Washington State




Glenna Gallo


Assistant Superintendent, Special Education

Year Started as State Director






Glenna Gallo


Glenna Gallo began her job as Assistant Superintendent, Special Education in WA in 2017. Prior to becoming the Assistant Superintendent, Special Education in WA, Glenna served as the State Director of Special Education for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) for seven years, following work as a classroom teacher and administrator. She has over 25 years of public education experience teaching students with disabilities and adults, and 15 years of experience in state-level educational leadership with expertise in the improvement planning, management, and monitoring of public special education programs. Glenna has a B.S and an M.S in Special Education, a special education teacher and administrative license, endorsements as a Program Administrator, Principal, and Superintendent, and an M.B.A.

Glenna believes the best part about leading special education in WA is that the application of the intent of IDEA requirements results in increased student outcomes for students with disabilities.  The opportunity to work with school and district administrators, special education staff, advocates, and parents of students with disabilities at the LEA, State, and national levels to review research, current student achievement, and compliance data to ensure state and local efforts addresses instructional issues that impact results for students with disabilities.