Sonoma County Office of Education

County Superintendent Receives Multiple Leadership Awards

10/23/2019 -

Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, was recognized this week with three separate awards for his educational leadership at the local, state, and national level.

On Monday, Oct. 21, Dr. Herrington received the Perpetual Award for Outstanding Accomplishments from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, which is a professional organization of all California county superintendents. This award recognized Dr. Herrington for his efforts at the state and national level to raise awareness of the need to support student mental health after traumatic natural disasters such as the Tubbs Fire and Camp Fire. As well, he was recognized for the Sonoma County Office of Education’s support of Butte County schools following the devastating Camp Fire.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Dr. Herrington was recognized with the Changemakers Award in Education from 10,000 Degrees, a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the college success of disadvantaged students. He was recognized for his “innovative leadership in support of college opportunity for local students,” including his support of efforts to close achievement gaps for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds which resulted in more students than ever attending and graduating from four-year colleges.

“Dr. Herrington’s visionary leadership changed the landscape of education in Sonoma County. His career-long commitment to creating opportunity for student success is inspiring,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees President & CEO. “He is a true changemaker and we are proud to have him as a partner in our shared mission.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Dr. Herrington received the top honor from the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) for his “outstanding service in the field of emergency management.” In particular, he was recognized for his efforts to contribute to school preparedness for disasters on the state and national level. These efforts include his leadership around state air quality guidelines for schools; his contributions to a state emergency response manual for county offices of education, and his advocacy before Congress for disaster resources for schools.

It is an honor to be recognized in this way. These honors reflect the hard work and dedication of the incredible SCOE team that I am privileged to work with," said Dr. Herrington.