Dr. Candace (Pelt*) Perez

Public education administrator experienced in leading school operations and safety with specific background in Special Education, personnel supervision, as well as school and district administration.

My Experience and Background Include:


  • Responsible for Special Education implementation in public schools including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Implementation of State and Federal guidelines for instructional practices and placement options for students who experience disabilities.
  • Implementing Policies and procedures for students who experience disabilities in public and private schools. 
  • Training and implementation of regulations and requirements to school administrators, licensed educators, paraprofessionals, and parents.
  • Leading systems improvement initiatives.
  • Managing Human Resources, hiring practices, recruitment and retention.
  • Oversight of school safety systems, including restraint and seclusion policy and practice.
  • Oversight and management of school athletic programs.


Superintendent - Central Linn School District, OR

Adjunct Professor- University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Executive Consulting for Special Education Directors, OR

District Assistant Superintendent - Central Linn School District, OR

State Special Education Director - Oregon Department of Education, OR 

Director of Special Programs and Elementary Schools - Newberg Public Schools, OR

Director of Special Programs and Building Administrator, Sheridan, OR 

Classroom Teacher, San Bernardino Public Schools, San Bernardino, CA


  • Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.), George Fox University, Newberg, OR, 2016 Honors: Aldred Award for Outstanding Dissertation
  • Special Education Endorsement Coursework Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR,    
  • Gifted and Talented Education Certificate, University of California, Riverside, CA, 2004 
  • Master’s in Educational Administration, National University, San Diego, CA, 2001 
  • Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science, National University, San Diego, CA, 2001

                                                                                            Dr. Candace Perez * Name Changed from Pelt to Perez

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