A role model to follow


Many may know Pati Lara as a welcoming and friendly receptionist working for Alisal High. She began working at Alisal in 2004. This year, all her dedication towards her work, led her to being named classified employee of the year for the Monterey County.

The nomination was for all school workers, working in the Monterey County, and is awarded to the employee that shows outstanding leadership skills. Lara  loves working at Alisal because everyone here makes her feel welcomed. “ I feel proud that I was considered for the award, I was recognized from many outstanding people.”

Lara has been working at Alisal for 15 years and she has done a little bit of everything while working here such as working as the receptionist for main office, helping students in the nurse’s office, helping in attendance, and speaking to parents when they have concerns. “I enjoy helping around the office. It makes me interact with others and also helps keep the office running smoothly.”

Secretary Lucy Vega has been working with Lara in the main office for years and she has always appreciated Lara’s work ethic. “If we ever are short in staff, Pati can always cover, she is very hardworking.” Vega mentions that Lara cares for the students and parents, “She is very friendly with the parents and students that come to her for help.” Lara believes that there is no other receptionist like Lara, “If you ever need help she will always have an answer for you, said Vega. “I believe that award was made for her. She very much deserves it.”

Other staff members agree. English teacher Mick Battaglini appreciates both her work ethic and her enthusiasm. “Pati’s enthusiasm comes through in her voice, whether it’s saying hello when you walk into the office or in the announcements she makes,” he said.

Lara will be receiving her award and a dinner May 20th at the Elks Lodge. She said, “I want to give thanks to everyone who nominated me, I also want to thank all the employees that were nominated they are all winners and do amazing work in their jobs.”