Four educators from El Dorado County were among the administrators honored by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 2, as Administrators/Leaders of the Year for 2013-2014.
Drew Woodall from Black Oak Mine School District; Joyce Boesch, retired administrator from El Dorado High School District; Hope Magliaccio from Rescue School District and David Publicover from the El Dorado County Office of Education received awards. Region 2 covers the nine counties of Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer and Plumas. Awards were given in 18 different categories of administration and leadership and those chosen were honored March 14.
Retired EDUHSD administrator Joyce Boesch was honored as Region 2 Retired Administrator of the Year for 2013-2014. The 67-year-old Boesch began her career at El Dorado High School in 1970 as a home economics and special education teacher. She served as coordinator of Special Programs-ROP, vocational education, adult education and special education for five years before becoming assistant principal at Ponderosa in 1985. After 14 years in this position, Boesch moved over to Union Mine High School, which opened in 1999, and became the new school’s first assistant principal. “That was the best assignment. It was so fun to open a new school,” said Boesch.
“The teachers were exhausted at the end of the first year with the 4×4 schedule, but by the next year, they were ready and excited about it,” she said. Boesch returned to Ponderosa for a year as principal after the retirement of Dave Sargent and then retired in 2006.
“But you don’t die after retirement,” said Boesch, “so I stayed active in ACSA, keeping up on legislation and what’s happening in Sacramento.”
Boesch has served in all executive positions in both the El Dorado chapter and the regional chapter of ACSA and in all the executive positions in the Retired Leaders arm of ACSA. She is a volunteer with the Educational Surrogate Parent program, advocating for students and a volunteer with UMHS’s Academic Decathlon team. “I always put my heart and soul into my students — and I still do,” said Boesch.
Retired USAF Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice, EDHS class of 1976, named Boesch as one of his two most influential teachers. “I can say, without a doubt, she is one of the most dedicated, hardworking individuals I have encountered in my career in education,” stated Vicki Barber, former El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, in a letter of recommendation for the ACSA award.
Honored as Co-Adminster of the Year for 2013-2014 was Hope Migliaccio, vice principal of Pleasant Grove Middle School. Migliaccio, 44, was very surprised by the honor, but Pleasant Grove Principal Dave Scroggins who nominated her said, “Hope’s dedication and service to our school community and the educational community at large has been nothing short of inspiring, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside her.”
A 1987 Ponderosa High School graduate, Migliaccio began her teaching career in Humboldt County and then moved to Atascadero where she taught both elementary school and English at the high school in the tiny town of Shandon.
When she and her husband Todd, a professor and researcher at CSUS, moved their two sons to El Dorado County to be near family, Migliaccio got a job at Herbert Green Middle School and pursued an administrative credential. “I always wanted to be a vice principal or principal so I could make more of a difference ” said Migliaccio. “I’ve always worked in small, community-type districts and I like that.”
She has been at Pleasant Grove for three years as vice principal and her focus is to eliminate bullying. “My husband conducted research about bullying with the Education Department at Sac State and they developed best practices and videos. I’ve been able to implement them and it’s making a difference in our district.”
The two will be speaking about both research and practice to change bullying at the National Safe Schools conference in Florida this summer. “Change doesn’t happen overnight, but with time and consistency — rules that both kids and adults follow — it will change.”
Pleasant Grove parent Goldee Madrigal said, “She is a great influence at our school and I believe has helped this school become a California Distinguished School. Mrs. Migliaccio has been instrumental in seeking funds in order for students to attend educational field trips when the district has no funds for these activities, as well as numerous other ideas for our school. She is always planning enrichment activities and constantly seeking funds to improve the school in order to benefit the kids here. Mrs. Migliaccio is truly talented at her job and will some day be a great principal.”
Drew Woodall, Educational Services director for Black Oak Mine Unified School District, was selected as Special Education Administrator of the Year. Woodall, 60, has been an educator for 35 years, 34 of them in BOMUSD.
“I started out as a 4th/5th grade teacher, then got my counseling degree and my administrative credential, ” said Woodall. In addition to serving as teacher and counselor, Woodall was also assistant principal at Northside School and principal at Divide Continuation High School before becoming the Educational Services director five years ago. He will retire from BOMUSD at the end of this school year.
Special education is one of the educational services Woodall oversees and it’s an increasing challenge to be a small school district isolated from the Highway 50 corridor and still make sure students with a wide range of disabilities receive the services they need.
“When I first came here, the special needs students mostly had learning disabilities, but now there has been a steady increase in a wide range of disabilities — from intellectually disabled to autistic to multiple disabilities to paraplegic children — and it is a challenge for a district with a huge geographical area and small population to meet all of those needs,” said Woodall.
Some of the special needs students must travel all the way to the El Dorado County Office of Education for services, a one-hour trip, one way. “We’ve tried to be sensitive to the concerns of parents who want their children taught locally. The principal of Northside School, Wendy Westsmith, has done a phenomenal job in marshaling resources and our parents have stepped up to be real partners,” said Woodall.
“In dealing with special education students and their families, Drew is respectful, caring and empathetic,” stated the letter of recommendation from BOMUSD Superintendent Robert Williams. “He handles difficult cases with tact and skill and places students’ educational needs above all other considerations.”
And although being small has challenges, Woodall said, “Small really is beautiful. I love the connections you can make with kids and families.”
It’s also all about relationships for David Publicover, executive director of Charter Alternative Programs for the El Dorado County Office of Education and ACSA’s Alternative Programs Administrator of the Year for Region 2.
“We have a very wide, diverse range of programs and populations we serve,” said Publicover,” and the relationships we have with students, families, our instructors and staff and community partnerships is what makes it all work.”
Publicover oversees 600-700 students, about 45 teachers and more than 20 instructional and office staff in a wide variety of programs and sites, from extended day programs to programs serving at-risk students, charter schools and adult education programs.
“We tailor our programs to provide high-quality education to meet the needs of our different populations,” said Publicover, “and that is a challenge but it’s also a joy.”
Providing classes in two jails, at the Rancheria, as part of the community correction program, for English as a Second Language students, for independent study, for charter schools, extended day at 22 different school sites, requires collaboration and good partnerships.
“Because he so highly values collaboration and respects coordinated approaches, he (Publicover) is able to accomplish his work by prioritizing, taking on important tasks and honoring the skills and abilities with those whom he works to ensure high-quality work is accomplished,” read part of the nomination letter from El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers.
“He has also worked with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Office on the development of a countywide system for delivery of adult education programs, namely for inmates being returned to local jails as part of new state law; and collaborated with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in developing an online education program.”
Publicover, 53, has been an educator since 1989, beginning his career at Georgetown School in BOMUSD as an eighth grade language arts teacher. “Georgetown was a K-8 school at the time and I loved being able to partner my eighth graders with the kindergarten classes,” said Publicover.
He and wife Liz, also a BOMUSD teacher, spent two years teaching in Romania and then returned to BOMUSD where Publicover became assistant principal at Georgetown and then director of Educational Services for BOMUSD before moving to the El Dorado County Office of Education as executive director of Charter Alternative Programs. He has been in this position for eight years.
“I was very touched to receive the award, but it truly is a team effort,” said Publicover. “El Dorado County is lucky because we have so many fine educators who are here because of their love of kids and wanting to make sure they are successful.”
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