Ermalinda Puga | Facility Rentals Manager | Lubbock ISD
How did you get your start in school business?
A mother of three, I was a stay at home mother (6 years) and became involved with the PTS. I knew I wanted to be part of an organization that I entrusted my children with 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week. As soon as the last child enrolled in pre-k, I applied for a position in the risk management department. This began my journey in school business 10 years ago.
What do you like best about your job and where you work?
The best thing I like about my job is the growth and the flexibility I have to be involved as a parent, as an educator and as a mentor.
Why do you recommend TASBO to your colleagues? What programs and services do you find useful?
TASBO has been a great tool for resources and relationships. I recommend TASBO because you have several options for resources you can pull from. You are always updated with new information pertaining to school districts. The classes offered are set in a smaller setting, so you can ask and learn from others around you dealing with the same issues and/or collaborate.
What is your favorite TASBO training to attend and why?
My favorite TASBO training is the big one held in February/March. You have so many options in classes offered and you can take as many classes as you would like. The classes vary in size and each instructor is different. I have had the opportunity to go to two conferences, my experience has been different each time. The annual conference keeps getting better!!
What was your childhood dream job?
Teacher or doctor
What book could you read over and over again?
I have two: Training Camp by Jon Gordon ("Stop bringing them down. Lift them up. Speak truth into them. Bring out the best in them.") and Leadership by Dave Weber ("A leader is anyone who has influence.")
What's one thing you're excited about/looking forward to in the future?
I have taken on a new role and I look forward to seeing the growth within me.
If you have your certification or are currently working towards one, tell us what it means to you to be TASBO certified?
I am working on becoming TASBO certified. I think certification helps establish us as a "continuous learner". Then, as an employee, I will be able to pour my knowledge back into the district.
Anything else you would like to include?
You will only get out what you put in... be engaged, ask questions and have fun!