SPED Safe was founded by distinguished experts and leaders in the fields of special education and law enforcement to enhance safety across environments for all. SPED Safe's founding partners are committed to providing evidence-based training programs in areas and environments that are often overlooked in regards to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Sharon Floyd, Director of Curriculum Development
Sharon has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years. She has 25 years of classroom teaching experience. As an Education Specialist, Sharon has held positions at the Early Childhood and Upper Elementary level (SDC), Resource Specialist (1-6), Program Specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder (K-12), SELPA ASD Program Coordinator, and a leadership team member for the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN). She holds an Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Administrative Services Credential. Sharon has a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership. Her undergraduate degree was in Psychology. She continues to share her passion and expertise for students with disabilities not only in the United States but, also in Ethiopia.
Raul Quezada, Director of Public Safety
Raul worked in the field of law enforcement for over 24 years and retired as the Chief of Police of the tenth largest city in California. As the Chief of Police, Raul spearheaded several non-traditional policing strategies and partnered with schools to develop and implement youth programs, such as the Public Safety Pipeline Program in junior high and high schools. Raul placed on-duty police officers as coaches in Anaheim’s youth sports leagues to strengthen community and police relationships. Raul’s leadership also included the coordination of security for the Disneyland Resort, Angel’s Stadium, Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks, and the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest Convention Center on the West Coast.
In addition to his professional service in the United States, Raul was invited to Bogota, Columbia and Culiacan, Mexico where he provided consultation to police officials in the areas of policing and ethics. He has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and P.O.S.T Command College.
Scott Jensen, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Design and Learning Development
Scott has worked in K-12 education for over 20 years, dedicating most of that time to working in special education. Scott began his career in education serving as an Instructional Assistant, then moving into the classroom as an Education Specialist, Program Specialist, and Director of Special Education. Currently, Scott serves as the Director of Human Resources for a large public school district. Scott also was the Director of Innovation and Instruction at a private academic performance club focused on student achievement. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Special Education, a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, and a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership. Scott is a tremendous advocate for the integration and utilization of quality digital learning to enhance achievement for all learners.
Scott Turner, Ed.D., Managing Partner
Scott has worked in the field of special education for over 15 years. He has held positions as an Early Childhood Education Specialist, Program Specialist (K-12), Special Education Site Principal, SELPA Director, and currently as an Executive Director of a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Scott holds an Education Specialist credential and an Administrative Services Credential. He has a Master of Science in Special Education, and Doctorate in PreK-12 Educational Leadership. Scott's undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice and Sociology and his childhood dream was to obtain a career in law enforcement. In his junior year of undergrad he worked as an instructional assistant, altering his career path and commitment towards students with disabilities.
Paul Lavigne, Ed.D., Managing Partner
Paul has worked in the field of special education and educational psychology for over 20 years. He has held positions as a School Psychologist, School Principal, Director of Special Education, and currently as an Executive Director of a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Paul holds a Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Psychology and an Administrative Services Credential. He has a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology, and an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. As a School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist, Paul has expertise in the assessment and treatment of students with learning developmental disabilities.