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PCOE'S Jennifer Hicks Receives Statewide Education Award for Efforts in Curriculum and Instruction

Sep 29, 2022 12:00AM ● By Placer County Office of Education News Release

PCOE Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Jennifer Hicks (center) with California County Superintendents President Dr. Debra Duardo and 2022 CISC Chair Dr. Jennie Snyder. Photo courtesy Placer County Office of Education

AUBURN, CA (MPG) – Jennifer Hicks, assistant superintendent of educational services at the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) and Roseville resident, was recently honored with the California County Superintendents Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Star Award.

"I am passionate about creating sustainable systems that benefit all students," shared Jennifer Hicks. "I am honored to be recognized in this way and grateful that I have been able to expand my passion and positive influence to empower administrators across California."

The annual Star Award acknowledges one member from each steering committee for his or her contributions toward county offices of education, leadership within the committee and support for the mission and vision of the California County Superintendents.

“Jen was selected for this prestigious award by her peers across the state,” said Placer County Superintendent of Schools and California County Superintendents President-elect Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. “Every day she demonstrates solid leadership, excellence and integrity. She helps our schools and programs build capacity and enhance educational experiences."

CISC initiates collaborative leadership with school districts, the California Department of Education, and other partners to ensure programs, practices and services support success for all students. The committee helps identify statewide curriculum and staff development needs. Furthermore, it provides a communication and implementation network for curriculum and professional development activities.

Ms. Hicks began her career in education as a teacher in 1999 and later served as a grant manager and district director. She joined PCOE in 2011 serving as the professional development director and later executive director prior to advancing to assistant superintendent.

Ms. Hicks served on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Board of Institutional Review and served as the CISC Chair in 2021. She currently serves on the First 5 Placer Children & Families Commission. In 2014, she was selected as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Placer County Charter and Region 2 Administrator of the Year for Curriculum and Instruction.

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