If you’ve ever walked into the front office at Douglas, you’ve met Mariela Matias. She’s the smiling face that greets visitors, helps students and juggles a million other duties each day. This is her first year in this position at Douglas, and if you haven’t already, it’s not too late to welcome her! Read on to learn more about Mariela:
What is a typical day like for you at Douglas?
My typical day at Douglas must start off like any other day, with a cup of coffee! There is never a dull moment at the office. I deal with any correspondence that might come by, answer phone calls, organize, file, and welcome our parents and students, as well as translate for our Spanish-speaking families, and take care of students with any medical needs, just to name few of my duties. In the free time, well there isn’t much of a free time around here …
What has your first year been like, so far?
My first few months at Douglas have been great. Teachers, staff and parents have been supportive and welcoming! It has been an easy transition and my coworkers have made me feel comfortable.
Where did you work before you came to Douglas?
I used to work at Douglas back in 2013 as a part-time clerical assistant for about a year. In 2014, I moved to Harris Creek Elementary School. Harris Creek is a multi-track, year-round school with nearly 1,200 students. At Harris Creek, I worked for a year as a media assistant and clerical assistant, then I worked for two years as a receptionist. As much as I loved working at Harris Creek and I live five minutes away from school, I was ready to move back to a traditional school and spend more time with my family and have more time to do my volunteer work. When the opportunity came along to move back to a traditional school and Douglas was an option, there was no doubt I wanted to move back to Douglas where I had started … It feels like I’m back at home!
What is one “fun fact” about you that people might not know?
One ‘fun fact’ about me would be that I love to travel and take new adventures. Oh! and did I mention I love coffee? I am a coffee addict!