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SAN JOSE, CA -- The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is pleased to announce that Carmen Rubio, community liaison and paraprofessional at Joseph George Middle School in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, has been named the Santa Clara County 2021 Classified School Employee of the Year.
California’s Classified School Employee of the Year (CSEY) Program acknowledges the tremendous effort of outstanding classified school employees who support the education of the state's more than six million public school students. Nominees represent roles that range from school bus drivers to cafeteria workers, instructional aides, and security staff. These employees are crucial to creating a school environment that contributes to the well-being of students by promoting academic achievement, safety, and health.
Tara Bickford, Principal at Joseph George Middle School, nominated Carmen for her efforts and contributions. “Carmen’s commitment to our students is apparent in her care for them,” said Principal Bickford. “She is a dedicated employee and advocate for our children’s needs. It was my privilege to nominate her and I am so grateful she has been chosen for this award.”
“We congratulate Carmen Rubio for receiving this acknowledgement, and are thankful for her service at Joseph George Middle School,” said Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan. “Carmen’s dedication to the Joseph George community is inspiring. It is heartening to know the positive impact and influence Carmen’s work and dedication has had on the lives of so many students and their families.”
The SCCOE will honor Carmen, her supervisors, nominators, supporters and the other Santa Clara County CSEY nominees at the virtual Board of Education meeting on June 9, 2021. Ms. Rubio will now progress to the state-level program for possible recognition by the California Department of Education.
Congratulations to all employees who were nominated by their districts.
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Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.