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Board Recognizes December 2008 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

Lynn Twang, a Staff Secretary, was nominated by Information Systems Manager Todd Humphrey for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Twang supports the daily operations of SCOE's Student Information Systems Department. She is responsible for monitoring, tracking and reporting Juvenile Court and Community Schools student assessments. She assists with the tracking and reporting of student attendance for Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Special Education and Regional Occupational Program (ROP). In addition she maintains, compiles and reports on formal student records requests. Ms. Twang's work ensures that students receive a proper assessment when entering SCOE schools, accrue earned credit while they attend, and transition back to their home districts with a complete record of their time in SCOE schools. Her supervisor says, "Lynn understands and cares that her work directly affects students and outcomes in their lives. She also provides top-notch departmental support and can always be counted on to see beyond current tasks and anticipate what needs to be done next." He continues, "Lynn is a model employee who consistently shows up for work with a positive, professional attitude. Her attention to detail and work ethic are evidence of her commitment to SCOE and our service to students." Ms. Twang has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since October 2006.

Certificated Employee of the Month

Jack Branson, a Teacher, was nominated by Principal Andrea Lemos for his contributions to the Community Schools Program of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Branson serves as a classroom teacher of students in grades 7-9 at Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr.-Sr. High School. He works with students who have been expelled from their school districts or who have experienced other struggles in achieving success. He provides a structured classroom setting to involve students in their learning, to offer opportunities for them to succeed, and to prepare them as they work to transition back to their schools and districts. Mr. Branson actively supports SCOE's LINKS program on the campus. He works with students to help them recognize improvement in attendance, positive behavior and academic growth. He also engages students in physical education activities, including a campus favorite: ping-pong. Mr. Branson recently attended training on utilizing the "Why Try?" curriculum, which focuses on positive social skills and behavior; he returned prepared to implement what he had learned and wanting to share this new learning with colleagues at the school. His supervisor says, "Staff members regularly comment on Jack's commitment to working with students whom they regard as 'the most challenging group in the school'—those in grades 7-9." Mr. Branson is also known for his commitment to doing what is right for students and holding students accountable for the expectations that are set for them. Concludes his supervisor, "Jack Branson has been a positive and supportive member of the staff at Elinor Lincoln Hickey School and uses his skills and talents to benefit students, staff and parents each day." Mr. Branson has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since March 2007.

Todd Humphrey, Lynn Twang, and Christopher W. Woods

Manager Todd Humphrey (left) joins Trustee Christopher W. Woods (right) in presenting a plaque of recognition to December Classified Employee of the Month Lynn Twang.

Andrea Lemos, Jack Branson, and Harold Fong

December Certificated Employee of the Month Jack Branson (center) receives a plaque of recognition from Principal Andrea Lemos and Trustee Harold Fong.