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2019 County Classified Employees of the Year Announced

Winners Advance to State Competition

David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, has officially announced the names of the six Sacramento County Classified Employees of the Year for 2019. The employees will move on to represent the county in the State Classified School Employees of the Year competition.

2019 County Classified Employees of the Year

  • Lisa Blen, San Juan Unified School District
    Paraprofessional Educator/Instructional Assistance Category
  • Linda Benuto, Natomas Unified School District
    Office/Technical Category
  • Scott Burton, Sacramento County Office of Education
    Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Category
  • Dolly Livingston, San Juan Unified School District
    Transportation Category
  • Kerstin Morell, Sacramento County Office of Education
    Support Services and Security Category
  • Crystal Rivas, Twin Rivers Unified School District
    Child Nutrition Category

Twelve district and county office of education staff from six state categories competed in the county competition this year. A selection committee, made up of representatives from the participating districts, chose one winner from each category to represent Sacramento County at the state level. The county selection process involved paper screening and formal interviews. Winners were selected for exemplary performance of responsibilities that contribute to the success of district programs, services, or special projects.

Classified Employees to Be Recognized by Sacramento Republic FC

The Sacramento Republic FC have partnered with SCOE to honor all classified school employees at the Saturday, June 1 home game. District Classified Employees of the Year will be recognized at Cal Expo during an on-field ceremony at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets to the game (vs. the San Antonio FC) will be available to order in May.

California Competition

A California Department of Education (CDE) committee will now evaluate nominations statewide. The overall objective is to acknowledge and promote the efforts of outstanding classified (non-certificated) school employees. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is expected to announce the recipients of the state awards in April. State winners are typically honored at a luncheon in Sacramento during Classified School Employee Week, to be celebrated May 19–25 this year.


Classified School Employees Nominated by Local Districts

Child Nutrition Category

Crystal Rivas portrait

Crystal Rivas, Team Leader
Twin Rivers Unified School District


Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Category

Scott Burton portrait

Scott Burton, Senior General Services Worker
Sacramento County Office of Education


Louie Cervantez portrait

Louie Cervantez, Head Custodian
Twin Rivers Unified School District


Office/Technical Category

Linda Benuto portrait

Linda Benuto, Human Resources Technician
Natomas Unified School District


Diane Douglas portrait

Diane Douglas, High School Secretary
San Juan Unified School District


Laura Walker portrait

Laura Walker, Benefit Plans Technician
Twin Rivers Unified School District


Paraprofessional Educator/Instructional Assistance Category​

Lisa Blen portrait

Lisa Blen, Instructional Assistant Bilingual Spanish
San Juan Unified School District


Cheryl Washino portrait

Cheryl Washino, Para-educator
Twin Rivers Unified School District


Support Services and Security Category

Gloria Flemons portrait

Gloria Flemons, Health Services Assistant
Twin Rivers Unified School District


Kerstin Morrell portrait

Kerstin Morell, Family Advocate
Sacramento County Office of Education


Transportation Category

Dolly Livingston portrait

Dolly Livingston, School Bus Driver
San Juan Unified School District


Dua Vue portrait

Dua Vue, School Bus Driver
Twin Rivers Unified School District



Sacramento County Classified Employees of the Year 2019 logotype