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
John Schwefel, a Senior Financial Analyst with Financial Services, was nominated by Business Manager Von Canale for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Schwefel is responsible for balancing cash, and for entering, monitoring and balancing budget revisions. He also provides assistance with SACS (Standardized Account Code Structure) accounting compliance. Mr. Schwefel reviews all accounting journal entries to help ensure they are in balance and correct, as well as serving as "backup" to several SCOE staff positions. According to his supervisor, Mr. Schwefel "has a great attitude and is always patient with staff members when explaining things to them." He is known for his willingness to "give a hand" to anyone who asks. Mr. Schwefel has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since July 1999.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Terry Ahrens, a Computer and Business Technologies teacher with the Regional Occupational Program, was nominated by Principal Linda Mitchell for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. He serves adult and high school students in two West Sacramento locations, the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services and River City High School, by providing instruction in the use of computer applications in a business environment. He has presented several PowerPoint workshops to Sacramento-area teachers. According to his supervisor, Mr. Ahrens "has finessed his instructional strategies and student motivation to a masterful level." Colleagues say that he "teaches with a rhythm that is customized to each students ability and need. His humor and extensive knowledge make his students lifelong fans who spread the word about how he helped them achieve their goals." Mr. Ahrens has worked with several teachers at their request in his capacity as PAR (Peer Assistance and Review) teacher. He has also been a member of the ROP Budget Shared Decision-Making Team and the ROP Technology Team. Mr. Ahrens has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since February 1987.