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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Data Technician Proud to Help Students Succeed

Kimberly Garcia is proud to know that she's part of a team that's committed to and focused on giving students the best possible chance to be succeed.

As a program data technician at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), she manages the entire special education data system, supporting students with disabilities at Friendship School, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, and some charter schools in South County.

"I enjoy knowing I am making a difference for our students, even if I am no longer at a school site," she said. "It is very rewarding when I receive an error-free file notice from the California Department of Education. It makes my day!"

Her dedication to supporting students through her work has not gone unnoticed. She has been recognized as the SDCOE Classified Employee of the Month for December.

"Kim is a shining star, and her work fully embodies SDCOE's mission to support districts and schools," said Cara Schukoske, executive director of Special Education Services at SDCOE.

Garcia has been with SDCOE for more than 10 years, spending much of that time at Monarch School.

She said she is thrilled to work with such an amazing group of employees at SDCOE.

"It goes beyond my department, because so many people here truly care about the lives and success of our students," she said. "I feel blessed to be a part of this amazing team. I love my job!"

When she's not working, Garcia spends her time running, serving at her church, decorating cakes, and spending time with friends and family.