Special Education

Mission

Promote academic, behavioral, and social success of all students in collaboration with staff, parents, and other stakeholders in public education.

Vision

Assist and support exceptional students and their families in choosing opportunities for success and developing self-advocacy.

Announcements/News

Services

Administrative Unit

Welcome to Zuni Public School, Special Education Department. Our Administrative Team consists of our Administrative Assistant, Carmen Martza, and our Director of Special Education, Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, whose offices are located at our Central Office location.

:Speech and Language services are provided, by a State and Nationally Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, to students who have been identified through and IEP in need of support of Speech: Articulation, voice, dysfluency and other related areas. Language: Expressive and/or Receptive Language and other related areas, for school based services.

Nursing Services

Nursing services are provided to students with disabilities, whose IEP has nursing as a related services to support the students medical needs. 

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

In the State of New Mexico, students must be evaluated and be identified as a gifted student. Once a student has met the state criteria and has been found eligible for gifted services an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) would be developed.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy service are provided, by a State and Nationally Licensed Occupational Therapist, or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, to students who have been identified through an IEP process in need of support for fine motor, sensory processing, sensory integration or other related areas for school based Occupational Therapy support and services. 

Social Work & Psychological Services

Social Work services are provided by a State Licensed Social Worker, and Psychological services are provided by a State and Nationally Licensed School Psychologist. Both disciplines provide direct services to students who have been identified through an IEP process in need of social emotional supports for school based services.

Early Childhood

ZPSD has a Pre-K program at Shiwi Ts'ana Elementary School, as well as a Special Education Program at Zuni Head Start.  We also support our students who have been receiving Early Intervention, through Dungarvin/ELFs program (0-3 yrs. of age), by transitioning them into the Head Start Program.

Physical Therapy​

Physical Therapy services are provided, by a State and Nationally Licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, to students who have been identified through an IEP process in need of support for gross motor or other related areas for school based Physical Therapy support and services.

Austin Clawson

Director of Special Education

austin.clawson@zpsd.org

 

Carmen Martza

Administrative Assistant

carmen.martza@zpsd.org

 

10 Sandy Springs Road

PO Drawer A

Zuni, NM 87327

 

Ph: (505) 782-5511 ext. 6101

Fx: (505) 782-5870

 

Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Austin Clawson

Director of Special Education

Austin Clawson grew up in Ramah and has lived in the area most of his life. After graduating from Ramah High School he served a 2 year Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan. 

 

After his mission, he returned home and married his childhood friend and started his college education. He has come from a family of educators and has made the decision to carry on the tradition. After completing his undergraduate college education from NMSU he returned home and started his career in education in 2009 as a Special Education teacher at Ramah High School. 

 

He has recently joined the administration team here in Zuni and has enjoyed the change in pace. Austin enjoys all sports and outdoors activities and he also enjoys being able to give back to his community and area by being a positive influence in kids lives. He lives in Ramah with his wife and four children where they as a family enjoy raising horses and doing many activities as a family from traveling to sporting events. He is thrilled to be able to be part of the Zuni Public School District and looks forward to all he can learn from and to those he can serve.