Special Education Director Cherie Kuntz Announces Her Retirement
- August 29, 2018
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
Tustin Unified School District Special Education Director Cherie Kuntz has announced her retirement. She has worked in special education for 38 years. Her last day will be October 19.
“Cherie has been an invaluable resource for students, families and staff in TUSD,” Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Dr. Amy Lambert said. “We can’t thank her enough for her hard work and leadership, and we wish her every happiness in her new adventures.”
Kuntz has been with Tustin Unified for the past 22 years. She joined the District as a resource specialist in special education at Tustin Memorial Academy. She was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2002. Kuntz then became District facilitator of special education overseeing the preschool program and later was promoted to coordinator of special education. Prior to TUSD, she worked for the California Department of Developmental Services for 16 years as a special education teacher, school principal and director.
Kuntz is responsible for overseeing TUSD’s special education program for students in all grades and up to age 22. Among her duties, Kuntz coordinates the Extended School Year Program and supervises the District Autism Program, Speech and Language Program and Vision Program. She also handles staffing for paraeducators and behavior interventionists, and assists with California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) reports and audits required by the California Department of Education.
Among her honors, Kuntz received TUSD’s 2006 “I Made a Difference” Special Education award, which recognizes teachers and staff members who made a difference in students’ lives, and was named 2017 Orange County Special Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17.
“Tustin Unified has truly been a home for me and I feel so fortunate to have worked with such dedicated and talented colleagues during my years here,” Kuntz said. “Working with special needs children is my passion and interacting with students still makes me smile when I visit classrooms every week.”
Kuntz added, “my husband and I are finally ready to start a new chapter in our lives. We plan to travel and enjoy adventures that are on our bucket list.”