The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is one of 58 county offices located throughout the state. Approximately 650 regular and more than 950 temporary and substitute SCOE staff work year-round providing services that complement and supplement those offered by public school districts in Sacramento County.
Classified Employee of the Month
Patricia Alexander, a Staff Secretary with the SEEDS Project, was nominated by Principal Gary Scott Johnson for her contributions to the Special Education/Special Services Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Alexander works at SCOE's Mather site in the SEEDS (Supporting Early Delivery Systems) Project, a training and technical assistance program operated by SCOE for the California Department of Education to support early childhood education specialists throughout the state. Ms. Alexander provides support to local educational agencies seeking training and technical assistance (T&TA). She additionally supports statewide consultants who provide T&TA to California Department of Education Infant and Preschool Special Education Programs. She monitors financial aspects of the SEEDS Project, assists with T&TA evaluations and model program site visitations, and provides general office duties. Recent comments about Ms. Alexander from her colleagues have included: "One of the most caring professionals you will have the honor to work with" … "She listens with concern, enthusiasm and with gentle humor" … "Her longevity in SCOE represents her commitment and loyalty to our organization" … "Always responsive when asked to help, and always with a smile." Ms. Alexander has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since June, 1979.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Lynne Ashburn, a School Nurse, was nominated by Director Robin Pierson for her contributions to the Special Education/Special Services Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Ashburn works at SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter High School campus, serving approximately 100 emotionally disturbed 7th-12th grade students and 260 Community School students. Ms. Ashburn provides medical support to students, including monitoring all student medication that is taken at school and performing vision and hearing testing. She provides individualized health education, and provides inservice training to staff on the policies of medication and other health issues. Ms. Ashburn prepares student health summary reports, working closely with families to resolve medical issues and provide resources for families. Says her supervisor, "Lynne is definitely an integral part of the Palmiter team. Beyond providing nursing services, she is willing to extend herself to take on projects with eagerness and competence. She is a strong advocate for students in the areas of self esteem building. She takes a personal interest in each student regarding health concerns." Ms. Ashburn has been employed by SCOE since March, 1998.