FOR THE PUBLIC: Diana Ely, Grass Valley |

FOR THE PUBLIC: Diana Ely, Grass Valley

My job title: Support Services Secretary for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.

Why my job is important to the public: Parents and families have many questions and concerns regarding schools, placement, etc. Though parents should call their school district of residence, our office is often the first contact for these questions. When children are involved, it is very important to be able to listen to the parents, determine their needs and try to offer appropriate direction.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I am a very organized person, which is very important to my job. Beyond that, I feel I am very “service oriented.” I try to be as informative and helpful as I can to the visitors and callers at our office.

The best part of my job is when: Someone tells me I have been very helpful and informative. It makes me feel helpful if I have been able to answer a question or solve an issue.

The part I like the least is: When I don’t know the answers to the questions the public is asking.

A day of work I’ll always remember was: Unfortunately, the first day that comes to mind is Jan. 10, 2000. It was a very sad day, but it was a day where my job was very important. Our office spent the day communicating with the schools, public officials and parents and families; trying to relay as much information as we had.

How I got my job: I was actually hired to work part time in the business office, but through various staffing changes, I was moved full time into my current position.

How long I’ve been working here: I’ve been working for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools for just over three years.

My dream job would be: I love my job now! It offers challenges, gratification and always something new!

My family: I have an 18- year-old daughter, Amber, who is a freshman at Chico State. My parents and brother live in Florence, Ore.

My hobbies: I am just learning to play golf and enjoy it very much. I enjoy working in my yard and being outside.

When I was a kid: my family moved a lot. As a result, I have seen a lot of our country.

If money were no object: I would probably go back to school and spend some time traveling.

My dream vacation: Even though I’ve seen a lot of our country, I think I would spend time traveling around the United States, seeing things I’ve missed and revisiting places I love.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: My daughter and best friend both answered “Goldie Hawn.”

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My daughter and my parents.

My hero: I don’t have any heroes, though there are many people I admire.

The best book I’ve read lately was: I read a lot – sometimes a couple of books a week, so I can’t pin down one specific book.

The soundtrack to my life would include: “In My Life,” “All She Wants to do is Dance,” “Please, Remember Me.”

I like living in Nevada County because: It was a great place for me to raise my daughter. The community has so much to offer, and is just a beautiful place to live. We are close enough to everything (city, mountains, lakes), yet are removed enough that we still have the small town feel.

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