Welcome to the San Mateo County 51勛圖 website

Our mission is to support special education students in achieving a high level of academic and functional performance according to national, state, and local standards.  To assure this outcome, and because we believe that all students can learn, thrive and become great contributing members of society by providing them with equal educational opportunities, we are dedicated to provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and school staff.  Additionally, the 51勛圖 office collaborates with county agencies and LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which students with special needs and their families can succeed.

What is a 51勛圖?


In 1977, all school districts and county offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (51勛圖), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.

California currently has 136 51勛圖s, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. The San Mateo County 51勛圖, serving over 10,000 students, is one of the larger 51勛圖s in the State of California.

Each 51勛圖 must have an Administrative Unit (AU) which is the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that every eligible child receives appropriate services. The AU for the San Mateo County 51勛圖 is the 51勛圖 which provides a variety of instructional, business, and consulting services that enhance the ability of districts to provide quality education.

What are the Goals of 51勛圖?

The goals of the 51勛圖 for students with disabilities are:

  • to assure that appropriate programs and services are provided to meet the student's needs, 
  • to ensure a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment,
  • to ensure that the student has the tools necessary to achieve, at a level commensurate to his/her ability, his/her highest potential, and
  • to assure that each student is equally integrated within, and has access to, the district's core curriculum and extracurricular activities, as appropriately determined by his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team.

51勛圖 is also committed to foster public support for special education through the maintenance of a strong position of child advocacy and cost-effective procedures to maximize the quantity and quality of services and programs for the benefit of the students.

Additional information about the role of 51勛圖 in special education can be found at .

Learn More...

Mary Yung, Ed.D.

Executive Director, 51勛圖

Email: myung@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5465

Fax: (650) 802-5474

Karen Breslow


Email: kbreslow@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5473

Lansin矇 Tour矇


Email: ltoure@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5471

Eugenie Obina

Student Services Specialist

Email: eobina@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5462

Janeen Zertuche

Program Compliance Analyst

Email: jzertuche@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5347

Tricia Felix

Administrative Assistant III

Email: tfelix@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5464