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
Eilene Williams, Registrar, was nominated by Principal Lisa Alcalá for her many contributions to the Community Schools program of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Williams, whose office is located at Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School, is the first point of contact for incoming families, and she is also the main liaison with the school districts that are served by SCOE. Her supervisor reports, "Eilene knows the status of every student referred, and within moments can tell you when a student was called, when the appointment was scheduled (and rescheduled) and where the student enrolled in school." One of Ms. Williams' main responsibilities is to invite families in for orientation and to facilitate enrollment into one of SCOE's community school programs. This entails much more than having families fill out paperwork. It means sitting down and talking to students and their families to help them re-engage in school and talk about which school site would best meet the needs of the student and family. Concludes her supervisor, "Within a few weeks of being on-site, Eilene revamped our referral process, making it much more user-friendly for our referring districts and SCOE staff. She is incredibly bright, efficient and organized, and is an asset to our program." Eilene Williams has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since 2007.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Jerry Brooks, Teacher, was nominated by Chris Aland, Director of Court School and Alternative Education Programs, for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Brooks works with students at SCOE's El Centro Jr./Sr. High School located within Sacramento County's Juvenile Hall. Now in his 24th year as a SCOE teacher, Mr. Brooks has served as a SCOE administrator, Teacher-In-Charge and member of El Centro's Site Council. His supervisor reports that while Mr. Brooks accepts the challenge of any assignment, he is currently teaching his favorite subject: history. As History and Social Science teacher in one of the school's rotational systems, Mr. Brooks enthusiastically shares his love of history, especially the Civil War period. "Jerry is very passionate about teaching this era of American history," says his supervisor. "He loves to travel and has visited many Civil War sites. The kids love Jerry and his teaching style. He is easy-going and always has a smile. He is highly engaging with his students. He loves to discuss history and his classes are always fun to watch—this is what makes Jerry such a positive member of the El Centro staff." Jerry Brooks has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since 1991.