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EDCOE’s Kathy Daniels Wins County-wide ACSA Award

00:00 AM - March 02, 2020

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Kathy Daniels showcases her award with County Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala.

On February 20, the Association of California School Administrators: El Dorado County Charter (ACSA) bestowed the Distinguished Service Award to Kathy Daniels who has been a dedicated El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) team member for decades. County Superintendent of School Dr. Ed Manansala presented the award and remarked, “For the past 29 years, Kathy has been a tremendous asset to the EDCOE family and our entire community. She has served four County Superintendents, the Board of Education, EDCOE programs, Superintendents, Districts, students and community of El Dorado County. I deeply admire her tireless and selfless efforts. Please join me in congratulating Kathy Daniels.”

Kathy was touched to be selected and remarked, “It has been my honor and privilege to work with an organization that is dedicated to providing clean, safe and healthy classrooms for the students in El Dorado County. I’m truly blessed to work alongside such passionate educators that care about the future of our children.”

Kathy began her career with EDCOE in 1992, working in Risk Management, Maintenance and Operations, and in 2007, became Director of Facilities. Kathy has been critical in ensuring that schools and facilities throughout the county are safe and ready for students and staff on a daily basis. Hence, this often means long days, working after-hours and on weekends. Kathy is persistent in her dedication to provide high-quality service and has an exceptional attention to detail. Dr. Manansala added, “She is an authentically kind, strong leader. She, and her team, operate behind the scenes, almost acting as the silent heroes. Kathy recently mentioned, ‘They make it appear seamless for the rest of us, but I truly know how hard they work.’”

The culture Kathy creates for her team directly reflects who she is as a leader. Her team is unified, loyal and goes the extra mile with an incredibly positive attitude. Darci Gibson, secretary on the team, explained, “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work under Kathy for the last year. She is an exceptional leader and is quick to jump in and help when situations arise. She is always calm, collected and motivated to assist programs in achieving their goals. There is no comparable leader to Kathy – she is a cornerstone of EDCOE itself, and her caring, kind heart has touched the lives of many. Congratulations, Kathy!”

Additionally, she exemplifies the role of a servant leader through her service to support organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Western Slope. After decades of service, Kathy will retire at the end of this school year. She will be missed, but she leaves a lasting legacy at EDCOE.

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