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Board Recognizes October 2012 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

The caseworker team of Tyrone Nguyen, SCBC Assistant, and Larry Woodward, Job Developer, was nominated by Dr. Bill Lane, Administrator of the Sacramento Community Based Coalition (SCBC), for their collective contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Together, Mr. Nguyen and Mr. Woodward manage a caseload of clients for SCBC, which serves adult men and women leaving incarceration. The team's responsibilities run the spectrum from facilitating classes, running small groups, conducting one-on-one interventions and assessments, developing Individual Treatment Plans, creating client schedules and accompanying clients to community service projects. "Ty and Larry are always there for the clients," says their supervisor. "Ty's dedication to the program and the clients is phenomenal. He is extremely devoted and committed. Ty is at every family picnic, involved with the clients and their families and is often the first person at the grill to barbeque the food. Whether the client is in his caseload or not, Ty is helping him or her with interviews, job applications, community service and any other need he or she might have." Of Mr. Woodward, his supervisor reports, "If you want something done, you know Larry will be willing to do it. When ROP/CTE instructor Brad Hulan was starting a new laser engraving class, Larry volunteered to be trained on the computer program so as to serve as backup when necessary. Larry will always go out of his way to serve our clients and make sure their needs are met. This is not a job for Larry; this is a passion." Mr. Woodward and Mr. Nguyen are highly regarded for their ability to represent and involve SCBC in the community. Mr. Woodward identifies and makes happen new opportunities for clients to perform community service. He is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of clients and to grow professionally. Mr. Nguyen has established rapport with the organization refurbishing the historic Preston Castle in Ione. Through that relationship he has organized ongoing community service activities to involve SCBC clients in the restoration project. He also developed a partnership enabling SCBC clients to participate in the Lens Crafters' Gift-of-Sight project, enabling clients to receive needed eye exams and glasses at no cost. Both Mr. Woodward and Mr. Nguyen are certified Anger Management instructors, certified Worknet instructors, certified Thinking for Change instructors, and certified WhyTry? Instructors, and have been willing to fill in for any class when an instructor is needed. Both Mr. Nguyen and Mr. Woodward are "tremendous assets to SCBC," concludes their supervisor. Mr. Nguyen has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since March 1996; Mr. Woodward has been a SCOE employee since October 1996.

​​Certificated Employee of the Month

Brad Hulan, ROP/Career Technical Education Teacher, was nominated by SCBC Administrator Bill Lane for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. At SCOE's Sacramento Community Based Coalition, Mr. Hulan prepares his adult client-students for careers in Retail Sales and Entrepreneurship. With his students, he runs a general store and operates a Promotional Products Program that teaches silk screening and laser engraving skills. In addition, he teaches the Worknet 1 curriculum. All of his students are adult men and women who are on parole and have just come out of prison. Mr. Hulan and his classes have produced many products for SCOE events and non-profit organizations with which SCOE partners. He has served on numerous SCBC events planning committees and is currently the secretary of SCOE's Teachers Association. His supervisor says, "If you want something done, Brad is the go-to guy." He has mastered new computer programs, new training equipment and new curriculum, in order to contribute significantly to the SCBC program. Concludes his supervisor, "Brad is always going out of his way to assist students with their resumes, interview skills, job searches and even as they acquire business licenses. His passion for his job and the clients is nothing but incredible." Mr. Hulan has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since August 1991.

Bill Lane, Harold Fong, Eleanor Brown, Penny Schwinn, Brad Hulan, Larry Woodward, and Tyrone Nguyen

Administrator Bill Lane and Board Trustees Harold Fong, Eleanor Brown, and Penny Schwinn with October Employees of the Month (L-R with certificates) Brad Hulan, Larry Woodward, and Tyrone Nguyen.