Student Programs and Services
Riverside County Office of Education
CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
MESSAGE: “My heart is full of appreciation! I am grateful and honored to receive this award. I would like to thank my husband (Ivan) for being my love, my best friend and my rock, as well as my son (Eli) for being my inspiration every single day. You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars, little one. To my family and friends – thank you for your encouragement. To my RCOE family, especially Dr. White and Dr. Walsh-Reuss, the amazing clerical team, support staff, leadership team, managers, Cabinet members, Administrative Assistants, community and agency partners, and the Board of Education – thank you for the privilege of working side by side to serve our incredible students. You give me roots and wings! We are the heart of extraordinary service and committed to ensure that all students have every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and be productive in life.”
Catherine Belcher supports Student Programs and Services which provides educational services for disabled and special needs, at-risk, and migrant education students. Mrs. Belcher encourages staff to make a difference in the lives of students through extraordinary service. For several years, Mrs. Belcher has worked to reduce chronic absenteeism in Riverside County schools. Schools across the county have seen a drastic reduction in absenteeism thanks to the annual conference Mrs. Belcher organizes with partners—one that provides parents with resources to impress on them the importance of ensuring their child stays in school. In addition to this conference, Mrs. Belcher has coordinated numerous fundraising events that, with help from the local community, have provided children with items such as shoes, bikes, and other essentials. A colleague praises Mrs. Belcher highly, championing her responsibility and leadership in organizing many community events, and emphasizing her integral role in the conference planning committee.