Meet Lake View School Clerk & Co-Athletic Director Maria Ramirez

This is part of a continuing series of Q&A interviews with the people of Lake View and Amundsen high schools.

Q: What’s something few people know about you?

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A: A few people know that I have a great memory. I can recall things that someone said or did a long time ago. Sometimes I even remember the exact date and time. It’s CRAZY!

Q: What brought you to your current position? What do you like best about it?

A: I worked at an elementary school before coming to Lake View. Though I loved my co-workers and the students, I did not have the chance to grow there, so I decided to move onto bigger things like a high school. Luckily at Lake View, I’ve had the opportunity to lead many events and programs such as prom, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and senior committee.

Q: What was your own high school like? How was it similar to or different from the school where you work?

A: I feel that my experience was very different. Though my high school did have sports and clubs, I did not feel that the culture of the school was welcoming, so I decided to join only soccer. A great example: In my high school, we wanted to create a safe space for LGTB students, but our proposal was rejected. Reflecting back, I wish I had joined clubs and participated in more competitions. At Lake View, our teachers work closely with our students to create cool extracurricular activities, and the climate and culture is welcoming regardless of your individual interests.

Q: What’s one thing you wish people knew about your school?

A: Lake View has great diversity, and it is great to work with people of different backgrounds. Diversity is one our school’s greatest strengths, as it helps expand our views and pushes us to get out of our comfort zone and find solutions that take into account everyone’s perspective.

Q: Please share one of the best moments you’ve had working at this school.

A: This is a hard one. As I mentioned, I used to work at an elementary school. Many of the students from my previous school have the opportunity to attend Lake View, so I’ve known many of the students since they were in pre-K. Seeing these students grow and reach their goals is fantastic! Seeing everyone happy on graduation day is just amazing, and I’d like to think that throughout their elementary and high school years, I contributed at least a bit to set them up for success.

Q: What advice would you give to a student just starting out at your school?

A: I would tell them to get involved! Lake View has two-dozen student-led clubs and 20+ competitive sports teams, and students are bound to find something that caters to their interests. If they don’t find anything, then students can create their own space by launching a club. The staff here is very supportive of the student voice.