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“Judy in the Spotlight”

Interview with Ms. Judy Mahoney, Whittier School Clerk.

“Who runs the school?” according to our little Kindergartners and 1st graders: Judy! Who’s the first person our visitors meet? Our lovely Ms.Judy along with Ms.Irma.

Judy arrives at school at 8:15 in the morning and leaves at 5:00 in the evening. She has many responsibilities as a clerk. She has to answer phone calls, file paper work and buzz students inside the school.

Judy has been working at Whittier for 17 years. Even though Judy’s dream job was to be a runway model she accepted the job she was offered at Whittier. She took the job and that’s how she got to know all the parents and students. “ I would love to work at  Whittier until my retirement age” Judy states.

“ The most challenging part of working in Whittier is having to work with students when they don’t cooperate’’ she says. Judy’s philosophy of life is to “Be Yourself; be a leader, not a follower. Choose your friends don’t let them choose you”.

A lot of us know Ms.Judy but you may not know much about Judy’s life outside of Whittier Elementary. Judy was born in Mexico. She grew up with 8 sisters and 2 brothers. Growing up with 8 sisters, she had to share everything she owned and always had someone to fight with  and play with. Judy graduated from Hedges Elementary School and headed on to Curie High School. In case you didn’t know it, Judy is married and has 3 daughters. Her first daughter is 19 years of age, her second daughter 16 years of age, and her last daughter 9 years of age. She has no sons but has a chihuahua named Max.

By: Elizabeth J.
Photos by Elizabeth J.
8th grade

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