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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Special Programs Assistant Focuses on the Positive

Nicole Shina is a special programs assistant in the San Diego County Office of Education's Innovation division.

Shina enjoys her job because it's focused on the positive: She is the coordinator for several recognition programs, such as Distinguished Schools, Teacher of the Year, and the Spelling Bee. She appreciates the opportunity to work with community partners and districts around the county.

She has been with SDCOE for 16 years and was recently recognized as one of the SDCOE Classified Employee of the Month.

"Nicole is one of our unsung heroes!" Organizational Development Specialist Dr. Leonita Cole said. "She is a perpetual ambassador for SDCOE and displays a can-do attitude toward her work and those with whom she comes in contact."

Shina joined SDCOE from the hotel industry, where she worked in conference services. She has family ties to education. Her father was a chemistry professor at City College, and her sister teaches in National School District. The San Diego native and Patrick Henry High alumnae is counting down the days until the return of "Game of Thrones" in 2019.