Employee Spotlight- Tracy Malkassian
Name: Tracy Malkassian
Years at SCOE: 15
Job Title: Teaching Assistant
How do you describe your job to people outside SCOE? I work with special needs children, young adults, and adults. I love what I do and it’s very fulfilling.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the small town of Sonoma Valley.
Who was your favorite childhood teacher and why? Her name was Mrs. Glen, she was my second-grade teacher. She always had a smile and gave individual attention to her students.
What is your favorite thing about SCOE? The ongoing training opportunities and working with knowledgeable teachers and staff.
What is one of your most memorable moments as a SCOE employee? Some of my most memorable moments as a SCOE employee include SHAPE (School Home Autistic Program through Education) preparation days with the girls and after-school playgroups.
Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby or way to unwind? Being in nature and exploring new wilderness hikes, arts and crafts, and gardening. I love spending time with my daughter and her horse, Lucille Ball. I love going to the ranch that is out in Petaluma, called the Strong Ranch. I enjoy watching my daughter do lessons.
What is your favorite place in Sonoma County? Driving the country back roads and all directions that lead you to beautiful places.
What might people be surprised to learn about you? I am working on writing a children’s book, “The Adventures of Cabbit the Cat”. The story is about a cat that was born on the coast and he goes on great adventures. He is a real cat that was gifted from a friend. He is a black and white cat, his markings are odd and he looked more like a rabbit, so his name became Cabbit. And I have a second occupation, I run a home program for autistic children and help advocate for parents. Thanks to SCOE and its formal SHAPE program, I have learned the skills needed to conduct my own home program.