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Board Recognizes October 2020 Employees of the Month

Devon Nevarez and Joe Linehan

Devon Nevarez and Joe Linehan were recognized as Employees of the Month by the Sacramento County Board of Education.

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

Devon Nevarez—Paraeducator—was nominated by Principal Randy Olson for her contributions to the Special Education Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Devon Nevarez is a paraeducator, supporting students with moderate/severe disabilities in grades 9-12 at Rio Linda High School. Ms. Nevarez has embraced every opportunity to learn new skills in order to support the classroom teacher, her students, and their families through distance learning. She delivers supplies to students at home and works in SCOE’s Special Education Centers to prepare distance learning materials. Ms. Nevarez provides technical support to her peers and the classroom teacher. She makes every effort to provide SCOE families with whatever will help them make progress on their children’s goals during this unprecedented time. Devon Nevarez has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since February 2001.

Certificated Employee of the Month

Joe Linehan—Teacher, Severely Handicapped—was nominated by Principal Sharon Botkin, for his contributions to the Special Education Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Mr. Linehan is a Preschool Inclusion Teacher in the Hillsdale Elementary School Head Start program. He supports students, ages three to five years, with disabilities and their peers within an inclusive setting. He plans engaging and well-thought-out lessons and activities for his students in collaboration with his SCOE and Head Start teaching teams. Mr. Linehan has a strong interest in and affinity for technology and implements lessons in creative ways during distance learning. Mr. Linehan is a life-long learner and is currently enrolled in additional coursework for a certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Joe Linehan has been a Sacramento County Office of Education employee since August 2016.