The Placer County Office of Education leadership team is known as the Cabinet. Together with the Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, they meet to examine educational issues, discuss concerns, collaborate on solutions, provide counsel to the Superintendent, and to celebrate learning and student achievement.
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Phillip Williams is the Deputy Superintendent and has worked for the Placer County Office of Education since July of 2009. Mr. Williams began his teaching career working with Emotionally Disturbed students for the Placer Union High School District and continued working with this population until 2002. Additionally, he served as the Director of Student Services for Linden Unified School District and Roseville City School District.
Mr. Williams holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science from California State University, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Williams is a Placer County resident and has made it his home since 1992. He believes deeply in the community and is driven to provide the best educational experience possible for all students in Placer County.
Learn more about Mr. Williams in this Cabinet Q&A video.
Martin Fregoso is the Associate Superintendent of Business Services and has worked for the Placer County Office of Education since July 2016.
Mr. Fregoso began his education career in 2006 and previously served as the Chief Business Officer for the Los Gatos Union School District and Atwater Elementary School District. During this time, he facilitated multi-million dollar facilities projects and left both districts in a strong financial position with more than 20 percent in reserves.
Mr. Fregoso earned his Bachelor of Arts in Migrant Studies/Sociology from the University of California, Davis and his Masters
of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. He currently serves on the Placer County Consolidated Oversight Board as well as the Executive Committee for the Schools Insurance Group. Mr. Fregoso has resided in the region for 30 years and is committed to quality education in Placer County.
Learn more about Mr. Fregoso in this Cabinet Q&A video.
is the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and has worked for the Placer
County Office of Education since 1997.
began her teaching career working with students with special needs for the Stanislaus
County Office of Education. Additionally, she worked in a non-public school
setting before accepting a position teaching children with Autism Spectrum
Disorders for the Placer County Office of Education.
Ms. Connolly also served
as a Special Education Coordinator and the Director of Alternative Education
prior to her current position overseeing Student Services. Ms. Connolly
holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from National University and a
Bachelor of Science in Geography from California State University, Stanislaus.
Ms. Connolly is a Placer County resident and has made it her home since 1995. Ms. Connolly
strives to develop and sustain innovative, high quality educational programs to
meet the diverse needs of students in our community.
is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and began working for the Placer County Office of Education in 2011. Ms. Hicks oversees the Early Learning, Equity Innovation and Support and Leadership and Learning Collaborative departments at PCOE. Ms. Hicks previously served as the Director, Professional Development and Executive Director and Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining PCOE, Ms. Hicks was the Coordinator, Educational Services for Washington Unified School District, Service Learning Grant Manager for Rocklin Unified School District and a kindergarten-second grade teacher.
Ms. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Ms. Hicks is the Past Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) for the California County Superintendents. Ms. Hicks has served on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Board of Institutional Review. In 2014, Ms. Hicks was selected as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Placer County Charter and Region 2 Administrator of the Year for Curriculum and Instruction. She is a 2022 California County Superintendents Star Award Recipient.
Ms. Hicks is a WestEd Equity Accelerator Fellow and has a passion for ensuring equity and creating sustainable systems change. She is a Placer County resident and her children graduated from Placer County Schools.
Colleen Slattery, Ed.D.
is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and has worked for
the Placer County Office of Education since July 2018. Ms. Slattery has
more than 25 years of experience in K-12 public education in all levels
from the classroom to administration. She previously served as the
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Rocklin Unified School
District as well as the Director of Personnel Services, Principal, Vice
Principal and middle school teacher in various Placer County school
Ms. Slattery holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Liberal Studies and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from
California State University, Sacramento and earned her
doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Brandman University. She was named as the Placer County Teacher of the Year in 2000-2001 and
was named the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
Personnel and Human Resources Administrator of the Year in 2010-2011 for
both Placer County Charter and Region 2. She is also a past President
of the ACSA Placer County Charter.
Slattery strives to support and develop all employees and maintaining
positive and productive work and school environments is her top
is the Assistant Superintendent of the Placer County Special Education Local
Plan Area (SELPA) and has worked for the Placer County Office of
Education since July 2016. Mr. Tickle has a rich background in serving
children on the autism spectrum and began his educational career working
as a speech pathologist for Panama-Buena Vista Union School district in
1999 in Kern County. During this time, he also served as the Kern
County Consortium SELPA Coordinator and served as the President of Kern
Assistive Technology Center, a non-profit agency serving the technology
needs of disabled children.
Mr. Tickle earned his
Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Iowa State University and a
second Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Northern Iowa
University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from
Northern Iowa University.
Mr. Tickle’s vision
is for all children to have equal access to education in the least
restrictive environment and that all children have a rich and fulfilling
educational experience in Placer County schools.
is the Chief Communications Officer and began working for the Placer County Office of Education in March 2019. Ms. Eklund is an award-winning communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience in strategic communications, brand management, online community engagement, publication production, design and marketing in a variety of industries ranging from travel and tourism, healthcare, leadership development and education. She previously supported the largest children's advocacy association, California State PTA, as the Assistant Executive Director working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families.
Ms. Eklund earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a member of several professional groups including the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA), National School Public Relations Association and the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). She previously served as the President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Inland Empire Chapter and has been honored by organizations such as the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals and the International Festivals & Events Association.
In 2021, Ms. Eklund received the "California Gold" award from CalSPRA. She currently serves on the Education Commission for the California State PTA Board of Managers and serves as the chair of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Communications Committee for the Capitol Service Region 3.
Ms. Eklund resides in Placer County and is committed to showcasing the positive impact public education has for all children and families in Placer County.
Are there any legal requirements about how schools store and share education records?
Yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records. Although both private schools and public schools maintain records on students, FERPA generally only applies to protect the privacy of education records maintained by public elementary and secondary schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions. FERPA generally does not apply to K-12 private and parochial schools unless these schools receive federal funds.
How long must the school keep my education records?
It depends. Schools are not generally required by federal law to keep education records for any set period of time. However, schools are prevented from destroying an education record if someone has already submitted a request to view the education record. State laws or local policies may also apply and require a school to keep education records for a specific period of time. IDEA has specific requirements regarding destruction of education records of students with disabilities that your school district can tell you about.
Do I have a legal right to view my education records?
If you are under the age of 18, only your parent or guardian has the legal “right” under FERPA to inspect and review your education records. If you are age 18 or over or enrolled in a postsecondary institution (an “eligible student”), then you have a right to view your own education records. Under FERPA, a parent includes any natural parent, guardian, or individual (such as a foster parent) acting as parent in the absence of a parent or guardian. The right to view the education records only covers a right to view the information in the student’s education records that is about that student, and not information in the records that is about any other student.
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