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
Cheryl Roberts, a Program Analyst with K-12 Reading/Language Arts, was nominated by Director Vicki Alterwitz for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Roberts is responsible for budgeting, arrangements for training facilities, and travel arrangements for SCOE staff and institute instructors. She recently completed the production of several important materials, including a staff orientation handbook and a facilities checklist for use by county offices of education throughout the state. Her supervisor says, "Cheryl is incredibly hard-working and efficient," someone who can be counted on "to get the job done." Ms. Roberts has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since April 1997.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Monica Hodges, a Teacher with the Sly Park Environmental Education Center, was nominated by Principal Stephen "Hoppy" Hopkins for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Sly Park students benefit from learning experiences made possible by Ms. Hodgesís coordination of the live animal care center, the raptor rehabilitation lab, a vermiculture composting program, and the metals and plastic recovery center. Ms. Hodges also supervises and maintains a number of specialty learning stations on the Sly Park campus, such as the telescope observatory, an indoor planetarium and the bird blind. Visiting teachers and adult chaperones have the use of a small fleet of bicycles donated and maintained by Ms. Hodges and her husband, Jim, co-owners of the Golden Spoke Bike shop. Ms. Hodges serves as Sly Parkís liaison with the U.S. Forest Service and oversees the maintenance of the campusís extensive system of forest hiking trails. At Sly Park she keeps the holidays alive by organizing special events and teaching her students how to make innovative decorations using recycled waste material. She helps craft Sly Parkís silkscreen designs and creates decorative school banners for the campus cafeteria. Her supervisor says, "Monica is a talented and energetic teacher who has dedicated her professional career to providing exciting, hands-on learning experiences for children as an instructor at the outdoor school. Her creative and resourceful teaching style involves her students in ways that make the state curriculum standards meaningful and engaging." Ms. Hodges has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since July 1977.