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 that complement and supplement those offered by public school districts in Sacramento County. The Sacramento County Board of Education celebrates the accomplishments and exemplary service of SCOE employees through the Employees of the Month Program.
Classified Employee of the Month
Eric Nicholls, Behavioral Management Technician/Special Education, was nominated by Principal Lauren Roth for his contributions at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School. Mr. Nicholls leads the Check In, Check Out (CICO) mentoring program for students who need additional support with goal setting and working through issues. He is dedicated to helping students with academic and behavioral challenges. Mr. Nicholls assists with student observations in the classroom, reinforcement system design, data analysis, and assisting in the development and monitoring of Positive Behavior Intervention Plans. He believes that students have the capacity to change for the better. Mr. Nicholls provides optimism and hope for students so they are able to see that their goals are attainable. He was also an Employee of the Month in 2015. Mr. Nicholls has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since 2003.
Certificated Employee of the Month
Laurie Lamers, Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist/Special Education, was nominated by Principal Erik Crawford. Ms. Lamers manages a caseload of approximately 50 students from preschool through age 22 in SCOE Moderate/Severe and Social/Emotional programs at schools throughout the county. Her responsibilities in the area of student communications skills include assessing needs and abilities, developing strategies for expanding student access, and working with parents and teachers to foster student communication methods. She is compassionate and empathetic in serving students with diverse challenges. Ms. Lamers’ ability to locate and coordinate funding sources for student communication devices demonstrates her knowledge of—and dedication to—the field. She is adept at connecting families with community programs and services. Ms. Lamers has been employed by the Sacramento County Office of Education since 2015.