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Board Recognizes November 2011 Employees of the Month

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

Darcie Magana, MIS Specialist, and Lynn Twang, Staff Secretary, were nominated as a team by Information Services Coordinator Chris Gilbert for their contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Magana and Ms. Twang work in SCOE's Student Information Systems and Reporting Department at SCOE's Mather site. Both employees were of tremendous help to SCOE school sites at the beginning of the current year. Starting in July the two were asked to assist SCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools leadership through a difficult period of transition due to fewer school site support staff, principal re-assignments and new procedures. Their supervisor says, "Darcie and Lynn have done an excellent job supporting our school sites through training, assisting with tasks and identifying new and efficient processes to enroll students and track their information." Both individuals possess strong understanding of the technology used in SCOE attendance programs and have been instrumental in offering new ideas for developing critical reports and new processes; this has resulted in improving how student information is collected, retained and disseminated. The team's combined knowledge and work ethic—and belief that their efforts have an immediate and direct impact on students' education—were key contributors to the successful transition. Thanks to the work of Ms. Magana and Ms. Twang, SCOE students transitioning back to their home districts are able to leave with complete educational records. Concludes their supervisor, "Lynn and Darcie were happy to step up and take on any job—no matter how great or how small—and they helped out wherever the need arose. Both are model employees who consistently show up for work with a positive, professional attitude, regardless of the task at hand. The exemplary efforts of these two have ensured that every enrolled student's current and historical information was captured, stored and available to instructors on the first day of school." Ms. Magana has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since January 2001; Ms. Twang has been a SCOE employee since October 2006.

Certificated Employee of the​​​ Month

Cindy Tanaka, School Counselor, was nominated by Principal Philip Moore for her contributions to the Juvenile Court Schools program of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Tanaka serves students who attend SCOE's El Centro Jr./Sr. High School campus located within Sacramento Juvenile Hall. She performs crisis intervention on an ongoing basis, as well as overseeing a comprehensive student counseling program that covers issues such as anger management, life skills, self-esteem, and drug and alcohol use. Among her key responsibilities are assisting with the intake of new students to help ensure that their needs are met, evaluating their transcripts, and assessing their needs and progress. Mr. Tanaka is very devoted to her students and staff and a great example of being a team player by leading by example. Principal Moore states, "Cindy is a great person to work with. She has a can-do attitude and she helps our team out in any way she can. She is truly one of our important cornerstones who helps ensure our continuing progress and success on behalf of students." Ms. Tanaka has been employed by SCOE since August 1998.

Todd Humphrey, Darcie Magana, Lynn Twang, and Jacquelyn Levy

November Classified Employees of the Month Darcie Magana (center left) and Lynn Twang (center right) with Board Trustee Jacquelyn Levy (far right) and Manager Todd Humphrey.

Tim Taylor, Cindy Tanaka, and Greg Geeting

November Certificated Employee of the Month Cindy Tanaka with Assistant Superintendent Tim Taylor (left) and Board Trustee Greg Geeting.