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
Veronica Garcia, a personnel technician, was nominated by Director of Human Resources Effie Crush for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Garcia, who works in the Personnel Department at SCOE's Mather Support Services site, is responsible for teacher credential processing to support local school districts. She provides information about credentials to teacher applicants and district employees, processes credential application packets, and reviews regulations related to teacher credentialing. This year, she was involved in SCOE's regular monitoring of teacher assignments and its new monitoring related to the Williams legislation. Ms. Garcia's ability to provide customer service to school districts helps SCOE's Personnel Department complete its many tasks. Her supervisor says, "Veronica is always willing to assist in the department with a variety of projects, and her organizational skills allow her to tackle the mounds of credential paperwork to complete all her timelines. She believes in teamwork and is enthusiastic about learning new skills and helping her co-workers meet deadlines." Ms. Garcia has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since September 2000.
Certificated Employee of the Month
James Scarlett, a Regional Occupational Program teacher, was nominated by Principal Linda Mitchell for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Scar-lett teaches the ROP Warehouse Worker/Forklift Certification class located at the California Emergency Foodlink site. His students, who are 11th grade and up, learn the skills necessary for entry-level employment in warehouse and material stores distribution/management. He instructs students in purchasing, shipping, receiving, distribution, inventory, shrinkage prevention, safety, warehouse equipment operation, tracking, and monitoring merchandise. In the past year, Mr. Scarlett analyzed and restructured the delivery of curriculum to accommodate students who come to him with diverse learning styles. He changed the physical environment, teaching strategies, student activities, and assessment to improve his students' success rate. He has developed a relationship with Sacramento Job Corps, making his program an option for many of that agency's students. Enrollment in his program is consistently high. Mr. Scarlett has attended professional development workshops and practices "continuous improvement," systematically looking for ways to serve hard-to-reach students. His supervisor says, "Jim reflects on how every lesson went, how every student is doing, and figures out solutions. He's the 'systems analyst' of teaching. He holds students to high expectations and they, in turn, have a high rate of success." Mr. Scarlett has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since February 2004.