Sonoma County Office of Education

Celebrating SCOE Staff

08/16/2019 -

Welcome BackSCOE held its 2019-20 Back-to-School event on Friday, Aug. 9. The event featured an inspiring talk by Jeff Lefevbre, a Windsor High School teacher and participant in SCOE's Rooster Fellowship. He spoke about how the Rooster Fellowship, designed to increase student engagement, helped adjust his instructional strategies to better connect with all students.

And, as is our tradition, we began the school year by recognizing exemplary employees and colleagues. That included Golden Bell and District Service award winners as well as those who have reached landmark years of service. Here is the list of employees recognized this year. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!

Golden Bell Awards


Jorge Torres

Jorge Torres, Facilities, Maintenance & Operations - Groundskeeper

Jorge was recognized as someone who always goes the extra mile to do the best for SCOE. In his role as groundskeeper, Jorge proactiely manages issues before they impact staff, caring for SCOE school sites around the county. He was described as generous with his time, positive, polite, and professional.


Nikki Thompson

Nikki Thompson, Special Education Teacher

Teacher Nikki Thompson was recognized as a true team player who helps coach and train other educators and leads by example. She is passionate about her vocation and goes above and beyond to support parents and families.


Shelley Stiles

Shelley Stiles, Business Services - Director, External Fiscal Services

Shelley was recognized for creating a strong team within her department to serve schools, as well as her collaborative nature and willingness to adapt her practices to best serve districts. She was described as a professional with strong technical abilities, a good sense of humor, and the ability to help others achieve success.

District Service Award

Hunter Ferrara

Hunter Ferrara, Human Resources, Credentials Analyst

Hunter Ferrara, HR Credentials Analyst, received the District Service Award for his kind, collaborative, responsive approach to serving educators.


Golden Bell Nominees

Susy Marron
Lynda Sue Pinochi
Angie Duplicki
Jackie Hall
Judy Waller
Hunter Ferrara
Sarah French

District Service Nominee

Candy Amos

Service Pins

40 years of service

40 Years Service Pins 2019

Connie Anderson
Dan Porter

35 years of service

35 years service 2019

Debra Gayaldo
Roberta Jue

25 years of service

25 Years Service Pins 2019

Nance Burton
Irma Contreras
Dane DeMattei
Michael Webb

20 years of service

20 Years of Service Pins 2019

Matthew Miller
Marlene Moore
Sherry Navarro
Eva Stillman
Ana Zavala

15 years of service

Deborah Hudspeth
Saul Huerta
Carolyn Hoy
Stephen Jackson
Vielka Montout
Bonnie Tanner

10 years of service

Mandy Corbin
Caroline DeGuzman
Lucy Eang
Diane Enos
Jackie Hall
Brent Hitman
David Joslyn
Rebecca Kolba
Michael McAuley
Gail O'Brien
Lori Sarver

5 years of service

Catherine Andrade
Norma Leiva-Fernandez
John Fischer
Renee Fong
Zsuzsanne Lindh
Linda Lowe
Sarah Mai
Ben Maul
Nancy Quick
Steven Redfern
Kayla Swain
Jorge Torres
Marie White