The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is one of 58 county offices located throughout the state. Approximately 700 full-time and more than 2,500 part-time SCOE staff work year-round providing services which complement and supplement those offered by public school districts in the County of Sacramento. Over 230,000 K-12 students are served by public schools in Sacramento County.
Classified Employee of the Month
Angela Frison, a Para-Educator, was nominated by Principal Lauren Roth for her contributions to the Special Education Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Frison is a member of the instructional team in SCOE's class for students with emotional disturbance (ED) at Spinelli Elementary School, located in Antelope within the Center Joint Unified School District. Working with the classroom teacher, she assists in implementing curriculum, modifying it as necessary to fit students' individual needs and thus helping foster their success. Her supervisor says, "Angela has a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic. She is dedicated, reliable, and caring, and she is able to handle any task that she is given. She maintains a culture of learning and consistent expectations among the students, and she is always happy and willing to do what is best to help them. We are fortunate to have Ms. Frison on the team as she is a valuable asset to our elementary ED program." Ms. Frison has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since April 1999.
Certificated Employees of the Month
Teacher Dan Calhoun was nominated by Principal Carol Johnston for his contributions to the Juvenile Court School and Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Calhoun works with students at SCOE's Morgan Jr./Sr. High School campus, which is situated within the Warren E. Thornton Youth Center operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department. Drawing upon his years of experience as a Regional Occupational Program instructor, Mr. Calhoun helps students explore career options and build their employability skills. He uses the Job Club model to introduce workforce preparation concepts, and he teams with Morgan's classroom teachers to integrate CTE and portfolio-building projects with academic instruction. He has adapted the ICAN (Individual Career Achievement Nexus) to enable students to research interest areas and career potentials. His supervisor says, "Dan is always on the job! In addition to his work with students, he spends many hours customizing ROP/CTE materials to make them 'user-friendly' and electronically accessible." She adds that his background as a teacher of Automotive Technology recently enabled him to assist at SCOE's El Centro Jr./Sr. High School (located at the nearby Youth Detention Facility/Juvenile Hall) with students enrolled in online Automotive Technology courses. Former student Damian Ellston expressed his appreciation in a letter to Mr. Calhoun, stating, "Thank you for your class and your support; without it, I would have been in jail or with no future career." Mr. Calhoun has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since September 1983.