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.
Employee of the Month Team
Two North Area School staff were nominated by Principal Lisa Alcalá as a team for their contributions to the Sacramento County Office of Education. Kecia Sakazaki, Transition Specialist, and Kevin Elkington, Community Schools Teacher, serve students in grades seven through twelve who have significant academic delays and require much personal attention. Ms. Sakazaki works with students one-on-one to help with academics; researches and arranges guest speakers and programs for the students; helps students build their success plans; puts students in touch with resources they may need; helps students with résumé and job prep skills; and works with families to remove barriers that impede students’ regular attendance. Mr. Elkington teaches a self-contained class covering all subject areas, working diligently to serve an extremely challenging group of students. As a team, Ms. Sakazaki and Mr. Elkington provide individualized assistance to students. Academically they provide instruction that is rigorous and relevant. When Mr. Elkington is teaching a whole class lesson, Mrs. Sakazaki is “working the room” and making sure that everyone is understanding, as she helps fill in the learning gaps when necessary. Their supervisor says, “What is admirable is their dedication to helping students be successful. They meet each student where he or she is at and push each one to move forward. They understand that students will have a bad day, but that each day is new day. This is so important for young people who struggle with behavior issues. The students in their class do not feel judged. These two employees show exemplary commitment to the students and families they serve, and are a valuable part of the Court and Community Schools program.” Ms. Sakazaki has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since October 2015. Mr. Elkington has been employed by SCOE since July 2011.
About SCOE's Employee Recognition Program
Sacramento County Board of Education celebrates the accomplishments and exemplary service of SCOE employees through the Employees of the Month Program. Parents, colleagues, and community members wishing to recommend a non-management staff member for consideration as a SCOE Employee of the Month may submit a nomination form. For questions about the program, please call the SCOE Communications Office at (916) 228-2417.
- Employees of the Month Nomination Form
- Employees of the Month Archive—this month's recipients join hundreds of other exemplary SCOE employees who have been recognized by the Board of Education for their superior work over the last 30 years.