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 which complement and supplement those offered by public school districts in Sacramento County. Over 230,000 K-12 students are served by public schools in Sacramento County.
Classified Employee of the Month
Wayne Robinson, Lead Behavior Management Technician, was nominated by Principal Lauren Roth for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Robinson leads the team of Behavior Management Technicians at SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School, which serves students with emotional disturbances. In that role, he facilitates the SCOE Behavior Network which provides a Response to Intervention (RtI) model for positive student behavior support. Mr. Robinson supports teachers who work daily with students exhibiting behavioral challenges and excesses. He observes students in the classroom, designs data collection systems, analyzes data and assists staff in the development and monitoring of positive behavior support plans. Mr. Robinson leads the campus "Check In, Check Out" mentoring program and facilitates a Young Men's Group. His supervisor says, "Mr. Robinson models the practice of establishing positive interactions and boundaries with students. He is highly dedicated and enthusiastic, and is committed to making the campus a more positive, safe place for students to learn and grow." In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Robinson provides training for staff in areas of positive behavior support and intervention, as well as sharing current research with colleagues. He is certified as a ProAct trainer and provides in-service instruction to SCOE employees. He serves on the School Site Council and Safety Committee and leads the student Health and Fitness Club. His coaching of the school basketball team led to a first place California Athletic League finish in the 2010-11 school year. Concludes Mr. Robinson's supervisor, "Wayne is a 'team player,' always ready to assist a teacher, administrator or student in need. He is well-respected by students and colleagues within and outside the campus and exhibits outstanding leadership skills. He brings the highest level of professionalism to his work and sets a standard for others in his concern for students, their families and those who educate them." Mr. Robinson has been employed by SCOE since February 2007.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Kevin Jordan, ROP Environmental Horticulture Teacher, was nominated by Principal Lauren Roth for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Jordan works with students at the Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School campus, introducing them to skills associated with landscaping careers and workforce preparation. He has written several grant proposals resulting in awards to SCOE: the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources Stormwater Quality Watershed Education Grant (awarded to SCOE in 2010 and 2011) and the Lowe's Foundation Toolbox for Education "Operation Green Thumb" Grant. Among the student projects Mr. Jordan has designed are Palmiter's Drought Resistant Demonstration Garden (through the Watershed Grant) which transformed the campus front lawn into a "river-friendly" landscape and an Organic Orchard/Garden which will raise produce for the campus's student-operated Culinary Café. He has introduced worm farming and composting and served as a coach/mentor of Palmiter's team in the 2010 countywide Academic Bowl, the theme of which was "Sustainable Development." Says his supervisor, "Mr. Jordan is dedicated and exhibits an abundance of energy, always seeking ways to include all of the student body in a service-learning project. He delivers lessons which are interesting and highly engaging, and he is a true teacher leader and motivator." Mr. Jordan is highly regarded for his active involvement in student study meetings and the site team, as well as assisting in the development of career technical education curriculum. In the 2011-12 school year, Mr. Jordan will be an integral member of the Sustainable Environments Academy at the campus. Concludes his supervisor, "Kevin is creative in devising ways to connect theory and application to help students gain a deeper knowledge of environmental issues." Mr. Jordan has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since December 2009.