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Release: County Classified Employees to Represent California

Head Custodian and Health Assistant Applauded by State Superintendent

SCOE Press Release

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (279) 789-1601 • Email:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 12, 2023


Sacramento, CATwo school employees from Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) have earned recognition from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for their dedication to California’s public school students.

Kerry Wedel, Head Custodian at Blanche Sprentz Elementary School and Amber Dimas, Health Assistant at Kinney High School were named California 2023 Classified School Employees of the Year and will be honored by Thurmond at a luncheon later this month.

Upon receiving the news, Sacramento County School Superintendent, David. W. Gordon proudly stated, “I heartily congratulate these two winning classified school employees from the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District! Our classified school employees dedicate their service to keeping our schools safe and healthy learning environments for our youth and every day they play a significant role in supporting the education of our children.”   

The competition, which is open to school district and county office of education (COE) staff, is designed to acknowledge and promote the efforts of outstanding classified (non-certificated, non-management) employees throughout the state. The recipients, spanning nine unique categories, were chosen from 151 nominations statewide.  

The annual Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) program honors outstanding classified school employees in the following categories: Paraprofessional Services, Clerical and Administrative Services, Transportation Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Custodial and Maintenance Services, Security Services, Health and Student Services, Technical Services, and Skilled Trades Services. 

California’s Classified School Employee Week, established as an official week of statewide recognition in 1986 through Senate Bill 1552, will be celebrated from May 21 to May 27, 2023.