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SCOE Teacher of At-Risk Youth Receives National Award

Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School Also Presented with Award

Tim Taylor, Sandy Simmons, and Greg Geeting

SCOE Juvenile Court Schools Teacher Sandy Simmons with Assistant Superintendent Tim Taylor (left) and Board of Education Trustee Greg Geeting.

The Sacramento County Board of Education, at its March 17 meeting, honored a Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) education program and a teacher for earning national recognition.

Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School was selected as the recipient of a Best Practices Award for educational associations or school districts working with at-promise students. Carson Creek is located within the Sacramento County Boys Ranch juvenile facility operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department. The award Carson Creek received was presented at the 4th Annual Reaching At-Promise Students (RAPSA) National Conference in San Diego this February.

In addition to Carson Creek earning recognition, SCOE Juvenile Court Schools Teacher Sandy Simmons was named as one of three teachers in the country for promising practices serving at-risk youth. Ms. Simmons has been a literacy teacher for 32 years at the juvenile hall detention facility.

"We are enormously proud of the work that our dedicated administrators, teachers, and staff are doing at Carson Creek, making it a model court school program. And we are particularly proud of teacher Sandy Simmons for being recognized for the great work she is doing with our at-risk students on a daily basis," said County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon.

The RAPSA National Conference focuses on the best practices worldwide for engaging all learners. Participants learn how to create learning communities, work effectively with colleagues and students, and establish methods for improving teaching and learning. Since 2005, the conference has provided hands-on strategies and practical applications that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

Carson Creek staff with Board members

Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School staff members were honored by ​the Sacramento County Board of Education for their RAPSA Best Practices Award.