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
Wayne Wilson, a special education technician, was nominated by Area Coordinator Lyn Efken for his contributions to the Resource Specialist Program (RSP) of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Working out of SCOE's El Centro Jr.-Sr. High School campus (located within the B.T. Collins Juvenile Center, also known as Juvenile Hall), Mr. Wilson serves Juvenile Court and Community Schools students. He assists in the development of Individualized Education Plans for SCOE's special education students by performing academic/vocational assessments. He obtains information by interviewing regular education teachers, counselors, probation officers, students, and their parents. Mr. Wilson provides tutoring and counseling, as well as developing alternative curricula to enhance student learning. He has served as a member of the Juvenile Court and Community Schools Site Council and played an active role in the School to World Program at SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter Jr.-Sr. High School campus. Mr. Wilson has also served as a substitute teacher at the Palmiter campus during summers. His colleagues report, "Wayne seeks excellence in every area of his life, whether in learning, relating to SCOE students, or as a dependable and willing co-worker. Because of his determination and positive disposition, Wayne is an outstanding educator, with talents and abilities not only in the classroom, but outside its walls, when interacting with all types of people. With exemplary ethics and leadership skills, Wayne is respected and admired by his peers and superiors alike, and is a much-needed role model for SCOE students and families." Mr. Wilson has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since November 1999.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Kim Russell, a teacher, was nominated by Principal Brett Loring for her contributions to the Juvenile Court Schools Program of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Russell teaches at Esperanza Jr.-Sr. High School within the Warren E. Thornton Youth Center facility operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department. Her students, who are wards of the court, range from 12 to 16 years of age. She provides instruction in math, history, physical education and fine arts. In addition to her conscientious work in the classroom, she is a member of both the Technology Team and Math Committee, and serves as Alternate Teacher-in-Charge. Ms. Russell actively supports and participates in Court School Educators Conferences and staff inservices. She has also served as Site Council treasurer and assisted in writing the Esperanza Safety Plan. Her supervisor says, "Ms. Russell takes her assigned tasks seriously and demonstrates initiative, particularly in technology-related tasks." He lauds her dedication to her students and to the instructional program at Esperanza. Ms. Russell has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since February 1996.