Staying calm no matter the circumstances and having a consistently positive demeanor are just two of the reasons Edna Villalobos was one of the employees nominated for the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Classified Employee of the Year award.
The administrative assistant in the Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation department is well known for her helpful attitude and caring nature.
Villalobos has been with SDCOE for 15 years and in her current position for nearly 11 years. Her job requires a wide variety of skills, from secretarial and office management to budget analysis and event organization. But it is her personality and interpersonal skills that really make her shine, according to her colleagues.
"Her service to the people working at SDCOE has far exceeded the requirements of the job," said Antonio Mora, director of Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation.
Mora was one of three people to nominate Villalobos for the recognition. He called her "a caring and effective leader," with a great sense of humor who injects positivity into the office.
Villalobos has served on the SDCOE Learning and Leadership Services leadership team. She is a life-long learner who returned to college to continue her education.
"Whether a manager or a classified staff member needs help, she is always willing to assist and does so with a smile," said Nancy Sedgewick, LCAP director. She added that Villalobos exemplifies "service leadership."
In addition to her work in at SDCOE, Villalobos volunteers at her son's school and on behalf of his community soccer team.