Human Resources

Thomas Alvarez

Thomas Alvarez

Message from the Chief Human Resources Officer

SLOCOE Job Fair at Cuesta College 2/28/18: A Great Success!! - February 28, 2018 -  SLOCOE Hosted a Job Fair with the San Luis Obispo County School District's representatives.   This is an annual event that opens doors for awareness of the employment opportunities for certificated and classified staff available in the county.  This is also a time for networking and sharing ...Continue Reading

The Human Resources Department is part of the Administration Division and the Chief Human Resources Officer reports directly to the Superintendent. The Human Resources Department is responsible for managing the personnel function for all staff with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE), the fingerprinting program for school employees, community based programs, and for issuing and monitoring credentials authorizing work within the public education system in San Luis Obispo County. Additionally, the Human Resources Department supports school districts within San Luis Obispo County with any personnel assistance they may require. The SLOCOE Human Resources Department issues credentials for all those working in public education in San Luis Obispo County as well as for general members of the public who wish to obtain a credential. The department works with the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing in issuing these credentials in accordance with California State law. Additionally, the SLOCOE Human Resources Department monitors credentials for all school districts in the county to make teachers and administrators working in public education have current credentials and are working within their credentials area of authorization. The SLOCOE Human Resources Department fingerprints all potential school district employees, volunteers for school district programs, various youth groups in the county, and general members of the public needing fingerprint services. There are two locations for obtaining fingerprinting services: Atascadero (8005 Morro Rd. in Atascadero) and the SLOCOE office. Each year SLOCOE fingerprints over 5,000 people. The Human Resources Department holds quarterly Human Resources Forum meetings for all personnel staff in school districts within the county. These meetings provide the opportunity to find solutions for problems and to share expertise with peers in the personnel field.

Human Resources Functions

The Human Resources Department for the San Luis Obispo County Office is committed to serving all children within San Luis Obispo County by ensuring there are qualified and professional teachers and classified staff in front of all students every day of their school career. SLOCOE Human Resources exists to serve SLOCOE staff and the surrounding school districts in providing this service. The SLOCOE Human Resources Department works with the Personnel Commission in hiring, promoting, and retaining the most qualified staff for non-teaching positions. The Personnel Commission operates within the merit system as developed through the Education Code for the State of California. There are three Personnel Commissioners. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.


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3350 Education Drive
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93405
Tel. 805-782-7233
FAX 805-541-1105

Thomas E. Alvarez – Chief Human Resources Officer
Angela Simmons – Confidential Administrative Assistant

Association Contract Updates
Frontline Substitute Placement
Classified Professional Growth
Collective Bargaining Data
Mandated Costs
School Calendars
Teacher of the Year Program

Heidi Hopkins – Credentials Manager


Assignment Monitoring
Certificated Employee Professional Growth Program
Federal & State Reports
Maintain Employee Contracts
Salary Placement (Certificated & Management Employees)
Salary Schedules Preparation and Maintenance

Cynthia Mauch – Human Resources Specialist

CCTC (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing)
Credentialing for Teachers
Health Benefits
Job Descriptions
Leaves of Absence
Personnel Commission/Merit System Rules
Wage/Step Increases

Jenni Pong – Human Resources Specialist

Classified Recruitment
DOJ Results
Health Benefits

Karen Woodruff – Human Resources Specialist

Certificated Recruitment
Grizzly Recruitment
Resignations / Retirement
Student Teaching/Internships
Workers Compensation

Lindsey Eckersley – Human Resources Technician

Address/Name changes
Absence Tracking and Administration
Substitute Recruitment/Orientation
TB Tracking
Unemployment Claims / Verification of Employment

Mark Crawford – Fingerprint Technician

Employee ID Badges
Livescan Fingerprint Services