...NUEVO - Nuview Union School District Superintendent Jay Hoffman can't say enough good things about his administrative assistant, Betty Valenzuela.
On Friday, Valenzuela
retired after 26 years as Nuview's
administrative assistant to the superintendent.
says that retirement after 26 years as the administrative assistant to the Nuview Union
School District superintendent will allow her
to travel more as well as ride, train and show horses with her
, 59, worked for three superintendents during her
time with the school district, and it seems she
made quite an impression during her
decades of service.
In 1979, when Valenzuela
relocated onto 3 , acres of land in Nuevo from Norco with her
husband and four children, the district turned her
down the first time she
applied for a job.But fortunately for the district, a second job opened soon thereafter, and Valenzuela
jumped on it.
Twenty-six years later, the job is open again.
"I've made so many very, very close friends here," said Valenzuela
, as she
reflected on her
career last week from her
office."But I just feel like it's a new chapter in my life." Valenzuela
is originally from Buchanan, Mich., about 10 miles north of South Bend, Ind.She
moved away from home at age 18 and went to Minneapolis to enroll in airline and secretarial training.From there, Valenzuela worked 11 years at the old Western Airlines, where she worked first in reservations and then in accounting.
While working for the airline, she
relocated to Southern California and worked near Los Angeles International Airport.In 1977, she
moved with husband Adolph "Squeak" Valenzuela to Norco, and then to Nuevo in 1979.
saw a job opening with the school district, just a few blocks from her
house, and with her
son Anthony about to enter the first grade, applying was a no-brainer, she
"I think the reason I stayed so long is the convenience," Valenzuela
said."It's so close to home, and there's a variety of things going on.Every day is something new." Valenzuela
didn't just work for the school district. She has been an active and recognizable member of the community for years.
Nuevo residents frequently see her
around town picking up trash, pulling weeds and removing graffiti. She
also likes to knit and read, and she
wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. to exercise.
Now that she's
retired, to fill her
newfound free time, she
and Squeak will do a lot of traveling and continue to ride, train and show their horses.And maybe, just maybe, Valenzuela
will sleep in a bit later.
"I told my husband already I'd like to sleep past five o'clock," she