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. More than 240,000 K-12 students are served by public schools in Sacramento County.
Classified Employee of the Month
Natalya Edwards, Transition Specialist, was nominated by Sacramento Community Based Coalition (SCBC) Director Marc Nigel for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Edwards manages a caseload of up to 50 SCBC parolee clients. She facilitates client enrollment in the DUI program, as well as coordinates SCBC's Health and Wellness Class. The Health and Wellness class, focusing on stress management and productive lifestyles following incarceration, was featured in Sacramento's Health and Fitness Magazine. Her supervisor reports that Ms. Edwards has been instrumental in the success of numerous SCBC events including resource fairs, GED graduation ceremonies and awards banquets. She also started SCBC's "Sunshine Committee" which organizes staff appreciation events and activities. Two projects she helped develop, and continues to coordinate, are the SCBC Women's Group and Job Readiness Program. She has trainer certifications in anger management, parenting, changing offender behavior, Thinking for Change, WorkNet and client risk/need assessment. Concludes her supervisor, "Natalya consistently demonstrates an objective, client-centered approach to her job. The quality of her work, and her commitment to the mission of SCBC, have established her as both a role model to our clients and a valued member of the SCBC team." Natalya Edwards has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since July 2005.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Joseph Wilson, ROP/CTE Teacher, was nominated by Sacramento Community Based Coalition Director Marc Nigel for his contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Wilson teaches SCBC's Nursery, Landscaping and Horticulture program. He serves as community service project liaison and coordinator, enabling his students to put their new skills to work to benefit others. To date, more than 300 SCBC clients have participated in his landscaping course and over 600 have participated in his community service projects. According to his supervisor, Mr. Wilson has been instrumental in establishing numerous long-term community projects such as landscape restoration of Ione's "Preston Castle" (former home of the Preston School of Industry, both a state and national historical site) and the Sacramento Old City Cemetery gravesite of William Stephen Hamilton (son of Alexander Hamilton, first U.S. Treasurer). His students have also assisted with event preparation at Safetyville USA, and in gleaning food at Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse. In 2013, the Davis Ranch project helped provide over 1 million pounds of fruit and vegetables for Sacramento's homeless population. Several of Mr. Wilson's beautification projects at the SCBC center, including a client garden and front courtyard, have had a tremendous impact on the appearance, professionalism and overall welcoming environment of the SCBC. His supervisor concludes, "Joe's unwavering dedication to the clients we serve has established him as a 'go-to' staff member for community service and SCBC outreach events. Joe is both an expert and leader in his field, consistently displaying a positive attitude, professional approach and willingness to go above and beyond for our clients. Joe has been and will continue to be a vital part of SCBC's success." Mr. Wilson has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since July 2007.