STOCKTON — Brandie Brunni has been selected by the San Joaquin County Office of Education to become its new Assistant Superintendent of Special Education.
Brunni will replace Kathleen Skeels, who is retiring after 40 years as an educator and administrator serving children with special needs and their families and has been in the position since 2009.
Brunni will begin her tenure in January.
“We are excited to welcome Brandie Brunni into her new leadership role,” San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas said in a statement. “She brings with her extensive experience as well as passion and expertise to build on the work she has done for special education in San Joaquin County for more than two decades.”
The assistant superintendent position oversees SJCOE programs providing services to students with special needs from birth to age 22. Brunni will also serve as the director for the San Joaquin County Special Education Local Plan Area, which coordinates special education efforts across 10 of the county’s 14 school districts.
Brunni is currently the division director for SJCOE special education programs, a position she has held since 2008.
She started her career at the SJCOE as a speech pathologist in 1998 and went on to become a program administrator before becoming division director. Brunni has a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from University of the Pacific in Stockton.
A lifelong resident of Lodi and graduate of Lodi High School, Brunni lives in Lodi with her husband, Mark, and their three children.