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Board Recognizes November 2006 Employees of the Month

SCOE Employee Recognition logotype

​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

Nancy Adams, a Para-Educator, was nominated by Assistant Superintendent Tim Taylor for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Adams works with students and staff of El Centro Jr.-Sr. High School, which is operated by SCOE within the Sacramento County Probation Department's B.T. Collins Juvenile Center (also known as Juvenile Hall). She currently works as the school's interim registrar, which requires her to oversee student records, student grade input and transcripts, as well as acting as liaison between the school and Probation regarding student placement. Her regular responsibilities as Para-Educator include assisting the teacher and students, many of whom are academically delayed. She has assisted the teacher in establishing an exemplary program for El Centro's students, whose short stays in Juvenile Hall and high rate of recidivism create many challenges for the instructional team. Her supervisor says, "Nancy excels in her work with at-risk students at El Centro. She has dedicated herself to helping students learn. She also is a team player, having left the classroom temporarily to help in the school's office." Ms. Adams has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since February 1980.

Certificated Employee of the Month

Norman "Ted" Smith, a teacher, was nominated by Principal Carmen Walker for his contributions to the Special Education Program of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Smith teaches a Special Day Class for ED students (those with emotional disturbance) at Leo A. Palmiter Jr.-Sr. High School. He provides individualized instruction based on each student's academic, behavioral and transition needs. Mr. Smith coordinates IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) for students and maintains regular communication with parents, as well as school district and support personnel, to provide continual updates of student needs and progress. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Smith has played a leadership role as Palmiter's Teacher-In-Charge. His supervisor says, "Mr. Smith is an extremely dedicated and responsible teacher who is enthusiastic and passionate about his work with our ED students. He has a great understanding of where our students are coming from and what is needed to reinforce their learning. This genuine concern for students and the time that he devotes to them have made Mr. Smith an invaluable member of our staff." Mr. Smith has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since October 2000.

Nancy Adams, Harold Fong, and Dr. Mike Borgaard

Trustee Harold Fong (center) presents a plaque of recognition to November Classified Employee of the Month Nancy Adams, who is joined by El Centro Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Dr. Mike Borgaard.

Norman Ted Smith, Carmen Walker, and Elinor L. Hickey

November Certificated Employee of the Month Norman "Ted" Smith receives a plaque of recognition from Trustee Elinor L. Hickey (right). Assisting in the presentation is Carmen Walker, Principal of Leo A. Palmiter Jr.-Sr. High School.