Pictured above: Bob Mueller, executive director of outdoor education and student support services for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) stands with Maria Osborn, EUSD’s attendance intervention project specialist as she holds her Life Changer Award.
On Friday, September 15, 2017, EUSD’s Attendance Intervention Project Specialist Maria Osborn was honored with the Life Changer Award at the San Diego County Office of Education’s Annual Summit on Student Achievement and Attendance. The event was held at the Marina Village Conference Center on Mission Bay.
The SDCOE Student Services Department recognized Maria for her 25 years of unwavering support to students and families as a bilingual school social worker, for her integration of restorative practice strategies into the Student Assistance Review Board (SARB) process, and for her influence on the attendance intervention process in districts throughout San Diego county.
“The committee recognizes the quality of the work Maria Osborn has done to improve student engagement in Escondido, and calls special attention to her effort to incorporate restorative practices into the attendance intervention process. She has clearly lead the way for the rest of the county.”
Executive Director of Outdoor Education and Student Support Services at SDCOE
Maria has been an employee of the Escondido Union School District since 2010, and she currently works as an administrator in the Integrated Student Supports Department. She is described by her colleagues as passion-driven, solutions-focused, empathic, relatable, visionary, and humble. However, the quality that stands out above all others is that Maria is authentic. She truly lives out the values she holds dear in each and every interaction.
SDCOE is not the first organization to recognize Maria’s influence in our community. Here are just a few of her other noteworthy accomplishments and accolades:
- Each year, Maria multiplies her impact by training and mentoring social work interns.
- Maria also acts as a guest lecturer at local universities, and she is an active member of the California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW).
- Maria has served as CASSW’s State SARB representative, and she was selected by their organization as the 2014 School Social Worker of the Year.
- EUSD’s Truancy Intervention Maximizing Education (TIME) Program has been recognized twice (in both 2015 and 2017) as a Model SARB by the California Department of Education.
Congratulations, Maria! We’re very proud of you, and we’re grateful for everything you do to ensure the success of our students.