Longtime MVLA administrator receives Athena Award

Brigitte Sarraf, associate superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union School District, received the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Nov. 2.

Presented by Chambers of Commerce worldwide, the award honors women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business and the community.

Maria Marroquin, executive director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and last year’s Athena Award recipient, described Sarraf as “energetic, hardworking, reliable and committed to our local school district.”

“Brigitte has given her all to local students, families and teachers,” Marroquin said.

Sarraf credited her ability to immerse herself in the community to her overriding philosophy: She never considers her job to be work.

“I have long considered myself the luckiest person on earth because I have had the opportunity and pleasure to do what I really enjoy,” she said. “I greeted going to work every day like others would heading out on vacation. I have never been bored and have always felt energized, empowered and inspired by those around me. I get great satisfaction sensing that I have the power to bring about change, impact people and sometimes even change individual lives for the better.”

Sarraf is set to retire from the district in December after 46 years of service as a teacher, vice principal, principal and associate superintendent. But she’s not leaving the district entirely – she plans to transition to a part-time role as director of assessment and accountability.

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