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For our third and final interview for Part 2 of our 3-part series, we spoke with Lasso Award Winner, MaryAnn Stoopes.

What’s your title and school location?

Typist Clerk II, University Park

How many years have you been with the District Office?

15 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

My children attended University Park School when they were in elementary school, so I got involved initially by volunteering. I was encouraged by the office staff during that time to apply to various positions.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a daily basis?

I enjoy my job and the challenges. I enjoy working with my coworkers. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to build connections with students and their parents.

What does your award mean to you?

I appreciate the award and I am honored to have been chosen. It is a great reminder for me to stay positive and give my best effort every day. I would also like to share my award with my wonderful colleagues Sandra and Margaret.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

I like being part of the school community and part of an awesome team that works so well together.

Any advice for new categorical analyst or people starting for the District?

Reach out to fellow staff members for help when you need it. We are all here to support each other and we've all been in the position of needing help.