Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Who We Are:
The Rio Rancho SEPAC is made up of parents of children with special needs and interested community members. Teachers and administrators often attend meetings as well, and our meetings are open to everyone. Parents of children with special needs face many challenges. Foremost is a search for effective programs and services to offer all children the opportunity to be successful learners among their peers. As part of this goal, we support and advocate for inclusion of special needs students in the classroom.

The mission of the Rio Rancho Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to facilitate understanding, respect, and appropriate education for all children, while supporting families and educators who are also striving for this goal.

We hope to achieve this mission by:
  • Providing a network of support for parents; including access to relevant information, training and emotional support.
  • Encouraging open communication, understanding and mutual respect among all students, parents, the community at large and district educators.

2018-19 SEPAC Meeting Schedule:

Please check back soon for the 2018-19 SEPAC meeting dates. 

TOPICS: IDEA Application (need parent input on budget); Summer School, Extended School Year and Brainstorm SEPAC Topics for next School Year.

Free Child Care and light snacks are provided. Please call Thelma at 896-0667 x51141 prior to meeting, if Child Care is needed.



Important Documents:
IDEA 2004, the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, became effective July 1, 2005.

ESY (Extended School Year) Technical Assistance Manual - Provides forms and information on Eligibility Criteria for ESY.

Parent Resources:

Links to Special Education Laws & Regulations
  • Center for Development and Disability
    The following values direct the work of the CDD and its programs:
    • Cultural and linguistic diversity
    • Inclusion and accessibility for all individuals
    • Partnerships and collaboration that encourage capacity building within communities
    • Innovative, interdisciplinary & research-based practice
  • NM State Special Education Rules
    New temporary state rules go into effect as of September 15, 2005 (6.31.2 NMAC). These rules address disciplinary issues for students with disabilities, and help schools know whether to follow existing rules or the IDEA 2004 when there are differences.
  • Federal Special Education Regulations
    34 CFR Parts 300, 301, and 304 Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities; Preschool Grants for Children With Disabilities; and Service Obligations Under Special Education—Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Proposed Rule
  • Amazingly Useful Links:
    PED – New Mexico Public Education Department (PED): Official web site of the New Mexico Public Education Department
    PED Special Education Bureau - Special Education section of the PED web site
    ASHA - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
    APTA - American Physical Therapy Association
Contact Information:

Jerry Reeder, Executive Director of Special Services
Email: Jerry.Reeder@rrps.net
Phone: 896-0667 X51141

Theresa Griffin-Golden, Director of Secondary Special Services
Email: Theresa.Golden@rrps.net
Phone: 896-0667 X51229

Tamara Wheeler, Director of Elementary Special Services
Email: Tamara.Wheeler@rrps.net
Phone: 896-0667 x51166

Jacqueline Denton, Director of Ancillary Special Services
Email: Jacqueline.Denton@rrps.net
Phone: 896-0667 x51211