Dr. Candace (Pelt*) Perez

Dallas, Oregon

General Specialty

Personnel Supervision
Public education administrator experienced in leading school operations and safety with specific background in Special Education
School and District Administration

Specialty Focus

Personnel Supervision
School Operations
Special Education

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.

Experienced School District Administrator serving public education since 2002. Professional practice includes: Superintendent of a K-12 school system, State Special Education Director for Oregon, School District Special Education Director, public school Administrator, and classroom teacher.


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.



  • 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



  • Equity in the Classroom: Dismantling Disproportionality in Special Education Through Anti-Racist Practices (Chapter) 2020 Contributor
  • Ready Schools, Safe Learners 2020, Oregon Department of Education Co-Author
  • COVID Scenarios in Schools, 2020 Oregon Department of Education Co-Author
  • Learning Disabled Special Education Students and General Education Opportunities – Dissertation 2016






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