Special Education

Our Approach

At Nea, we believe in the potential of every learner and we are dedicated to each child's journey of self-discovery. Our small school environment and innovative educational model nurtures children with disabilities as full members of the community.

  • All learners with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of the general education curriculum.
  • For all learners, services that remediate academic challenges are incorporated into the general education program.
  • Accommodations and modifications are re-evaluated and revised as learners grow and change.
  • For each learner, we strive to find the delicate balance between providing support and fostering independence.
  • All learners, with and without disabilities, are expected to participate in leadership roles in the community.
  • Referrals for assessment for special education services can be generated by facilitators, Student Study Teams, and parents.
  • We are committed to a team approach with learners, parents, and staff.
  • Nea employs 21st-century educational methods and technology to provide more varied learning opportunities.
    • Educational technologies include online learning, computer-assisted learning, and independent learning programs.


Nea collaborates with the El Dorado County Charter School SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). Please click here for:


If you have questions about our Special Education program or would like to inquire about an evaluation or services for your child, please contact Mercedes Hudson, Director of Special Education. Should the team determine that an evaluation is appropriate the process can take approximately two months.

Our Special Education Team:
Mercedes Hudson, Director of Special Education
Stacey Abram, Department Manager
Courtney Cerefice, Mental Health Services Mgr
Michael Abarca, Education Specialist 
Monse Talamante, Education Specialist 
Liz Powers, Education Specialist 

Our Services

Specialized Academic Instruction is provided by Education Specialists & Paraprofessionals.

  • At all levels:
    • In-seminar support is our general approach (and may include differentiated learning approaches, instructional cues, environmental accommodations, adjusted difficulty levels or schedules, and more).
    • Classroom facilitators are well-versed in learners' modification and accommodation needs.
    • We are committed to a team approach with learners, parents, and staff.
  • Grades TK-2:
    • We provide in-class as well as individual/small group support tailored to the individual needs of the learner.
  • Grades 3-5:
    • This group of learners is served within their seminars including English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
    • We ensure accommodations and can support most learners within the seminar setting, but some learners also receive individual/small group support as needed.
  • Grades 6-8:
    • In this part of the program, we strive to find the delicate balance between providing support and fostering independence.
    • Learners are scheduled to work in the Resource Room when support in a quiet work area as needed, or for test-taking.
  • Psychological Services include assessment, behavioral planning, consultation, and sessions with some learners.  Many, but not all, of these services are IEP driven.
  • Speech and Language Services include screening, assessment, and small group instruction as well as "push-in" support in the classrooms.

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Services include screening, assessment, and direct service or consultations for those learners with OT needs identified in their IEP.