Salinas City Elementary School District are pleased to announce our Administration appointments for the 2018-19 academic school year.



Director, Special Education - District Office


It is our pleasure to announce Petra Martínez-Díaz as the Salinas City Elementary School District Director of Special Education. Petra was born in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and received her elementary schooling at Roosevelt School of the Salinas City Elementary School District.  She went on to our high school district, and then received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. Later, Petra attended San Jose State University for post graduate studies earning a multiple-subject credential, a special education credential and an educational administration credential.

Petra has worked in education for over 23 years and has served as a teacher in a variety of grades that span from kindergarten to 12th grade. She has been an administrator for 18 years with experience that includes serving as a Migrant Education Coordinator, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Vice Principal, Program Manager, Principal, and as a Special Education and Student Services Director. She has extensive experience in professional development, budget management, intervention programs and assessment. She is also well versed in following federal and state guidelines for programs that necesitate close monitoring and frequent audits.

Petra has a passion for Special Education and believes that all students can learn and become college and career ready. She believes in the power of teamwork and collaboration for the accomplishment of goals. She has three grown children and currently resides with her husband in Salinas. In her spare time she likes to garden, read and spend time in beautiful Monterey County.



PAULETTE Deyo StohlmanN, MSN, RN, PHN 

District Nurse - District Office


It is our pleasure to announce Paulette Deyo Stohlmann as the Salinas City Elementary School District Nurse. Paulette is a Public Health Nurse (PHN) and a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse (MSN-RN) who brings several years of broad and varied nursing experience and expertise to Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD).

During her career, Paulette has had the opportunity to care for adult and pediatric patients in a variety of settings. Her background includes several years in outpatient and acute care hospital settings, where she has worked as a Staff RN, Charge RN, Educator, Preceptor, and Mentor. In the academic setting, she has taught aspiring RNs and she is currently an Adjunct-Nursing Instructor at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). She takes pride in the profession of nursing and values the role RNs have as a resource and platform for health education, best practices, and achieving optimal outcomes. She believes the role of the District Nurse is not just about providing basic health services but also about advancing academic success, safety, and overall student well being. Paulette supports the numerous studies that confirm healthy children are successful learners. Paulette will advocate for the physical, mental, and social health of SCESD students. She hopes that through advocacy, school and community involvement and collaboration, she can promote academic achievement and health education that is lifelong and goes beyond the classroom setting.

On a personal note, Paulette has one husband, one young son, and one furry (puppy) son. Paulette has lived and traveled all over the world and she is happy to call the Monterey Peninsula her home. She enjoys hiking, running, exploring new sites, and spending time with her family and friends. Paulette is looking forward to being a part of the SCESD community and having a great school year!



María Vargo

English Learner Program Manager - District Office


We are excited to have María Vargo serving as our new English Learner Program Manager here at the Salinas City Elementary School District. María will be working closely with both administrators and classroom teachers to best help serve their English learner student’s unique academic needs. In her role, María will be collaborating with teachers on instructional strategies and providing professional development tailored to each school site’s needs.

María is entering her 10th year in education and has served as a classroom teacher, English learner lead teacher, and as an assistant principal. María knows that the most important step to take before learning is to build a solid, trusting relationship with both students and adults alike and strives to do that each and every day. Being an English learner student herself, María makes every effort to connect with students and show them that “¡Sí se puede!”.

María has a passion for working and reflecting with teachers on practices impacting their English learner students. She is a testament that regardless language, immigration status, or socioeconomic background, all students can achieve when they are surrounded with caring and nurturing educators.

María has a daughter in second grade and a daughter in TK who will be attending one of the many Dual Immersion Programs that Salinas City Elementary School District has to offer. On her spare time, María and her family like exploring the Monterey peninsula and are looking forward to making Salinas a permanent home as they are currently going through their first home buying experience.



Judy Magaña

Special Education Program Specialist - District Office


It is our pleasure to announce Judy Magaña as the Special Education Program Specialist . Ms. Magana was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  She has been within the field of education for 15 years throughout diverse classified and certificated roles.  Ms. Magana is passionate about student success and believes that all children can learn and grow with the proper instructional programs, best practices, techniques, and supports.  She holds a Master's of Science in School Psychology, and is pursuing an administrative credential.  As a former Bilingual School Psychologist within MHUSD, Ms. Magana supported district efforts in development and implementation of Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) framework at the district and site level.  Ms. Magana is well versed in Special Education Law and application, IEP compliance practices, assessments, Dual Immersion Programs, School Culture and Climate, has a vast awareness of best teaching practices, interventions, and curriculum.  Ms. Magana is excited to begin her new position as a Special Education Program Specialist and is looking forward to serving the needs of our students!