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
Wilma Johnson, an Instructional Assistant with Juvenile Court Schools, was nominated by Principal Mary Mack for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Howard works with students at SCOE's Carson Creek Jr.-Sr. High School campus. Among her responsibilities are the pre- and post-testing of all students at the school. When she not testing students, she assists in the social studies classes and performs other duties as assigned. Her supervisor says, "She is an exemplary employee because of her many talents and her ability to work constructively in any classroom. She helps tutor students one-on-one when teachers request her assistance. She is a team player in the truest sense and is dedicated to serving children." Ms. Johnson attends professional development workshops and conferences to help enhance her contributions to the school, and she assists in coordinating Carson Creek's student holiday/cultural observances and graduations. According to her supervisor, Ms. Johnson "works extremely hard to make special days noteworthy for students, from leading them in singing to presenting a drama." Ms. Johnson has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since April, 1986.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Patrick Murphy, a Program Specialist with the Infant Development Program, was nominated by Principal Gina Guarneri for his contributions to the Special Services Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Murphy's students are infants and toddlers who have special education needs. Mr. Murphy provides training and support to staff and to families of students, and he leads the Family Connection Advisory Team (a group of staff and parents who plan and implement family support activities). He also leads the Infant Development Program's collaboration with other agencies in the community, including Early Head Start. According to his supervisor, Mr. Murphy is "passionate about his work: he truly believes and lives family/staff collaboration." He spearheaded a 10-county work group that revised the Individualized Family Service Plan and was instrumental in designing a community Proposition 10 grant to provide quality child care to young children with disabilities. In addition, he serves as a member of the SCOE Infant Development Program Advisory Committee. Mr. Murphy has been employed by SCOE since June, 1975.