Longtime Valley View secretary going out on top as Classified Employee of the Year

Nancy Rae, retiring soon after 30+ years, earns district-wide distinction

Nancy Rae (center, in green) just capped 33 years as administrative secretary at Valley View Elementary with the Pleasanton Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year Award. Rae plans to spend her retirement doing volunteer work and visiting her grandchildren. (Photo courtesy of PUSD)

Nancy Rae has been a staple fixture at Valley View Elementary School for nearly 34 years, greeting coworkers and students alike and putting a smile on their faces every morning.

Last week, the school board returned the favor, honoring the Pleasanton resident with the Classified Employee of the Year award for her several decades of service.

“Going out with this award is so amazing,” Rae said upon receiving her plaque during the evening presentation March 26.

Rae, who is retiring at the end of the school year, started her long career as an administrative secretary with the Pleasanton Unified School District in November 1985. She told the Weekly that she has always been drawn toward working in education, even if it was playing a supporting role outside of the classroom.

“I've always been interested in education,” Rae said. “And what better place to be than a place where I get to meet parents, kids and administrators as well, and the teachers.”

Working in a school environment and being a secretary has been fulfilling for Rae, as well as “the variety of work, the closeness to the staff, the teachers, administrators and the students ... just intermixing with them on a daily basis, it’s very rewarding.”

During her lengthy tenure, Rae was renowned for her “caring heart, attention to detail, as well as her commitment to supporting every student, staff or family member that walks through the Valley View Elementary front office,” PUSD officials said in a statement.

Rae went above and beyond her job description, including volunteering her time to chaperone a student so they could go on a field trip.

“I want everybody to have a fair chance,” she said. “And if a parent can’t make a field trip, I'm happy to come along, and they love it. I enjoy doing things for the children; that's what it’s all about.”

Faculty members who nominated Rae for the award left anonymous comments during the selection process, including one person who declared her “the beating heart of Valley View.”

One called her “the most reliable, responsible and resourceful person I have ever had the privilege to work with,” and another said that Rae has been “ a leader ... for us all.”

Retirement will “be hard to get used to because being a secretary is a very busy job,” but Rae said she should manage to easily fill her free time. “I’ll do some volunteer work and I’ll come back and visit, maybe a bit of travel and spend some time with my own grandkids,” she added.

Rae has been nominated for Classified Employee of the Year in the past, but she said the timing in winning this year now could not be better or more meaningful.

“The reward was truly an honor and I’m so appreciative,” she said. “After 33 years, I can’t think of a better way to leave the district than with this honor and I’ll treasure it forever.”

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Posted by John K
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 2, 2019 at 9:46 am

Congratulations, Nancy! Valley View will not be the same without you, but I know you'll leave them in capable hands. Enjoy your retirement, and best of luck with all your well earned free time!

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Posted by Alexis G.
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Congratulations Nancy. You were one of the first people I met when moving to Pleasanton and en joyed our projects together and your upbeat personality. Enjoy your well deserved retirement and hope you have lots of fun.

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