9-8-2017 – Corona – Meet Ann Melconian! She is the secretary at Santiago High School.
This is her second year at Santiago.
“I’m so happy and proud to be part of the Black and Teal family,” said Ann.
Ann has worked at CNUSD for 16 years covering shifts as a health office aide, instructional aide, and her current position high school secretary.
“CNUSD has given me so many opportunities,” she said, “I will always be grateful.”
Ann is always busy. She spends most of her day organizing daily schedules for the Santiago staff and administrators.
“In my position, I have to prioritize my workload and remind myself tomorrow is a new day,” said Ann, “Most importantly I try to remind myself a smile goes a long way and to treat students and staff the way I would like to be treated.”
Ann brings a sense of humor to her workplace. She feels it is important in life to be able to laugh at situations faced daily.
“Every day, I poke my head in to say hello to Ann and I always leave with a laugh. I consider Ann not just a great colleague but an even greater friend,” said Ryan Maine, Santiago High Assistant Principal, “She has an amazing sense of humor, a desire to make others look better, and a little sassiness to keep you on your toes.”
Ann greets everybody with a warm, welcoming smile.
“One of the best things about CNUSD is the people,” she said, “Our CNUSD staff members really care about our students and about each other. I believe we set the tone for our students, our parents, and our community. We are the first person a student/visitor may encounter and this can leave a lasting impression.”
On her free time, Ann loves to travel and garden.
“I frequently visit my birthplace, which is Ireland,” she said, “I am one of five children, my parents were dairy farmers and I grew up in the middle of the countryside where technology was unheard of!”
She inherited her passion for gardening from her mother.
“One of my favorite flowers is Hydrangea,” she said.
Ann has one son, Ryan, who graduated from Santiago and is currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton.
“My other love is my dog,” said Ann, “We rescued him 13 years ago and he’s brought so much happiness to my family.”
Her favorite quote is, “Go for it now, the future is promised to no one.”
“Do not wait until you have the money to take the class or to travel, we should live life now,” said Ann, “I try to follow this quote and remind myself to be thankful for what I have.”