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 SDCOE Classified Employee of the Year Shines as Natural Leader

Nikkie Bryant is a natural leader who eagerly collaborates and supports educators across the state as well as her co-workers at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

It was her helpful, hard-working nature that prompted her colleagues to nominate Bryant as SDCOE's Classified Employee of the Year and led the selection committee to choose her to represent SDCOE.

We honor Bryant and all classified school employees as we celebrate Classified School Employee Week. Learn more about the countywide Classified School Employees of the Year program and this year's countywide winner: David Oliva, a bus transportation aide from Poway Unified School District.

As a program secretary with the Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation department, Bryant serves more than 400 teachers and education leaders across the state each year by supporting them as they undertake training and credential programs.

"Nikkie develops a trusting and warm relationship with each of our clients and all of our instructors, making them feel comfortable to check in and touch base often," said Dr. Conni Campbell, a coordinator with the department. "Many clients let me know how integral Nikkie has been for their progress in our coursework."

Bryant said she enjoys being able to support such a large network of educators.

"I just love knowing that I get to be a part of a small stepping stone on their way to teaching students," she said. "At the end of the day it's all for the kids!"

She is also quick to collaborate and help others on her team with technology needs, her co-workers said.

Bryant has been with SDCOE for more than 10 years. She worked for several years at Friendship School, SDCOE's school for students who are medically fragile and have multiple disabilities. She still enjoys a deep connection with the school by volunteering at its Read Across America and Wheel-a-Thon events.

"Nikkie has an authentic interest in the life of the San Diego County Office of Education, its schools and services, and its outreach efforts," Campbell said. "She does whatever it takes to make all events, and the people at the events, feel special."

Bryant also volunteers outside of work, supporting the local art community at art galleries, concerts, and fundraisers.

"She consistently models her belief that together, everyone achieves more," said Jill Tellier, a coordinator with the Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation department.