Hello. My name is Sharon Lara, and I am a Special Education Teacher (Mild/Mod and Mod/Severe) for the Alternative School for students with IEPs across the district in grades K-8. I have worked in the special education field, with all grade levels from preschool through Super Senior, for the last 30 years. I have worked with students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful and supportive school district, as well as a staff member here in the ALT program. I have worked in Santee School District (at Rio Seco) for 7 years as both an SDC teacher and an RSP teacher. This is my first year at the ALT school.

To tell you a little about myself, I am a native to the San Diego area. I am the mother of three grown children, and the grandmother of four beautiful granddaughters, all living close by. My youngest child, and only son, is 33 years old and he was born with Down syndrome. As his mother, I experience first-hand the life changes that impact the family of a child with special needs. When my son started attending public school, at the age of 3, I began volunteering in his class. I discovered my calling, to work in the field of special education, and was soon hired as an Instructional Assistant.

While walking alongside my son on his educational journey I had the opportunity to see the effect special education teachers had on my son and our family. I realized that I wanted to have that same impact on other students with special needs, and their families, so I enrolled in college with the goal of becoming a special education teacher.

I graduated from National University, Summa Cum Laude, with my Master of Science Degree in Special Education. I hold cleared Special Education Teaching Credentials in both Mild-to-Moderate and Moderate-to-Severe disabilities. In addition, I have a Bachelor’s Degree with minors in Behavioral Science, Humanities, and Business. My Associate's Degree is in Interpreting for the Deaf.

Please know that I value communication with the parents of my students, so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I do check my email several times each day, so the best way to contact me is through email. However, you can also reach me at my office number or through Google Voice. If you contact me during the school day, I may be unable to answer your call. If you leave me a voice message or Google Voice text, I will return your call or text as soon as I am able.

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of working with you and your child this school year!

  • My Email: [email protected]
  • My Office Phone: 619-956-2471
  • My Google Voice: 619-483-1944 (Email or GV texting preferred)