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
Becky Betz, a Financial Analyst with Financial Services, was nominated by Manager Von Canale for her contributions to the Support Operations and Special Education/Special Services Departments of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Betz oversees fiscal arrangements for programs and grants related to SCOE's Special Education/Special Services Department and Infant Development Program. A key responsibility of hers is ensuring that employee time is charged according to the appropriate program or grant. Ms. Betz keeps grants and program budgets aligned with expenditures through constant monitoring, as well as updating program staff on specific projects such as those funded by lottery monies, WorkAbility funds, etc. Her flexibility and attention to detail have benefited SCOE in the first year of conversion to SACS (standardized accounting code structure). According to her supervisor, Ms. Betz has "a wonderful team spirit in her interaction with teachers, aides and staff. Her positive and supportive attitude is much appreciated." Ms. Betz has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since August, 1990.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Patricia Buckholtz, a Speech and Language Therapist, was nominated by Principal Gina Guarneri for her contributions to the Special Education/Special Services Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Buckholtz serves in SCOE's Infant Development Program as a member of a team providing special education services to 45 children – birth to three years of age – and their families. Her responsibilities include assessment and consultation; support to children, families and her team members; case management for children with speech and language as their primary concern; home visits; preparing developmental reports; and facilitating Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings. Ms. Buckholtz has assisted in the development of an oral/aural program for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. She has not only conducted and compiled research on oral/aural instruction, but also has increased her caseload by serving children who are deaf/hard of hearing using the oral/aural approach. Her supervisor says Ms. Buckholtz is "an enthusiastic employee. She takes the time to teach techniques and to share ideas, and she is an advocate for families, assisting them in accessing services in the community." Ms. Buckholtz has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since July, 1998.