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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Classified Employee of the Year Kymm Wolfe

"Unflappable" might be the best way to describe Kymm Wolfe, this year's San Diego County Office of Education Classified Employee of the year. She is known for easily handling any challenges that come her way, and no task is too big or too small for this program aide.

"She will commit herself no matter the task, but if you need someone to step up and take the lead, Kymm is there," Project Specialist Susie Terry wrote in her nomination.

Wolfe is considered a tireless leader on the Foster Youth Coordinating Services and Homeless Education Services team. She is known for going out of her way to ensure that districts get school supplies, food, or other necessities for their students experiencing homelessness. Wolfe, who has been with SDCOE for more than 11 years, plays a crucial role in the team's massive annual school supplies drive.

Perhaps most importantly, Wolfe has a deep belief in the work of the team to help the most vulnerable students. Daily, she helps ensure that students in foster care get to school, coordinating transportation service referrals. She is beloved by community partners, including the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless, which she assists with the overnight annual homeless count.

"Kymm was my first hire here at SDCOE over 12 years ago, and from day one, she became the person we all relied on," said Dr. Michelle Lustig, director of the Foster Youth Coordinating Services and Homeless Education Services program. "She is one of the most thoughtful, conscientious, responsive and resourceful people I have ever known. Her willingness to go above and beyond is apparent every day."

An excellent communicator, Wolfe easily connects with others to build and maintain relationships with school districts, local agencies, and within SDCOE. Whether it's assisting with trainings, presentations, and budgets, managing the department website; or creating databases, Wolfe is considered both a true team player and a leader.

County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold surprised Wolfe with the news at her office in Old Town San Diego.

"It's such a privilege to be able to honor one of our unsung heroes," he said. "Thank you to all of our classified employees for the hard work you do every day to support our students."

The committee of SDCOE employees who selected Wolfe as Classified Employee of the Year said she stood out because of her obvious compassion and dedication.

"It's not just nine to five for her," said Christine Chapman, a committee member and SDCOE's Classified Employee of the Year in 2017. "It seems like it's her life, her passion. It seems to be a 24-7 thing for her."