Beloved administrative assistant prepares to retire at end of school year

Satenik Ayrapetyan

School Administrative Assistant Lubia Guiterrez has announced her retirement after spending 26 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

“I’m going to set off my alarm, probably going to put it on a little later actually, because I will be receiving my grandson, which I will be helping my daughter take care of. And whenever there is a chance, I will go take a walk, have a coffee, enjoy life,” Gutierrez said. “You don’t have to have big plans to enjoy it.”

After joining the staff of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in May 2018, Gutierrez is now preparing to leave at the end of the school year. There is no known immediate replacement for Gutierrez. Her reasons for departing are in part due to the fact that she has become of age in order to retire and is qualified to do so. Moreover, she wishes to step back and take time with her family. 

Her co-worker in the front office, Lupe Osorio, will also miss her as she retires. News of her retirement did not surprise the staff because she had informed them upon her employment that this would be the last school she worked with under LAUSD. 

“I feel happy and excited because you know, it’s something she really wants to do and is looking forward to,” Osorio said, who has become close to Ms. Lubia over the years. “I would have liked to have more time so we could work together. I feel like we’re a good team. It’s like Lubia, Lupe – it’s almost the same. ”