Executive Director of Special Education : Dr. Jan Cawthorne

Jan CawthorneJan Cawthorne has been a part of the Special Education Leadership Team at Mesa Public Schools since 2009. She earned an EdD in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. For her dissertation, she completed an action research study on improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Jan is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Credential of Competency in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Temple University, as well as Special Education graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. She has worked for state agencies including the Arizona Department of Education and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Arizona, she provided behavioral supports and designed educational programs for students with Autism and other disabilities in public, private, and charter schools in Pennsylvania.  She has also provided support to children and their families in home and community settings.

Secretary                             Mindy Herbert             480-472-0702

Payroll Clerk                        Raylynn Wade            480-472-0720

Procurement Clerk              Barbara Andrus          480-472-0707

Technician                           Jennifer Zakaras         480-472-0716

Medicaid                              Sue Ambrose              480-472-0575
                                             Connie Halepis