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Board Recognizes October 2004 Employees of the Month

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​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

Liz Levine, a Career Information Technician with the Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program, has been nominated by Principal Linda Mitchell for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Levine’s primary responsibility is to provide information about ROP and to recruit students for the program. She represents ROP at career fairs, makes presentations to groups, distributes marketing materials, and responds to hundreds of information calls. In her eleven years as a Career Information Technician, she has recruited and enrolled thousands of high school students and adults in career and technical education programs offered by SCOE and districts within the county. Ms. Levine participates as a member of the ROP Shared Decision-Making Marketing Team and has been instrumental in the success of numerous projects, including development of a new ROP Web site, annual ROP marketing plans, and inservice trainings. Says her supervisor, “Ms. Levine is a creative dynamo with marketing expertise and experience whose positive effect on ROP can’t be overstated.” Ms. Levine has been employed by SCOE since July 1990. ​​

Certificated Employee of the Month

Dan Powyszynski, a teacher with Juvenile Court Schools, has been nominated by Principal Frances Smith-Small for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Powyszynski teaches students at SCOE’s El Centro Junior-Senior High School campus located within the B.T. Collins Youth Center (Juvenile Hall) operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department. He works with younger students who have academic deficiencies. His supervisor says, “Mr. Powyszynski is self-motivated, very industrious and highly creative, especially when teaching English language arts and math to his students. His intelligence, creativity and ability to work with multi-level students … are remarkable.” Students are taught on an individualized basis and in small and large groups to achieve their goals. His “firm, fair and consistent” approach toward teaching enables students to know what is expected of them, and to meet those expectations. The enthusiasm, creativity and the unconditional support he gives to students, Probation staff and colleagues are greatly appreciated. As Teacher-In-Charge, Mr. Powyszynski maintains ongoing, positive rapport with staff throughout Juvenile Hall, including representatives from Sacramento County Probation, Mental Health and SCOE Special Education. Mr. Powyszynski has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since August 1992.​