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 SDCOE Participates in Statewide Employee-Appreciation Program

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is one of only 10 educational organizations invited to participate in this year's Appreciation of Classified Employees program organized by the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

On May 12, managers worked alongside classified employees as part of the program to better understand the services they provide for the County Office. Classified employees are school support workers such as bus drivers, custodians and administrative assistants.

Lorraine Wyant, a coordinator with the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education, observed Mallory Carr, an aide for visually impaired students, as Carr helped a blind student take a math test. Wyant said it was an amazing experience.

"It is so rewarding to visit our campuses and observe our staff enabling our students to be successful," she said.

A photographer with the CSEA followed some of the teams as they worked together for an hour or two. A collection of the pictures will be shown at the May 14 San Diego County Board of Education meeting. At the same meeting, the board is expected to approve a resolution honoring Classified School Employee Week, which runs from May 18 to 24.

The appreciation program, also known as ACE, started in May 2007 as a way to recognize the work of classified employees and promote understanding between district staff and administration.

The primary goal of the program is to celebrate and call attention to the contributions of classified school employees through "job shadowing," during which school district administrators observe first-hand and participate in the work and responsibilities of classified employees.

After the statewide CSEA invited the SDCOE chapter to participate in the program, the chapter board voted to accept the offer.

Since 1986, California has taken the third week in May to honor the invaluable contributions of classified school employees. At SDCOE, we'll celebrate with activities such as an ice cream social and CSEA breakfast.