Sonoma County Office of Education

Employee Spotlight: Claudia House

05/17/2023 - Claudia House

Claudia House

Years at SCOE:

Job Title:
Educational Interpreter/Translator

How do you describe your job to people outside SCOE?
Assisting communication between SCOE and Spanish-speaking parents who are navigating special education.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Mexico City and grew up in Windsor.

Who was your favorite childhood teacher and why?
Mr. Pogano, my high school ROP (Regional Occupation Program) teacher. He believed in me and made me feel anything is possible.

What is your favorite thing about SCOE?
The people. I feel very fortunate to have the support of everyone and to be a part of the SCOE family because my kids went through SCOE. I feel connected with everyone who was there for my children.

What is one of your most memorable moments as a SCOE employee?
When I was hired as an Interpreter. I can remember my mother going to school with me when I was a child and she had a very difficult time communicating with the teachers because she couldn’t speak English. I feel it’s come full circle where I can offer that support to families.

Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby or way to unwind?
I enjoy gardening, crafting, and trying new restaurants throughout Wine Country.

Do you have a favorite TV show, movie or book that involves a school setting?
Off the top of my head, I watched “Grease” a lot when I was growing up. My sister and I would watch it to learn English and to work on our American accent.

What is your favorite place in Sonoma County?
Bodega Head

What might people be surprised to learn about you?
Nothing very surprising in my life. I have three wonderful sons and, with my two youngest on the Autism spectrum, consistency and routine are a huge part of my life. 🙂 I also like watching true crime murder mysteries like “Dateline” and “20/20.”