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Behavior Support Services

PBIS Staff


Vacant, Coordinator

Phone: (951) 571-7630
Fax: (951) 571-7595

Leeane Goldrich, Secretary


(951) 571-7630 x41707

Building Positive Behaviors


Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a nationally recognized framework for shifting school culture from punitive to culturally responsive and positively reinforcing. Students and staff work to collaborate in targeted school-wide positive behavioral expectations which are culturally informed and positively reinforced throughout the school day. Minor and major disciplinary infractions are clearly specified as well as associated interventions designed to teach, re-teach, and reinforce the skills needed to meet positive expectations. PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students on a school site to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The Behavior Support Specialist is a component of Tier 3 services as it relates to PBIS.



Behavior Support Specialists

MVUSD Behavior Support Specialists are available to support sites with general education students, whose behavior is highly interfering with academic progress, socially stigmatizing, or presents a danger to self or others. The Behavior Support Specialists are under the direction of the Director of Student Services, and their role is to facilitate, assess, and support students exhibiting challenging behaviors; provide training and work collaboratively with school site staff in order to demonstrate best practices, strategies and techniques that would enhance instruction for students with social, behavioral and learning challenges; provide various levels of support which includes but is not limited to consultation, collaboration, and direct service. As part of our students’ educational teams, the Behavior Support Specialist provides behavior analysis, designs, and implements positive behavioral support plans. The Behavior Support Specialist can work with individuals, parents, or small groups.




Marcella Ann Tarpley

Marcella Ann Tarpley


A native Californian and educator for over 20 years, Marcella Ann Tarpley is currently a Behavior Support Specialist for the Moreno Valley School District. She holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Special Education and the other in Teaching. She has taught students with disabilities in grades 3-12 and has also had various positions outside the field of education as a restaurant manager and mail handler. She currently is working on her doctorate degree and a license in clinical psychology. 


For the past several years her professional focus has been serving students that were most at risk: foster, homeless and students with special needs. Marcella is a certified trauma professional, and her current focus is educating those around her about trauma and its effects on children and adolescents. In her last position as a Foster Youth Liaison, she pioneered a dual agency educational advocacy program and developed a data decision making screening tool that tracks educational outcomes of foster youth. One of her hallmark achievements during her tenure as a foster youth liaison was developing a volunteer advocacy program that trained individuals to be educational rights holders for foster youth. To continue her efforts on behalf of foster youth, she currently serves as a board member for Kamalii Foster Family Agency where she donates her time teaching foster youth how to sew. She was the recipient of the 2015 RCOE Site Support Staff of the Year Award. In the community she is well known for her advocacy efforts in training parents, social service professionals, and educators on how to maximize student success. In her spare time when not advocating for students, Marcella enjoys quilting, road trips, and listening to books on tape.

Christina Herrera


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Services Provided

  • Behavioral consultation & collaboration
  • Classroom coaching & support
  • Behavior analysis
  • Behavior plan development & implementation
  • Professional development
  • Small groups

Referral Process

Who’s eligible: General education students in grades TK-12.
When a school has exhausted their tier one and tier two strategies, a referral for tier three behavior support services is made by an administrator or counselor.
To refer a student to the Behavior Support Specialist, referrers must submit an electronic referral via Google Doc’s. The referral takes no longer than 2 minutes to complete. The Behavior Support Specialist will respond within 24 hours by email to the referrer.

How Does the Behavior Support Specialist Champion Equity?

No two students are alike. Because of this, the Behavior Support Specialist assist schools in finding ways to reach and teach every student through a variety of interventions that will provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn. Our services directly support LCAP goals priority #1 & #2 by providing support to schools through the use of PBIS strategies and evidenced based practices which supports the district’s efforts in reducing the suspension rate and discipline referrals.

Office Location:
Welcome & Registration Center
Student Services Department
23301 Dracaea Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
(951) 571-7630