division of Special Education Budget, Itinerant Staff, Compliance and Contracted Services primarily focuses on procedural compliance with federal and state laws and regulations and local policy.  It staffs a Compliance Coordinator for each of the four feeder patterns that service a minimum of eight campuses.  Each feeder pattern is fully staffed with a team comprising of educational diagnosticians, speech therapists, homebound teachers, teachers for the visually impaired, related services and adaptive physical education personnel.  Additionally, our division disseminates the federal funds necessary to enhance quality instruction for students with special needs.


To provide educational and technological resources to enhance teaching and learning through collaboration with general education programs, the community and business partners to result in IEP success for all special education students.


Special Education - North Sector
Name Position Email Phone
Claudia Dovalina-Guzman Director (956) 473-2058
Alicia Garza Compliance Assistant (956) 473-2126
Linda L. Martinez Compliance Assistant -
Assistive Technology (956) 473-2080
Brenda Benavides Coordinator (956) 473-2109
Lydia Hinojosa Coordinator (956) 473-2105
Monica Mireles Coordinator (956) 473-2106
Laura V. Salinas Coordinator (956) 473-1771


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