Springall Academy (San Diego, CA)

6460 Boulder Lake Avenue
San Diego, CA 92119
Phone: 619-460-5090
Fax: 619-460-5091

Meet Our Leadership Team

School Director
Heather Dierolf

Dr. Dierolf joined Springall in the fall of 1994. She began as a support staff member and was our first guidance counselor before transitioning to administration in 2005. Over the last 15 years, she has brought many programs to Springall, including the Guidance Department and Club 45, and was a founding member of the CAPSES Sports League. She earned her BA in psychology from San Diego State University in 1994, her master’s in counseling from the University of San Diego in 1999, and her doctorate in leadership from USD in 2008. Dr. Dierolf is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego, teaching in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Masters in Counseling Program. She brings a variety of experience to the Springall program, such as her lifetime membership and volunteer status with the Girl Scouts. She is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the program first started here in 1972 by Dr. Springall, along with adapting to the changing times and current research in special education. She believes in educating the whole child while providing a safe atmosphere for kids to be themselves.

Associate Director
Lanae Aguilera

Lanae Aguilera started at Springall Academy in 1996, after completing her BA in psychology from San Diego State University. She furthered her education by attending the University of San Diego, receiving her master’s in counseling as well as her Pupil Personnel Services Credential in 2000. Over the years Mrs. Aguilera has held a variety of roles at Springall, working in the classroom, in the Support Center, and co-creating the Counseling and Guidance Program with Dr. Dierolf, where she served as a counselor for 8 years. She also coordinates the SDSU volunteer program that has been a staple of our program for over 20 years. In the fall of 2008, she became an administrator, allowing her to display her passion daily for motivating students as she simultaneously guides them to reach their full potential. In addition to working closely with Dr. Dierolf to ensure Springall Academy’s exemplary reputation, Mrs. Aguilera is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego, teaching courses in the graduate counseling program.

Welcome to Springall Academy

What We Do
Springall Academy provides an intensive, structured, individualized special education program aimed at strengthening each student’s academic and organizational skills, social and emotional abilities, sense of responsibility, and self-esteem. Our goal is get our students to the point where they can successfully reenter “mainstream” schools and the community. All students are encouraged, nurtured, respected, and supported in achieving their full potential in an enriching, positive environment.

Whom We Serve
We accept students from all over the greater San Diego County area. We serve students with special needs, including those with learning (SLD) and emotional disabilities (ED), autism (AUT), and other health impairments (OHI), ranging in age from 5 to 21, in grades K–12+.

Our Roots
Springall Academy has been serving students since 1972 as a private, nonprofit educational organization and is a good-standing member of the California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES). As such, we adhere to an exclusive Code of Ethics set forth and enforced by the association itself.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy Regarding Students: 
Springall Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, nationality, and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, and/or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.