GGUSD Selects Valerie Shedd for Asst. Supt. of Special Education & Student Services

Valerie Shedd and Matt Lambert

The Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) Board of Education approved Valerie Shedd as the new Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services, effective July 1.  Shedd replaces Lorraine Rae who retired after 17 years of service to the district.

Shedd brings with her a wealth of experience, having served in various leadership roles since joining the district in 2006.  Most recently, Shedd served as Director of Special Education and was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of Pre-K to 12 special education programs, as well as the coordination of staff development for special education teachers. 

“Valerie is a proven leader who brings the right combination of experience and energy to this role,” said Lan Nguyen, Board of Education President.  “We are confident that she will continue to take our Special Education and Student Services departments to new heights, and will lead with a student-centered vision.”

In GGUSD, Shedd has served as a teacher, teacher on special assignment (TOSA), elementary school principal, and personnel director.  Shedd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

Matthew Lambert was selected to replace Shedd as the new Director of Special Education.  Lambert joined GGUSD in 2001 and most recently served as principal of Bell Intermediate School for three years.  Before serving as principal at Bell, Lambert served as Assistant Principal at La Quinta and Pacifica high schools, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA), and a high school Science teacher.  Lambert earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Secondary Education degrees from Biola University, a Master of Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific and a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Southern California.