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
Jessica Boughton, an Administrative Assistant with Instructional Support Services, was nominated by Director Patricia Duckhorn for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Boughton works in SCOE's K-12 Mathematics Department, which is located at the Lincoln Village Drive site. She has primary responsibility for coordinating day-to-day operations of the department. Among her duties are making arrangements for trainings and travel, budget coordination and providing support for staff. She is a key liaison between SCOE and educators in the region. Ms. Boughton currently is producing a Resource Guide to the California High School Exit Exam under the auspices of the regional CISC (Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee) that is coordinated by SCOE. Her supervisor says, "There is no task that Jessica will not undertake. She is reliable, organized, professional and a joy to work with." Ms. Boughton has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since February, 2000.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Cindy Tanaka, a School Counselor, was nominated by Principal Frances Smith-Small for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Tanaka serves SCOE students at the South Area Community School, Galt Community School, Bowling Drive Training Center, and the Sandra L. Larson Youth Center. She performs crisis intervention on an ongoing basis, as well as overseeing a comprehensive student counseling program that covers issues such as anger management, life skills, self-esteem, and drug and alcohol use. She facilitates School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meetings with parents, students and teachers when students have been truant, and she works closely with district SARB representatives, hearing officers and Sacramento County Probation officers in assisting students in their return to district schools. Among her key responsibilities are assisting with the intake of new students to help ensure that their needs are met, evaluating their transcripts, and assessing their needs and progress on a regular basis. Ms. Tanaka additionally oversees administration of the High School Exit Exam, the STAR test and other state-mandated tests at all four sites. She serves as Teacher-in-Charge during the absence of the Principal. Says her supervisor, "Ms. Tanaka gives freely of her time whenever needed and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with other staff. She is well respected by students and staff, and is always ready with a smile or kind word. She has a deep commitment to ensure students receive the best education we can provide so that they may return to the district with a new outlook." Ms. Tanaka has been employed by SCOE since August, 1998.