SCOE Classified Employee of the Year Program

Classified (non-certificated, non-management) employees are vital staff members who play key roles in creating a school environment that promotes student achievement, safety, and health. They work hand-in-hand with teachers and administrators to do things like keep facilities safe and clean, handle clerical and fiscal responsibilities, maintain computers and infrastructure, and provide extra support directly to students. The professionals nominated for this prestigious honor are recognized for their ongoing and exemplary performance of responsibilities contributing significantly to the success of SCOE programs, services, or special projects.

The award is presented to SCOE classified staff in recognition of exceptional job performance and distinguished contributions. Employees may be nominated in one of nine categories, including:

  • Clerical and Administrative Services
  • Custodial and Maintenance Services
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Health and Student Services
  • Paraprofessional Services
  • Security Services
  • Skilled Trades Services
  • Technical Services
  • Transportation Services

Since 2008, SCOE's Classified Employee of the Year has joined those selected by local districts to compete at the county level. Winners of the county competition advance to the California Department of Education (CDE) Classified School Employee of the Year competition. CDE recognizes exemplary classified employees statewide who best represent California and symbolize contributions and commitment to education.


SCOE staff may contact the Communications Office to nominate an employee to compete for SCOE Classified Employee of the Year. A call for nominations usually takes place in January.