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
Julie Evans, Payroll Analyst, was nominated by Sherry Hansen, Coordinator, Information & Compensation, for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Evans serves in SCOE's Internal Payroll Department providing support to employees with their health and welfare benefits. She is considered the "go-to" person when employees experience issues with health, dental or vision coverage. Ms. Evans also handles all of SCOE's benefits processing and billing through My CalPERS and other providers. Her supervisor says, "Julie is the driving force behind SCOE's annual Health and Wellness Fair. She is especially effective at finding and engaging vendors to attend this event. This will be our seventh year of facilitating the Health and Wellness fair and Julie is a big part of its success." Ms. Evans also serves on SCOE's Employee Recognition Day Committee, arranging for health and wellness vendors to participate and provide information to employees. She recently expanded the number of vendor participants. Ms. Evans assists in other areas of the Payroll Department when the need arises, as evidenced in January, when one of the staff accepted the position of payroll supervisor at Twin Rivers Unified School District. This occurred at a very demanding time; recent changes in SCOE employee contracts had necessitated considerable additional paperwork. "Ms. Evans has gone above and beyond to accommodate the heavy workload," comments her supervisor, "and she has done so while maintaining the positive attitude for which she is so well known by SCOE employees." Ms. Evans was previously honored as SCOE's Classified Employee of the Month in July 2005 and was selected as SCOE's 2015 Classified Employee of the Year. She has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since 2001.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Linda Greer, Special Education/SH Teacher, was nominated by Special Programs/Infant Development Program Director Dr. Andrea Lemos for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Greer serves students at ages 3-5 having moderate and severe disabilities who attend Hillsdale Head Start Preschool in an inclusive setting with their typically developing peers. She works collaboratively with SETA Head Start teachers and staff and with SCOE staff to support the inclusion and success of students in the general Head Start Preschool classroom. She partners with local school districts to coordinate IEPs (Individualized Education Program) and services for students and to plan instruction in collaboration with Head Start teachers to fully include them in classroom activities. She assesses students with the DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) Access Tool. Ms. Greer engages with families of the children to include them in the process of their child's learning, which includes home visits and frequent communication. Colleagues say, "Ms. Greer is open to new learning and thinking together about how to make the school experience even better each day for children and families. She is great to work with, knowledgeable and willing to help. She collaborates and is open to sharing what works." Ms. Greer is a MOVE (Movement Opportunities Via Education) Coach and implements MOVE in her classroom to support student movement and inclusion in the classroom. As Teacher in Charge, she works with other preschool staff to support implementation and provide professional learning opportunities for other staff members. Ms. Greer and the Head Start team at Hillsdale were recognized as a CSEFEL (Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Teaching) Pyramid Partner site "for implementing practices related to social emotional learning in the classroom with fidelity to support positive relationships and social emotional growth." Ms. Greer was recognized as a Supported Life Institute "Inclusion Celebration Honoree" in October 2014 for her "commitment to inclusive practices and work in the community with children with special needs." Her supervisor reports, "Ms. Greer is responsive to student and family needs, and is thorough, efficient, and organized in her work. She believes in inclusion and loves her work. Everything she does each day is related to supporting children in being included and in partnering with other adults to ensure that this happens." Ms. Greer, who was honored SCOE's December 2005 Certificated Employee of the Month, has been employed by SCOE since 2002.