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2019 County Classified Employees of the Year Announced

Winners Advance to State Competition

Sacramento County Classified Employees of the Year 2019 logotype

David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, has officially announced the names of the six Sacramento County Classified Employees of the Year for 2019. The employees will move on to represent the county in the State Classified School Employees of the Year competition.

2019 County Classified Employees of the Year

  • Lisa Blen, San Juan Unified School District
    Paraprofessional Educator/Instructional Assistance Category
  • Linda Benuto, Natomas Unified School District
    Office/Technical Category
  • Scott Burton, Sacramento County Office of Education
    Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Category
  • Dolly Livingston, San Juan Unified School District
    Transportation Category
  • Kerstin Morell, Sacramento County Office of Education
    Support Services and Security Category
  • Crystal Rivas, Twin Rivers Unified School District
    Child Nutrition Category

Twelve district and county office of education staff from six state categories competed in the county competition this year. A selection committee, made up of representatives from the participating districts, chose one winner from each category to represent Sacramento County at the state level. The county selection process involved paper screening and formal interviews. Winners were selected for exemplary performance of responsibilities that contribute to the success of district programs, services, or special projects.

Classified Employees to Be Recognized by Sacramento Republic FC

The Sacramento Republic FC have partnered with SCOE to honor all classified school employees at the Saturday, June 1 home game. District Classified Employees of the Year will be recognized at Cal Expo during an on-field ceremony at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets to the game (vs. the San Antonio FC) will be available to order in May.

California Competition

A California Department of Education (CDE) committee will now evaluate nominations statewide. The overall objective is to acknowledge and promote the efforts of outstanding classified (non-certificated) school employees. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is expected to announce the recipients of the state awards in April. State winners are typically honored at a luncheon in Sacramento during Classified School Employee Week, to be celebrated May 19–25 this year.