Sonoma County Office of Education

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Duckhorn

05/21/2020 -

Name: Jennifer Duckhorn
Years at SCOE: 13
Job Title: Division Support Assistant / Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
How do you describe your job to people outside SCOE? I support our SCOE sites through facilities and operations, and assist the County Office with emergency preparedness.
Where did you grow up? Mostly in California, but I have lived throughout the United States.
Who was your favorite childhood teacher and why? Mrs. Tognetti, she was small in stature but mighty in her convictions. She expected commitment and effort from her students, and she reciprocated that commitment and effort back.
What is your favorite thing about SCOE? Although there are many things I value working at SCOE, probably the most important is that the organization and people have allowed me the opportunity to put my family first, without having “work guilt”. That kind of support is priceless.
What is one of your most memorable moments as a SCOE employee? Volunteering for student events, in particular the National Spelling Bee which we hosted at Sonoma State. I had the responsibility of escorting the students back to their parents, after their elimination. The raw emotions that those young students shared, pulled at my “heart-strings”, and in most of those cases I was able to turn their frown up-side down with some positive words and encouragement.
Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby or way to unwind? Spending time with my family, and participating in the Sonoma County Parks Challenge.
What is your favorite place in Sonoma County? Our County Parks
What might people be surprised to learn about you? That I performed in a musical at Carnegie Hall.