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
(Ida) Marie Murphy, an Instructional Assistant with Juvenile Court Schools, was nominated by Principal John Polhemus for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Murphy has been employed by SCOE since November, 1979. She has served at El Centro Jr./Sr. High School for the last 10 years, working in the elementary program in rotational school. Ms. Murphy has done an outstanding job relating to and working with our youngest high-risk students, starting with 4th graders. She is a solid team player who can always be counted on to go the extra mile for students and staff, as demonstrated by coordinating activities such as pot lucks in the courtyard and family baskets for Christmas. Ms. Murphy also made a quilt which she presented to the students during Black History Month. This quilt featured information relating to the Civil War and the Underground Railroad System that was established and implemented to help slaves escape to the North.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Sandra Simmons, a Teacher with Juvenile Court Schools, was nominated by Principal John Polhemus for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. She is a three-time recipient of the Certificated Employee of the Month award. During her employment, Ms. Simmons has established and implemented a remedial reading program in H-Unit. She is deeply involved and committed to the Compass Learning software program, and she is a member of the Library Committee that recommends how the Juvenile Court School's “California Public School Library Act” funds are distributed. Ms. Simmons is a professional, distinguished teacher who has a true commitment to working with high-risk youth at El Centro Jr./Sr. High School. She works well with students and advocates for those students who demonstrate an interest to continue their education in a post-secondary environment (Linkage to Education program). She has an excellent knowledge of the State Standards and Frameworks as emphasized in her English Language Arts/Reading and the new Accelerated Reading Program. Ms. Simmons has been employed by SCOE since November, 1975.