High School Special Education

South Valley Academy adheres to an inclusive model of education. Special education services are provided within the general education setting by accommodating and modifying curriculum and, as determined by Individualized Education Programs, through in-class support of a special education teacher and/or educational assistant. Special education services are also available during IDEAL, office hours, and at other times as determined according to the needs of students.



Meet The Department

Josephine Caproni
Director of Special Education

Josephine Caproni is a dual-certified special and general educator who began teaching in 2004. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was there that she received her Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University where she studied Film & Video and Literature.  Once she completed her undergraduate degree, Ms. Caproni moved to New York City and began her teaching career at an elementary school in the South Bronx.  While teaching, Ms. Caproni earned her Master of Science in Childhood and Special Education at the City University of New York.  Simultaneous with a move to teach and coordinate special education at a high-performing charter middle school in Harlem, Ms. Caproni also participated in a fellowship to complete her Advanced Master’s degree in School Leadership at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. After leaving New York City, Ms. Caproni has spent time in Kingston, Jamaica, and taught in New Orleans.  She made her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010 and is excited to have found a professional home as the Director of Special Education at South Valley Academy.  In her free time, Ms. Caproni enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones (including her dog, Yardie), and experiencing new things and cultural events.

Tray Niles
Special Education Teacher



Scot Key
Special Education Teacher




Lilia Valenzuela
Special Education EA

My name is Lilia Rogers, I am a Special Education Educational Assistant. I graduated from South Valley Academy in 2006. I am from Delicias, Chihuahua and I have lived in Albuquerque, NM for most of my life.  I really enjoy working at South Valley Academy and I am back for my second year. Being here is one of the highlights of my life. I also have a five year old son Corey who is currently in kindergarten and is the most amazing little boy. If you need anything feel free to come to me and ask!  

Catherine Lezek, Adrian McDaniel
Educational Assistants




Special Education Resources for Parents - PDF Format

50 Questions About LD
An E-Book for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Parent and Child Rights in Special Education

Seven Ways to Help Your Teen Become a Self-Advocate

50 Preguntas Acerca de las DA
Un libro electrónico para padres de niños con discapacidades de aprendizaje

Los Derechos de Los Padres y de Los Niños en la Educación Especial