Submitted by Denair Unified School District
Name: Monica Roberts
Family: Daughter Eliana and son Dylan
School: Denair High School
Subject taught: Principal’s Secretary
Experience and education: 13 years working in education. Past positions include speech aide, attendance secretary, dance teacher and language arts teacher. B.S. in physical education with a minor in dance and concentration in teaching from San Jose State University. Previous co-owner of Backstage Academy of Dance in Turlock.
What most inspires you about working in Denair High School? The staff and students inspire me on a daily basis. We have so many wonderful things happening on our campus and I love to see everything play out and come together.
What are your biggest challenges as a classified staff member? My biggest challenge as a classified staff member is not having enough hours in the day to assist everyone.
What is your favorite support tool or activity? My favorite support tool is communication. I ask questions constantly. Other staff members at the high school and throughout the district are used to me calling around for an answer or solution to something!
What do you want your students to remember? I want the students to remember to be kind, courteous and patient. We are not only teaching them to learn subjects in school, but also reinforcing polite behavior on a daily basis. Also, remember to smile! It will get you far in life!!
How can parents support what you do? Parents can continue to be friendly when asking a question or needing assistance. It can sometimes take a while to solve a problem or get the correct answer so patience is always good too!
What will it take to improve academic success in DUSD schools? I feel that the academic success is up to each student to take on the challenges of each subject and follow through with their homework and participation. They should take advantage of help from the teacher or other students when needed. We have an excellent teaching staff and they will be there to assist the students along the way.
What’s next in the office? We have all three secretarial positions working hard to make sure the start of the year goes well! We hope to continue to help out the students, staff and parents with all of their school needs.
What would surprise people about your job? My job is a lot of fun! I may look like I’m crazy busy at some points in the day, but I enjoy interacting with everyone!
What do you do for fun? I like to watch movies, spend time with my children and friends, play with my kitten, read books and go to the beach. I love to watch my daughter’s plays or recitals and I’m kind of a sports nut so going to my son’s baseball games fits right into that!