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 241,000 K-12 students are served by public schools in Sacramento County.
Classified Emplyee of the Month
Raelynn Sharp, Staff Secretary, was nominated by Louise Stymeist, Project Manager of CRANE (Capital Region Academies for the Next Economy) for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. As the CRANE Staff Secretary, Ms. Sharp represents SCOE to districts in six counties. She supports a multi-county initiative led by SCOE and involving a consortium of 22 local education agencies. Her dedication to the CRANE initiative has led her to support all CRANE staff—half of which are housed at Placer County Office of Education. Her work has helped to close the geographic challenges posed by a regional model, and has helped the team to function as one unit. She utilizes technology to maintain an inclusive work environment for all staff, regardless of office location. "This is more than a job to her," reports her supervisor. "She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of students. Raelynn is the heart, mind, and hands of the CRANE team. She organizes CRANE events, creating a welcoming and professional atmosphere for our partners. She is focused on outcomes, and has taken the time to learn SCOE processes and procedures, as well as those of our partners, in order to better serve the districts which are CRANE members." Ms. Sharp's contributions to the team have moved the CRANE initiative forward with speed and effectiveness. She keeps the team organized, provides professional branding of CRANE, and frequently recommends necessary improvements to processes and procedures. Concludes her supervisor, "Whether through e-mail, phone call, newsletter or event, Raelynn presents SCOE and CRANE as organized, friendly, and professional through her excellent customer service. She is a respected member of the CRANE team. Ms. Sharp has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since September 2014.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Courtney Hoffman, SH Teacher, was nominated by Andrea Lemos, Ed.D., Director of Special Programs and the Infant Development Program, for her contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Ms. Hoffman works with preschool students who are enrolled in Head Start preschool programs as well as dually enrolled as part of the SCOE SH Preschool program. Students range in age from 3-6 years and have a range of cognitive, motor, speech and language, behavior, and health-related needs. With the support of Ms. Hoffman and the SCOE Para-Educators with whom she works, SH students are fully included into the Head Start program. Ms. Hoffman works with students in a way that provides necessary support while challenging them to move beyond their current levels of performance. She collaboratively plans lessons with the Head Start teacher and modifies instruction for the children with whom she works so they are able to be included authentically in the preschool program. She additionally plans for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and is prepared when meeting with parents and others who work directly with the child. She conducts home visits with families to connect with them about addressing the needs of their child and communicates with them on a regular basis. Her supervisor says, "Courtney works well with families in supporting their child's transition into preschool—which is often their first schooling experience—in a patient and kind way and in supporting the transition to kindergarten as well. She is innovative and works to create opportunities for students to be included in activities with their typically developing peers." Ms. Hoffman is a collaborative, positive member of the SCOE team, as exemplified through her daily interactions with SCOE team members, school district partners, Head Start staff, young children and families. She utilizes assistive technology and adaptive equipment so children are able to have access to learning experiences that are enjoyed by other children and also aid in their active participation. Her students feel comfortable, welcomed and able to thrive and engage in learning at their own individual levels. Concludes her supervisor, "Courtney is a very hard worker and is always looking for solutions to challenges that may arise within the day. She is truly an exemplary teacher and one whom we are proud and fortunate to have on our preschool team." Ms. Hoffman has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since January 2014.